Prioritizing self-care as a college student should be on your To-do list because being a college student can be demanding but also rewarding.
It feels like there is just a lot to do with little or no time to rest. You have student loans to pay up, family, school work, and your health as well. Phew! it’s a whole lot.
Not to worry these are practical self-care tips that can help you as a busy college student regardless of your lifestyle.
How Do You Take Care Of Yourself As A Student?
One of the mistakes I use to make in college was thinking that I could do everything all at the same time. I didn’t know how to differentiate between my needs and my wants.
Are there things that are not serving you right now that you need to let go of? Are you stacking up debt by buying the things that you don’t need?
Are you eating out all the time because you think you are bad at cooking and you’ve stopped trying? Or partying every weekend when you can be resting?
Or reading all through the night and not making out the time to rest either. Maybe none of the above are your problems but you’re afraid of suffering from the same illness that runs in your family.
This thought is making you lose sleep. Remember, it is only the living that can reach their goals and not the dead.
What Are The 5 Self-Care strategies?
These are the best 5 self-care strategies that would help you on this journey as a college student.
1. Setting a time in your to-do list to rest meaningfully. Give yourself at least eight hours of sleep so that your body can repair itself. Don’t over-stretch yourself! Take a break.
It can be tempting to just go on working without stopping. Sometimes, there’s a feeling of inadequacy when it seems like other people are getting closer to reaching their goals while we decide to take a break and just rest.
Resting is not a sin because even God rested on the 7th day. Rest to me is defined as “sleep and reset.” It indicates that I’m going back to the drawing board to assess my progress and determine what I can do differently the next time.
2. I wish someone told me this! Exercise, eat healthfully, and avoid junk food. Prioritize bringing God into every area of your life.
Although society has taught us to believe we can save ourselves, this is a big lie. Life has no purpose if we don’t have a relationship with Jesus.
3. Create your own schedule for how you want to study and the practical measures you have taken to reach your objectives.
You can’t be hanging around people who believe that having good grades is hard and expect to succeed. You would only attract your kind. If you want to be wise you have to walk with the wise.
4. While having money is great, being alive is better. Don’t take jobs that drain you and make you a complainer. People don’t like pity parties.
5. Take a job that gives you peace of mind. The pay may not be a lot but slowly but surely you will get to your goal. Stop hanging around people who drain you emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.
The need to please everybody at the expense of our joy and peace is exhausting. Even if you give your liver to them, some people will never be happy.
If Jesus shed His precious blood and people still treat Him as if He wants to send everyone to hell, Then you’re joking if you think that you can please everyone. Be kind to yourself and stop trying to please everyone.
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What Are 5 Examples of Self-Care?
We are going to look at these 5 important aspects of self-care that are talked about but that we often ignore.
1. Mental care: I’m not an expert at this but based on personal experience I would say don’t try to control everything around you.
There are things that are within your power to control while others aren’t. Life is full of ups and downs and when you try to stretch yourself too thin with too many thoughts of the things that life throws at us. You might lose your life in the process. Handle one thing at a time.
2. Spiritual Well-being: I know many people don’t like to hear the name JESUS because culture tells us that we can save ourselves. That’s a lie
God gave everyone the power of free will and we get to do what we want with it. Unfortunately, we have abused this privilege which is why a lot of bad things are happening in our world today.
I’m not trying to force God down your throat but the greatest gift anyone can have is the gift of a relationship with Jesus. God is not waiting to send anyone to hell.
The devil feeds on the broken areas of our lives and questions the existence of God. When everything falls apart God is the anchor that keeps us.
Christians are not perfect but we serve a perfect God who loves us regardless of our mess.
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3. Emotional Care: Many of us to this day are carrying emotional garbage. Hurts from the past, the expectation that we put on other people who cannot give it.
Issues that are causing our weight to go up and down and we don’t know why. I know offering forgiveness seems like a difficult thing to do.
Would you rather be free than bound? Forgiveness is not for the person who hurt us but for ourselves as well. You don’t want that issue to have power over you. It’s time to start a new chapter of your life today.
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4. Physical Care: Exercising is not just for losing weight. It is for keeping fit. We know it is for getting in shape and it lowers the risk of some diseases.
It is important to eat right and check in with a doctor about our health. When was the last time you used your health insurance policy? Or do you have one? Don’t wait until you fall sick before you see a doctor.
5. Financial care: I don’t want to spend too much on this because I was able to speak extensively about this on my YouTube channel.
No amount is too small to save, have a realistic budget and stick to it, and please don’t compare yourself with other people.
How Can I Improve Myself As A College Student?
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
Some of the best ways to improve yourself as a college student are: Believing in yourself and that you can achieve whatever you lay your hands to do.
It doesn’t matter if other people in that institution have tried and failed or if nobody believes in you. No amount of self-help books or breathing exercises will be able to help you if you don’t consistently challenge those negative thoughts.
The best practice to combat negative thoughts is to use the power of scripture to pull down imaginations. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
What has worked for me is using verses from the Bible to counter whatever thoughts that are stealing my joy or robbing me of who I am created to become.
The more you speak these words over your life as you do your daily affirmations. Your victory is sure.
2. Create the discipline to be consistent: Don’t be quick to give up when challenges happen. To be good at anything you need to gain mastery at it.
This might not happen in 3 or 6 months. It will take you longer but be patient. If you are not consistent at anything people would not trust you to carry out any task. Desire to gain mastery in all you do.
3. Nurture your relationships: Build good and meaningful relationships with good people. Nobody is perfect so give people a chance if you know that their heart is right.
4. Make learning a big part of your lifestyle. If you can save and pay for courses please do and stop expecting everything to be free. The person teaching you also had to pay for the knowledge.
5. Always set realistic goals. Don’t set goals that are unattainable and you know that they cannot be achieved. You don’t want to start feeling bad for yourself.
Let me know below how to maintain good self-care as a busy college student.