So I know it has been months since my last post – I’ve been taking a little time away from the digital world to really focus on my own health and wellbeing. Last semester I got so caught up in the stress of exams and so overwhelmed with the constant pressure of wanting to do well that I lost myself a little bit and towards the end I was pretty unhappy.
It was obvious I needed to make a change so I decided to take things a little slower this semester and as a result I’m feeling a lot happier, I’ve found time to branch out my “friendship tree” and I’m still getting the same high grades.
So , without further adieu (did I spell that right?) here is my little list of self-care tips ❤ Enjoy!
1. Eat Right
You are what you eat! (Without going to vegan-white-girl on you…) Fruit and veggies are literally my life blood. I don’t want this post to turn into a vegan rant but I couldn’t skip over it completely. Fresh fruit and veg teamed with lots of healthy fats (from walnuts or avocados) are the best way to keep your mind clear and focused. Steer away from heavy takeaway foods, energy drinks and anything high in sugar – it tastes amazing at the time but in the long run it will leave you feeling bloated, sleepy and more burnt out then you were originally. Drink plenty of water and DON’T SKIP MEALS!!
2. Don’t compare yourself to others
There will always be that one person in your class who has everything finished weeks in advance, knows all the answers and in general just seems like they’re crushing it. Don’t compare yourself to this person. Every person’s mind is different. We all learn at different rates and with different styles. You need to work with the rhythm that is right for you. You can’t get there before you get there; don’t try to force your mind and body to move too fast – trust yourself.
3. Have a snooze
Sleep is important for physical and mental health. When you sleep your body becomes involved in an intricate healing cycle that not only replenishes your energy, but allows your subconscious time to sift through all of the little highs and lows you’ve experienced throughout the day. Busy students often fall into the trap of thinking that all-nighters and long hours are the key to success, but in truth if you don’t get enough sleep your memory becomes unstable and the basic process of acquisition, consolidation and recall become heavily compromised.
4. Make your bed
A healthy home environment is essential for reducing anxiety. Everyday when you wake up, take 2 minutes to make the bed. Simple little rituals like this take next to no time, and go a long way to helping keep your mind clear and your anxiety levels low.
5. Don’t live in the Past
So you failed a subject last semester, maybe you failed 2, maybe you failed all of your subjects and you’re starting to feel snowed under and you can’t shake that little voice in the back of your mind that is telling you “you’ve already failed once, so you’re doomed to fail again”. Take a deep breath, summon all of your positive vibes and tell that voice to Fuck Off. Einstein failed high school math, J.K.Rowling was a jobless, single parent who got knocked back by numerous publishers, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and Van Gough was constantly told he was a terrible painter (he didn’t become famous until after his death!) – my point is failure isn’t a bad thing. Failure is a stepping stone, learn from your mistakes, look at what you did last time and do it differently this this time. It’s not over until you say it is.
Meditation is so easy, and so beneficial. I’m not saying that you should sit in a meadow full of flowers surrounded by weed-smoking hippies and talk about the meaning of the colour purple (if anybody actual does do this – you are the best – please take pictures for me!! ) . What I mean by meditation is to take time every day, as little as 2 minutes before you fall asleep at night, to think about all the great things that are going on in your life. Make a list of all the people you are grateful for, think about how lucky you are to be where you are, to be given the opportunities you’ve been given and in general just how lucky you are to be alive.
Not going to lie… I hate going to the gym. I find it boring and uneventful and smelly. My exercise of choice is either a quick run around the block or yoga ❤ But that’s just me … find what you love and do that. Just because all the insta models enjoy lifting weights doesn’t mean that you’ll love it too. Give yourself the freedom to explore, try new things, maybe play a team sport – you’ll be amazed at what you could discover.
So that’s all I’ve got guys.. I hope you find this list useful. Are there any self-care tips that you swear by and thing I should add to my list? Please let me know in the comments 🙂
Thanks for dropping by ❤ ❤ ❤