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Summer is known as a time of relaxation — a time for students to get away from school and responsibilities. For many students this summer, it may be the complete opposite.
If you are like me, you are working a full-time job this summer in addition to maintaining a social life and preparing for the upcoming fall semester. You may even be taking summer classes, working an internship, or training for a sports season. Whatever your schedule may consist of, it’s probably not relaxing.
Self-care should not be designated for summer, but it is probably one of the best times of year to implement it as a routine. The habits you start now could be little things that lead to something bigger once fall hits.
Self-care can be as simple as skincare and formulating a beauty routine. Besides washing your face twice a day, take time to create a regimen that works and makes you excited to maintain. For me, I added an ice facial roller and a facial massager into my skincare routine. For my hair, I apply a hair mask once a week to wash out in the morning. I genuinely look forward to these little things throughout my week to take care of myself.
However, self-care is not just taking care of your skin and hair. It is holistically taking care of your body, mind, and spirit. For my body, I have been slowly adding healthier options into my diet to make me feel more energetic. In the mornings, I have been swapping coffee for green tea. After working out, I have a fruit smoothie bowl instead of a huge meal. The changes do not have to be gigantic, but these little additions to my diet have made me feel a whole lot better.
For my mind’s well-being, I started reading every day. I keep the goal of one chapter, but I usually read about two or three per day. Right now, I recommend “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” By Angela Duckworth, the book explores how natural talent is not the explanation for success. It is about hard work and passion truly making someone accomplished. I usually read before bed to slow my mind down or whenever it is slow at work to keep me interested.
For my spirit, I took up the hobby of hot power yoga. Imagine yoga combined with pilates and cardio in 90-degree heat, for those who may not know what it is. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I truly feel relaxed and at ease after every class. Moving my body and breathing definitely makes me feel calmer and more confident. I get excited to go a few times a week and use that as “me time.”
Whatever your version of self-care is, make sure to keep yourself healthy and happy this summer. It is easy to get wrapped up in busyness and work, but remember to stop and take a moment. Your future self will appreciate it in the fall.