For The Student Who Needs Self-Care Tips For This School Year

For The Student Who Needs Self-Care Tips For This School Year

With each semester consistently rearing its head, our daily stressors can increase and we may lose sight of our mental stability.
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Our mental health and stability are one of the most important priorities we can attend to in our daily lives. How we react to situations, what our thought process is, how we handle stressful situations and our daily stressors... they all rely on our mental health!

It is very important for us to check in on ourselves, mentally, to ensure that we are healthy and living in a state of mental clarity. How do we do so? Sometimes simply asking yourself how you're feeling today will grant the opportunity for you to resolve any internal issues you may have. If you notice that you are having persistent feelings of sadness, lack of motivation, or helplessness, then it is best to speak with someone to make sure there are no mental abnormalities.

Imagine that you have two or three papers due and two exams in ONE week on top of having a full-time job and extracurricular activities.

The stress levels can get high for you, but how you manage your stress and how you operate your time, will be the foundation of your mental stability in school. One of the many branches of caring for your mental stability and managing your stress is having a self-care routine!

Some people are probably wondering what a self-care routine is, what it can entail, and how we can incorporate these qualities into our daily lives!

A self-care routine, in a mental health sense, is a series of actions that an individual takes in order to alleviate any elevated stress or anxiety they may have. Honestly, a self-care routine, all in all, is what YOU make it and there is no limit to the actions or events you want to partake in, to bring yourself some inner peace.

The tips I will be giving you today will be based on a week self-journey that you can partake in to solidify your self-care routine or at least some aspects that you would love to incorporate into your tailor-made self-care routine.

1. Sunday: Cleansing/Detoxing

Sunday is usually the day of rest for most people, so it's only right that we rest our minds today! Unplug from all social media, start doing some clean eating, while drinking nothing but water and tea, and remove any negative energy from your life! Unplugging from social media will give your mind a rest from any and all ignorance and toxic content that you may be viewing. Drinking more water and eating healthier foods increases the blood flow and oxygen to your brain, which is perfect for mental clarity when it comes to studying for a test or writing papers. Finally, removing any negative energy, be it a person, old habit, object, or vice, removing negative energy is an important part in elevating your mental stability.

2. Monday: Communication

Humans thrive off of human interaction. So on this Monday, communication is definitely key!!! Talking with your friends, a loved one, or even a mental health professional on different ways you can incorporate various self-care techniques into your life can be very beneficial. Having more than one opinion is sometimes best when it comes to planning out your ME time.

3. Tuesday: Alone Time/Journaling:

Take advantage of your alone time and reflect on different aspects of your life, watch Netflix, write a couple raps, FaceTime a friend you haven't talked to in a while because things have gotten busy. Your alone time is YOUR time and what you do with it, is solely up to you! Just as long as you are enjoying what you're doing, your alone time will be bliss. Journaling your inner thoughts and letting everything out on paper, when you may not feel so confident confiding in someone else, is a great way to release any mental tension or negative energy you may have experienced during your day today. Journaling can also be used to reflect the change you see and the change you WANT to see happen in life, as you reflect on the different aspects of your life.

4. Wednesday: Read/ Discover New Art

Reading and discovering new art forms is not only stimulating for the brain, but it opens your mind to new knowledge and interests. If you're not sure what books to pick up, a few recommendations are "You Are A Badass. How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero, I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy, The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Şafak, and Emotional Freedom by Judith Orloff, M.D.

5. Thursday: Try A New Skill

Try something that you have never done before! Be it Yoga, Meditation, or anything you desire to try that you may not have done before, you will be more receptive to try new things!

6. Friday: Reflection

Reflect on everything you have learned, enjoyed, and wanted to incorporate from your week of discovery! Journal your reflection and think about the change you, now, see in yourself, mentally.

7. Saturday: Plan & Action

Take your reflection and turn it into ACTION!!! Take each day and plan a way to incorporate these actions and self-care tips into your daily life routine. Sooner or later, you will begin to see a mental change in yourself, for the better!

ALL IN ALL LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, WHEN IT COMES TO YOU, YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, AND YOUR FREE TIME...

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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To All The Girls Who Never Felt Like They Mattered

We are all they same, if I'm important, so are you!

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I know that for a couple of my article I have written about boys out there, some that who had inspired me, but mostly some that have hurt me or made me realized different things in my life.

But now, I'm experiencing something new, something foreign to myself that I'm not even sure how to describe it. I met a guy, and at first, it was random, I met him by chance with some of the people I knew, he asked for my Snapchat, I gave it to him and that was that. The next day he snapped me and asked me to go out on a date with him, and at first I was confused, I couldn't even remember the last time I went on a date, so I was a little skeptical about it, but eventually, I said yes.

So, I went on a date with this guy, and it's been so long, I don't even remember how it's supposed to be like, but so far, everything's been good, nothing has been awkward or something like that so I'm giving it a chance. We finish the food, we leave the restaurant, and I know I had a great time, I know I hadn't enjoyed someone's company as much as I had his.

This all felt weird, but at the same time, it felt natural, it felt like it was something I needed to experience and go through to realize the things I been missing.

Now, it's been a couple of weeks since that day, and I'm still talking to him, he still makes me feel better about myself, and most importantly he makes me feel special. Like I'm someone worthy of the attention I'm receiving, and this is something new from how I used to feel. It has taken me a while to accept it, but slowly, I'm getting use it to, use to it in the way that doesn't make me feel uncomfortable with it, and instead I learn to accept it, use to it in the sense that I don't question it anymore, and instead I allow it to boost my confidence up, because now I know I'm better than what I thought I could be.

With all of this going on, it has opened my mind to new possibilities that I never thought possible. So, I'm telling all the girls out there, if I could find someone that made me feel special, so can you. I'm not saying I immediately fell in love with a guy out there, what I'm saying is that I'm allowing myself to feel something again, something that makes me feel special, and something that makes me feel like I matter.

So, I'm speaking to all the girls out there, if I could do it, so can you. Do not tell yourself what you can and can't do, simply allow yourself to feel it.

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