10 Self-Care Tricks For The Broke College Student

10 Self-Care Tricks For The Broke College Student

Even college students deserve wellness.

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I am a strong believer that taking care of yourself is the first step in helping others. In the hustle and bustle of college life, I often hear other students saying they are too busy, too involved to worry about their wellness. But more than anything, I am told that they are too broke to worry about self-care.

So for the broke college student, here are some free and cheap tricks for maintaining your wellness!

1. Mindfulness Apps

The most common mindfulness and meditation app is Headspace, but like too many things in this world, it requires a subscription. What many people don't know is that there are many similar FREE apps out there that can guide you through breathing, mindfulness, and meditation. One of the most apps is "Stop, Breathe & Think". Unlike some other apps, this one helps the user become acquainted with mindfulness before diving in.

2. Take a hot bath

I am a HUGE fan of "Dr. Teal's" products. They are reasonably priced, last a long time, and are made from natural ingredients. Their epsom salt soak help relax your body and ease sore muscles. My go-to product is their "Soothe and Sleep Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt." It is a perfect way to end a hard day.

3. Do a face mask

"Yes To" is a great brand for all self-care products, but their face masks are my absolute favorite. They make masks for a variety of skin types and needs. Also, all their products are cruelty-free! Each mask is under $5 and they can be found at nearly every drug store.

4. Make time to socialize 

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It is a common misconception that self-care involves being alone. Although many of these activities can be done alone, self-care doesn't have to mean isolation. An important part of wellness if making sure to spend time with those you care about. Sometimes going to dinner with friends is exactly what you need. Don't be ashamed!

5. Hit the gym

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Many colleges and universities have some version of a gym or recreation center. Whether you realize it, your money is paying for those facilities to function. Take advantage of it! Exercise is a great way to blow off steam.

6. Cry if you want to

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I get it, you think you're grown. You think being an adult means you can't cry. WRONG. Sometimes you need to take the time to cry. Eventually, your feeling will come out one way or another.

7. Watch an episode of your favorite show

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Sometimes all you need is to take 30 minutes to yourself. Lucky for you, many shows on Netflix are exactly that length. Whenever I need to take a moment to breathe, I watch an episode of "New Girl". They do say that laughter is the best medicine.

8. Stretch

Much like meditation, stretching helps you to focus on your breathing. It is also a time when you can pay close attention to how your body feels. Stretching can create a calmness and awareness we do not always allow to exist.

9. Journal

Often there are words that you don't know how to say or don't necessarily want to say out loud. Keeping a journal or diary is a great way to express your emotions in a nonverbal way. Sometimes by writing you can discover thoughts you weren't aware existed.

10. Do what makes you happy

When it comes down to it, you know yourself best. Think about what brings you joy. Do not deny yourself the happiness you deserve. If there is an activity you truly love, plan time in your week for it. Self-care doesn't have to mean spending buckets of money.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Let Time Take Over, You'll Get In A Relationship

Forever alone FOREVER?

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As the seasons changed, so do some people's relationship status. Whether the person is newly single, in a new relationship, or even newly engaged. Just recently, there seems to be the big question as to whether people should truly believe in relationships anymore. But that question can be asked under many different circumstances. If someone is in a fresh new relationship, it means that they were either waiting for the right time or they just let time speak for them.

I feel that relationships should be a choice rather than something that is forced. Love and affection is something that should come naturally. I believe that when someone gets into a relationship, they should get into it for all the right reasons. That is something I wish I told myself a few years ago when my last one ended. I've been single since then and I'm just going to let God take his time on that as it should be. I'm not going to force myself into one just because 'everyone' is getting into one. I've realized that timing is different for everyone.

If it was meant for every single human being to gain a relationship at the same time, it just wouldn't be realistic. I used to believe that I was going to be in a serious relationship by the time I'm a certain age. Guess life had more important plans for me considering that I should focus on myself before I get into a relationship.

So this goes out to anyone who feels that they'll never get into a relationship ever. Know that once you're patient which I understand is hard to do, you will find yourself in one when you least expect it. I know that's exactly how my last relationship went. I did not expect that I was going to get into any relationship at all. But at the time considering that everything was so new, I was simply testing the waters because I just wanted to make sure things went smoothly. At the time my significant other and I never argued or fought about anything pointless.

That was also mainly because we were working two jobs and just trying to live our lives the best way possible. However, unfortunately, things didn't last with us but I knew that after that chapter ended, I knew that something even better was on the way. I knew that it wasn't going to take 30 days to happen but I'm patient. I'm willing to be as patient as I can be. For now, I'm enjoying focusing on myself and the important priorities that I need to have for myself. By not focusing on getting into a relationship right away it has put me in a more balanced state of mind. I feel that is what most of us have an issue with. By asking all the time if there is something wrong with themselves is the wrong approach. By knowing and realizing your worth, that's not even a question to consider anymore.

Also thinking that one type of person goes after you when you don't want them is another wrong approach. Instead of worrying about all these things, STOP! No one cares how they look on the outside as much as they don't need to. Someone who treats you right and respects you overall is relationship status for sure. The more you focus on the person being model-like and just showing them off for looks and likes you got the wrong idea.

Relationships should be broken down into trust, love, and respect. Those three things will get a relationship status so much further than they think. So STOP focusing on not being in a relationship all the time and get back to YOU! Let time tell all and just relax! The world isn't going to end if you keep worrying about being single all the time. Your time will come before you know it.

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