12 Self-Care Tips For College Students
Lifestyle

12 Self-Care Tips For College Students

It is extremely important to time out of your day to care for yourself.

3562
BrewYourBestYear

We all struggle with finding time to balance school, work, church, activities, and time for ourselves. But it is extremely important to also schedule some time out of your day to care for yourself. Here are some tips and reminders on what to do if you are having a stressful week and need to reset your mind.

1. Put Yourself First

tun.com

The key to self-care is putting your health first, above any other priority. The hardest part is rewiring your brain to allow yourself to change up your schedule to squeeze time in for yourself. We fill up our time with homework, work, and other obligations, and because these things are also important to us, we don’t force ourselves to set time aside to do things that are simply for our satisfaction.

2. Keep Positive People in Your Life

tumblr.com

Friends are some of the most important people in your life. If a friend mainly contributes positivity to your life, then that relationship is a solid bond. You should keep this person in your life. You deserve to have people in your life who bring you up, not pull you down.

3. Take Alone Time


tenorgifkeyboard.com

Start small, give yourself 15 minutes a day to do something that is just for you. Treat yourself to a soothing face mask, listen to calming music in a dark room, meditate. You will find days where you can give yourself two hours and days when you don’t get a chance to stop and breathe, but every day is a new opportunity.

4. Dance

giphy.com

Dancing to your favorite tunes serves as a huge stress reliever. Turn up your speakers in your room, play some Shakira and have a quick dance party for a study break with friends. Remember to laugh, smile and not take life too seriously. Your school work shouldn’t take priority over your mental health.

5. Do Something Creative

tumblr.com

Start a bullet journal, buy a coloring book, paint a picture, doodle in your notebook. Doing something creative releases stress and those bottled up feelings we can't seem to resolve. It gives you time to reflect and mentally work out a problem in your life, which can make you happier and less anxious.

6. Exercise

imgur.com

Believe me when I say I know how hard it is to find the motivation to leave your room and go to the gym. However, exercise is incredibly good for you and will help you relieve a lot of stress.

It clears your mind and keeps you on your feet so you can think better throughout the rest of your day. Simply going to the gym and walking on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes will make you feel better compared to sitting in your room on your third hour of watching Netflix and procrastinating your homework.

7. Drink More Water

giphy.com

Did you know that even slight dehydration could negatively impact your mood? Water improves your skin, keeps you energized and makes you more alert. Drinking more water can only benefit you and make your day easier. Keep in mind that coffee doesn’t count, so step away from the Starbucks.

8. Music

giphy.com

Like walking, singing is a form of exercise that releases endorphins (which make you happy). This also increases the oxygen in your blood, which can improve your mood. Give your brain a break from all of your stress.

You’re likely breathing more deeply if you’re singing, and that’s a technique that can help reduce your anxiety. And if your mini concert takes place in the shower, you get your daily hygiene routine in too, which can also boost your mood.

9. Sleep

tenorgifkeyboard.com

Sleep lets our bodies heal themselves, and when you don’t get enough, it affects every aspect of your life. Not sleeping enough can contribute to symptoms of depression, age your skin and make you gain weight. College students have enough to worry about and don't really want to add dealing with aging, and weight gain.

10. Don't Be Afraid to Say Yes or No

giphy.com

If you tend to decline fun-sounding invitations because of your heavy, stressful workload, remember the value of taking a break, even when you do have a hectic schedule. If, on the other hand, you tend to say yes to everything that comes your way, remember that it’s okay to prioritize your own needs by saying no.

Always do exactly what you want to do. No friend, significant other or enemy should make you do anything you don’t want to do.

11. Change Your Scenery

giphy.com

A simple change to your studying space or work location can boost motivation and moral significantly! If you always tend to go to study at the library, go find a classroom or new study space to renew your focus. Having different surroundings can keep you on task and keep you motivated.

12. Remind Yourself That You are More Than Your Academics


giphy.com

There are many people at college who base their daily routine around their academic schedule and workload.

If you feel similarly, ask yourself: What else are you good at? What else do you enjoy doing? Make a list of all the things you do and enjoy that aren’t directly related to your academic life. Your academics are important, but there are other things in your life that are important, too.

Remember that you are valuable because you are a person. Your value isn’t attached to what you’re good at, but to the fact that you’re a human being.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I was never really big on cocktails. Tequila soda is always a go-to drink for me because of its simplicity and, to be honest, lack of extra calories from mixers chock-full of sugar, chemicals, and other unknown ingredients. I like tequila, and like to be able to really savor it.

This all changed when, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine made me a margarita from scratch — no funky mixers involved — and it tasted incredible. It was light, refreshing, and complemented the tequila without overpowering it.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was blessed with thick, full hair up until my late teens. At the time, I cursed my hairiness — this was before full eyebrows became trendy or cool, and were instead a point of bullying many of my fellow full-browed teens can relate to.

Later in my 20s, hormonal stability was something I was thankful for, though a major side effect ended up being hair loss — on my head, lashes, and brows. I now find my filling in my brows on an almost daily basis. As much as I enjoy toying with and testing out different brow-filling products, it'll never be quite the same as being able to have "I woke up like this" full, Gigi Hadid-esque brows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, A Reminder We Need Even More In Quarantine

You're going through something brand new — that's worth talking about.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This isn't new to 2020, but oh man, if we ever needed a reminder about the importance of mental health, now is the time. With different states all over the place in regard to stay-at-home orders, phased reopenings, and a "new normal," we're experiencing conflict, fear, changes, and unknowns that can easily trigger mental struggles we already have or spark feelings we've never had before. Yes, May is always Mental Health Awareness Month, but in quarantine, that need for positive mental health is taken to a whole new level.

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

Everyone is LOVING "Outer Banks," as you've probably heard. And if you haven't caught the hype for the show yet, these articles will definitely give you a taste of what you're missing.

If you already have seen and fallen in love with the teen heartthrob crew, you need to get on board with some of these theories for season two!

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments