Post-college life is like eating a pizza with pineapples on it. It’s weird, you’re confused why you’re doing it, but it can be pretty good. I think most post-grads can relate to this. After graduating college, I was in a stage of joy, but still unsure about everything. You’re taken from this world of dorm-life and then thrown into the world and being told to fend for yourself. Trying to learn everything from scratch, if you don’t have 1) an adult figure to guide you or 2) a financial advisor (because who has the money to pay a financial advisor right out of college), is hard. It can be so hard and so consuming that sometimes we don’t take time out for taking care of ourselves. Self care is the number one thing everyone forgets about in life. Self care is also the number one thing everyone needs in life.
Today’s article is all about how to treat yourself with a little self care and how to make a weekly/monthly routine of self care.
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WRITE IT DOWN
Big shocker that this is my number one tip, right?
Honestly, I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was a little girl. I used to write short-stories or poems about flowers and my friends. Only recently, however, I’ve actually kept a journal of my thoughts, goals, downfalls and accomplishments. I never realized how therapeutic writing down all of my frustrations and heartaches could be. For days I’m unsure of where my life is headed or days I’m so happy I want to remember how it feels forever, I’ll pop out my journal and write down everything. It is so nice to look back and on see how far I’ve come and how I made it through those rough days.
It’s honestly a free form of therapy. A moment in your day where you get to reflect on yourself and how you feel and what you’re wanting to accomplish or fix. It forces you to make time for a moment of solitude, since we often don’t get much time for that. If you’re not a writer and can’t see yourself becoming one, why not draw it out? Sketch out your feelings, it could become something beautiful.
Has anyone seen the show Parks & Recreation? Tom and Donna are the epitome of treat yourself!
Although their version of treat yourself is to buy literally anything they want for that day, our version is going to be a little bit more sensible. We post-grads are typically on a budget for a while after graduation, so spending money, although we like to do it, can be bad for us in the end. Here are some ways that you can treat yourself, but in a budget-friendly way!
- Enjoy going out for dinner? Designate a day once or twice a month to splurge on your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant.
- Need that morning latte that only your favorite coffeeshop can make? Set a day, once a week or once every two weeks that you can treat yourself to that favorite cup.
- Love retail therapy? Shop the clearance sections for great deals before looking at the regular priced items. Also, save cash by using Ebates – a cash back website that has hundreds of stores where you can save up to 15% cashback on your purchase!
CREATE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE
Throughout college, I would exercise maybe once a week (on a good month), if not once a month. I liked exercising, but never really made time for it because I always thought there was something better to do (like watching Netflix and eating). As I’ve grown older, I realized that exercise provides so much more than just a toned body and better health. It provides mental health.
If exercising isn’t your cup of tea, I completely get it. Just know that starting out is the hardest part! Once you do it continually for 27 days, you’ll start to realize it’s become a habit and won’t feel like a chore anymore. Start small and easy, no need for a gym membership. When I first started, I chose running. Every other day (on my shower days), I would go out for a 15-30 minute run around my neighborhood. If running isn’t your favorite choice, check out the multiple streaming channels that provide free work out routines that you can do in the comfort of your own home! Even the smallest of workouts will release endorphins. And we all know what endorphins do.
PUT DOWN THE TECHNOLOGY
My iPhone has recently been sending me updates every Sunday telling me my average screen time during the week. Let’s just say, that’s made me very aware of my habits of grabbing my phone anytime I’m bored or think I have nothing to do. It’s so easy to get lost in the world of tech, but constantly looking at a computer or phone screen can actually cause more harm than good.
This self care tip is all about putting down the technology and giving yourself at least an hour or more of zero screen time. Take this time to read a book, write in your journal, give 100% of your attention to your pets, meditate, etc. There are so many things out there in the world, but sometimes we get easily distracted by our screens. Take a little time during your day to let your eyes rest from the screens and allow yourself to rest from the online world.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Going from college to post-grad life can be tough. Actually, let me re-phrase that. It IS tough. You’ve gone from one day to day to a completely new day to day. Change can affect anyone, and it does. So know you are not alone in this feeling and in this change.
Remember that it’s okay that you’re still trying to figure everything out. It’s okay that your life isn’t where you thought it would be by this time. It’s okay that you are still growing and learning and still making mistakes but growing from them.
What are some of your favorite self care tips? Leave them down in the comments below!