11 Ways To Treat Yourself After A Difficult Week

Well, hello again—did you miss me? Okay, it hasn’t been that long but this is definitely the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging and holy hell, it sucks. It’s at that point in the semester where everyone is up to their perfectly curled eyelashes in homework, studying, projects for class, work obligations, and all the other crap we’re so desperately trying to ignore right now. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to here with not having enough time to myself to catch up on a Netflix show, or mindlessly scroll through social media.

I know, I know, things have been wild for you, too. You slept through all of your early morning classes this week; you forgot to turn in a major homework assignment; your group project buddies are driving you insane. Essentially, shit is happening and you don’t have time for that. And, that’s why I decided to write this blog post. While it’s important to stay committed to completing assignments and working toward your degree and professional goals, it’s also extremely important to take care of yourself and make sure you’re happy. You may have read my post on Habits That Will Make You Happier In College (and if you haven’t, go check it out!!) and I really enjoyed writing that post, and it looks like y’all really loved reading it. So I’m kind of zooming in on the small things you can do weekly when you really need a pick-me-up after a hectic week of very little sleep and wearing the same outfit everyday to save what little time you have in the morning.

1. Go on a date with your close friends. 

Friend dates are the perfect way to catch up with anyone you haven’t been able to chill with too much during the semester, and it’s way nicer than the two-second conversation you have when passing each other in the library. Pick a favorite spot and do brunch on a weekend, or get dressed up and go out to dinner with your girls.

Related: How To Enjoy The Summer With Friends

2. Go on a date with yourself. 

If you feel like you need some time to be alone, take yourself on a date! It’s the perfect way to explore something you’re interested in and go places on your own terms—no having to wait for your friends to finish styling their hair, and no having to go where someone else wants to go. Check out museums, galleries, and any tours you might be interested in attending.

3. Bake cookies, cupcakes, or other goodies. 

I had to put this one on my list because this is something I plan to do this weekend! I’m a huge baking fanatic and haven’t made a cupcake in so long, so I’m really excited to do this. Baking can be relaxing and I love seeing the look on other peoples’ faces when I bring them something homemade, so if you’re someone who usually enjoys baking goodies, use your chill time to whip up a batch of something yummy.

4. Hop back on a hobby you used to have a lot of time for. 

I know people don’t usually have time for major hobbies when they’re super stressed with work, but it doesn’t hurt to spend a day doing something you used to love. I could crochet and make bracelets for hours on end before coming to college, so those are two hobbies I would consider picking back up for a day when I feel like getting away from obligations.

5. Sleep in. 

I think this might be a favorite on this list, but you can never go wrong with giving yourself some extra hours of relaxation. And, relaxation doesn’t even need to be getting pampered and giving yourself a mani pedi. Sleeping in will feel so insanely good after weeks and weeks of having to wake up (or failing to wake up) at the ass crack of dawn.

Related: How To Get 8+ Hours Of Sleep In College

6. Try something you’ve always wanted to try. 

It can be something crazy like ziplining or something lowkey like eating at a new restaurant. Either way, this is the perfect time to whip out your bucket list and start trying to cross off a few things (see what’s on the ultimate winter bucket list!).

7. Binge watch a new show on Netflix. 

Next to sleeping, binge watching shows on Netflix may be the second best thing on here. There’s something so satisfying about laying in bed under the warm covers with your laptop on your, well, lap and just getting lost in the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy, or whatever you watch.

8. Host a girls’ night. 

What’s more fun than gathering your closest girls and bonding over some wine grape juice and cheese?? This is the perfect way for a couple of friends to take the night off and catch up with everything that’s happening in each others’ lives. There are so many fun things you can do together—make cocktails, watch a movie, hell, you could even make baking cookies a girls’ night activity.

9. Paint your nails and do a face mask while sipping Shirley temples. 

I guess this is also a cute girls’ night idea, but it can also work for a night of solo fun, especially if you’re as obsessed with Shirley temples as I am. It’s a nice way to have a few hours of peace to yourself and you’re skin will be *glowing* after that face mask!

Related: How To Relax And Enjoy Alone Time In College

10. Do something that inspires you. 

This is a great way to keep your motivation up, too. Use your chill time to catch up on the podcasts you’ve been meaning to listen to for the last few weeks, or start learning the new language you’ve always wanted to learn. Set yourself up to start doing it and you’ll feel so good afterward that you’ll want to continue.

11. Take a day off from doing work. 

This is probably one of the BEST ways to treat yourself. Even if you don’t listen to any of these ideas, simply doing anything but school work is a great way to relax. In fact, I find that sometimes doing nothing makes me feel even better (this coming from a girl who likes to always be doing something!).

