Treat Yo'Self

Spring break is here for Mississippi College, and I, for one, am incredibly excited. The demands of school, work, relationships, and extracurriculars have completely worn me out. On most days, I feel like I need twenty-four more hours in each day. However, I try to take time each day to treat myself. My version of treat yo'self is not synonymous with the practices of Tom Haverford from one of the greatest TV comedies Parks and Recreation, and I don't encourage you to spend hundreds of dollars in a day.

I feel as if we, as college students and as humans living in this moment in history, are expected to go ninety miles an hours all of the time. While I value hard work, education, and striving to provide better lives for ourselves as well as those we love, there comes a point where we must take time for ourselves. Your mental, physical, and emotional well-being is incredibly, incredibly important, so I want to encourage you to treat yo'self. Get away from the stresses of everyday life, even if it's just for five minutes a day. 

I know that it's hard to set aside time to just relax and take care of yourself. Sometimes, it can even feel selfish. However, treating yourself is essential to helping others and living a healthy life. Even God, our creator, rested. 

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
— Genesis 2:2

Rest looks different for each person, so you might not connect with all of the suggestions on the list. That's okay. Use my ideas to create your own. 

Take a Walk/Get some Exercise

Read for FUN

Grab Coffee with Friends

Treat yourself to a sweet, like fruit or (my favorite) macaroons

Take a nap

Watch an episode of your favorite comedy

Spend some time with our Creator

Treat yo'self a little each day, and if that's just completely impossible for you, every couple of days. Even when you're driving from class to work, take the ride to jam out to your favorite song or listen to a podcast you love. There are small moments in each day where we can just breathe. Cherish these, and rely on the Lord. 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls
— Matthew 11:28