Practicing Wellness in College
Combining academic rigor, social drama, job interviews and extracurricular activities can make college stressful. To make the most of your college years, it’s essential to plan down time and take care of yourself.
Here are some ways to practice wellness in college:
Much of the stress experienced in college can be attributed to the feeling of chaos created by having many responsibilities. Using a planner or a calendar app can help create a greater sense of order. Additionally, it’ll make it easier to find pockets of free time between obligations. Use this time to catch up with friends, grab a snack or rest.
It’s not for everybody, but meditation is a quick and simple way to restore energy and reflect on your daily accomplishments. Take 10 minutes to lie down and close your eyes and use headphones to listen to calm music.
If meditation isn’t your cup of tea, take power naps to diminish stress and to take on your next responsibility well rested and eager. Experiment with taking longer and shorter naps until you find the amount of time it takes to rest without waking up groggy and confused.
Meet with a Counselor
If you feel like talking about your feelings, venting or getting advice, college counselors are a fantastic resource. They’re free for students and are professionally trained for handling all issues a college student could bring to them. Even if you aren’t looking for a serious conversation, counselors can put you on the right track if you feel that you’re overextending yourself.
Reach Out to Friends
Getting a pick-me-up from your friends can make your day, so surround yourself with people you’re close to and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Planning dinners, activities and study sessions are some easy ways to have friends available to lift your spirits. Trusting your friends with your feelings also will strengthen your relationships.