It’s that time of year again — college students are heading back to school for a brand new semester! With in-person learning coming back into play, your bags are packed with all the essentials including your laptop, an extra set of earbuds and of course all the textbooks.
Along with all of your academic must-haves, it’s important not to forget about your self-care too. After all, not only does it feel good to put yourself first, but research has shown that students who practiced self-care experienced less stress and a higher quality life to boot.
Between a jam-packed course load and pandemic life, it’s safe to say an extra dose of stress relief and happiness could do a college student good…and it all starts with self-care. This week on the Vibrant Health Blog, we’re sharing four simple self-care tools for college students. Best part? They’re small enough to stash in your book bag for an on-the-go pick-me-up!
4 Simple Self-Care Tools for College Students
- Download a Meditation App on Your Phone
- Take Your Daily Vitamins
- Buy an Inspirational Journal
- Nurture Yourself with Some R & R Products
- Self-Care Tool #1: Download a Meditation App on Your Phone
Between busy schedules and an even busier social life, it may seem difficult to get a moment for yourself to simply breathe. That’s where meditation comes in!
Insight Timer is a wonderful free meditation app focused on sleep, anxiety and stress — all areas many college students can relate to. WIth 100,000 free meditations to browse through, you’ll be sure to find something that works for you.
- Self-Care Tool #2: Take Your Daily Vitamins
Nourishing your body is a big part of self-care and that’s why it’s important to fuel it with
essential vitamins and nutrients. Our Trilogy Women and Men formulas are ideal for busy college students, as they come with convenient single-serve vitamin packets (including a multivitamin, fish oil and probiotic) for on-the-go wellness!
Simply stash them in your book bag and you’ll never forget to take your vitamins again!
- Self-Care Tool #3: Buy an Inspirational Journal
You take notes all day in class, but it’s just as important to get your own thoughts out on paper. Go ahead and buy yourself a new journal as a safe space for you to vent, share your intentions or simply write down what you’re grateful for each day.
Studies have shown that this type of expressive writing can improve both health and social life including a boost in mood, improved immune function, and even higher grades. Plus research shows that counting your blessings (such as writing in a gratitude journal) can boost one’s overall wellbeing.
- Self-Care Tool #4: Nurture Yourself with some R & R Products
After a long day of studying (or partying too hard), you deserve some quiet time to yourself for a little R & R.
To help you relax while on the go, consider keeping a lavender essential oil roller on hand or nurture yourself with a soothing cup of “Just Chill Out” Snarky Tea (made with calming ingredients like Holy Basil and Schisandra Berries). And when you’re back at the dorm room, give yourself some pampering love with a 3-ingredient DIY Green Superfood Face Mask. Your skin will thank you later!
Want more? Here are 20 self-care ideas you can add into your routine! Let us know your favorite way to practice self-care by tagging us on social @VibrantHealth
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