While currently in exam season, I can say that my approach is so god damn unhealthy. I regret my approach, it pays off (the majority of times) but it is not healthy what so ever. I mean my wrists are weak from constantly writing and typing, my back is stiff from sitting for almost 20 hours a day, my neck still hurts from pulling a muscle during a nap in the car, my jaw hurts from clenching and sometimes I can’t breathe or walk properly (stress-induced) and so much more. But “university is the best time of your life”…right?
Fun fact: The way I come up with ideas for the blog page is I think of things that I wish I had done before or was told before. I try to spread positivity, and tips and tricks that helped or help me in attempts to help others out.
Keeping this in mind, I have 9 Self Care Tips for Students
Get enough sleep
I am normally on 3-6 hours of sleep and an unhealthy amount of caffeine. I can honestly say that the brain needs a break. Just like you need a break so does the brain. Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. Make a routine so it comes naturally: have a set time to wake up and a set time to go to bed. I miss my routine and I can’t wait till I get back to it.
Cut out almost all carbonated drinks, juices, if possible caffeinated drinks and other muck. I personally aim to drink a minimum of 2 liters of water per day. I always carry my metal drink bottle with me and I am always sipping away. Just little warning here that this results in having a weak bladder until your body gets used to the water intake. I can definitely notice a difference between the days that I don’t get my minimum of 2 liters of water and the days that I do.
Allow yourself to have a proper break
By a proper break, I mean to stop studying completely and do something else. Whether that is having a conversation with a friend or working out. Just take the mind of your workload for even 15 minutes.
I love to work out. Not to lose weight or gain muscle mass (although it is a favorable outcome), but to simply relieve my body of the stress that it constantly holds in and also to ‘undo’ the unhealthy stress eating habit I have. Also notice that I can sleep easier, and simply do easier.
You don’t have to work out in a gym. You can go for a walk, go for a hike to go for a bicycle ride and so much more. A simple 30 minutes of physical activity.
Don’t give up your hobbies
Studying is basically a full-time job. However, with the right time management, it is actually quite easy to still pursue your hobbies. For me, that is writing blog posts for you lovelies and lately I haven’t been able to do so. I can definitely tell a difference from when I was blogging and when I wasn’t.
Try to have homecooked meals
I can say that a homecooked meal makes me study better than a quick fix from the nearest food store. Although a snack here and there is dealable, I definitely think that the homecooked meals are better. You know exactly what is in, it is waaaaaayyyyyy cheaper and you can make it to your tasting.
Laugh every now and then but like your life depends on it.
It does. The basic science behind laughing is that you are basically releasing stress from your body. Don’t get me wrong, it is not 100% effective but if you are genuinely laughing or having a funny moment with someone then you will feel so much better afterward.
Okayyy, so I may or may not basically living off caffeine at the moment butttttttt it is not fun. Imma be real with you: having a lot of caffeine in your system is like a weight on your shoulders, you are buzzed but sleepy, you are tired (as in you have heavy eyes and you want to yawn but you can’t yawn) but you can’t fall asleep after a while. I strongly suggest you have minimal caffeinated drinks but keep in mind that desperate times call for desperate measures. Don’t forget to drink water and to have a healthy amount of caffeine if you can’t cut caffeine out.
Clean up your workspace whenever possible
I have noticed lately that coming home to a clean-ish room after a long busy and hectic day is literally the best feeling ever. It is calming and by god the best way to fall asleep easier. I struggle sleeping sometimes because of all the university stress and caffeine I have in my system (also because I am on my phone all the time but let’s not get into that now).
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