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3 Big Sis Tips for Prioritizing Self-Care This School Year!

Callie Jardine with a longboard holding a coffee drink from Playa bowls

Hey beautiful queen! I’m back with some back to school advice for those of you who are taking Fall classes.

Though I’m a post-grad girly now, I think a lot of the things I’ve learned since graduation would have been super helpful to know back in college, so that’s why I’ll be sharing some guidance for those of you still in that season of your life!

Before I dive in, I want to make it clear that I totally understand just how hectic life gets during the school year.

To be honest, adult life can be just as busy (if not more busy). But nevertheless, the start of the Fall semester is a great time to reset and establish new routines to ensure you’re prioritizing your self care.

So if you feel like you could use some guidance in that area, here are my 3 tips:

Tip #1 - Make sure you’re nourishing your bod! 

It’s so easy to get into the habit of neglecting to fuel our bodies with nourishing foods when things get busy.

I know from experience that it can also be challenging for those of you who struggle with body image issues.

College campus events and parties can be a breeding ground for comparison, and those feelings of insecurity can surface without us even realizing it. 

As difficult as it can be sometimes, make sure you’re having consistent meals because you’ll need that energy to get through your classes and retain information.

A pro-tip is to make something dependable and quick to have on-hand if you’re taking on a lot this semester.

If meal prepping isn’t really your thing, try packing some granola bars, whip up a morning smoothie, or pop some overnight oats in your fridge for the next day.

Your body and mind will thank you for years to come!

Tip # 2 - Prioritize your sleep!

This can be another tough one, especially if you’re someone who tends to cram schoolwork or if you're very social.

If you’re planning to rush or are currently in a sorority like I was, then you know balancing events with classes can sometimes impact your sleep schedule.

Scheduling things in advance and getting ahead on assignments, especially when social events pick up during the semester, is a great way to make sure you get 8+ hours of sleep.

Establishing a solid night time routine is another great way to make sure you’re winding down each night and staying on a consistent sleep schedule.

Remember, balance is important! So it’s totally fine if you have some later nights, but always plan to have a self care day or rest day after. 

Sleep is so important for your body and your mind. If you’re not properly rested, you won’t have the mental power to stay on top of classwork, nor will you have the energy to move your body, so don’t hesitate to put your phone on Do Not Disturb and get those Zzzs.

Tip # 3 - Make time to move your body in a way that works best for you!

I’m sure you know how important it is to stay active but I want to stress that finding the right type of exercise that works best for you is so crucial.

It’s so easy to feel compelled to do what everyone else is doing, especially in school.

However, it’s so important to remember that this time of your life is all about finding yourself and figuring out what’s best for you, and your workout regime is a great way to practice that.

You might love the gym or you may be more of a Pilates girly like myself. You might be the type that likes to switch it up or maybe you like to keep it light and consistent.

Maybe a run is more your speed or maybe you like a nice walk around campus or your local park.

Regardless of what it looks like for you, if you make sure you’re getting exercise on a regular basis, your mental and physical health will reap the benefits and it will show in everything you do.

School can be stressful!

Making sure you’re prioritizing your self care and wellbeing is the most important thing, and once you do that, everything else - grades, friendships, relationships - will fall into place. 

I hope you found these tips helpful. I’d love to hear what type of challenges you’d like to see this Fall so please feel free to reach out to me and stay connected via social media if you’re not already!

Wishing you the best al semester of your life! ily <3

xx, Cal

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