Aim for Wellness

Category: Reflection & Self Care

No matter what year you are in, college can seem very demanding of your time and energy, especially around mid-fall and early winter. Now is when you regret taking that 8 a.m. class, wishing you could curl back up into bed every time the alarm goes off. Ultimately, you muster up the strength to go to class, but you may feel groggy and tired the whole day. Learning how to better manage your stress levels, eating habits, and sleeping habits can be essential to avoid these feelings. 

While it may seem like you never have time for a break, devoting even a little time to yourself is important to managing stress, whether it be taking part in your favorite hobby or trying something new. Meditation can be a great way to alleviate stress because its main goal is to clear the mind and enhance peace, and practicing meditation can be as simple as devoting five minutes of your time to
watching a tutorial on YouTube

In addition to meditation, eating healthy can be another way to manage stress and improve your overall well-being.
An article on TeenVouge covers the topic of eating healthy in college with Atlanta-based health coach Chelsea Hunter, who recommends options like avoiding carbs to lead to a high-quality sleep and stocking up on staples that do not need to be refrigerated like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and raw veggies. By consuming a healthy diet, you can increase your energy and focus throughout the day.

Overall, the most important part of waking up and feeling refreshed is to get a good night’s sleep, but what about the times you decide to stay up late and study for an exam? Using an app like Sleep Cycle: Smart Alarm Clock can help you manage
your sleep schedule as well as wake you up during your lightest phase of sleep. This will help you feel more refreshed in the morning, as opposed to waking when you are in a deep sleep, which can leave you feeling groggy and tired. This app can be especially helpful to those who do not have a set time of when to wake up or go to bed. 

Because staying healthy is important for a student’s overall well-being
as well as their performance in class, managing stress, a healthy diet, and a good sleep schedule are a few steps you can take toward the path of healthiness and happiness.