You have three exams, one paper, two major extracurricular commitments, an interview, etc. Not to mention you have to eat, sleep, stay hydrated, and do so much more. No wonder college students are some of the most stressed individuals in the world. That may be an exaggeration, but I firmly believe that the college lifestyle does not cater towards a healthy mind or body.
How can it?
Well, that is what I wanted to write about today. SELF-CARE, people. It’s important. It matters. Practice it.
Last week was similar to the nightmare week I mentioned above. Over the course of the year, I have been trying to compile ways to make my week just a little bit better in the midst of chaos. I want to start with saying: don’t justify sacrificing your health because of busyness. “Oh, I’m just busy, I’ll sleep two hours tonight.” Numerous scientific journals have published research on the detrimental effects of zero-sleep. Sleep. You. Need. It.
Here are some of my collected thoughts:
- Make a routine and stick to it.
- Organize your work based on urgency.
- Talk to someone you love–my parents are supportive and keep me sane in the midst of my chaotic schedule. You are never too busy for a short “hello.”
- Delete your social media. Whether you like it are not, you know scrolling through Instagram is not an efficient use of time.
- Take short breaks. I know you have so much to do, but step outside look at the leaves, smell the air, and take time to reflect.
- Study without distractions–whatever that means to you.
- Say, “no.” You are one person, you can’t possibly do everything.
- Remember: you’ve been through so many challenges; this is just another one. You will succeed.
- Wake up early and sleep early. If you wake up on time you won’t have to stay up late.
- Eat snacks between your study sessions. A growling stomach can slow you down. Also: eating makes the task more fun, right? Give me all the pretzels and almonds please. 🙂
- Follow your spiritual routine; it will make you a more peaceful person.
I know life is incredibly crazy and these tips may not help or apply to your life. From my experiences, however, this has helped me maintain my sanity.
It’s important to recognize that you have lived through so many experiences in your life thus far. You survived that difficult class, horrendous week, and so much more. You can and will conquer what is next.
I am pretty much a walking self-help book, which is slightly embarrassing. But if you personally know me, you know that I am the epitome of embarrassing. I fell down the stairs earlier today.
Take care of yourself!