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Exams. Papers. Group projects. Presentations. Finals Week provides a hefty load of responsibility to college students. Although deadlines can weigh down on anyone, it’s important to find time in your busy schedule to take care of yourself. Here’s a guide to practicing self-care, even when it’s hard.
The Basics of Self-Care:
Equate self-care to a detox: not just of the body, but of the mind and spirit. Self-care is all about taking a step back from your current circumstances and giving yourself time to breathe. Self-care varies by person. Some practitioners prefer mindful meditation. Others like giving themselves a spa day. Others practice self-care just by spending one-on-one time with a friend. It’s all about what reduces your personal stress and elevates your personal happiness.
A Few Ways to Love Yourself This Week:
- Eat more than just pizza and chips.
It can be tempting during finals week to load up on free food provided by the many organizations that cater to college students. However, eating only greasy, high-fat food will take a toll on your body; you’ll feel tired and without energy. Pack a few high-protein study snacks for your trips to the library. Your body will thank you.
- Don’t skip out on showers.
You may be cringing while reading this, but this is a legitimate concern for many during periods of high stress. Bathing is often a ritual that gets cut out of the schedules of the anxious and stressed out. Bathing has multiple health benefits, other than its obvious cleaning properties: Lush Cosmetics said it boosts immunity, improves circulation, and soothes pain. Add essential oils or a bath bomb for an extra does of “treat yo’ self.”
- Practice deep-breathing.
Mindfulness, a tactic used by students and professionals alike, allows people to take a step back from their fast-paced realities. You can download apps to aid you in your mindful meditation. To begin, just sit in a quiet environment, get comfortable, and focus on your breathing.
- Attend a yoga class.
Stress has an impact on more than just your mind. Your muscles ache; your neck feels tense; your back feels strained. Consider taking an evening yoga class. Ping Recreation Center offers yoga classes, and Athens is home to a few yoga studios if you don’t have access to the gym. If you don’t have time to dedicate to a fitness class, take time to stretch.
- Don’t isolate yourself.
Many people study best when they are in quiet environments. However, it’s important to break from these periods of alone time and interact with people who make you happy. Reward yourself after a few hours of paper writing by grabbing coffee or snacks with a friend. You’ll both benefit from it.
Instead of guzzling coffee nonstop, switch off with water. Dehydration contributes to feelings of fatigue. Carry a water bottle with you, and drink water between every cup of coffee. Also, limit your caffeine intake: too much caffeine can make you feel anxious, irritable, and nauseated.
DIY Self-Care Remedies
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp coconut oil
10 to 15 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, or combo)
5 drops of food coloring
- Microwave 4 tbsps of coconut oil on high for about 25 seconds (until completely melted).
- Mix sugar and melted coconut oil. If the mixture is too soupy, add in small amounts of sugar at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Add food coloring and mix.
- Add 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of lavender essential oil and mix.
- Scoop the scrub into a small container. Store at room temperature.
1 cup cornstarch
½ cup citric acid
½ cup baking soda
½ cup Epsom salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 Tazo tea bags (unbagged), your choice
2 Tbsp brewed Tazo tea, your choice
- Remove tea from Tazo bags.
- Combine cornstarch, baking soda, and Epsom salt in a mixing bowl.
- Mix in coconut oil and the Tazo tea you removed from the bags.
- Slowly add 2 tbsps of the brewed Tazo Tea to the mixture.
- Mix and press into molds.
2 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups of fruit or veggie
5 to 10 drops of essential oil of your choice
1 or 2 drops of food coloring, your choice
- Mix all of your ingredients together with a fork. Use your fork to remove clumps from the mixture.
- Place your mixture into a new container.