By: Josie Bobeck
College is a very stressful time for many people. Every program is stressful in its own right, and the public relations program is no different. Between wanting to do well, finding and pursuing an internship, and being involved in PRSSA (on top of other classes outside the PR program), it’s easy to feel like you’re being spread thin.
That is why it is so important to practice self-care while in college. Things can get way more stressful once college is over, so practicing good habits now can continue later on in life.
Here are five examples of how to practice self-care:
1. Get some sleep.
College is filled with long nights and early mornings. Whether you like morning classes, they happen. Getting sleep is important because you cannot be a fully functioning human being without it. Creating a nighttime routine can make bedtime much easier. For example, not drinking caffeine after 4 p.m., taking a hot shower at the same time every day, and turning off electronics an hour before lights go out. Getting sleep is essential in order to do well in your classes, and will be important once you get a job in the real world.
2. Drink water.
Many students live in residence halls, and once one person catches a bug, it’s a matter of time before everyone else catches it. Drinking water can help you get the fluids your body needs, not to mention it can help with weight loss and make your skin look #flawless.
3. Find a hobby.
I love coloring, but I don’t do it as much as I would like to. Penciling in time every day to do something you enjoy can be a great stress reliever, whether it be coloring, going for a run, or taking a nap. It can also help keep your sanity. Side note: Coloring is awesome and I recommend it!
4. Spend time with loved ones.
Whether that be going to dinner with your friends, hanging out with your parents, or even writing a letter to a loved one can make you feel better. I also recommend petting every dog you can. It makes my day!
5. Know that it’s OK to ask for help.
Stress is one of the leading factors of depression in college students, and while a certain amount of stress is OK, too much is not. Talking to a therapist even once can be good for your mind and can help in the future when stress comes uninvited.
Self-care is important. For what it is worth, you are doing great! You deserve to take care of yourself and feel good. If you follow these five tips, you will be on the right path to success!
Josie Bobeck is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. She is serving as this year’s VP of Member Relations for PRSSA and is keeping her options open when it comes to her future career. Josie is passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy, animal and child welfare, and pop culture. She loves her two dogs and her cat, and twenty one pilots. You can connect with her on Twitter @JosieBobeckPR.