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31 Insanely Genius Ways to Practice Self-Care in College

College… annoying professors, pointless lectures, never ending studying and the list goes on and on. Yup, that’s college for ya! A busy schedule with no end in sight. But, it’s definitely worth the ride.

Challenges will arise and it may seem as though they are never ending, but challenges are necessary factors to aid in your growth. Without them, you would never grow into the amazing individual you were made to be.

Self-care is an amazing way to prevent burnout, anxiety, feelings of anxiousness and so much more. Self-care as a college student is extremely under rated.

The pressures of college are enough to make one go crazy. That’s why we have prepared a list of 31 ways to practice self-care in college (so you never get bored or run out of options).

31 Insanely Genius Ways to Practice Self-Care in College

1. Take a deep breath its true, college is overwhelming. The assignments are stressful, you hardly have any money, yet you’re required to buy expensive textbooks and your professors only require you to read paragraph two on page 34 (crazy, we know). Not to mention you’re taking 6 classes and trying not to fail (Alexa play, cry me a river). Take a deep breath, these 4 years will pass by before you know it and as crazy as it may sound, there will come a time when you will miss at least some of the stress that comes with being a college student.

2. Face reality you came to college to do a thing—to make your parents proud, to get that degree so you could walk gracefully across that stage while basking in your accomplishments. Don’t take it too serious. Have fun, embrace the challenges, make new friends and do the best that you can.

3. Create balance consistently juggling too many things at one time can lead to burnout and we definitely don’t want that. Create a schedule that works best for you. What times are you most productive? Are you an early riser or do you sleep well into the afternoon? This will be the determining factor for when you should schedule your study sessions, time with friends, time to relax and whatever else needs to be on your schedule.

4. Start a gratitude journal often times we get caught in the whirlwind of our lives that we focus on the negative and completely dismiss all of the good that has been happening for us. Before you get out of bed each day, make a habit of writing down atleast 5 things you are grateful for. They don’t have to be long and complicated; you can simply be grateful for white chocolate mochas because they get you through your 8am chemistry class that you completely dread. The goal is to do this consistently and look back at it at the end of every week so you can maintain a positive outlook on life.

5. Focus on the good ever heard the saying, you are what you focus on? Focus on the negative and you will always view your life through a negative lens. Focus on the positive and you’ll begin to see your life in a new light. You’ll begin to notice all of the amazing pieces of your life that you conveniently looked over because you were too focused on the negative.

6. Schedule a nap sounds crazy, right? With a schedule as busy as yours, it can be easy to overlook the fact that there’s room to squeeze in a quick 30 min power nap before your next class. Sure, you have many things to do but, without sleep, your brain capacity begins to dwindle. You’re less likely to focus in class and you may even be cranky all the time because you are seriously lacking sleep. Your body requires you to get some shut eye so can properly reset and function at your highest capacity. Schedule that nap.

7. Make a Target run who doesn’t love Target? In between classes or after your last class, take the time to peruse the isles of the store that never gets old. Nobody ever needs a reason to go to Target, you just go and figure out what you need later (lol).

8. Take a virtual guided meditation class according to Mayo Clinic, meditation is the practice of focused concentration, bringing yourself back to the moment over and over again and actually addresses stress, whether positive or negative. Meditations can also reduce the areas of anxiety, chronic pain, depression, heart disease and high blood pressure. Need we say more? Find a virtual guided meditation class ASAP.

9. Take a bath after a long day of classes that you can live without and last minute assignments, relaxation should be a no brainer. A hot bath with your favorite scented oils and body wash is everything you need and more to unwind from a long day.

10. Get lost in the pages of a good book it can be a book, a magazine, an online article—whatever floats your boat. Sit on your bed or in your favorite chair and read away. 

11. Make a list of affirmations make a list of affirmations that you can read to yourself daily. You can create several lists on different topics such as: gratitude, success, positivity etc. Affirmations said daily will eventually lead you to believe those things that are said. For example: Today will be amazing, I will not get angry over things I cannot control etc. say these things every day and your brain will begin to believe you. 

12. Move your body running and weight lifting may not be your thing, but yoga or Pilates may be more your speed. Getting regular exercise is not only good for your health but it also releases endorphins which trigger positive feelings in the body that are similar to morphine. Exercise regularly to stay in shape. 

