Scrambling to complete assignments, skipping meals to make it to your next class and losing sleep trying to study for upcoming midterms – college life is far from the dream.
You might find yourself getting a coffee for breakfast or skipping a workout to make room in your busy schedule. It’s not a bad thing, but it shouldn’t become a habit. Students everywhere have sacrificed free time, healthy habits and sanity in exchange for an education.
Despite the long days and endless to-do lists, it’s crucial we take time for ourselves.
There are hundreds of ways to make your body and mind happy. The ‘workaholic’ lifestyle doesn’t help. If anything it decreases productivity. You deserve a break.
Making time for yourself can help to prevent a slump or burnout. It’s essential to replenish your physical and emotional energy. Try to relax and find something you enjoy doing. Self-care can look different for everyone. It is not being selfish. Self-care means taking care of yourself so you can be healthy, do your job, help others and accomplish everything you want.
Social self-care is important. Humans are social creatures. Even if you prefer to be by yourself most of the time, grabbing lunch with a friend or classmate could help take your mind off that big assignment.
Physical self-care is just as important. If you didn’t get a good night’s rest, take a nap. Exercise is also important to a person’s well-being. It doesn’t have to be running or going to the gym. Doing yoga or even going for a short walk could be helpful. Give yourself the chance to take your mind off things.
Mental self-care is essential to being a healthy person. Read a book for fun, put a puzzle together, watch a movie or play a video game. Find something that stimulates your brain but isn’t for school or work.
Self-care isn’t just spa days, exercise, vacations and skincare. It’s about being truthful to yourself when you need a break. Find something you enjoy and do it.
College is a balancing act and it’s important to make time for yourself along with classes, homework and work.