We all know getting back into our college routines can be a challenge. While going through your first few weeks, stressors arise and it is easy to become overwhelmed. From mental health to physical health, here are five tips to assist you in keeping a healthy balance this semester.
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Get yourself an agenda and a cup of coffee and have a long date with each of your syllabi. Write down every single assignment, quiz, and exam in your new planner. Mapping out all of the dates will help you with time management and keep your stress levels low. Once you get organized, set achievable goals. Your goals can be in regard to schoolwork, your health, or even trying to read a new book each month.
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2—Create a workout routine
Studies have proven time and time again that a simple workout routine can boost our mood, reduce stress, and provide physical benefits. Find something you like to do, whether it be yoga, running, or even taking a group fitness class! Don’t overdo it or beat yourself up for missing a sweat session. Again, it is all about finding that healthy balance in our crazy college schedules and keeping our bodies healthy and strong.
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In the great words of Tom Haverford, “treat yo self” to the little luxuries in life. This doesn’t mean impulsively spend half of your savings on a new pair of shoes (unless you really want to). It just means you shouldn’t stress about eating that pizza on Friday night. Buy that expensive latte you really could live without. Do not be ashamed to spend some cash on these luxuries, and do not kick yourself if you’ve had cheat meals three days in a row. Again, find that healthy balance and learn to love living your life.
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4—Hang out with friends
As busy as your schedule may be, find some time in between classes and schoolwork to unwind with your friends. Not only is going out for lunch a perfect excuse for a study break, but it is also a great morale boost. Taking time to go out and have fun with the people you love is important. Sometimes all you need is a little therapy session with the girls to get you right back on track!
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5—Have some alone time
This may be one of the most important tricks to achieving the all-around healthy balance in your world. We all need to decompress and let our minds rest every once in a while. Be a little selfish. It is okay to take a nap or to let your mind become numb while binging on your favorite reruns. Take an hour or two whenever you need it, and don’t apologize for it.
How do you keep a healthy balance during the semester? Let us know in the comments below!