University student self-care tips

Fuel your body properly

One of the most important tips I can give you is to look after your body. You can do this by eating the right things. If you do not do this, they will be so many little implications that will cause issues for you eventually. For example, if you are eating way too many takeaways each week, your body won’t be getting the right nutrients and you will start to feel very tired and lethargic. This will have an effect on your work ethic and your productivity. If you have any uni work to be getting on with in your own time it will make this task much harder for you.

One of the best things you can do is plan out your meals. You do not need to create a weeklong extensive plan, but even planning a few days ahead can help. It means you can make sure you have all of the right ingredients and that you have vegetables to include in your dinner.

You do not even have to meal prep, although this can help with saving time. An easy way to do this is to make double the amount od food you normally would for your dinner and then you can save half of it for your dinner the next day.

If you are someone like me, I struggle with eating the right foods therefore |I make sure I stock up on lots of fruit. I do a little fruit shops eery 3 or 4 days and this means I always have healthy food in my accommodation.

Additionally, make sure you get enough water! Invest in a water bottle and make sure it is always full! If you are dehydrated you will not be able to focus properly.

Stay organised

Again, this does not have to be a difficult task. You do not need to create a 12 weeklong plan for your revision, nor do you need to label every single file in your folder. Just make sure you stay on top of the most important things. So, write down a list of any important deadlines you have just to make sure you do not leave any till the last minute.

If you know you have a deadline approaching, then make room around your plans to give yourself time to revise.

Take time for yourself

Whilst making time to revise is important, so is taking time for yourself. It allows you to refresh and be in a better mind set when you start making your way through anything that needs to be done.

You can simply watch a movie on your own and take a rest or take a bath and just spend some time not overthinking about any work assignments.

This time is important because you can overwork yourself if you don’t leave ay time for things like this.

Sleep sleep sleep!

So, this is a massive thing that student’s study with at university. With student nights out and early 9am seminars, it can be quite hard to get yourself into a regular sleeping pattern. While a regular sleeping pattern would be good it is very difficult to maintain.

Despite this, you do need to be making sure you are getting enough sleep. Sometimes it is okay to say ‘no’ to events because you need an early night. There will always be tomorrow to do it all again!

Keep up with your exercise

Again, as a student this is often something that gets left behind. Making time for the gym or a bit of a home workout may be one of the last things on your mind. But there are so many easy ways of getting your exercise in!

You could fit in a daily walk each day or at least every other day to get your steps in. Your university should offer classes such as Zumba and yoga, these are also great ways to exercise if you are not a massive fan of the gym.

Additionally, why not join an active sport or society. Why not give dodgeball a go, or even volleyball? Not only will you be meeting lots of new people and having fun, but you will also be exercising so it is a win win really! Again, a society may be a less competitive form of sport which might be more to your taste. I know university that offer rounders a s a society.

Create a study space at home

A good idea is to separate your study space and your everyday space. It has been recommended not to do your university work somewhere like on your bed where you go to sleep and lounge about. It supposedly makes it harder for you to do any work in an area where you don’t normally work.

So, the best thing to do if use your desk for any of your work. If you are unlucky and you do not have desk, try doing your work at the kitchen table. Again, if your student accommodation has nether of these (which can be the case for student houses), then try and find a smallish desk from a charity shop. You can get them really cheap, I got one for £5. Then hopefully you can place this in your room providing you have space.

Take breaks from your work

This is something I touched on earlier. But it is important to take breaks from your work. Spending 10 hours in the library nonstop is not very healthy for your mind or your body. Spend time with friends or just to yourself, you could watch a movie or read a book.

A good thing to do in your breaks is journaling. Grab a note pad or invest in a journal, this is a great self-care tip as you can track any habits, write down your feelings and much more. This again will be able to help you stayed focused and on top of things.

Final Thoughts

Finally, make yourself happy. If you are not happy then you are not looking after yourself and letting you have time to do the things that make you happy! You should always be able to make time for the things you want to do.