Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Sociology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Alicia Brunson


Studies have shown that self-care can be very effective in the treatment of different mental health issues. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of three common self-care techniques (sleep, diet, and exercise) on the overall mental health and wellbeing of college students. This research consists of two surveys that collect data on self-care habits and current mental health, interposed by a two-week period of implementing positive changes to one of the self-care methods. This study used voluntary response sampling. The survey was be administered online to students at Georgia Southern University. The survey data was collected and analyzed using SPSS to determine whether the differences between groups of data are statistically significant. The data showed the most significant improvements in the overall mental wellbeing of the participants who improved sleep habits. However, it also showed improvements for the participants who improved diet or exercise habits. This shows that although proper sleep habits make the biggest impact, following any of the three self-care techniques leads to an improvement in overall mental wellbeing.

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Sociology Commons