It can be hard to practice self care when you feel like you have a billion things to do and no time to do it! You want to get good grades, have a social life, keep in touch with family, stay in shape, and also have some time to yourself. We college girls have so many priorities to balance and sadly, not enough time to just chill. But self care is important and can make you feel totally rejuvenated if you’re stressed. Self care can be the one thing that separates you from burnout, getting sick, and/or losing all your motivation! Integrating it into your schedule means maintaining your mental and physical health. Here are 7 ways to practice self care at school.
Choose a fitness routine that you actually like. Let’s be honest, most people don’t love doing pushups, planks, or crunches. They’re boring and repetitive. So I’ll let you in on a secret: you don’t need to do any of those to get into tip top shape. Take a dance or hot yoga class if you want a full body workout that’s fun and you’ll look forward to. Pilates, boxing, spin, and barre are also great and trendy right now. Try checking the PE department at your school for fun exercise classes you can take! If you can’t find any, look for local studios or even just pick some YouTube workout videos for guidance!
Spend time away from the screen. Chances are, you’re spending a LOT of time on your computer everyday to write papers, do research, or check your homework assignments. With constant emails, text messages, and social media posts, technology can overstimulate us and make us feel exhausted! It’s healthy to walk away from the screen for a little while everyday. Try to spend at least one hour everyday without picking up your phone or going on your laptop. Take a walk around your campus, pick up a book or magazine and read for pleasure, or meet up with a friend! Regular time away from the digital world will make you feel recharged and relaxed.
Prepare for the next day before you go to bed. That way, you won’t have to scramble to get all your things together before class the following morning! Do your homework/readings (at least) the night before so you don’t have to worry about it when you wake up. Put your assignments and computer in your backpack when you’re done. There’s nothing worse than showing up sweaty and out of breath (oh and late) to class because you couldn’t find the paper that was due and you had to search your entire room. By being prepared the night before, you’ll set yourself up for a nice and relaxing morning!
Keep your room clean. Looking at a messy desk doesn’t make anyone feel calm or ready to do their best work. Make your bed in the morning, Swiffer the floor once in awhile, and make an effort to keep things tidy in your living space. When you get out of class and want to retreat to your space to watch some Netflix, you’ll love coming home to a clean and organized room! You’ll also have a clearer head and feel more motivated come crunch time.
Eat breakfast. Yes, even if you have an 8:30. Breakfast is important because it boosts your energy and stimulates your metabolism. It gets your body ready for the day. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to treat yourself to a delicious meal every morning? Breakfast food is personally my favorite. Heap plenty of fresh fruit onto your plate and try to pick foods that are rich in protein (like nuts and eggs)! Green tea is also excellent for your metabolism and has a little bit of caffeine, so you’ll really be ready to conquer your day.
Take yourself on a date. Treat yourself to some quality “me time.” You don’t need to wait for somebody to ask you out to wear an outfit that you love and do your makeup all cute! Get gussied up just for yourself and enjoy a solo activity of your choice. One thing I love to do when I want alone time is go to the mall near my campus and just walk around, I don’t even need to buy anything! Your “you” date can be as simple as taking yourself out for a cup of hot chocolate! Schedule time to do something extra nice for yourself.
Let me know your favorite self care practices in the comments!