Student Self-Care Toolkit

This information has been compiled to help students develop and practice healthy living habits. It focuses on key areas including nutrition, exercise, sleep, recreational activities, social relationships and more. 

The information has been adapted from, a website developed by experts at the University of Michigan Depression Center to help college students address mental health issues and improve their emotional wellness on campus and at home.

Taking steps to develop a healthier lifestyle can really pay off for everyone – especially for busy students. Reducing stress and improving physical health have both been shown to improve mental health as well. For individuals struggling with depression, the self-care tools outlined here are important to utilize in addition to receiving treatment from a mental health professional.

Click on one of the self-care topics below to find information, resources, exercises, and worksheets just for students.


Managing Stress

Click here to learn ways to reduce your academic stress and help manage your mental health symptoms by improving skills like time and stress management.


There is strong evidence that regular physical activity reduces health risks and lessens the symptoms associated with some common mental health disorders. Read about the benefits of exercise and learn ways to overcome common barriers to exercise.


A healthy diet is a big part of any successful self-care plan. Nutrition has been linked with emotional, physical, and cognitive health. This section explains the benefits of eating a healthy diet and provides a number of resources you might find helpful.


Here you’ll find information on the importance of sleep, facts about sleep, frequent questions and concerns about sleep, and tips for a good night’s sleep.

Goal Setting

Although none of us can predict or control the future, all of us benefit from thinking deliberately about where we want to be, and the steps most likely to take us there. Creating a manageable plan for reaching realistic goals has a positive effect on mental health, helping you feel more in control and less anxious. Goal setting is an essential skill of adulthood, and the exercises here can help you get started.