Students can become completely consumed in their academics, work and relationships resulting in limited self–care time. Self-care is not selfish, it’s important. People are bound to be stressed out and drained due to not taking the proper time to rejuvenate and detox.
Dedicating time to fully honing in on the wants and needs of the body is essential for a healthy and stable mentality, as well as spiritual and physical well-being.
Some great ways to dedicate time to self-care could be different for each student. This could include things such as writing, reading, drawing, listening to music, playing sports, going to the spa or going to sleep early.
Procrastination is a struggle that many people face on a daily basis. It’s easier not to do something when the energy is not present than to put extra energy and attention to actually complete the task. To better organize and line up assignments and other activites, a planner would be most useful. Planners are a great way to plan out a student’s schedule to ensure time is allotted for everything and more. The procrastination will not last very long if students push themselves to do the task right away.
It is stated that procrastination essentially affects the self-efficacy and self-actualization, distractibility, impulsiveness, self-control and organizational behavior of the students, which results in laziness and fear to start work, according to Irshad Hussain’s article, “Analysis of Procrastination Among University Students,” published in 2010 by Science Direct. Maintaining a balanced academic schedule will allow the right amount of time for extracurricular activities or necessary self-care regimes, as well as school work.
The Counseling Center on campus is a great way to process negative or positive feelings. The opportunity to talk to a counselor about stresses and to be vulnerable without judgment could be a great way to detox. Sometimes students need the attentiveness of an unbiased stranger to allow them to be fully real with themselves and those around them.
The Counseling Center is open for walk-ins or appointments. To make an appointment students can call the counseling office or go directly to the office and schedule an appointment with a receptionist. The sessions are usually around an hour long.
In 2008, The American Institution of Stress published an article titled “Stress in College Students,” that points out that eight in 10 college students stated frequently feeling stress in everyday life. The inevitable stressors of everyday life in addition to school can take a toll on a student’s mental well-being. It is important to actively seek ways to stay on top of a healthy internal body.
Managing proper self-care in the midst of academics should be a priority in a student’s daily life through a proper time–management routine. Enjoy the college experience without adding or being unaware of extra stress that causes one to feel overwhelmed. Students should take advantage of the resources provided on campus for a more positive academic and mental journey.
Spacing out time for school work and self-care is a necessity for a clear and productive mindset throughout the semester. Overall, this semester should consist of proper time management and a necessary self-care regime so that students can be their best selves.
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