5 Self-Care Tips For College Students

5 Self-Care Tips For College Students

Prioritize Your Mental and Physical Well-Being.
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As students, we are expected to balance school, work, internships, and home responsibilities. The juggling of our many lives can prove to be quite overwhelming and stressful.

When we work too much, we put aside the things we should be doing to ensure our mental and physical health are stable. Self-care is a practice that reduces stress and maintains our short- and long-term well-being. The methods of self-care are unique to each individual, due to everyone having different schedules, circumstances, and living situations.

Here are 5 self-care for the average college student:

1. Encouraging Post-Its

Using Post-It notes are an easy way to remind yourself of your self-worth, self-motivation, and self-encouragement.

You can stick a post it on the mirror in your room with a simple phrase such as “You are worth it” or “Be kind to yourself” written on it. This will ensure that you at least start your day off on a positive note and will give you the confidence to face your day.

2. Treat Yourself Thursdays

Whether it be buying yourself a $5.99 bottle of wine or ice cream from your favorite store, Treat Yourself Thursdays is way to reward yourself for your week’s hard work. You also don’t have to buy yourself a treat. Treat Yourself Thursdays could also be an evening dedicated to a bubble bath and a book, or cozying up in your bed with your favorite Youtube channel.

3. 15-minute meditation

Setting aside 15 minutes to meditate every day will have a tremendous impact on your overall wellbeing. You can find guided meditations on free smartphone apps such as The Mindfulness App (http://www.mindapps.se), Headspace (https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app), and Calm (https://www.calm.com). If you do not own a smartphone, you can also find guided meditations on Youtube.

4. Go to bed early

If your schedule allows it, go to bed early sometimes. Getting enough sleep has plenty of benefits including mood control, clearer thinking, and sharpening memory. It also can help prevent diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Whenever you can, go ahead and knock out for eight hours.

5. Cutting Off Toxic Friends

Easier said than done. However, toxic friends are one of the main causes of stressors. Maintaining a friendship is not always easy, but it shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. You should never feel as if you are in competition with your friend, walking on eggshells with them, or feel as if it a one-sided relationship, among other factors. Friendship is something that is mutual, with respect, honesty, and communication on both ends. If your friend is not encouraging you, checking on your mental health, and encourages toxic activities all the time, maybe it is a good time to reevaluate your friendship.

I hope that you all find value in the tips given above. There are a few important things to remember:

  • Self-care will not solve all problems. We will all still experience very stressful things in our life. Self-care is important to reduce negative emotions.
  • One shoe does not fit all. These are only 5 ways to practice self-care. If you find that these tips do not help, remember that the internet is infinite and you can find hundreds of ways to practice self-care.

M.E.

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An Open Letter From The Plus-Size Girl

It's OK not to be perfect. Life is more fun that way.

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To whoever is reading this,

My entire life has been a juggling match between my weight and the world. Since I was a young girl every single doctor my family took me to, told me I needed to lose weight. The searing pain of those words still stabs me in the side to this day. I have walked past stores like Hollister and American Eagle since I was 13.

Being plus-size means watching girls the same age as you or older walk into a store that sells the cutest, in style clothing and you having to walk into a store that sells clothes that are very out of style for a young girl. Being plus-size means being picked last in gym class, even if you love sports.

Being plus-size means feeling like you have to suck it in in pictures so you don't look as big next to your friends. Being plus-size means constantly thinking people are staring at you, even if they aren't.

The number on the scale haunts me. Every single time I think about the number I cringe.

Can I just say how going shopping is an absolute nightmare? If you haven't noticed, in almost every store (that even has plus sizes to begin with) plus-size clothing is closed off and secluded from the rest of the store. For example, Forever 21, There are walls around every side of the plus "department."

Macy's plus department is in the basement, all the way in the back corner. We get it that we are not what society wants us to look like but throwing us in a corner isn't going to change the statistics in America today. That being that 67% of American women are plus-size.

My life is a double-digit number being carved into my jiggly arms and thunder thighs. It is me constantly wanting to dress cute but turning to running shorts and a gigantic sweatshirt instead so that people don't judge me on my size.

It is time that the American society stops making plus size look like a curse. It will never be a curse. If every person was the same size, what would be the point of uniqueness? I will never despise who I am because while I was growing up multiple people told me that I needed to be a size 6 in order for a guy to fall in love with me. I will never hate myself for getting dressed up and being confident.

To all the girls reading this who may be plus-size,

It's OK! You're beautiful and lovable. If you want to buy that crop top, buy it. Life is too short to hide behind a baggy T-shirt. We are just as gorgeous as the girls that we envy. Be the one to change the opinion of the world. Fat rolls don't need to be embarrassing. Your stretch marks are beautiful. Don't ever let the world tell you not to eat that cheeseburger either.

In the end, this earthly life is temporary. We are on this earth for a blink of an eye. Don't let anything stand in your way. Wear the bikini, the crop top, and the short shorts. Post the sassy selfie you've had on your phone for 6 months and you won't post because you have a double chin or your head looks "too big." Who cares. BE YOU and love yourself while you're at it.

I'll start.

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You Attract What You Are, Not What You Want

That's the honest truth!

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How many times have we thought to ourselves, "there are no good guys out there. All the good ones are taken." I know I have had my fair share of those thoughts and vent sessions, frustrated that all the guys around me were, to be frank, stupid. Living in a college town, this stupidity only seems to be magnified. The typical college guy, who only cares about alcohol, sex, and making sure they were "satisfied" with no regard to girl's emotions seem to be the only ones around.

Now for most girls, this is not at all attractive, but when it's the only thing around, they give in. It becomes the whole "I'd rather lower my standards and have somebody than be lonely" mentality. However, with this comes even more vent sessions and heartaches about feeling used and wondering what you did for him to ghost you.

First, ladies, remember to set those standards high and keep them there. Second, I want to remind that you attract what you are, not what you want. If you are someone that likes to dress provocatively and show off your body, you are going to attract a man that only wants to use you for your body. If you are someone who involves herself in volunteer work with your church, you will attract a man who loves Jesus and serves others as you do. Not to say that every man that you attract will be like this, but there is a much higher chance you will attract that kind of person because you are that kind of person.

It is the hard truth, but it's one that needs to be said. A while ago I heard a girl talk about how all guys are "pigs" and there are "no gentlemen out there" because they were talking about her body when earlier that day she posted a picture of her in a tiny bikini showing most of her body. I just wanted to tell her what I'm saying now: You attract what you are, not what you want.

If you want a good guy, become the good girl that that good guy deserves. If you want a holy man, realize that a holy man will less likely be attracted to a girl who spends all their time getting wasted at a club four nights a week. If you want a man who respects you, respect yourself and dress like someone who has more to offer than just her body.

Next time you're feeling at a loss for finding any "good guys," think about the person you are, the people you're surrounding yourself with, and if you would want to date a guy with the habits you have. If you wouldn't, then start thinking about how to better yourself for you and for your future man. I promise, when you look inward and begin to improve yourself, you will attract the right people and save yourself the heartache of being with the wrong guys!

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