Welcome back! It has been officially a month since the fall semester started. How do you feel? Whether you are a new or returning student, everyone has a transition period where you adjust to the schoolwork routine, especially when you took a break. All of us are working hard to do well in our classes. However, some of us become so busy with school, work, and life/family that we forget to take care of ourselves. I thought that this would be a great idea to provide some self-care reminders and tips.
No matter which field you are in, your productivity and effective performance are significantly impacted by your well-being. To reach optimal function, I prioritize many things that I did not think about before, which is the importance of body and mind well-being.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphin in your brain, which produces positive emotions. It also help you feel energized and focused. I hate using machines to work out so I started going to kickboxing classes and hiking. I have never felt so relaxed and energized! Wuhu!
Did you know that the Recreation Center offers yoga, Zumba, and Cardio-Weightlifting courses? Membership is free for students!
- Sleep well
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep allows you to get a good quality sleep so you feel well rested in the morning.
- Healthy Snacking
Though junk foods tastes so good, it is important that you eat healthy snacks to avoid feeling lethargic. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat fried foods (especially after a long day), but on a regular basis, I try to pack lots of healthy snacks, such as nuts (almond, pumpkin seeds), and drink teas with honey rather than sodas.
- Take a Break
When studying, you should take breaks every 20 minutes. Breaks allow you to absorb the information longer. If you are studying on campus, checkout USG’s Events to see when you can partake in social events as part of your study break. The Center for Academic Success also offers academic coaching where they can help you with study strategies, test-taking skills, and more!
Meditation can help you relax and focus. I use Head Space meditate every night for 10 minutes and it helps me get a good night rest. I highly recommend it!
Did you know that the Center for Counseling and Consultation offers multiple workshops? Their Mindfulness Skills for Successful Living workshops are every Wednesdays at 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Building III, Room 3219 for the month of October.