As a college student, it’s so important to remember to take care of ourselves in the middle of classes, socializing, extracurriculars and (since I go to Drexel) co-op. Here are some easy ways to take care of yourself and feel better when you have a jam-packed schedule.
1. Personal Hygiene
You make think this is obvious, but sometimes we underestimate how important this is. Taking a shower every day, brushing your teeth and keeping your nails clean can go a long way to your physical and mental health. Personal hygiene is one of the most important things, and should never be put on the back burner.
Again, another obvious one, but in college it may be hard to get a good night’s sleep with assignments, exams, and a social life. Having a set bed time, and a time to wake up consistently can be beneficial to a more consistent sleep schedules. Try to avoid taking naps so that you don’t get overly tired.
3. Get Organized
Make lists of things that need to get done, and cross them off when you do them. You’ll feel less scatterbrained, and try to keep a little calendar notebook.
4. Go out– or Stay In
Remember to go out! Have fun with your friends, go to a party, or go out to eat, just remember to get some face-to-face time with your friends. But also, if you need a night in, don’t be afraid to stay in! Watch a movie in your robe, or read a book with a hot drink. Sometimes you need a night in for your mental health.
5. Eat Right
You! Put that Ramen away. Yes, I’m talking to you. Eat food that gives you energy! Eat things that are good for you, the obvious things, fruit, vegetables, chicken and other protein.
6. Try to Stay Active
If your school has a gym- try to use it! If it doesn’t or you can’t go, try to keep yourself active in other ways, walk instead of driving or using an Uber/Lyft, and use the stairs more.
7. Relax Before Bedtime
Create a routine before you go to bed that will help you relax. Take your makeup off, change into your pajamas, moisturize, whatever you need to do to get into bed. Remember to limit phone and other technology use in this time.
8. Go the Doctor When You’re Sick
I know it’s such a pain to schedule an appointment with the student health center or your doctor, but if you are sick, take care of yourself and go to the doctor. Make sure to take any medicine or antibiotics prescribed.
9. Go to Office Hours
I know this seems like a pain to do, but if you’re struggling in a class, going to office hours can be invaluable. Getting help from your professor shows your professor you are putting in the effort, and it gets you additional help in class.
10. Clean your Makeup Brushes
I know this is a pain, but it’s worth it for clear skin. Aim to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. You can use makeup brush wipes/cleaner/shampoo to do this. That way you keep dirt and old makeup off your skin, so your face doesn’t get gross from using dirty makeup brushes. Also don’t forget to take your makeup off before you go to sleep!