Take Care Of Yourself When The Stress Of School Hits

All too often, we take on more than we can handle.

Trigger warning. This article discusses mental heath and depression.As school starts up again, the stress can be overwhelming for all students. It doesn’t matter how organised you become; it’s not hard for everything to fall apart and for your health to be at risk.You’ll start the first week off well, and then halfway through that same week the first round of homework is handed out. “That’s fine, I can handle it,” you’ll say to yourself, “school is my number one priority.” Yet, it really shouldn’t be. Yeah, you have to do your best in school – for whatever reasons you may have – but your number one priority should be you.Mental health; physical health; emotional health: these are the bases that you will have to cover in order to have a balance between school and life (as much as they cross over at times).What I’m referring to is ‘Self-Care’. In order to reach these three bases, you have to perform tasks that can relax and refresh you without having to worry about everyone around you. Self-care is essentially looking after yourself; pampering yourself; enjoying yourself. It’s all about you. It’s not only enjoyable, it’s also important for your well-being.Self-care helps you detach from the world around you, in order to recharge. In a way, it’s like a level up from a deep breath. It can be applied to everyday life; all you have to do is make time once in a while to let yourself go. It’ll soothe your anxiety, boost your confidence, help you sleep better, and your body and mind will change in the best ways possible.There are many options of self-care out there. There are ones that you can use once in a while, and ones that take up little to no time. Self-care is important, but it’s flexible. You do things to make you happy and healthy. Give some of the following options a try and create your own self-care plan, using it as a guide rather than a rulebook:Eat, Eat, Eat: Seriously, please eat. Sometimes you can get so invested in your work that there’s no time, or you’re so stressed out that you just don’t have an appetite. However, we need food to survive. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner; even if you have to set a reminder, you have to do it. Make them healthy meals too. It can be expensive, but even changing a cup of noodles to a healthy wrap can make such a difference (without burning a hole in your pocket).Drink Water: Water is also needed to live and it’s recommended you take in about two litres a day. Keep a water bottle in your bag or on your desk; it’ll keep reminding you and won’t require so much effort.Go Outside: Going out costs money, yet it doesn’t have to. When’s the last time you went to the park, or the beach, or even a museum? You could go for a walk, write by the water or even take some photos.Sleep: Get your hours! Go to bed earlier and wake up early enough to experience the day. You’ll feel recharged and organised. If you burn yourself out before the day is over, take a quick nap and try again.Reflect: Get to know what you want. Know which friends aren’t good for you. Get to know yourself. Have a think about who you are and what you want. You don’t have to piece together your entire life, though sorting out the bad makes room for the good.TREAT YO’ SELF: Have a bubble bath; get a massage; buy yourself a little something; wear a face mask; do something that makes you happy, no matter how small.Breathe: Get comfortable; breathe in and then breathe out. Counts your breaths to 10 (and start again) and focus on how deep your breaths are. Only focus on your breathing. If you start to think about your worries, focus back on your breathing. (Bonus: It can help you get to sleep, especially during late night blues.)Love a Little: Get in touch with friends and family. Talk to them, confide in them and have fun with them. Start to love life, even if you need help from a professional. Love the world around you and the people in it. Most importantly, love yourself. You’ve made it this far in life and that’s something to be proud of! Accept your flaws, find your strengths and forgive yourself; you’re the only you you’ve got