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4 Ways to Practice Self Care

Everyone knows that college is a stressful time. Between classes, clubs, having a social life, and a million other responsibilities, it can be hard to pay attention to what’s most important: yourself. Here are some tips to help you stay happy and healthy under the pressure of college.

1. Spend time outside

Whether you’re a runner or a reader, taking time out of your day to experience the outdoors can work wonders on an anxious mind. There are so many activities that you do on a regular basis that can be done outside instead of cooped up in your dorm room. I’ve made a daily habit of taking a stroll around campus while talking on the phone with my mom. It helps clear my head and keeps me active without having to think about it!

2. Schedule “me time”

Just like you would schedule a class or a meeting, pencil time for yourself into your planner. A few times a week, let yourself forget about tests and assignments and do something that makes you truly happy. Put on a face mask, start a new Netflix show, or watch funny vine compilations (rip). Just let yourself be present and enjoy whatever you’re doing in that moment.

3. Keep track of what you put in your body

No, this doesn’t mean you have to count your calories and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to follow any type of strict diet. College is filled with edible temptations- free pizza on McAlister, cotton candy in the LBC, cookies at a club meeting, and cheese day at Bruff- and it’s so easy to take advantage of that. The only problem is that your body can’t function if you’re not taking proper care of it. There’s no problem with indulging, but it’s important to listen to your body and fuel yourself with things that make you feel good, physically and mentally.

4. Reflect on your day

At the end of each day, take a second to review. What did you accomplish? Who did you spend time with? What was the best part of the day? Use your answers to figure out what things make you the happiest in life and motivate yourself to seek out those environments on a regular basis.

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