Being a college student, life can come at you fast. With classes, clubs, organizations, jobs and a social life, it can be hard to find time for yourself. Time is essential, but where does "Me Time" fall into place? Based off of personal experience and ideas from colleagues, I am here to give you a few self care tips to create a healthier you. #MajorKeys  

1. Sleep

Sleep is a major key and should be done on a regular schedule if possible. When you're well-rested, you feel better and have more energy to tackle your day. Naps are also a form of self care. Sometimes your body needs an extra kick to get through the rest of the day.

2. Eating Healthy

Your body is like a car; if you load your tank with sugar, your engine will not run properly. Eating the right food not only gives your energy for a busy day, but you start to look better too. Of course it doesn't give you the same feelings you would receive when you eat your favorite dessert, but the long term benefits outweigh the short term comfort.

3. Skin Care

A personal favorite of mine, because who doesn't love a good mask? Most facial masks are college budget friendly and are even better to do when you have friends willing to join! You could even try "Skin Care Sundays" or "Mask Mondays". This will leave you feeling rejuvanted and feeling fresher than ever.

4. Religion

The sacred and controversial topic most find very uncomfortable to talk about. In my opinion, believing in something that brings you peace is a form of self care. Devotionals and gospel music get me through my hard times, but find something that will bring you to a sound peace of mind. In college, having a sense of peace will have you performing to the best of your ability.

5. Encouraging Notes

Believe it or not, you are your biggest supporter. Try writing notes to remind yourself just how great you are. When you first wake up, it should be the first thing you see. Self encouragment is a big step to being an expert on self care. 

6. Exercise

The word everyone dreads and lacks in their everyday routine: exercise. When you workout, your body releases "feel good" chemicals called endorphines. These are the same chemicals released into your body when you laugh or smile. Not only does exercising give you a healthy body, but it reduces stress too! There are also many great tips to help motivate you to get back in the gym.

7. Music

The late Maya Angelou once said, "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." Music is therapy for some and can heal the worst wounds. When you want to escape, result to music to clear your mind. I suggest making a "Self Love Playlist" filled with songs that you love and that make you happy. 

8. Take Breaks

In college life can get so busy, we never take time to slow down and recooperate. You deserve to feel rejuvanted and refreshed for whatever is thrown at you. If you don't take time to love and care for yourself, then who will?

Finding your inner peace and practicing self care will help you find out more about yourself than you could ever imagine. Life moves on; take care of yourself so that you are here to see it !