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10 Self-Care Tips for the Stressed Out Student

Students often find themselves juggling multiple responsibilities. From attending class, studying for exams, going to clinical and managing social lives, students are stressed. With hectic schedules, it’s easy to overlook your own well-being. Practicing self-care is essential for maintaining balance and promoting mental and emotional health. Here are 10 self-care practices every stressed out student should try:

  1. Set Boundaries: Learn to say no when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to decline additional commitments if you’re already stretched thin. Take that time to recharge. 
  2. Prioritize Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Create a relaxing bedtime routine and avoid screens at least an hour before bed to ensure quality rest.
  3. Move Your Body: Incorporate physical activity into your routine, whether it’s going for a walk, hitting the gym, or practicing yoga, get moving. Exercise is not only good for your body but also your mind.
  4. Set Goals and Priorities: Decide what can get done now and what can wait. Appreciate all the tasks you have accomplished at the end of the day. 
  5. Eat Nutritious Foods: Fuel your body with healthy, balanced meals. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to support your overall well-being.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and mind hydrated. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to ensure you’re getting enough fluids.
  7. Take Breaks: Schedule regular breaks during study sessions to rest and recharge. Step away from your desk, go for a short walk or engage in a hobby you enjoy.
  8. Connect with Others: Spend time with your loved ones. These people are your support system. Do a fun activity and enjoy the time you get to spend with them.  
  9. Take Time for the Things that Bring You Joy: Create time for the things that make you happy. Maybe it’s going for a bike ride, fishing, painting or shopping. These activities will ease your stress. 
  10. Seek Help When Needed: Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional support if you’re struggling. Baptist Health College Little Rock has a counselor on campus and also offers free and confidential counseling through SWEAP Connections. Learn more about counseling services by visiting

 By prioritizing your well-being and implementing these self-care practices into your routine, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of student life and thrive both academically and personally. Remember, you are capable, but you can’t do it all. What’s most important is that you are putting your best self-forward. Take time to care for yourself! 


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