How to Prioritize Self-Care (For College Students Who Are Too Busy)

How to Prioritize Self-Care (For College Students Who Are Too Busy)

In the self-care department, I think us college students are lacking.

Whether it’s staying up late to study, sitting at a desk with hunched shoulders, or carrying a heavy backpack long distances, college takes a toll both mentally and physically. I know it’s hard to make time to recharge, but it’s necessary. Everything will catch up with you eventually and you’ll find yourself sick, burnt out, experiencing severe back pains, or all three. I’ve been there and it totally sucks.

Even if it’s just a few minutes of yoga, having a healthy meal with a friend, or planning a few days a week where you’re sure you can get adequate rest, self-care can be done. It doesn’t necessarily mean bubble baths and face masks.

Some tips:

  1. Go for walks: I love going for walks to clear my head, and getting more steps in can reduce insomnia and keep you fit.
  2. Try yoga: At the beginning or end of your day, look up a short video online to follow along with. Stretching your sore muscles will prevent pain later.
  3. Eat often: Your schedule might not permit a regular breakfast, lunch, dinner pattern spaced out equally, but you do have to eat. Make a plan and stick with it, even if that means packing snacks for the day. There is nothing worse than sitting through a class hungry…you’ll just be thinking about food and won’t be paying attention to the lecture at all.
  4. Find a hobby: Do something just for fun. Luckily in college there are hundreds of organizations you can join, or you can just try something active like a sport or a craft like knitting. Especially if you don’t have a job, it’s important to have something you do besides school.
  5. Take classes you like: A great way to work self-care into your schedule- take some classes you are interested in! You’ll need electives and credits toward your major anyway, so if something sounds fun, take it. Between core math classes and everyday stress, it’s nice to have something to look forward to!

I hope you found these tips helpful! How do you make time for self care in college? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading!


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