What are your favorite ways to treat yourself? 

12 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick In College

This lovely picture was taken by my boy Jack Yu from Yongjianyu.com

Being sick in college is one of the most miserable experiences you’ll have. What’s worse is that it can be really easy for colds and viruses to be transmitted when you’re in college because you’re living so close to others in such small spaces. Yep, germs, snot and who knows what else are everywhere, and will not hesitate to give you absolute hell. So now that I may or may not have just sent chills down your spine (or was that because of the cold you may or may not be catching???) here are some ways that you can avoid getting sick.

P.S. I have only gotten sick twice in my five semesters of college! I think I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that.

1. Bundle up when it’s cold outside. 

I’m not trying to catch a cold just because I wanted to wear a cute tank top and shorts one last time before I send them to the back of my closet. Not dressing appropriately for the weather is one of the easiest ways you can get sick. I know there are lots of events like football games and homecoming that we all want to look cute for, but always consider the weather before picking an outfit. You might need to grab a scarf or a light jacket before heading out.

2. Don’t share food or drinks.

DON’T DO IT. That one sip of your friend’s soda can change everything. Your friend could be just starting to recover from a cold and if they’re still contagious…good luck.

3. Avoid sick friends. 

While we’re still talking about friends, if yours are so sick they’re coughing up a lung, try to spend as little time with them as possible. I know, that sounds totally mean, and if you were sick you’d want to be surrounded by love and warmth from your friends, but I don’t think they’d want you to catch what they have. You can’t avoid all contact with your sick friends, but try to be careful.

4. Don’t feel shy about asking your friends to cover their coughs. 

“Hey, do you mind coughing into your sleeve? I just don’t want to get sick.” This is a pretty polite way to ask a friend to be more aware that they could be spreading germs and getting others sick. You’re obviously not going to say, “COVER YOUR COUGH, B*TCH.” I know misery loves company, but don’t feel bad for nicely saying that you don’t want to get sick.

5. Get your sleep! 

I feel like I mention getting adequate sleep in literally every single post, like the one on how to deal with stress in college. But seriously, words cannot describe how heavenly sleep is. Get it. I know that being out on your own without a curfew to chain you to your bed can make you feel invincible, but you’re going to feel like absolute crap if you don’t sleep enough.

 

6. Sanitize workout equipment before using it.

First off, not everyone who uses the workout equipment wipes it down when they’re done with it, even though it’s basically like the unwritten law of sanitary gym practices. Second, if that person has a cold and they blow their nose, wipe away some snot, cough into their hands and then touch the buttons on the treadmill, the handles on the elliptical and all that other stuff, you’re picking up whatever they put down. Make sure you give everything a quick once over with some wipes before using it.

7. Throw in some healthy meals where you can. 

Building healthy eating practices can really boost your immune system and make you feel healthier overall. That’s not to say that people who eat healthy never ever, ever get sick but eating healthy can reduce your chances of getting sick and even help you recover quicker if you do. I love eating spinach and rave about it to anyone who’s willing to listen! Try fun ways of incorporating healthy veggies and fruit into your diet, like making smoothies or popsicles.

8. Don’t wash your hair and immediately go outside. 

My momma always warned me against going out with wet hair, especially when it was cold outside. I used to see lots of girls in school do it, but then again I also used to hear those girls complain about being sick all the time. You may not get sick after doing it just once, but don’t make this a habit. Make sure your hair is at least 80% dry before going out into the cold.

9. Wash your hands often.

This one is something we’ve been hearing since kindergarten. Wash your hands especially if you were just somewhere that’s notorious for containing a lot of germs, like a bathroom or junk yard (no, I have no idea why you’d be at a junk yard, but let’s just go with it).

10. Clean your space regularly.  

All the dust collecting on your table and couch can really aggravate your allergies and can even make you sick. Mold can also do this, so keep an eye out for any hygienic issues in your dorm room that you might have to report to an RA, though I hope no one’s dorm room actually contains that much mold…Make sure you vacuum, dust off, and wipe down any surfaces. You can also take turns doing this with your roommate or suite mates.

11. If you feel a cold coming on, act FAST. 

If your throat is starting to feel some type of weird, dry way, you’re probably getting sick and this would be a wonderful time to grab those cough drops and start drinking hot tea like it’s your job. Don’t wait for you to actually start running a fever before you decide to start doing something about it.

12. Relax!

Being stressed AF can weaken your immune system, so make sure you listen to your body and treat it right! If you’re really tired and just need to sleep, SLEEP! If you feel like you need to just take some time to chill and watch Gossip Girl amidst your 50 obligations, go for it! Remember to put yourself first.

What are your tips for avoiding getting sick in college? 

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