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There’s no doubt about it: hustling in college is hard. Juggling internships, course work, a social life, and sleep is next to impossible. Getting it all done often comes at the expense of our own personal health and well-being. And we love our devices, but staring directly into artificial blue light for 10+ hours doesn’t exactly scream “picture of health.”
While we’d love to tell you that all of this evaporates the second you leave your ivy-covered halls, it doesn’t. That’s why it’s important to set healthy habits early. The most important: learning to prioritize yourself. Your mental and physical health comes first.
We pulled together the three most important habits that you should start doing now to help yourself later.
Take a break from your screens: Spending so much time staring at screens can have a negative effect on eye health and weight. Follow the 20-20-20 rule to help alleviate discomfort on the eyes throughout the day.
What’s the 20-20-20 rule? Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away. Simple, right?
Get an eye exam: There’s nothing worse than dry eyes. Take the time to see an eye doctor and get regular check-ups. If you wear contacts, ask your optometrist about daily disposable contact lenses. Daily disposables have a high moisture level and are perfect for busy lifestyles. Since you throw them out at the end of each day, you’ll start each morning feeling refreshed.
Journal: Get into the habit of writing things down. If something is bothering yogi Alexa Ibarra, she writes it in her journal before taking a second look at it in the morning. A lot of troubles can be solved with sleep. For those that can’t, take the morning to brainstorm creative solutions and solve what’s bothering you before you walk out the door.