Happy New Year, everyone!! It feels really great to get out of 2018. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really great year for me, but I was ready to move on. A wise woman once said, “Thank you, next!” Anyways, here is a few self-care tips for you to begin this new year right and take care of yourself this year.
- SLEEP. And I cannot stress this enough, please, please, please get some sleep. For all my fellow college students out there, I know how hard you are working for that 4.0 or at least past the 3.0 range, but if you aren’t even getting a decent amount of sleep to function during classes, how are you going to focus to get that GPA?
- Drink water. Okay, I know this is really obvious, but you would be surprised how many people don’t drink as much as they should. Drinking water has so many advantages, so I really encourage you to drink less soda and juice, and pick up a bottle of water. That’s actually one of my resolutions for this year and speaking of resolutions…
- Don’t make your new year’s resolutions (if you have any) unrealistic. Time and time again people make resolutions too unattainable and then by the end of the year, they feel down because they couldn’t keep them. Make your goals realistic and try to stay consistent with them. Even if you get off track, that’s okay. Just take as much time as you need to get back on track, and start up again.
- Set aside a day or a night just for you. Don’t feel obligated to go out and do something. You can curl up on your bed with a nice blanket, pull out your laptop, watch Netflix, and snack on something. Sometimes your brain just needs a break from everything. If that doesn’t work, settle for listening to music and just closing your eyes. It works wonders for me!
- Try meditation. I’ve found that it really works for me. Of course, my version of meditation is listening to music in the dark, soooo maybe that’s not for everyone. But, you can try using the apps, headspace or Simple Habit.
- Read a book. Sometimes getting unplugged from your tv, laptop, and phone is good for you. It puts you in a headspace that doesn’t have you worried about other people or concerned about your favorite character dying. Read something that interests you, don’t let people rope you into reading YA fiction or something political if that’s what you hate!
- If you have the time, write something good down that happened to you once a week (or once a day, if you really have great days)! This one may be a little harder to do, and you have to stay pretty consistent. But, keep them all in a jar and then at the end of the month or the end of the year, take them out and read all the good things that happened to you. This can help you remember that even if you think your year wasn’t that great, it may have been better than you thought.
- Try walking around outside. This may not be for everyone, but I sometimes feel the need to walk away from things and gather my thoughts before I approach a situation. This allows me to not add more fuel to the fire and ruin some relationships with people. I usually take my phone and beats and head outside to walk around campus to properly assess a situation.
- Talk to someone new. This is way more therapeutic than you think. It’s really nice to talk to a whole new person. If you really need a break from your current friend group, it may be best to add someone into your circle. Or, you just may need to talk to someone who doesn’t know you and that’s okay. Ask them for advice or just strike up a random conversation. You’ll probably never see them again.
- Cut off people this year who don’t deserve you. I know I have said this a million times, but it really is super important. Don’t allow people to stay in your life that only want to see you fail. They obviously won’t help you get to where you want to be in life. Also, that negativity is gross, keep that crap away from you.
- Get up and move around! If you feel down, sometimes moving around is your best bet! Put some music on in dance around your room. It’s a quick and easy way to get rid of your stress, but will also give you a break and will help you focus on something after you’re finished.
- Reward yourself when something good happens. I’ve been told many times that you should always be proud of your achievements because sometimes you are the only one that will acknowledge them. Make sure you reward yourself when you do something good or something good happens after you put work into it. After all, Self-love is one of the best loves there is!
~I hope you enjoyed my list of self-care tips! It’s not much, but it can make you feel so much better after a tough time or if you’re going through a slump. Remember, it’s 2019, a brand new year! It isn’t exactly a clean slate, but who really cares what other people think? If you want to reinvent yourself, then you go ahead and do it!~