College is stressful as it is. When you add in the Covid-19 pandemic and online learning it becomes even more stressful. There are so many things to worry about and get done in school, sometimes it can be hard to find the time and the energy to take care of yourself. Here are 10 tips to help you practice self-care in college.
It might seem impossible to socialize with friends and family when you’re supposed to be staying physically distanced from people. Try to utilize technology to keep in touch. You can have a game night with friends via video call. You could also call and talk to someone on the phone while you go for a walk. There are so many options to socialize still. Find what works for you so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones.
Even though you should be aware of current events and the things going on around you, being connected all the time takes a big toll on your mental health. Disconnect from social media and news outlets regularly to keep your peace of mind.
Spending time outside is great for your mind and body. Take a short break from your homework and computer to get outside, stretch your legs, and take in the fresh air.
Even just 5 minutes of meditation a day can be great for your mental health. Meditation can help you to de-stress and relax. If you are unfamiliar with meditating, try out a video on YouTube.
Do something for yourself that makes you feel good. Take the time to paint your nails or give yourself a facial. Have a roommate join you and make it a bonding experience. Order a meal to eat in and watch a movie. Make or buy that dessert you have been craving. Take a moment today to spoil yourself.
Give yourself 15-30 minutes to take a power nap. A power nap might be just what you need to boost your energy and keep you going for the rest of the day. Just don’t sleep for too long or it can have the opposite effect.
If you like reading, choose a book you have been wanting to read and sit down to read it. Pro tip: do not choose a textbook. This should be something fun that you actually want to read and gives you a break from homework.
Writing in a journal can help you reflect on what you have done that day and the feelings you have had. It can also help you release those feelings instead of keeping them pent up inside.
Everyone has emotions and some emotions are stronger than others. Sometimes you may not want to feel them or let others see them but they are a normal part of life. It is healthy to show your emotions, to laugh or cry. Give yourself permission to feel. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to cry, allow yourself to cry.
Exercise is so important for our health and is a big part of self-care. Try to get some form of exercise every day. Go for a walk/run, ride your bike, or do a bit of yoga. Exercise is great for the mind and body.
Continue to practice self-care as you go through the semester. Whether you do something on this list or find your own thing to do that makes you happy, you will see some of the stress melt away. Take care and be safe!