Hello all, and Happy New Year! Welcome to the 5th and last part of my guide to success series! This week we’re talking about healthy habits. In case you missed the previous parts, you can find them here: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
Why do you need these healthy habits?
With all of our other priorities in college, many times we start to neglect the importance of taking really good care of ourselves. Yeah, we’ll take some medicine if we’re sick or sleep in on some Saturday’s, but there’s more than just that.
In order to stay both physically and mentally healthy, we need to take better care of ourselves. By adding just a few more simple tasks into our day-to-day life, we can improve our lifestyle!
Establish a morning routine
Every good day is started with a good morning routine. And by a morning routine, I don’t mean roll out of bed ten minutes before class, brush your teeth and walk out the door. Allow yourself time to really wake up and create a plan for the day.
Start by waking up at least one hour before you have to leave for class, although I typically wake up an hour and a half before. This allows you a generous amount of time to get dressed, brush your teeth, do your hair, etc. After you’re all ready, take some time to sit down, eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee or tea, and think about the day you have ahead of you.
I know I mentioned breakfast in the last point, but I really want to emphasize the importance of it! However, I feel like a lot of college students neglect this meal. Whether you eat a granola bar in your room or head to the dining center, don’t skip it!
My favorite breakfast is just a simple bowl of oatmeal. When I have that and a big cup of coffee, I know it’s going to be a good day.
Find a way to stay fit
This doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym every day or jog 10 miles a week, it just means that you should figure out a fitness plan that you enjoy. The good thing about going to college is that you probably have free services at a recreation center or gym. My university has a few different gyms with pools, weights, yoga classes, and more ways to stay healthy and fit.
Also, you could consider joining a sports or dance related club. That way you can stay fit, have fun, and meet people who have the same interests as you. What’s there not to love?
Engage in a hobby
Hobbies are a great stress reliever! If you don’t already have a hobby that you do every day, try to find one. You could start learning how to play an instrument, do DIY projects, knit or crochet, the possibilities are endless! Even a half hour or an hour of doing what you love can be just the thing you need when you’re feeling overwhelmed with school or other drama.
College is stressful, and sometimes we need to treat ourselves from time to time. Get yourself a coffee from a local cafe or take a visit to Target if you want! Ever heard of retail therapy? Don’t go too overboard though, after all you probably have a tighter budget as a college student. That being said, a little shopping spree here and there never hurt anybody!
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