(Photo courtesy of Qiyah Lanier)

Words by: Journey’s Online Editor, Qiyah Lanier

Freshmen rack their brains about colored coordinated bathroom caddies and class schedules when prepping for college, however the most important aspect of Self-care is what most college students tend leave on the back burner. In order to stay sane here are some self-care tips to take care of your first priority- yourself.

1. Create healthy eating habits.
As an incoming freshman when your fridge is in your room it’s easy to pick up poor dieting habits. To create a healthy eating schedule you should first consider the types of snacks you’re actually eating. Greens, oranges, reds, purples, yellows…you get the picture. Eating the rainbow will supply your body with a range of disease-fighting phytonutrients, and will naturally fill you up to help you cut back on unhealthy foods. Most adults struggle with getting the recommended five servings a day (though some say seven servings). A worldwide study in 2014 found 58 to 88% of adults don’t hit that mark. Aiming for a diverse intake of produce from all colors of the rainbow will help you boost your intake.

2. Develop a healthy sleeping pattern.
A major key to getting the best sleep is investing in a good mattress. Believe it or not, you’d be shocked how big of a difference extraordinary bedding can make. In case you’re searching for a good night’s sleep on campus, a Casper sleeping pad is a great way to go! You’ll be counting sheep no time. Another great way to induce a good night’s sleep is to turn off your phone. It sounds so straightforward, yet it can truly change your state of mind: Put down your telephone before bed, pick up your favorite book or a journal instead. Your body is able to adjust to being far from screens and get ready for bed, you’ll have some genuine feelings of serenity by not surfing the web just before trying to get some shut-eye. Those tweets and likes will be there when you wake up, trust me.
Undergrads, particularly online understudies, have stuffed calendars. Classes, business, and family or social commitments rapidly top off your timetable. It appears to be coldblooded to add another commitment to the rundown, however here’s one to consider:

3. Exercise!
The first and most clear advantage of exercising in school is that undergrads that participate are less inclined to put on weight. Many new college students are stressed over putting on some weight because of college food (Chic-Fil-A, Wing Stop, and fried chicken Wednesday Ect.) and sometimes it’s simply stress eating. Consistent cardiovascular exercise can help you avoid putting on extra weight. Also, Studies have shown that people that exercise regularly get sick less often. In college, it’s important to stay healthy so that you can attend lecture and be sharp mentally. Ending up sick before a midterm or final could be appalling, and numerous school teachers won’t make a special effort to help sick students. It’s recommended to spend twenty minutes or thirty minutes three times each week exercising, it could keep you healthy and prevent illness from affecting your grades.

There really isn’t a cheat code to successfully master freshman year but these few simple life hacks that have been provided will help make the journey to become ‘Great’ a little easier.

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