Self-care is extremely important, especially in the high-stress environment of college.
Start a journal.
Journaling is a great way to decompress and gather your thoughts. It's a great meditation tactic to help de-clutter thoughts and make sense of the day. It's also just effectively therapeutic.
Knitting is one of the most relaxing activities to do. And especially with winter on its way, it's the perfect time to work on knitting a cozy scarf or sweater for the chilly season.
Take a bath.
Baths are soothing, warm and a great way to de-stress. If you're particularly in the mood, light some candles and throw in a bath bomb for extra comfort.
Play with animals.
Studies have shown that interaction with animals makes people happy and relieves stress. If you're having a particularly bad day, just go to Cat's Cradle or the puppy farm and play with adorable little creatures to brighten your day.
Write down your goals.
Feeling in control is important for many people. A good way of doing this is by writing down your goals, and what you want to accomplish in the future. This way, you have a direction to go towards, something to look forward to.
Write a blessing diary.
Oftentimes we always think of the negative things in life. Instead of this, try writing down what you're grateful for. After all, it's almost Thanksgiving - what better time to write down what you're thankful for!
If you're like me, shopping is a great way to relieve stress. There's something truly therapeutic about going to the store and trying on clothes. I personally love shopping, as it gives me instant and easy gratification. It might not be healthy for your wallet, but its shoes are a girl's best friend.
Netflix has got to be one of the go-to activities for stressed college students. It's basically a staple of our society. I love watching romantic movies, comedies, or anything light-hearted after a bad day. Although Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl are great choices for getting the tea.
Read a book.
Reading is one of the best solitary activities one can do. It's not only good for your brain, but it's the perfect way to relax and let yourself enter a different world - without the help of Netflix or other media. I particularly love to read fantasy and historical fiction when it gets colder out and when all I want to do is bundle up.
Alternatively, YouTube is another great viewing option for self-care. If you're into music, watch some music videos. If you enjoy clothing hauls, watch those. YouTube has videos for every interest imaginable.
Go on a walk.
Studies have shown that being in nature makes one happier. If you're overwhelmed (either emotionally or academically) then going for a walk to enjoy the fresh air is a great option. I recommend either the Arboretum or the Shenandoah Mountains. Nature is a wonderful thing.
I, along with many people, find baking to be therapeutic and soothing. There's something satisfactory about baking, as you're creating something from scratch. The end result is also yummy and absolutely delicious.
Taking care of yourself is different for everyone. Yet — it's an important thing to remember to do in college.