Self-Care 101 For The Involved Temple Student

It is difficult to manage a healthy mindset as a student in the midst of balancing multiple courses, different clubs, a part time job, an internship, and a social life. Whether you identify as this person, or know of several others who swear by the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” kind of lifestyle, then this is for you. Constantly doing something is great and all, but there comes a time when you will unfortunately, crash and burn. The importance of mindfulness and self-care is often neglected and it is time to change that by executing these three crucial practices.

 

 

SLEEP

 

Some believe they never have time for it, while others make it a priority. It should be a priority. Although easier said than done, getting an adequate amount of sleep per night is sure to boost your in class performance as a student, all while completing assignments before the given deadline. According to LiveScience, a lack of sleep affects the brain’s ability for memorization. Furthermore, a lack of sleep has been linked to cases of depression, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s. With this in mind, the average 18 to 25-year-old should be receiving between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. The reality of this is slim. As a student it can be hard to unwind, especially with technology being a constant distraction. Before going to sleep, limit your use of engaging on social media and try other means of winding down like reading or studying. It will be worth it.

EXERCISE

Ugh, working out. These two words are considered unspeakable in the eyes of many. Making time to establish a work out routine will build upon time management skills and better your health. Studies have shown that not working out may be more harmful to your health than smoking, according to TIME Magazine. As a Temple student, you are granted recreation access to the gyms across campus. The Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center, located on 1701 N 15th Street, holds daily work out classes that range from cycling, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, and Pilates. You don’t have to be a gym buff or athletic guru, any student is welcome to attend these classes that will benefit you not just physically, but also mentally, in the long run. If group classes aren’t for you, Temple’s gym facilities (Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center, Temple University Fitness, and Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex) have all the equipment you need to conduct your own work out. Some may dread working out, but it is essential for your well-being.

 

USE TEMPLE’S RESOURCES

 

Being overly involved tends to induce stress. This stress can often build, causing you to become overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle. Students may not consider Temple’s resources that can guide them through moments of stress or trouble. Whether it be the Wellness Resource Center, Tuttleman Counseling, the Student Success Center, or Student Health, there are options available in case one is looking for further help. These resources offer programs to better your mental health, physical health, and academics that include light therapy in cases of someone struggling with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), group therapy, on-campus doctor appointments, peer mentoring, and tutoring. As a fellow busy Temple student, I have depended on these resources in the past for guidance. Don’t hesitate to reach out to these facilities, as they are expendable to any Temple student. They go overlooked and can truly turn practicing self-care into a reality.

 

Being a college student is stressful, no doubt, but it is important to practice self-care in order for your individual self to thrive as a young adult. Consider Temple’s resources and reach out if you feel over extended. It is important to remember that in order to grow, you must nourish to flourish.

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