Avoid situations around campus where you are easily triggered. This may include not attending campus devotional, not attending FHE groups, missing General Conference or Ward and Stake conferences, only attending on Sundays when you need to and/or can bear to go, etc.
Regular exercise is proven to outperform medication in increasing wellbeing and happiness. There are great resources on campus to provide a wide variety of exercise experiences that meet your interests and needs. Consider:
- Exercise clubs through BYUSA such as jiu jitsu, hip hop, outdoor adventure, etc.
- A BYU gym wristband that gets you into drop-in classes like cycling, zumba, high fitness, lifting, step class, etc.
- BYU exercise classes you register for each semester, such as jogging, volleyball, diving, lifting, stretching, etc.
- BYU intramural sports teams
- BYU dance classes
- Taking advantage of free facilities such as the track, lifting room, dance studios, fields, tennis courts, pool, etc.
- A gym membership. VASA is just a few blocks south of campus and they give a discount to students. The Provo Rec center has some great cheap classes and facilities.
- Suggesting social exercise with friends you enjoy being with such as playing soccer in the park, going running with a friend, etc.
- Doing something a little more private in your own spave, such as P90x videos, zumba videos, walking videos, etc.
Eating healthy foods, while not as cheap and not as easy to eat or prepare, can also significantly increase your general feeling of health and wellbeing. Fruits, vegetables, and good proteins will always help you feel much better than ramen noodles, Little Ceasars pizzas, and cold sugar cereals, even if those are the easiest “college foods”. Consider:
- Packing fresh fruits and vegetables in your backpack with a yummy dip- ranch, hummus, peanut butter, or yogurt
- Going grocery shopping weekly with a friend with plans to cook healthy foods you enjoy
- Making large portions of healthy foods you make so you can have leftovers
- Choosing healthier choices on campus restaurants
- Find a support system of good friends that accept you and love you. Research shows that even just having 2-3 close friends significantly increases life satisfaction.
- Consider becoming a part of a BYU community or group that accepts your changing faith (see section on Finding a Group).
- Also consider finding community centered around one of your hobbies. Consider:
- Consider joining a non-BYU community that more closely aligns with your adjusting faith, including:
Find ways to make a difference in the world, as this will help you find meaning in your life if your faith is not providing you with adequate meaning. This may include using your education in professional ways that benefits the world, becoming involved in research on campus, or engaging in service opportunities that fit your abilities, interests, and schedule. Consult the following resources for finding a great service opportunity:
- Y-Serve Service Groups- BYU’s Service Hub, Home to over 70 different and unique programs servicing a range of the community and world: https://yserve.byu.edu/volunteer-now
- Encircle — Provo’s LGBTQ+ friendly safe home https://encircletogether.org/volunteer/
- Provo Food and Care Coalition — helping alleviate hunger and diminish plights of poverty in Provo: https://foodandcare.org/volunteer-oportunities/
- Tabitha’s Way Food Bank
- Consider professional counseling (see BYU Counseling or Psychological Services Near Your School)