13. Call up a loved one for some reason, we often forget the importance of family and staying connected. Just being around family can put you in a better mood. Calling up a loved one can also put you in a better mood. 

14. Order your favorite food yall, good food will never get old. Whatever your favorite meal is, have it delivered to your house and enjoy every single bite of food and every sip of your beverage. There’s something about a good meal just takes all the pain away.

15. Light a candle the aroma of a good candle in the air can be an instant mood changer. It’s relaxing and can set the mood when you’re trying to relax or just want to have a smell good lingering around your room.

16. Clean your space it’s really hard to practice self-care when everywhere you turn there’s a mess. A clean space brings mental clarity and peace of mind, it helps us to function better and allows us to be more productive. Keep your space clean for clarity.

17. Learn how to say no news flash, you do not have to say yes to everything. Not to your mom, your best friend, your roommate etc. With your busy schedule, it’s impossible to do everything. If you do not set boundaries, you will begin to resent the people around you and you’ll find yourself always giving to other people while neglecting yourself. That brings us to our next point…

18. Set boundaries you are allowed to set boundaries and you don’t need anyone’s permission to do so. Do not allow people to tell you what they believe to be reasonable boundaries for your life. This is your life and you set the tone for what you will and will not allow. Set boundaries unapologetically. 

19. Forgive yourself have you ever beat yourself up about something over and over again that happened years ago? You are literally torturing yourself by reliving past moments that you cannot change. We have all done things in our past that we aren’t proud of, yet we have to learn how to move on no matter how bad the situation may have been. Learn to forgive yourself so you are not constantly living in the past.

20. Get fresh air go outside and take a walk at the park. Fresh air is good for you and being around nature can be healing. 

21. Spend time with yourself spend a day just catching up with yourself and doing things that you love to do. 

22. Fall in love with yourself falling in love with yourself is a process and definitely does not happen overnight. Remember those things that you hated about yourself as a child or even a year ago? Fall in love with those things because they are what makes you, you. Fall in love with every single curve, every single mole, crooked tooth and things that in your eyes make you seem weird or different. Love yourself for who you are and never try to be someone else. You are unique for a reason.

23. Call your best friend what are best friends for? They’re always there when you need them and are willing to go the extra mile for you. Call your best friend, you’re probably over due for some much needed girl chat.

24. Make a DIY hair mask sometimes we neglect the day to day things that need to be done that keeps us looking great. Our hair needs to be nurtured consistently to prevent breakage. Google at home hair masks that can easily be made in your kitchen. 

25. Practice discipline discipline is the ultimate form of self-care because it forces you to make sacrifices for a better future even when you really don’t feel like it. Going to class and completing your assignments on time is a good form of discipline. You may hate writing papers but you went to college with a goal in mind—to get your degree and to start working in a field that you love. Work now so you can play later.

26. Drink enough water the last thing you want to do is find yourself in the ER because you were dehydrated and had no idea. Carry a water bottle with you around the house or wherever you go, you’ll be more likely to drink it because it’s with you.

27. Cook at home earlier we said to order your favorite meal, but cooking your favorite meal at home can give you all the feels as well. Especially, if you love whipping up a good meal. Find a new recipe on Pinterest and get to cookin’. 

28. Get organized being disorganized can sometimes cause you to spiral out of control because you seemingly have no control over your schedule. When you write things down and schedule them for a particular time during the day, you will find yourself feeling a sense of control over what’s going on in your life.

29. Binge watch your favorite show get in your bed, turn off all the lights, light a candle and snuggle up with your favorite pillow as you binge watch your favorite show all day. Don’t you dare feel guilty about it either.

30. Take a break from social media do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through social media on a daily basis? Do you also find yourself comparing your life to your friends and Instagram influencers? Yea, take a break from social media for at least a couple of hours every day to save yourself the comparison game. Remember, comparison is the thief of joy.

31. Stop comparing yourself to other people scrolling through social media on a daily basis and seeing your friends live their best life may make you feel like your life sucks. News flash, social media is nothing but a highlight reel and your life doesn’t suck no matter how you look at it. We are all moving through life at our own pace, don’t let other peoples lives make you feel like you are behind. Trust us, you are right on time.

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