It is always hard to get back into your regular college routine after a LONG winter break. Going to new classes, figuring out when you have breaks and what you'll do with them, blah blah blah. But, what I realized at the end of last semester was that I was neglecting the fact that I need to make time for myself. This is why I have come to the decision that little changes in your everyday life can improve your physical and mental health as well as your attitude going into every day. Everyone makes time for themselves in different ways so here's a few of my own tips and tricks.
Working that booty
This is SUPER important for overall body and mental wellness. I, like many college students, was a high school athlete and have found the fitness transition in college to be challenging. Taking time to step away from school and your social life to be at the gym for an hour is honestly one of the best things for mental health. Finding the motivation to go to the gym can be difficult, but you have to want to do it for yourself, no one else is going to tell you to get off your butt. Pro tip: it's a known fact that working out in the morning puts you in the best mood for the rest of the day.
Eating and snacking consciously
This doesn't mean going on a diet by any means. Sometimes substituting foods for healthier options can make all the difference. Just recently I learned that dairy makes me kind of sick, so I decided to remove dairy from my diet and have noticed a world of difference. I feel more energetic and alert than I ever have. Not suggesting you need to remove an entire food group from your daily life, but sometimes certain foods can weigh you down and healthier options can make your body and mind happier. Pro tip: have a good-sized dinner and don't eat after 7 p.m., cut out the late night snacking!
Read them books
I know this sounds super lame and it can be hard to find a book to get into with so many other things happening in your busy college life but let me tell you how good it feels to read and finish a book. Finding a book that interests you enough can be hard to find, I usually ask my mom and dad what they've been reading and find something similar or I go on google and find good books in a specific genre. Taking a simple 30 minutes or an hour to read something you enjoy can change your whole attitude. I like to read at night or during breaks when I don't have homework. Pro tip: self-help or life improvement books are very helpful and interesting reads.
Early sleepers are happy risers
I know this isn't the coolest tip and I know how hard it can be to plan your day around being in bed by 10 p.m., but I promise it will help you. Especially when it comes to those early morning classes, waking up and not feeling tired is one of the best feelings. Pro tip: working out in the morning will tire your body out sooner in the evening.
Water > coffee
This is a very easy thing to integrate into your daily routine. Most of us believe that a coffee a day keeps the sleepy away, but I don't believe that for a second. Water has the ability to make you feel completely refreshed, unlike coffee where sometimes it can make you even more tired. Coffee is definitely one of my favorite things to have, but it isn't more important or better than a healthy daily water intake. Pro tip: having a cute water bottle helps with this.
This is so basic it hurts, but UGH. It is seriously the most important meal, period. If you eat big healthy in the morning you are setting yourself up for a good a** day. For me, I usually eat a banana and some kind of protein bar. It's not a huge breakfast just because I live in a sorority house where breakfast isn't made for us. This gets me through my mornings right up until lunch, which is exactly what you want. Pro tip: having a personal stash of fruit that you like is key.
These are my easy tips for getting a head start on a healthier lifestyle and better attitude going through your day. Some days it can be hard to find the good, but with these tips it should make it a bit easier. These changes won't happen overnight, but if you slowly incorporate these into your routine, the results are worth it!
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