Young adults tend to see things in black-and-white. Either they’re bulletproof – able to pack their calendars with an endless list of activities and responsibilities – or they’re paralyzed – so overwhelmed that they can’t function, and end up checking out with unhealthy coping mechanisms like procrastination, overeating, or too much screen time."

There is, of course, a sensible middle ground between these extremes, and you can help your students to find it by encouraging them to prioritize wellness, listen to their own inner cues, and use positive self-care and coping strategies.

Below are three tactics to encourage students to think about wellness. To help them better understand the cycle that can lead to unhealthy coping behaviors, and how to replace them with healthier ones, you’ll find information, teaching tools and exercises in the How to Help a Student section.