This is important for anyone, whether you're ill or not. If you're a chronically ill college student take a moment each day to take care of yourself. You can't push yourself to your extremes every single moment of every day, you will eventually fall apart. If you take the time to rest, you'll be able to enjoy more activities with friends and school will be a little bit easier to handle. Take an hour to nap, put on a face mask, listen to your favorite music, or anything else that helps you to relax. You deserve to have time to take care of yourself. I'm working on mindfulness, the idea of being present and aware of your self and surroundings. It's a technique that is meant to help relieve stress, calm anxiety, and increase your overall positivity. I'm also doing reading and writing challenges, and I'm starting a new habit called mind mapping before I go to bed so I can declutter my brain. If you want to know more about what I'm doing for self care, click on the link to my pinterest page and look under the board titled "self care"
2. Finish strong
Make it your goal to finish the year strong. Not physically strong, mentally strong. Actually, just try to end the year in a way that you consider "finishing strong". For me that's having the best grades I can possibly make while also not risking my health. This takes balance and effort, but in the end you'll feel better. It's the last semester of your school year, make the most of it!
3. Plan Ahead
I am the worst at this and I know it. I do my best to think of everything I have to do in a day, but I always get side tracked. It's just my nature, and also a tiny bit the brain fog, but I can't blame everything on brain fog. It's best to look at your week in advance and see when you're going to be the busiest. If you look ahead, you can plan the best times to study, pick and choose the activities most important to you, and make sure you spread your energy evenly throughout the week. This is something I have to work on personally, so if you want to check in with me throughout the semester and work on this together you know how to reach me!
4. Find an Outlet
I've found my outlet, blogging. It used to be exercising, but because I can't do that right now I have had to find another way to express myself. If you don't have an outlet, how are you going to let out all of your frustrations and anxieties? What are you going to do when you need a moment to yourself? Finding what works for you is incredibly important. It might be taking a walk, cross-stitch, sudoku puzzles, literally anything that gives you a break. It's important for your mental health which is just as important as your physical health. College is incredibly stressful, find a way to de-stress.
5. Remember That You're Human
Sometimes I forget that I'm ill and shouldn't be doing something or pushing myself so hard. Then, I sit there and bash on myself for being so silly. I am constantly hard on myself. This isn't good enough, you're not studying enough, you can't balance everything, you're not involved enough, why can't you hang out with other people more, and so on and so forth. I am taking the time this year to remind myself that I am doing my absolute best not only in school, but to take care of my health. My personal way of reminding myself I'm human is writing down everything I have achieved that day or month. It could be that I made it through a super busy day or that I got an A on an exam I spent days studying for. Reminding yourself of the things you can do balances out those negatives.