Written By Marc Lehman
Owner and Family Therapist at U ARE HEARD LLC
The semester has just begun, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed by all of the classes, studying, and extracurricular activities. Taking care of your mental and physical health should be a priority so that you can make it through this semester feeling good, both in body and mind. Here are some tips on how to prioritize self-care so that you can stay healthy during this academic year.
Schedule Time for You
It is important to set aside time each day or week that is specifically reserved for yourself. This could be something as simple as taking a 15 minute break after lunch or spending an hour at the gym. Carving out time for yourself will help you stay mindful about your own needs and give you the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Stay Connected with Friends & Family
Staying connected with friends and family is more important than ever when it comes to self-care. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget that other people are there for us along the way. Make sure you reach out regularly via phone call, text message, Facetime or Zoom – whatever works best for you! Knowing that there’s somebody else out there who cares can help keep your spirits up during these long semesters.
Eat Well & Exercise Regularly
Eating well-balanced meals throughout the day can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats can help boost your energy levels while also keeping your brain sharp during long study sessions. Additionally, exercising regularly—either at home or outdoors—can give you an extra energy boost while also helping to clear your head when things get overwhelming. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous; even a simple walk around campus a few times per week can do wonders for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
It is incredibly important to prioritize self-care during this semester so that you can stay healthy in body and mind throughout this academic year. Taking time for yourself each day or week will allow you to take a break from all of the hard work ahead of you while staying connected with friends & family will remind you that there are people who care about you no matter what happens along the way. Finally, eating well and exercising regularly will ensure that your physical health remains strong while giving you an extra energy boost when needed most! With these tips in mind, we wish all college students luck on their academic journey this semester!