5 Self-Care Tips That Will Benefit Any College Student

5 Self-Care Tips That Will Benefit Any College Student

Just a few things to make your day that much brighter.

College is hard. Americans don't agree on much these days, but that is one thing that can be universally agreed on. It's really easy to neglect self-care as you get busy with schoolwork, extracurriculars, and having a social life. Here are 5 things I've learned that help me take care of myself every day.

1. Eat Breakfast

I know, seems easy, right? Well, it's all too easy to run off to your 8 AM without any breakfast. Then, a quick trip to the library and doing laundry and other obligations, and boom, suddenly it's lunch and you never ate breakfast. Getting through my mornings have been so much easier once I started taking the time to eat breakfast. You may lose a few minutes of sleep, but your body will thank you for that fuel later.

2. Actually use your planner

Enough said.

3. Don't get back in bed

Okay, so I haven't been doing such a great job with this one. Although, I have found that the days where I get up and stay up, I am much more motivated and feel physically better. It's so easy to crawl back to bed after that 8 AM, but I promise you'll feel so much better getting into bed at night knowing that you had a productive day.

4. Make exercise a priority

It's so easy to make a plan and say you are going to the gym and then never actually go. I have found that when I work out, especially in the mornings, I have a productive day, I feel physically better, and I eat healthier throughout the day. Working out in the morning definitely helps me put down that cupcake at lunch when I think about all the hard work I've already done.

5. Know your limits

One of the best things I've learned in college is you are never required to do anything, except go to class. Technically, you aren't even really required to do that. It's so easy to build our schedule full of social events and it drains us. Never be afraid to say no to something. I have said no to plenty of parties, social events, and even a football game because I knew physically that I couldn't handle it. Nobody will judge you for taking care of yourself.

These are just 5 of the things I've learned in taking care of myself throughout college. There are seriously so many more, but these few things have made my days so much brighter and I hope they do the same for you!

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You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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A 10-Step Guide To Becoming A Better You

Start with letting go of the negativity.



​1. Let Go of Negativity

Negativity is that one common voice that nags. It drags your spirit down. It makes you feel like you have everything to lose and nothing to live for. It can trap your mind and spirit. Negativity can keep you locked into an unending wave of self-doubt, self-hate, confusion, and you just want to rip your hair out and cry until you can't anymore and then cry more. Well, it is time to release all of that! Take a deep breath. Say the phrase: "I let go of all negativity that rests in my body and mind." No, the road forward will not be easy but believe what you affirm. Soon you will feel the negative thoughts float off you.

​2. Be Kind to Others (what goes around comes around)

You know how your elderly relatives always tell you to be kind? Well, that is not just some ole old folk spell casting- kindness really does get reciprocated. Maybe not in the ways we would have them but you do get good karma when you take the time to give it out. Try volunteering this coming holiday season at a food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or even an animal shelter. Get into the spirit of giving early. You never know who could be watching you and who could do something for you. And also, be kind to yourself.

​3. Do You, Boo Boo

The best way to be your best self is to be who you are, as you want to be! I know that seems easier said than done but in all honesty, no one can tell you how to be who you are. In fact, no one even knows how to except you. And that is something to be extremely proud of.

​4. Realize Your Values

Accepting challenges as paths to clarity is an important part of realizing your values. Knowing what you believe in for yourself, whether that be based on religion or spirituality or a personal philosophy of some kind or simply what you've always grown up believing. Bottom line...keep believing that. Keep striving for your values and expectations. Do not allow anyone to ever deter you or change who are and what you believe- unless you really really feel the same.

5. Banish Self-Doubt

This is one I have an issue with myself. I come a little too often but self-doubt is one of those things that is difficult to ignore. For me, it comes when I overthink. When I am moving too fast, or faster than I can think and I pile my plate high with tasks. I'm learning to be stricter with myself about staying calm and listening to those people and things around me. Opening my eyes, taking note of changes, and being mindful in all situations has helped me to remove self-doubt from my life. Each day I tell myself that I can. I can. I can do any and everything I put my mind to. And then I do it. Also, do NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP IF YOU GENUINELY CAN NOT DO SOMETHING!!! IT IS OKAY! JUST TRY AGAIN!

6. Practice More Self-Love

Self-Love is key. Taking time for you is very important for your personal well being. Being available for you to do the things that make you feel appreciated and special. This could be having a spa day- go get your nails and hair done. Hands and Feet! This could be a stay-cation. Search on Pinterest "Stay-cation Ideas". You never know what you might find. You want to find these 3 things... one thing to make you happy, one thing to make you money, and one thing that brings you peace. Practice positive affirmations. For me, this is telling myself I'm beautiful in the mirror each time I look into one. Practicing self-love could be eating that second or third brownie, or having another glass of wine, or watching another episode of your favorite show. Or maybe you read another chapter before bed or decide to go to bed 30 minutes earlier.

7. Read More Books

Books are quintessential to understanding more information and engaging with our world. Try going online and googling: "what book should I read quiz" and then start clicking. You may just find the most perfect book to read and a story that you'll remember for the rest of your life. Perhaps ask a bookworm in your family or among your friends for books they'd recommend and possibly borrow if they have it. Google book recommendations for people dealing with whatever is on your mind at the time. The possibilities are endless. The key to actually reading the books, however, is TURN OFF YOUR PHONE! There is nothing wrong with disconnecting every once in a while. If you have to, make a notification to your audience that you will be offline for the next 2 hours then set a timer and stick to that. Why not set a time everyday to read and have your phone remind you. That could work.

8. Actualize Your Ideal Self

Actualizing is making what you're thinking a reality. Journaling is good to use here. Writing down your goals and when to reach them. This helps you to focus in on your tasks and achieve them one by one. Visualize yourself completing everything on your list in due time. Don't rush yourself or set crazy expectations you know you can't reach right now. You will be able to reach them in due time.

9. Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes

You are human! Repeat that: "I am human. I make mistakes- and that's okay." We are all human. We all make mistakes- and that's okay. Don't kill yourself because one thing didn't go as planned or even properly or as it should. Shit happens, man. No reason to internalize the negative energy. In fact, celebrate your failures. You always learn from your failures. Always, even if the takeaway is seemingly meaningless...no. It means something and you should see the good in learning the lesson.

10. Self-Reflect

Reflect. Reflect. Reflect. Ask yourself personal questions like "What did I do well?", "What could I have done better?", "What do I need to complete/accomplish right now?" These kinds of questions have answers that are situational which means they're temporary or always changing- just like you are. Accept that fact and find joy in knowing that you won't be the same person tomorrow. You'll be better. There are a bunch of apps on your phone that help with self-reflection and self-care. Meditation is a good method of self-reflection. Taking time alone to process where you are in life, what you need to do, and express that you will feel the confidence to accomplish those things. Then reflect on what you learned from the experience. Take in everything, and release it back out into the world.

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