Dec 4, 2019

Self Care in College

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
# Remember to get quality sleep each night! It is well known that college students need around 8-10 hours of sleep because our minds and bodies are still growing. However, we all know by now that 8-10 hours of sleep is not always feasible and it is hard to find a college student that actually gets this amount of sleep per night. On the other side of the spectrum, it is common to hear from your fellow students, “BRO! I only need 4 hours of sleep and I’m fine.” This is not sustainable or even practical. A healthy balance is around 7 hours of sleep a night. This is enough sleep for your body to do its work and help you learn, heal, and train your brain after a hard day of classes or studying.
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# Remember to get quality sleep each night! It is well known that college students need around 8-10 hours of sleep because our minds and bodies are still growing. However, we all know by now that 8-10 hours of sleep is not always feasible and it is hard to find a college student that actually gets this amount of sleep per night. On the other side of the spectrum, it is common to hear from your fellow students, “BRO! I only need 4 hours of sleep and I’m fine.” This is not sustainable or even practical. A healthy balance is around 7 hours of sleep a night. This is enough sleep for your body to do its work and help you learn, heal, and train your brain after a hard day of classes or studying.[[Image:Sleep self care.png|center]
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# Eat nutritious foods and be healthy. There is a big concern of many students about eating and food in general. Some may be worried about eating too much and others worry about not eating enough. Eating all 3 meals a day is very important. Be sure to introduce an abundance of greens and healthy fats to maintain a well balanced diet. Bring snacks and drinks to the library if you know you will spend a long time there. Stay hydrated and try to stay away from foods that are fried or full of sugar as they cause energy spikes and dips which are hurtful to a college students lifestyle.[[Image:Healthy eating.png|center]]
# Eat nutritious foods and be healthy. There is a big concern of many students about eating and food in general. Some may be worried about eating too much and others worry about not eating enough. Eating all 3 meals a day is very important. Be sure to introduce an abundance of greens and healthy fats to maintain a well balanced diet. Bring snacks and drinks to the library if you know you will spend a long time there. Stay hydrated and try to stay away from foods that are fried or full of sugar as they cause energy spikes and dips which are hurtful to a college students lifestyle.
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# Use meditation and relaxation techniques in order to release the stresses and anxieties that come with the increases in college. You can download meditation applications for the phone or you can look up videos on Youtube. A simple five to fifteen minute meditation every couple of days will decrease the stresses or at least allow you to work through them in a more healthy manner. Other methods of relaxation include, reading a book, going for a walk or run, journaling, or listening to some soothing music.[[Image:Rest in class.png|center]]
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# Organize yourself. Organization is key to self care. Keeping an organized lifestyle such as cleaning your dorm room and keeping a schedule or a planner. Take 20 minutes a week and tidy up your room because it will be like the saying goes, “A messy room makes for a messy mind.” Keeping it clean will allow you to have quick access to things you need and not have to worry about little stresses that come with being unorganized. Keeping a planner or a to-do list will keep track of the tasks that need to get done. This provides an outlet to prioritize and work through school. This makes for a smoother way to tackle the challenges that college presents.[[Image:Clean dorm life.png|center]]
# Use meditation and relaxation techniques in order to release the stresses and anxieties that come with the increases in college. You can download meditation applications for the phone or you can look up videos on Youtube. A simple five to fifteen minute meditation every couple of days will decrease the stresses or at least allow you to work through them in a more healthy manner. Other methods of relaxation include, reading a book, going for a walk or run, journaling, or listening to some soothing music.
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# Exercise and feel good! Working out on a consistent and semi-rigorous basis will help to not only maintain a healthy physical fitness but a healthy mental fitness as well. Exercise is linked to a decrease in anxiety levels, an increase in mood, and it stimulates brain cell development. It will also improve your focus and concentration which will help fight against getting too tired from all the work that comes with college. A simple 30 minute to 1 hour workout a few times a week is a great routine. Doing a mixture of both compound movements (weights)  and cardio will provide the best results.[[Image:Running stairs.png|center]]
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# Take breaks. It is important from time to time in college especially to take a break from studying or grinding constantly. Take a couple hours to decompress and allow your mind to think about things that are not academically related. Science has shown that even when you are not actively working on something academic, your brain still thinks and continues to work on it even when you don’t have it in front of you. There is a healthy balance to school and fun, but all work and no play is an almost guarantee for a burned out student. Take time to enjoy some hobbies and relax some a couple times a week and you’ll be better off.[[Image:Chilling with friends.png|center]]
# Organize yourself. Organization is key to self care. Keeping an organized lifestyle such as cleaning your dorm room and keeping a schedule or a planner. Take 20 minutes a week and tidy up your room because it will be like the saying goes, “A messy room makes for a messy mind.” Keeping it clean will allow you to have quick access to things you need and not have to worry about little stresses that come with being unorganized. Keeping a planner or a to-do list will keep track of the tasks that need to get done. This provides an outlet to prioritize and work through school. This makes for a smoother way to tackle the challenges that college presents.
 
[[Image:Clean dorm life.png|center]]
 
# Exercise and feel good! Working out on a consistent and semi-rigorous basis will help to not only maintain a healthy physical fitness but a healthy mental fitness as well. Exercise is linked to a decrease in anxiety levels, an increase in mood, and it stimulates brain cell development. It will also improve your focus and concentration which will help fight against getting too tired from all the work that comes with college. A simple 30 minute to 1 hour workout a few times a week is a great routine. Doing a mixture of both compound movements (weights)  and cardio will provide the best results.
 
[[Image:Running stairs.png|center]]
 
# Take breaks. It is important from time to time in college especially to take a break from studying or grinding constantly. Take a couple hours to decompress and allow your mind to think about things that are not academically related. Science has shown that even when you are not actively working on something academic, your brain still thinks and continues to work on it even when you don’t have it in front of you. There is a healthy balance to school and fun, but all work and no play is an almost guarantee for a burned out student. Take time to enjoy some hobbies and relax some a couple times a week and you’ll be better off.
 
[[Image:Chilling with friends.png|center]]
 
   
 
== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==


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