There’s always time to make yourself a priority
Life as a student has many stresses, from tests and papers to family responsibilities and finding time to socialize. There’s so much going on each week that you probably think you don’t have time to focus on taking care of yourself. But every little bit helps!
So, here are a few tips for the student who’s short on spare time!
Cats do it! Dogs love it! Find out how good a nice stretch can make you feel. Sit down for just a few minutes at the start or end of each day, and move your body while you breathe deeply. Stretching helps prevent the muscles from injury—whether you’re an athlete, chained to an office chair, or in the car all day! Start with a simple movement, like reaching your arms over your head as you inhale, trying to touch the ceiling. Then lower your arms slowly to your sides as you exhale. Add a big old yawn and stretch all the muscles in your face! You’d be amazed how this can be a positive start the day.
Don’t forget to make time to rest. Most of us are sleep deprived, and sleep is your best antidote to stress. Getting enough rest helps your body recover and helps your brain recover from the mental stress of being a student. If you don’t get enough rest during the night, consider taking a “cat nap” and lying down for 15–20 minutes during the day (set the alarm on your phone so you can drift off without worrying about the time). It could be just the tonic you need to boost your energy.
Treat food as fuel
Eat healthy foods on a regular schedule and drink more water. Don’t focus on cutting things out as much as making sure you include as much as you can of the good stuff. Every day, look for opportunities to work leafy greens and cruciferous veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower) into your diet, as well as an array of colors—like yellow peppers and orange yams. Have some fruit before you go for the processed sweet treat. Keep almonds or other nuts handy for when you need a hit of protein. It involves a little planning, shopping, and packing to keep healthy snacks within arm’s reach, but you can do it! Once you find your healthy shortcuts, you’ll find they’re satisfying—and they keep you going.
This can have a profound effect on your health. It’s effective and simple, but can be hard to do! Make it easy by committing to three days (most people can make a change for 3 days). Then, see what small change you can commit to for the next three days. Taking deep breaths at regular intervals—even go outside to do this!—can give you a hit of oxygen that you might be needing. These deep breaths are part of what relaxes a smoker. You’d be amazed how much it can clear your mind and prep you for whatever is coming next in your day.
Make taking care of yourself a priority! Looking after yourself now can help you cope better with the demands of school and work and prepare you for a more balanced, healthy and successful life.
This post is part of the weekly blog of Seacoast Career Schools, with campuses in Manchester, NH, and Sanford, ME. We’re committed to supporting our students in taking steps towards a satisfying professional life. Interested in a career training program? Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a tour.