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Self Care 101

The last post discussed time management on but probably the second biggest factor to a successful life at university is self-care.  Students often forget to make themselves a priority. There is no need to apologize for making ourselves a priority. We cannot live for others' successes while neglecting our own needs. We need our well being a priority. Remember that even on the airplanes, they even say "you must secure your oxygen mask first before taking care of those around you."

One of the first steps is to create a list of your "go-to" activities. These activities act as healthy mechanisms to release your stress. I am lucky to have my dogs with me while at school, great clubs that I am a part of and great friends. Horseback riding is my main mechanism for destressing. I have a riding lesson every Sunday which allows me 4 hours to tune out of the hectic student life and do something for me.

Also, be ready to treat yourself every now and then! I aim to have a manicure booked once every two weeks to allow me the opportunity to just relax an indulge. One full hour to go blank and not fret about immediate work. It doesn't have to be a manicure. It can be around of Netflix, a movie out or a nice dinner out.  

Sometimes though, self-care can be as simple as making time to have a home cooked meal instead of the fast food or take out options. Cooking is a great, peaceful task and you will feel much better for it!  Allow yourself an hour to cook and enjoy the meal then get back to your studying or work at hand.  I keep a Pinterest board of meals to keep it fun and new. 

In all of this though, being practical is the best way to practice self-care. Eat well and drink lots of water is something we are always told but when things get stressful we can forget.  Don't!  Similarly, make time for sleep! Don't grind yourself down. Leave a good 8 hours to get your beauty rest and be re-energized for the next day.  Even if you are feeling under the weather, do not use it as an excuse for dressing like a slob. When you look like a slob, you feel like a slob. Now, this does not mean that a suit is needed every day but maybe limit the sweatpants and dry shampoo/messy bun as much as possible.  Putting some time into yourself is the definition of self-care.

Those are my quick tips! Now go crush your exams!

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