5 Back-To-School Tips
RocoMagazine - August 14, 2017
Being away from the family and friends you’ve spent your life with can create a sense of loneliness and isolation. An easy way to build new relationships with others like you is to get involved. Join a club, look for campus resources, and if something doesn’t exist that you’re interested in… start your own club! If you are unsure or hesitant about jumping right in, seek out peer leaders or staff from the Offices of Leadership and Engagement, Campus Ministry, or Counseling Center. Having a support system at college can make all the difference while navigating the challenges of transition.
Create a Routine
With ever-changing work and class schedules, it can be challenging to feel grounded during the transitional period in college. Try creating a morning and/or evening routine to help you focus your mind. Figure out how you work best and work that into future semesters. If you know you need extra sleep in the morning, schedule classes for later in the day. Wake up at the same time each morning and give yourself plenty of time to eat breakfast. Create some leisure time throughout the day to reduce stress levels.
Get Enough Sleep
College can be one of the most challenging times to get enough sleep, yet we all know how important sleep is to repair and restore our bodies and brains. Practice good sleep rituals to improve the quality of your sleep – an hour before your bedtime, turn down the lights in your room. Turn off electronic lights and allow yourself some time to wind down without the stimulation of screens, which make it harder for your brain to turn off. Meditate, stretch slowly, or read a book for pleasure right before going to sleep.
Take Care of Your Body
Eat your greens, drink plenty of water, and move your body! Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating and can negatively impact your sleep and heart rate. Find out what works best for you – don’t force yourself to become a runner if you hate running! If you know you love to play basketball or dance, find others who can join in with you. Create a self-care ritual where you do something you love for 30 minutes every day. Whatever you do, disconnect from technology and connect with things that fill you up.
Ask for Help
If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, tired, and/or sick… speak up! You know what your body needs, so ask for help. Take a mental health or sick day, engage in excessive self-care, and reach out. Talk to supportive friends and utilize resources around you such as Campus Ministry as well as the Counseling and Wellness Centers. Remember: college is a stressful time for everyone! It is normal to feel overwhelmed and the best way to get through it is to utilize all of the support systems around you.
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