I think we can all admit, the high of a new semester and a new school year can sometimes come to an aggressive halt. You’re hit with a tenfold of exams and what seems like never-ending assignments. What should always come first, before schoolwork, though, is your mental and physical well-being. Here are some self-care tips to help get you through the rest of the semester more easily.
- Take some time in nature: Cabrini’s campus arguably has the best places to walk or quietly study outside. Going on a walk around campus with friends or even alone is a great way to clear your mind and have some peace and quiet. It also does not take very long to do a lap around the entire campus, so it is a nice idea for when you want a little bit of exercise but don’t have time to go to the gym! I also enjoy catching up on assignments outdoors. A relaxing spot to do homework and get out of your room for a little is The Commons. There are never too many people out there, and it can be very refreshing to have an outdoor space to study!
- Take a mental health day if needed: Sometimes, life is overwhelming, and you could use a day to rest and rejuvenate. Schedule days into your month that you know you won’t have any responsibilities or assignments due. Use these days to relax and mentally prepare to take on what you have ahead of you. One lesson I have learned this semester: it is okay to take a break when you need to take a break.
- Have a girls/guys night: There’s nothing better than ending a stressful week of classes than spending a night with friends! Whether you go out somewhere local for the night or have a movie night in, spending time with your roommates/friends can cure your stress instantly! Some good places to go with friends on the weekend near Cabrini include the King of Prussia Mall and downtown Wayne!
- Get enough sleep: Sleeping enough each night is so important for your well-being, and it can seriously impact your schoolwork. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night should be your goal, and if that isn’t possible, try adding an extra hour or two when you can.
Taking care of your schoolwork is important, but you should always take a second to really check in with yourself and ask yourself if you’re really okay. It is easy to get burnt out when you don’t take a step back and realize how you are actually doing.