Summer Self Care
It would be great if college students could take a few weeks to unplug and relax throughout the summer. Imagine sleeping in everyday without any real plans for a few straight weeks. Just the thought of no timelines or deadlines can be exciting, right?
In todays world the reality is that most college students work and or take summer school classes. If that isn't enough, many students also juggle family responsibilities and internships over the summer too.
For many students it may seem very unrealistic to find time to relax; however, students must be reminded that self care is essential to future success. In fact, self care can aid to students' overall wellbeing.
Below are some quick and easy ways to relax and remain fresh, focused, and healthy (mentally, physically, and emotionally) over the summer and throughout the school year.
Believe it or not sitting down to color in a coloring book or on a blank piece of paper can help activate a different part of the brain that helps relieve stress. In fact, during stressful times of semesters like mid-terms and finals I use this technique with my students to encourage a mental break from studying.
Sure thing, bubble blowing helps with breathing. Breathing helps with stress reduction. Sounds childish, but this is an easy way to spend five minutes taking a break. This tip worked so well with my students that I also began allowing my own children to blow bubbles in our car after a long day at school.
We all know how important exercising is, but did you ever take a moment to just exist on a walk without trying to beat your last Fitbit score? Being out in the fresh summer air can help improve mood and outlook. Additionally, walking and exploring new areas and seasonal critters like frogs, birds, and bugs can be a great way to escape grueling tasks.