Counseling for University of Alabama Students with Empower Counseling: Time Management is key to Strong Mental Health

To be your most productive, you must practice efficient time management. But did you know that intentional and efficient time management can go a long way toward helping you achieve strong mental wellbeing?

If you can mindfully and intentionally use your time and prioritize action toward your values and goals, you will:

-Be more confident in your abilities

-Have higher self-esteem

-Accomplish more

-Achieve a healthier balance between work, leisure and self-care

-Recognize that you have time for fun, hobbies, and relaxation

All of which nudge you toward strong mental wellbeing.


On the other hand, if you manage your time poorly you could suffer burn-out.

Burn-out: What is it?  Burn-out is a state of mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and  prolonged stress.

What leads to burn-out?  Many factors can contribute to burn-out.

You might be thinking to yourself, “I manage my time very well. I work hard all of the time”. I would argue if you are working hard ALL OF THE TIME, then you are heading toward burn out.

I see this happen with many clients, of all ages, who come to Empower Counseling for therapy. They mention they are exhausted, both physically and mentally. They worry they have become lazy because they just can’t seem to get their work done like they used to. They lack motivation to do all of the things they used to enjoy doing. And they tend to be self-critical, stating they lack willpower and have lost their strong work ethic.

That is classic description of burn out my friends. You can be, laser focused on nothing but work or school, running at all cylinders for weeks or months . You can work long days into the night, being more productive than ever. Until suddenly you can’t, with no understanding why.

Being productive and setting lofty goals and are important to self esteem. A sense of accomplishment, can help us feel good about who we are at the end of the day. But we get in trouble… if we have the thought “I must be productive all of the time.”

We are not robots. We are human beings, who cannot be productive all of the time. If we move too fast for too long, only focusing on work or school, we are neglecting other important needs we humans have. If we go too long without these needs being met, burn-out, anxiety, and/or depression will occur.

Setting loft goals is a good thing. You can set the highest of  goals. However, you need to be realistic about what it is going to take to reach these goals, as well as, when and how you are going to pay attention to your needs in all other areas, or domains of your life.


We have to know what we need, and what we value in all areas of life, so that we can be mindful and intentional with our time toward all of these things. If you have big goals, you can reach them, but you must manage your time efficiently and effectively to get there, without burning out.

At Empower Counseling we can teach you simple, yet effective, tools for time management that have been proven effective, with high school students, college students, and adults.

These methods have helped other University of Alabama students who have come to Empower Counseling for Alabama students.

Make the most of your time at the University of Alabama, by reaching out for counseling for University of Alabama students with Empower Counseling. We offer online and in-person counseling for University of Alabama students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and time management issues. Our compassionate counselors, Kathryn, Adam, and Kristine are all trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, which is a proven effective therapy for anxiety and depression. We have successfully used ACT to help many University of Alabama students, as well as Samford, Birmingham-Southern, and Auburn students, find clarity about what is most important to them….and spend their time accordingly. Whether you are a college student seeking effective counseling, a teen, young adult, or a professional, Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama can help. Reach out to Empower Counseling today and begin making the most of your time. 205-730-6570

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