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Self Care in College

“If I just breathe

Let it fill the space between

I’ll know everything is alright

Breathe”

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Hey y’all, guess who’s back for the fall term and here to talk to y’all about taking care of yourself in college?

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After spending years as an overachiever in high school, it is natural to want to keep being the best you that you can be. That being said, I have found that many of us confuse being the best version of ourselves with being the busiest version of ourselves.

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I, too, fall into this habit of overcommitting myself. There are so many amazing, worthwhile organizations and things to do on campus that sometimes I find myself just agreeing to do everything and by the time it’s all over, I find myself stressed, sleep-deprived, behind in my work and unsatisfied.

I think it is important to learn from your mistakes and pass this new knowledge on to others, so I have a few tips to share based on my own experiences.

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5. Keeping a schedule is key.

    Start with classes, major assignment due dates, your favorite clubs, and anything else you think you should absolutely have to do and add things as they come up, as soon as they come up. It makes it so much easier to know if you don’t have time for something.

4. All nighters should be used sparingly.

    Logically, I think if I stay up and work on something, it’ll get done, but I’m too tired to actually focus on the work, so I end up awake but not actually doing anything. The next day I am still tired, the work isn’t done and I have officially played myself.

3. Make/take time to be alone.

    College is unlike high school in that you are basically never not at school. The fast paced nature of everything and constant exposure to others can be great, but incredibly exhausting. When you want/need it, schedule time to be alone and recharge.

2. Honesty and transparency are invaluable.

    Again, college life can be hectic and leave you with no time to process things. I struggled so, so much with my mental health freshman fall and never said anything about it because I didn’t want to seem like I wanted pity, but I needed help. Once I began to be open about everything I was going through and how it affected me, I found that most people were understanding and accommodating.

1. It is okay to be unproductive.

    Lastly, for the sake of friendship, your mental health, or literally any other reason you may have, take a break. I have often found myself feeling like I should always be doing something and that is a completely unrealistic expectation. We need time to detox and just exist for a while, and it is completely okay to have some time every day when you’re not doing anything.

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That’s all for now, folks! Again, here’s to good friends: may we know them, may we be them, both to others and ourselves.


Alexa with her friends from her choir

Pictured above: My best friends aka the people who let me know when I need to be nicer to myself

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Hey y’all! My name is Alexa Brown. I am a proud first-gen college student, born and raised in Springfield, IL and now living in Dunster House (D Haus best house!). When I am not singing with... View full profile

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