As the school year progresses, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the growing responsibilities and stressors of life. In order to prevent the quarterly existential crisis in the middle of finals week (for the third year in a row), I’ve decided to be proactive this school year and implement a little bit of self care every single day.
Get everything you don’t want to get done first.
Whether that’s doing homework, working out, or dealing with that pile of laundry that’s been accumulating in the corner of your bedroom for the past three weeks, make those pesky tasks the first thing you do in the morning. Not only will the experience of getting the most annoying tasks of the day done be incredibly euphoric, but also you’ll have the rest of the day to do the things you actually enjoy doing.
Create a morning and evening routine, and stick to it.
The way you start and end your day can really affect productivity and mood. I set aside two hours every morning to work out, get a run in, and craft myself a great cup of coffee, all sans smartphone. It might seem a little excessive to wake up at six in the morning to create an idyllic routine for myself, but my wellbeing and productivity has truly improved since implementing this routine. Whether your mornings and evenings are two hours, or twenty minutes, take some time that’s dedicated just for you.
Take twenty minutes a day to take part in a hobby that’s just for you.
When’s the last time you did something just for the sake of having fun? Although this isn’t necessarily feasible every day, making time to pursue hobbies that aren’t socially or financially driven can really help boost your mood and give you something to look forward to at the end of a long work day. Don’t feel like there are enough hours in the day for a hobby? Try spending less time scrolling through Instagram. Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day - the way we choose to use these hours is what sets us apart.
I’m guilty of spending days at a time holed up in my cave, without any fresh air or sunshine. If you’re feeling down in the dumps, or like you’ve hit a wall, take a few moments to recollect in the great outdoors and soak up some of vitamin D.
Write it out.
Journaling may seem a little dorky at first, but it’s a great way to work through turbulence and unload the weight that’s piling up on your shoulders. I like to set a timer for twenty minutes to pour my heart and mind out every evening. It’s a great way to cleanse the spirit and allow yourself to start anew the next day.