By Ashley Santoya

      We all get stressed out. We’re so busy running around to get things done and pushing ourselves to meet expectations that we forget about giving our minds and bodies a chance to rest and catch up. As of recently, the discussion about the benefits and importance of self-care has improved the way that we recharge after a long day or week. It’s recommended that people take a day off, get a massage, spend a relaxing day with friends. However, there are people who don’t have the kind of money or time to pay for a 90-minute massage (which can start at $65 and only increase), but there are also those who can’t afford to take a day off from work or are simply never alone.

I’m talking about college students and all of us with roommates. Rent is ridiculously expensive, and even more so on a student salary, which is where roommates come in. I am a college student myself, so I know just how expensive it is to be a student and how difficult it is to scrape up 900+ dollars for rent on my own. School is draining. I’m a molecular biology major, so I know a thing or two about needing some time for myself. But, how can I take time for myself when I don’t have $65 for a massage? What can I do to feel refreshed and not so worn out? How can I spend time alone when my roommates are always home? 

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Download a Meditation App

 This is something you can do on your own, anywhere you want. Plug in some headphones, sit, and listen. Sometimes, it’s helpful to take a break and listen to your breathing, which helps relieve any stress you’re currently feeling. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, invite your roommates to join you and make it a House Activity! Having friends or others who are also looking for some relaxation time will motivate you to feel like you can let go of what’s stressing you out. 

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Listen To Your Favorite Song

 Music is a great way to let the world’s problem drift away. Play a song that resembles how you feel and sing along to it. If you’re someone that isn’t comfortable singing around others, hop into the shower and blast the song. You’ll start to focus more on the lyrics and the song itself rather than whatever

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Go Through Some Skin Care

 Sometimes, it helps me feel better about my day when my skin feels nice and refreshed. Take a moment to wash your face, exfoliate, and moisturize. At the same time that you’re washing your face, putting a little pressure on your motions will make the task feel like a massage on the sensitive skin on your face. Massage out the crinkles between the eyebrows and make sure to hit those temples! 

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Do Something You Genuinely Enjoy

 Something that I love to do but don’t have much time for anymore, is doing my makeup. Taking a moment to do something that you enjoy or used to enjoy can also help you feel more like yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, doodling, or painting. Spending your time doing something that brings you joy is a good way to feel like you’re still being productive, even while the activity doesn’t feel like work.

 Take a Nap

 Although naps are seen as a waste of time, they can be very efficient in helping you feel recharged and ready to take another go at it. I would recommend short, 20-minute naps so that you don’t get that groggy feeling like when you wake up after a 4-hour nap. Giving your brain and body a total break is a good thing. Don’t see it as being lazy, you deserve rest! Even if it’s barely 1 PM. Taking a nap when you feel tired is better for you in the long run rather than pushing yourself to exhaustion.

These are just a few of the ways that I, personally, use to feel recharged on the days that I feel like I’m stretched too thin. If these tips don’t work out for you, don’t worry! There are many more options out there. It’s just about finding what works for you and your schedule. Happy Self-Care!