Self-Care In College Should Mean More Than Retail Therapy

Self-Care In College Should Mean More Than Retail Therapy

What self-care is and why it matters.

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It seems to be that point in the year where people start getting run down... college students especially. It's either almost your spring break or you're just coming back for your vacation. The work is piling up, and you're searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. This is when it's most important to take time for yourself and give your mind a rest.

School is obviously important, and maintaining good grades is too, but so are you! Your grades aren't everything; your mental health is. Remembering to give yourself a chance to relax makes a world of difference. Sometimes we get so absorbed in things that we forget to take a step back. Remembering to practice self-care will help your energy and productivity levels stay much higher than when you work yourself down to the bone and then try to build yourself back up.

Self-care doesn't need to be buying yourself something, which seems to be a misconception in our world nowadays. It can be as simple as allowing yourself a chance to sleep in instead of getting up early to go to the library. It can also just be giving yourself a study break to go cook yourself a meal and watch a few episodes of your current Netflix obsession. It doesn't need to be too much time where you become more stressed afterward. It should just be something that gives you a little bit of time to clear your mind.

This sounds so simple and easy, but many times people forget to do it. I'm not perfect at keeping up with my self-care, but when I try a little harder to plan out little breaks, I find that I work harder in those shorter time periods so the break is deserved. I also notice that once I spend some time relaxing, it's easier for me to come back and work once I've relieved a bit of stress and given myself a little reboot.

Not only is taking time for yourself important for your mind, but it's also good for your body. When you aren't sleeping as well or eating well, your body becomes run down and it's easier to get sick. This is so common around midterms and finals week for college students, and I see it happen so often. Long hours in the library during the day with no real food, staying up through the night to cram...this affects the body and the mind. People forget you need good sleep and food to fuel your body, and when your body isn't getting that, it will show.

School is stressful, and I will not downplay that at all. But it's manageable if you really try. Whether you take a walk around just to get some air or give yourself an hour to just lie down and rest, it'll pay off. Your body and mind will both thank you.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Life Is So Much More Than Ourselves

The lives we live are really so much bigger than just ourselves.

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I hope people hear this loud and clear when I say that this generation of people and quite frankly our society as a whole has become one of the most selfish to date. I really hope people reading this don't take it as me calling people out, "throwing shade" or bashing humanity, I'm just trying to put out a call to action but in a more blunt way.

This generation subconsciously lives by the "me, my, mine" lifestyle. Everything is all about us, and what we want and immediate satisfaction or gratification from the things that we do in life. We always want someone to notice what we are doing, that we did it and we want to be acknowledged for it. Our wants and desires power so much of what we do and how we react to what others do and so on and so forth. Also, kind of piggybacking on that, we tend to believe or live by the idea that, "yeah it happens, but it's never gonna happen to me" which can be a major issue when it comes to decision making. This is because we don't think about how it affects anyone but ourselves, usually in the immediate sense rather than the long term.

With that being said it can become an issue when we choose to ignore the other things going on around us like, "oh, someone else will get it." and then things like the trash epidemic and the state at which our planet and country is in now. We have become so self-absorbed that it's to hell with everything else. The places that we call home and the world that we know is falling apart and we are all just gonna sit by and watch like nothing is happening.

I am tired of the mentality that we as a society live in, and how we try to desperately to look great on social media but do nothing about it in real life. It is time that things change and we are the ones changing it.

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