Take time for yourself, you won’t regret it
As the semester is picking up in pace and we’re adjusting to our new schedules, course-loads and getting back in the groove of things, it’s important to take time for your own mental health. It’s important to take time for yourself.
I struggled with this last semester and worked myself nearly to a pulp. I felt
emotionally drained and never took time to recharge myself. It began to affect the
quality of the work I was turning in.
It’s important to not forget to be kind to yourself and to know that your emotional health affects every aspect of your life, from your social life to your academic and professional life.
Here are a few ideas of how you could work some “you time” into your daily schedule. One idea is to take a fifteen or thirty-minute walk or run while listening to your favorite music. With the season as it is right now and working out outside not necessarily being an option, taking a trip to your dormitory workout room or the PAC and utilizing the equipment there can even turn into a social event by seeing people you know. Why not turn it in to a social event from the get-go by inviting your friends to go with?
Not only is the physical activity beneficial, but listening to your music is also healthy and gives you a brain-break, along with seeing some people you know!
Another way to take some time for yourself is to take time to do some pleasure reading or journaling. As an English
major, I have found that unless I
consciously make time for pleasure
reading, it will never happen.
Since I started making time to read a book that I wasn’t assigned, it has helped me take a break from homework every day for the 10 to 15 minutes that it takes me to read a chapter or two, and makes me much more productive in my studies.
Journaling is also a great way to keep yourself from going insane as the semester starts to get into full-swing.
I’m sure you have heard it before; how beneficial journaling can be for your mental health.
Taking fifteen minutes to write out your frustration, about your day, even listing
everything you have to do that night, or even about that really cute kid that sits in front of you in your lecture, can make all the difference. It can be soothing to know that your journal is a judgement-free zone where you can write your cares away. By getting it all out on paper, it frees your mind for all of the studying that you have waiting for you.
Being kind to yourself is something that should never be overlooked or pushed aside for another time. Know your limits and learn the value of giving yourself a little “brain-break!”
Find more time to do things that you love and bring you joy! You won’t regret it.