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.

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!


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Not Just A Puzzle Piece: I'm More Than Just My Asperger's

There's more to me than my disability.

Yes, I have Asperger's. Yes, it's a part of me. Yes, a significant part. No, it is not my whole identity. Even though this mental condition affects many areas in my life and personality, it's not the cornerstone for every single aspect of me. Just like everyone else, lots of my personality traits come from things unrelated to the way my brain is wired.

1. I love criminal science and murder mysteries; the gorier, the better.

My mother loves them. Her mother loves them. Her mother likely lived through them. I'm a third generation murder-mystery and forensics lover. Just like some family generations have the same favorite sports team or holiday, I love guts and gory things because it runs in my family. Not because I'm an Aspie.

2. I refuse to get less than seven and a half hours of sleep a night.

Nobody likes getting sick or being fat, and I hear so many people my age lamenting about both. In reality, getting a solid night's sleep could be crucial in being healthy and lean. I insist on getting a decent amount of sleep because I care about my health. Not because I'm an Aspie.

3. I listen to Tom Petty and The Beatles over Justin Timberlake and the Backstreet Boys.

Ever since I was little, that was the music my parents played in the car. I loved the rhythm, lyrics, and tune. I love these bands because they're what I grew up with. Not because I'm an Aspie.

4. I've got a high vocabulary.

Chagrin. Miff. Vexation. All words that are part of my everyday vocabulary. I wasn't born knowing them though, I know all of them because I was a hard worker in school. Not because I'm an Aspie.

5. I'm brutally honest with everyone.

Yes, I'm well aware this is a common Aspie trait. Yes, I'm fully aware it isn't "socially acceptable." However, I'd prefer to speak up when things may go wrong than say silent to please people. I'm honest because I care. Not because I'm an Aspie.

6. I don't wear clothes with logos.

Aeropostale. Hollister. American Eagle. Abercrombie and Fitch. Haven't worn any clothes from those stores since before middle school. (Owned a couple shirts from Aeropostale in fifth grade with pear and ice cream bar prints and liked how soft they were.) Those shirts with Hollister across the chest you wore? Super ugly. The hoodies? Tacky and bland. I refused to wear those clothes because they weren't my style. Not because I'm an Aspie.

7. I don't drink coffee.

Tasted it. Hated it. Refused to consume it in any form. Might be a college student staple, but it's just gross to me. I don't drink it because I hate the taste. Not because I'm an Aspie.

8. I'm not romantic.

My boyfriend and I are both very logic-based people who love each other heavily. We just don't show it through rom-com marathons and candlelit dinners. I'm not romantic because it's not practical. Not because I'm an Aspie.

9. I read Laurie Halse Anderson instead of Stephanie Meyer.

See #8 above for why. Also, I read the former author because I think she's compassionate. Not because I'm an Aspie.

10. I mess up and make mistakes.


(And since you're expecting it, not because I'm an Aspie.)

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It's OK If You Haven't Found Your 'Person'

Not finding my "person" taught me some valuable lessons I would not have been able to learn otherwise.

You hear this quote when the girl over there is hugging her best friend.

You see this quote on countless Instagram captions of best friends laughing.

To many, this quote is a celebration of friendship. However, to my high school self, this quote always created a pang of jealousy.

Don’t get me wrong, I had friends in high school. Actually, I had a lot of friends. However, I never found “my person”.

It seemed like everyone had someone they could tell all their secrets to, someone they could trust with anything. I was incredibly jealous. I wanted that person for myself. I did everything I could to find that person, but I just didn’t find what I was looking for.

Although that really upset me at the time, I have a different perspective now.

Not finding “my person” taught me some valuable lessons I would not have been able to learn otherwise and now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here are some of the valuable lessons I took away from this:

1. It’s OK to be alone

In high school, I wanted to be surrounded by people at all times. I wanted people to invite me places, I had severe FOMO, and I wanted to be wanted.

Not having a “person” made me desperate for attention and I would do anything to get it.

More recently, I’ve learned that alone time is something sacred. It’s a time to reflect and improve yourself. It’s a time to relax and unwind from a busy schedule.

Being alone isn’t bad. Sometimes, it’s exactly what you need.

2. Don't settle for less than you deserve

In my search to find my “person”, I accepted any attention I could get. I didn’t care if it was healthy attention, I just accepted it.

This led to some bad decisions and some really tough times in my life.

Even though those experiences were hard, I would not undo them. Through those experiences, I’ve realized my worth.

I’ve realized I don’t have to settle for any attention I can get. I don’t need to settle for anything less than I deserve, and I deserve more.

3. Good things come to those who wait

Before coming to college, I had finally given up on trying to find my “person”. I assumed that maybe I just didn’t have one.

The reality is I don’t have one. Since coming to college, I’ve found “my people”. I have a group of eight friends that I can confide in.

I am convinced every single one of them would risk their life for me, and I would do the same for them. All that stressing in high school was for nothing.

I just had to be patient and wait for my time to come.

4. Be your own “person”

Although I do have amazing friends, the single most valuable thing I learned in my search for my “person” was how to be my own.

I have learned that the most reliable person in my life is myself. I can’t change how others act, but I can change my own actions.

For so long, I was so lonely and angry at the world.

Recently, however, I’ve realized that my anger wasn’t at the world. It was at myself.

You cannot love someone else until you love yourself. So be your own “person”. Give yourself what you need and others will follow.

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