Balance, Classes, Down time, Student Life, Study

“Treat Yourself”

What do you do to make time for yourself? Between lectures, emails, practice, homework, exams, and all the other things that fill up my schedule, I always make sure I make some time for myself. Am I the only one whose high school teachers had posters that said “fail to plan, plan to fail”? I think that taking the time to care for yourself simply applies to this quote.

Failing to Plan Quote

I always aim to plan my rewards, for the past few weeks I as prepare for my first exams as a university student, I have been making sure to take short 5 minute breaks between 25 to 30 minute study times. After 30 minutes when that timer rings I try my best to eliminate as many distractions as possible and try to relax and disconnect myself from my homework/studying duties.

While everyone relaxes in different ways I feel like the goal for me is always the same: to create an environment that is most relaxing for me. Honestly, while writing this post I realized that I practice self-care more often than I originally thought.

One of the things I find doing most often and actually dedicate a substantial amount of time to is tea. I enjoy treating myself to a warm cup of tea. The whole process ties in with self-love and being kind to yourself: walking to DavidsTea, taking in the environment around me, smelling and talking to other tea loving fanatics, and then heading back home to prepare the perfect cup while I read or watch some of my favorite shows on Netflix. Taking time to do things you enjoy and being mindful about it, is something I think we could all use a little more often in our lives.

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Another activity I do but not as often is mindful drawing. As a child, I would be so captivated by the process of exploring and expressing my creativity that I can’t recall self-critical thoughts ever entering my mind. As I grew older, however, I become less confident in my creative work and more aware of the opinions of others. Slowly, I have been trying to regain this creative freedom. Sometimes I just doodle, or when I am feeling lazy I print some awesome mandala coloring pages. I find myself spending hours planning, coloring, and visualizing the finished product, giving me plenty of time to think about the world around me and reconnect with myself.

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Today, take a moment to appreciate the little things you do for yourself every day to reward yourself and just “treat yourself”. What are your favorite ways to treat yourself after a long day?

 

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