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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Don't Forget About Self-Love

It's been a long winter, don't forget to put yourself first.

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For most people, spring break still isn't for another few weeks and let's be honest - it's very needed at this point. January felt like five months just by itself and it feels like winter has been going on for years. So amidst midterms, jobs, events, and everything else going on remember that sometimes you need to put yourself first.

It doesn't help anyone for you to be constantly busy and beating yourself up when one thing goes wrong. This especially doesn't help you. Everyone is feeling pressure from something, and no one is going to blame you for using some of your free time to get yourself back on track. You're much more useful when you're cup is full than when you're completely drained from trying to do everything at all times.

In college, we learn to be people-pleasers whether we want to or not. You want to impress your professor, your boss, and even your friends. You want everyone to think that you are having the most amazing time at all times. Sometimes a lot of negative feelings come up when you can't be doing something for everyone and then you feel liked you've failed.

This pressure is especially true for graduating seniors. We're all so focused on what's next and how we can maximize all our time left that we forget to take care of ourselves. We take on every project we can to prove we can do it. We try to hang out with everyone we know because we may never see them again after graduation. We constantly worry that we're just running out of time to do everything. Sometimes we forget that if we burn ourselves out now, we're not going to be able to do much later.

While the solution isn't to just give up and become a hermit, we need to realize that sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back. If you have thirty different projects going on ask for help on some of them. Collaborating is much easier than drowning in endless work. If you have free time and you've been busy all week take a night off instead of committing to seeing every friend you have. Self-breaks are sometimes the best breaks.

In the end, remember that you're not alone by any means when it comes to anything you're feeling and sometimes it just takes getting away to get better.

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