How Self Care can Improve Your Grades (Part 2/2)

How Self Care can Improve Your Grades (Part 2/2)
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    And remember, self care routines do NOT need to be high maintenance, expensive or time consuming.

    In fact, a GOOD self care routine is a SUSTAINABLE one.

    The most important thing is finding small changes, behaviors and practices that work for YOU.

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continued from Part1: How Self Care Can Improve Your Grades

Take Your Vitamins

  • Research shows that vitamin D receptors in the brain may also function as precursors to “happy chemicals” like serotonin.
  • Research also shows that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to acute stress and expression disorders.
  • Melatonin is naturally produced in our brains to begin our sleep cycles, and by taking small amounts (<5 mg) we can naturally help jump-start that process and re-calibrate our sleep schedules

And remember, self care routines do NOT need to be high maintenance, expensive or time consuming. In fact, a GOOD self care routine is a SUSTAINABLE one. The most important thing is finding small changes, behaviors and practices that work for YOU.

Start Small

Start by creating a 5 minute morning routine such as waking up at a certain time, drinking a glass of water and eating breakfast before class.

Go Slowly

Remember the age old Confucius adage, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop”? In essence, what this quote is saying is to go easy on yourself, and be realistic too. So, try incorporating small self care steps for a few days before building on your routine.

Don’t Compare Yourself

“Self care” isn’t synonymous to a “24k gold Lear face mask”. Many of us spend a lot of time on Instagram, inevitably scrolling through the curated photo logs of the ultra wealthy, beautiful, happy and famous. Practicing self care doesn’t mean that you have to unfollow these people, but it does mean that you can take a step back from the comparisons and focus on what works for you, with the resources you have.

In the end, life is stressful, even if you aren’t juggling 16 credits, sports and a social life. None of us can hope to avoid feelings of stress or stressful situations entirely. We can, however, develop personal practices that help us manage our stress levels and improve our personal well being and college experience!

The numbers agree: implementing self care practices lowers stress levels, which can improve the quality of your coursework and academic standing. Not only have self care routines proven to be effective measures of stress management, but the structure of a daily routine in itself can actually give you the structure to EXCEL academically.

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