Self care students

While being a student can be an incredibly fun and enjoyable time of your life, it’s not without its stresses. Being away from home, making new friends and dealing with the pressures of work are all common problems that university students face when out in the real world for the first time. Luckily there are lots of easy, affordable things students can do to look after themselves better.

  1. Eat healthy
    To properly care for yourself, it’s important that you stick to a healthy, balanced diet. Also, never skip meals and allow yourself treats every once in a while.
  2. Drink in moderation
    For many students, drinking is a big part of the university experience, but it’s not all about partying. Do it too much and your body won’t thank you for it. Stick to it in moderation.
  3. Limit caffeine intake
    A caffeine addiction is the last thing you want. Save some money and have caffeinated drinks once in a while.
  4. Enjoy what you’re studying
    It goes without saying that you’ll be in a much better mood if you learn to enjoy whatever it is you’re spending the next few years of your life studying.
  5. Take breaks
    As important as it is to get things done, it’s also important for you to take breaks every now and then to get away from the pressures of studying. We all need a rest and change of pace from time to time.
  6. Be organized
    The reason people keep telling you to be organised is because it really is good for you. People who pay attention to details and have a structured approach to studying and living manage to get much more done than those who are disorganised.
  7. Don’t procrastinate
    Leaving work till the last minute is stressful. Start your projects early and aim to get them finished early so you don’t end up pulling an all-nighter.
  8. Stick to a routine
    Try your best to stick to a sort of routine. Even if your timetable changes all the time, you can still do things like going to sleep and waking up at the same time.
  9. Make time for hobbies
    University shouldn’t be all about work. Make time for hobbies to give you something you can look forward to.
  10. Socialize
    Friends can make you feel better and spending time with them can help you forget your worries for a while.
  11. Keep in touch with those back home
    Your family and friends back home are just a phone call away and keeping in touch with them can make you feel good even when you’re not down.
  12. Volunteer
    Take time to help others and you’ll feel much better for doing so. You’ll also learn about those who are less fortunate than you, which will help you to appreciate your own life better. Volunteering can give you great career experience which will look great on your resume when you come to apply for jobs post-college.
  13. Unplug
    Technology rules our lives. Take a break from it every so often and learn to appreciate other things.
  14. Get plenty of sleep
    Try to get a decent amount of sleep each night – it’s much better to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead than to wake up feeling groggy and unmotivated.
  15. Spend time outdoors
    If you need a break from it all, go on a leisurely walk and appreciate the great outdoors. Walking has lots of benefits and is a great way to clear your mind and make you feel calmer about things.
  16. Pamper yourself
    You don’t have to book a spa day or anything like that to pamper yourself. Invest in, or make your own beauty care products, for example, as they can improve your mental wellbeing and make you look and feel rejuvenated.
  17. Stay active
    It’s not always easy finding time to exercise, but even if you do little bits here and there, it can still benefit you. Joining a sports club is a great way to keep fit and meet new people as well.
  18. Be realistic
    Think about how much you can realistically get done in a day and don’t kid yourself into thinking you can get loads more done. Avoid disappointing yourself and others by being realistic about things.
  19. Do things for you
    Don’t be afraid to focus on yourself every once in a while. Looking after yourself is just as important as it is keeping other people happy.
  20. Have fun!
    One of the best ways to care for yourself is to enjoy yourself! They say your college years are some of the best of your life, so make the most of them while you can. Follow these tips, take care of yourself and you’ll be in a much better position to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Written by Jackie Edwards