Uni Update: Importance of Taking Time for Yourself

Good morning lovelies, I hope your day is going well. Today I wanted to talk about the importance of relaxation, distressing and just taking time for yourself. As a freshman in University, I often neglect taking time for myself. I am always far too busy trying to keep up with my school work, I am constantly working on a assignment or studying for an exam and never really just stop and take a moment to breathe.

So I was sick for a long time, as most students are the first year, living in a new place surrounded by new people (and new germs), but whatever I had was much more than a cold. I spent almost 3 months suffering because I didn’t have time to go the clinic or doctors until one day I was so sick my mom and one of my friends (lol thanks Tay) forced me to go to the doctors. I ended up finding out that it was my asthma that was bothering probably due to the change in air quality here. In my case this wasn’t something I could just fix at home with a bottle of NyQuill and a box if Sinutab. My doctor ended up giving me medication and within a few days I was finally starting to feel normal again, something I had not felt since the first week of school.

I have friends who also have gone days without sleep or very very little sleep. I am also guilty of going to bed at 4 am and waking up at 7, I get it, everyone does it in university but it’s honestly so important to try and get as much sleep as possible. Not having enough sleep not only makes your cognitive function but also affects your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illnesses which is the last thing you want during exams or really any time.

The past 3 weeks have been pretty rough, I have had 5 midterms and 9 assignments due as well as an essay and a presentation, so one night when I was sitting on my friends floor at 2 in the morning trying to finish my essay and not burst into tears, all I wanted was a hug from my mom, so I tweeted that lol. Then the next morning she texted me about it and it really made my day. Then a couple days later I got an email saying that I had a package arrive so Tay and I went downstairs to get it. It was a box filled with homemade cookies, lost of chocolate, pistachios and a few other things. She also made me a card and told me that she is always thinking of me. It was the best surprise and just what I needed to get me through the last little bit.

~Tori Scherle~

Note: I was going to add a list of things to do to help relax and destress but that would make this post too long so I decided to make it its own post. I’m planning on posting it Friday but either check back here or follow my twitter or instagram for it.😊

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