It’s the middle of the semester and right before we kick off the holiday season. You have tons of midterms, projects at work, or social events. You may feel like life is getting out of hand. In the midst of a busy point of life, self care is usually deprioritized. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of your schoolwork, social life, and extracurricular activities, but practicing self care can help alleviate all the stress that comes with it. Use these 10 tips to help you incorporate self care into your daily lifestyle.

Make a list of goals

Setting a daily list of goals will help give your day a direction. A list is helpful in assisting you in staying focused on your tasks. There is no better feeling than crossing off items off your to-do list, so grab your favorite pens and a cute notepad and start writing your list!  

Get up early

Start your mornings off right by getting up early. Waking up early alleviates stress because you are not rushing to get ready to school or work. It gives your mind time to wake up and prepare for the day. Enjoy some coffee, your favorite breakfast, and a motivational quote or devotional and you’ll be ready to face whatever life throws at you that day. Starting your morning out positive and restful attitude will improve your mornings and day overall.  

Treat yo’ self

In the wise words of Donna Meagle from Parks and Rec, “treat yo’ self.” Sometimes life gets hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the activities you love. Whether it being binge watching your favorite TV show, going to your favorite restaurant, or having a shopping spree at the FFL store, de-stress by participating in your feel good activities. Take the time to identify the activities and actions that make you feel good and treat yo’ self once and awhile.

Meditate

Whenever you feel stressed, take charge of your emotions by meditating. Breathe in and out and clear your mind. Mediating helps improve your concentration and will help calm you down in the midst of life’s mishaps. Some benefits of mediation include improved concentration, lower anxiety, and helps you regain your mental strength.

Talk with loved ones

Find a parent, friend, or loved one to talk to whenever you feel like your life is out of control. Sometimes all you need is to vent to help motivate you to tackle on the rest of your responsibilities.

Keep a consistent sleep schedule

No matter how busy you may get, it is important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. It is recommended that you get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep will make you feel sluggish and impede you from being productive. Sleeping helps improve your brain function and enhance your learning. Though you may want to work around the clock, pick a bedtime a stick to it.

Practice time management

It is easy to get lost in assignments, work, and social activities. Prioritize your commitments, and never wait until the last minute to complete something. Procrastination often causes unnecessary stress, and nobody needs that! Practicing time management will help keep your life and priorities on track. Pull out your planner and set study times, go to class, and don’t forget to include time to socialize!

Create a dream board

In the midst of a stressful semester, you may forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. You may be working hard for your family or your friends. You may working to be one step closer to your dream job. Creating a dream board full of pictures of your motivation will help remind you what the importance when you feel like your life is falling apart.

Keep up with your health

In stressful situations, you might forget to take care of yourself. Never skip meals and neglect your well being. Your mental and physical health are more important than anything. No matter how much you have to do, remember all the work will be pointless if you are physically and mentally not well. If you feel sick, don’t force yourself to go to school or work, and stay home and go to the doctor. Mental health is just as important! Remember to also make the effort to exercise! Set a workout schedule and stick to it because it will be worthwhile in the long run.  

Don’t compare yourself to others

Comparing yourself to others is easy when you are overwhelmed. Having a positive attitude about yourself will help you work better. It may seem like everyone has their life together, but in reality, nobody truly does. Just do your best and you’ll get through whatever obstacle life challenges you with.

Sara G
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