By: Aaliyah Roulhac
As a college student, it is easy to get submerged in so many different responsibilities that you forget to fulfill your most important one- caring for yourself. Self-care can be conducted in various forms; making sure you get the correct amount of sleep, having a balanced diet, making sure to squeeze in a few moments of “me time” throughout the day, and so on.
Self-care is completely underrated as a priority for many students because they feel the need to be productive in some shape or form, throughout the course of the day.
Many students wear hats for different roles while in school. For example, there are students who simultaneously play the roles of employees, mentors, interns, executive board members, care takers, etc. The balancing act that different combinations of roles force onto students, leaves very little time for self-care, which even though is not seen as a big responsibility, it is just as important.
According to lifehacker.com, self care can reduce stress levels, can help you refocus and can also prevent burnouts that may occur when you are overworked and have stretched yourself too thin.
There is a common thought that if one sacrifices things that keep them calm or are relaxing, for more time to perfect a skill or craft, the payoff in the end will be worth it, however that is not always the case. It is possible that the responsibility of self-care that one would be neglecting, would be just the tool that would help them focus better on whatever they are dedicating time to and would help productivity.
While there are pros and cons to having a load of responsibilities. There are and will only be positive outcomes to taking care of yourself!
Check out this video to get more details on how to practice self care!