As we unpack our bags after a week at home with family, it’s time to start thinking about the coming weeks, the last weeks of the Fall semester. Because our days are jam-packed with final projects, papers, and exams, I wanted to take the time to stress the importance of making time for self-care in your daily schedule (pun intended).
I am definitely one of those people who always forgets to take time for myself. I used to constantly find myself saying, “I was so busy studying that I forgot to eat,” or, “I have so much to do that there is no way in hell that I’ll be able to go to the gym.” It got to the point that all I had time for was classes and sleeping.
So, I learned to schedule time for myself into my week. I literally write it in my planner. If it’s on the schedule, it has to get done; it can’t be pushed aside or postponed until later. Every Tuesday evening at 6 pm and Thursday morning at 11 am, I roll out my yoga mat in my living room and, for fourty five minutes, I focus on myself.
Self-care for me has always manifested itself through yoga. I have learned to listen to my body, to hear what it is saying to me – I am tired, I am sore, I have tension. I have learned how to release, to let go. I have seen how daily practice and perseverance can lead to noticeable growth. Yoga has taught me so much about myself and my body and I know that there is still so much I have yet to learn.
I would recommend yoga to anyone and everyone, but I also understand that it is not every person’s cup of tea. That being said, I encourage each and every one of you to find for you what yoga is for me – an action that relieves stress and produces a calmer, productive self; something that will allow you to live a healthier, happier life.
With the hustle and bustle of the end of the semester, it is easy for you to say, “I don’t have time to ____” [eat, sleep, shower, work out, do anything other than school-related work]. However, I want to challenge you to make the time in your schedule, even if it is only thirty minutes once a week, to do something for yourself. Go on a walk around campus at sunset! Take a kickboxing class at UREC! Paint a beautiful landscape on a canvas! Draw a warm bath, drop in a bath bomb, and light some candles! Watch an episode of Gilmore Girls! Whatever it is that you do – do it for you. Take the time out of your busy schedule and do something that will help clear your mind, will relax you, and will put you in a better mindset for when you are ready to hit the books once more.
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