If you are a college student like me, it is not uncommon to catch yourself pulling allnighters, skipping dinner for a bag of chips, or drinking three cups of coffee in one day. And if you are a premedical student, well I wouldn’t be surprised if this was your everyday routine.
I know you are probably thinking “Well my method works! I get good grades!”
Although we THINK our grades are life or death situations, they are actually not. However there is something that is, your health and well-being!
Even the Bible tells us to take care of ourselves because in all actuality, we belong to God!
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Below are five simple ways that I like to practice self-care while living the busy life of a premedical student.
1.) Schedule Out Time For Yourself
Whether it is dedicating yourself to thirty minutes of prayer/bible study in the morning like I do or shutting your phone off for an hour to do something for yourself, it is so important to schedule time out for yourself. Being present with myself for a certain amount of time during the day really gives me peace of mind. I get to reflect and analyze certain things in life with myself. The limitation of distraction also helps my spiritual growth. Don’t forget to schedule out time for yourself to make your days even better.
My favorite type of excerise to do is Pure Barre! Have you tried it?! It is so amazing! It is a 55 minute total body workout of lifting, toning, and burning. No phones are allowed in the studio so it’s a great “me time” escape! When I do feel like I am in need of little more cardio in my life, I typically hop on the elliptical machine at my university’s gym. I love how working out makes me feel. It is so refreshing and seeing results is fun too! Who doesn’t love that?
3.) Drink Water
Omg! Water is one of the most amazing things you can do for your body. I refill my water bottle about three times a day and since I have dedicated myself to a healthier me, I can see my hair growing longer and my skin glowing even more! Try adding a little more water in your life and you will truly see a world of a difference in your well being.
4.) Set Small Goals
Sometimes I get so overwhelmed when I start to think about my long term goals in life like getting into medical school or becoming fluent in Spanish. I like to practice self-care by allowing myself to take things one step at a time. So instead of focusing on my big picture goals, I like to see smaller goals instead–ones that are a little bit more easier to accomplish. By doing this, I feel myself becoming more motivated to continue to strive for my bigger goal. With each accomplishment of each small goal, I get closer and closer to my bigger one! So I studied for organic chemistry today does that mean I’m ready for medical school now? Maybe not lol.
5.) Reward Yourself
Going off of the previous recommendation for self-care, giving yourself a reward for accomplishing goals you’ve set for yourself is an amazing way to show yourself some love. Whether it’s a spa night with yourself or a new pair of shoes, you deserve to spoil yourself. Every time you get past a difficult milestone in your life, give yourself a pat on the back, life is hard girl! Like J.Cole once said, “Love Yourz.” (Yes, I just quoted J.Cole).
So, college student or hard working intern or young mother or whomever you may be, even though we go through life thinking that little things like our GPA is the most important thing in our lives at that very moment, we have to remember that something that will always be a little bit more important–our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. My blessed, brilliant, beauty, don’t ever forget it! Love and take care of yourself especially at this time in your life where physical, emotional, and spiritual growth is most important. You got this!
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Blouse | Francescas
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