Self-care doesn’t have to cost a dime, and it’s necessary for personal development and growth. This is especially important for busy college students. Making sure you get good grades and study hard is important but being overworked and stressed out isn’t healthy. While taking a bubble bath, relaxing, and recharging are useful self-care tips, we are going to dive a little deeper in this article. We’re going to provide you with 10 self-care life hacks for students to try to improve your life and mindset.
Practice Positive Self Talk and Mean It
Positive thoughts and affirmations can be a very powerful thing. However, when you are practicing positive self-talk, it’s essential you actually mean it when you say it. Tell yourself how awesome you are. How proud you are of how far you’ve come. Always focus on the good and the positive.
Focusing on what you are grateful for can have a significant positive impact on your health and well-being. Most people, when asked, would say they are grateful for their family, their friends, their health, etc. However, we don’t really think about those things, do we? We take it all for granted when things are going well. Take the time to be grateful for the amazing things in your life and make it a point to write these things down a couple of times a week in a journal or planner.
Focus on Smaller More Attainable Goals
Big lofty goals are great, but it’s more important to focus on the smaller, just as important, and more attainable goals that will get you to the big goals. Looking to ace your class with a specific grade? That’s an admirable goal but focus on the test you have next weekend first. If you achieve a goal on that test that will impact your bigger overall goal, make sure to celebrate it. Celebrating your little wins is important and will definitely change your overall mental health for the better.
Clear Out Things You No Longer Need
Clutter and messes can hold you back just like negativity can. If you need to do some cleaning and get rid of some old items, you’ll feel better once they’re gone. It will be like a weight has been lifted, allowing you to make room for new things that make you happy.
Be More Creative
In an academic setting, it can sometimes be tough to find the time to really let your creativity shine through. So next time you need some self-care and recharging, create something. It doesn’t matter what it is or how good it is, just create. Let your mind wander, and your creative juices fly. Here are some ideas: write a song, write a letter to someone, learn how to knit, make some artwork, take a fun class or workshop or learn something new like sewing, pottery, graphic design, creative writing, etc.
It’s an amazing time to be a college student, but it’s also a challenging time when there’s so much to do and so much pressure on students nowadays to be the best. Just focus on you, be the best you that you can be, and the rest will fall into place. Let us know if you have any other self-care ideas or tips to share.