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Back To School Self-Care Survival Guide

Posted by Alexandra Van Rijn on

Written by Jill Martin 

With the holidays coming to an end, and school starting up in full force, it's hard to remember to take care of yourself or to get back into your old routine. Here are some ideas to help you ease your way back into the swing of things without having too much of a shock to your system. 

Mark down all your assignment due dates at the beginning of the semester.

By marking down your due dates on a calendar of some sort, it allows you to mentally prepare for the coming months and what to expect so hopefully you can plan ahead and not get too overwhelmed. Bonus: if you use an agenda, put a note about a due date in the week before so you know what's getting close to the deadline.

Order your textbooks online.

If your school has an online store, use it! My campus allows you to pick up in store and skip the line. Amazon is also an awesome option to avoid people and lines entirely.

Check into your disability services on campus.

If you live with a mental illness, this is something that can really help you accomplish everything that you need to this semester. If you've never done it before, check into the disability services on your campus. Most recognize mental illness as a disability and have accommodations to help make the school year more bearable. 

Get moving. 

If you can, move! In whatever way that means to you. Whether it's a trip to the gym, a Zumba class, a follow along YouTube yoga video or just going out for a walk. It can be a really beneficial break from reading a textbook.

Go to bed early.

Unfortunately, binge-watching the latest Netflix series (like Please Like Me!) the night before your 8 am class is not the best solution. While it may sound like a great idea at the time, it will make the next day A LOT harder. Try drinking hot lemon water before bed and curling up with some leisure reading! 

Drink water.

Rumour has it that you need more water than you normally would during the winter. Whether or not it's true, drinking water can never be a bad thing. Try tossing some fruit in it for flavour or if you are less adventurous, the occasional spritz of Mio can be just what you need to change it up. 

Stay warm.

Being cold makes everything worse. Try layering up, scarves, or fuzzy socks. Whatever makes you feel good and WARM.

Eat the occasional leftover Christmas cookie

The one downside to Christmas is that it seems like a lot of hype and Christmas spirt that seems to disappear by Boxing Day. By having a leftover Christmas cookie, it makes it seem like the holidays aren't really over, even if it's just for a second.

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