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.
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.