Fall Semester Begins. Stress Levels Set In.

As the semester starts strolling by and we get back to our daily grind of classes, sleepless nights, and nonexistent social life, we tend to forget to check in with ourselves and dismiss self-care altogether.

The idea of self-care is more than just your “basic” interpretation of taking care of yourself. It’s a process where we take a moment to step aside from our busy schedules and engage in activities/acts that rejuvenates our mind, body, and spirit. Meanwhile, staying positive and having a clear mindset when practicing it. Keep in mind, that we are all different and not everyone will find bubble baths or journaling as their choice of de-stressing and managing anxiety. You know yourselves better than anyone else in this world, so it’s good that you personalize your self-care guide based on what YOU need.

Even if you’ve got a ton of things on your plate and didn’t have time to sustain a self-care routine, you have the ability to make time out of your schedule and commit; Then you’ll see a difference in yourself throughout the fall semester and even in your life.

So when you feel like you need a break to refocus and de-stress, here are a few tips and ideas for your very own Fall Semester Self-Care Guide:

1. Get Enough Sleep
If late night studying sessions or piles of homework is preventing you from getting a full night sleep, then
take some time to rest and rejuvenate yourself
2. Eat and Hydrate
Make sure you eat a balanced meal and stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s important that you nourish and listen to your body
3. Treat Yo’ Self
When you start feeling stressed or over-worked, make plans to treat yourself. Thing could be anything : A bubble bath, pampering yourself, buying coffee and a cookie, or going shopping.
4. Spend Time Outside
Even if you don’t have time to go out and socialize, you can always go outside and take a walk around campus and enjoy the peacefulness
5. Exercise and Set Goals
Whether it’s yoga or lifting weights, taking time to exercise and stay active can relieve stress and give you something to look forward to.
6. Find Time for Yourself
Everyone is different. Some like to spend time with friends and others like spending time alone– reading a book, taking a long shower, doing things that you love to do. Sometimes it helps to shut out the world in order to regain balance in our lives.
7. Use your creativity as an outlet
Whether you like to draw, paint, record videos or journal; it’s always a good idea to find what you love to do and use that creativity as an outlet for your emotions– or to de-stress.
8. Binge-Watch Netflix and Eat Comfort Food
Just lying in bed, binge watching on the latest episode of a TV show or re-watching your favorite movie for 100th time while eating your favorite comfort food is the ultimate “treat yo’self” day .
9. Listen to Music
Create a playlist of your favorite songs and have a dance party in your room or sing at the top of your lungs. Trust me when I say it’s therapeutic.

10. Talk to your loved ones or close friends
It’s always good to confide in people who are close to you and know who you are. Just talking it out with someone relieves the stress of bottling it up or not having anyone to talk to.
11. Surround yourself with good people
The friends you surround yourself should always have your best interest and never bring you down. Surround yourself with people who are willing to go on late-night food runs or make you laugh and forget why you were breaking down a second ago.
12. Remove any negativity in your life
Negativity in your life can really have an effect on you when you’re stress or when you’re just having a bad day, so remove anything or anyone who brings you down and surround yourself with positive vibes
13. Clean and Declutter
When you clean and declutter your room or workspace, you feel refreshed and organized.
14. Make Plans to go out
Whether it’s a Boba run or partying at college frat parties, making time to go out and enjoy yourself will really help take your mind off of things and live in the moment.
15. Disconnect from Social Media for a while
Social media can sometimes be a distraction or even add more stress into your life, so it’s okay to take a break to relax and disconnect.


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