#StudiousSeptember: It Starts With You!

28 Sep

Every year, the Wildcat Connections team is asked to write a blog for the month of September that focuses on preparing for classes. This means exams, quizzes, assignments…the works. The thing is, there are tons of people, in addition to blogs, out there that can guide you on what to do. In fact, it’s almost common knowledge at this point (And if it isn’t, no big deal! There’s always someone to help!). It just so happens to be my opinion that during these busy midterm/project/absolute-chaos times many people understandably forget the importance of a little bit of self-care, including myself.

Preparing for classes goes beyond buying a few notebooks and some textbooks. Of course those things are necessary for success, but what is also necessary are the measures being taken to make sure your body and your mind are ready to achieve the year’s goals. Eating right, staying hydrated, and taking the time to sleep should all be things that students keep in mind beginning, during, and ending the school year. Here are a few things that I like to do to keep myself going during the school year!:

Stock up on groceries:

Making sure that you’re eating the right things will make sure that your body is on the right track for success. I like to keep a nice healthy, stocked fridge and pantry more often than not. Of course, cooking always takes time: buying the ingredients, preparing, and then cooking. Not everyone has the time to get lunch or dinner made before having to hit the books again. But the thing is, not every meal has to be gourmet! Buying fruits to snack on, easy-to-prepare meals, etc. can make all the difference in the way that you feel on a daily basis. Eating right fuels your body with the calories it needs to get things done.

Stay hydrated:

Arizona is hot. Pretty basic stuff. Everyone always stresses the fact that drinking water consistently throughout the day in important for a reason! Water bottles can get expensive and drinking fountains aren’t always the tastiest options for hydrating but there are ways to go around these things. Lots of people nowadays have a hydroflask or something of the likeness and it really does make staying hydrated much, much easier. Not only does it save you money, but water is one of the nature’s energizers: drinking lots of it keeps your body working right and your energy level steady so that you can through any part of the day.

SLEEP:

You would think that emphasizing sleep wouldn’t be necessary for many college students but the truth is that yes, it is. Understandably, many of us put our responsibilities or our social lives over the fact that getting a good night’s rest is a lot more important than one would think. It absolutely is possible to get things done in day and still be able to sleep for at least 6-8 hours a night. It’s all about managing your time and your responsibilities well! From experience, I can say that the way my days go and the things I am able to accomplish when I’ve slept well do not compare to the lack of energy and the lack of focus of a day following two or three hours of sleep. Sleep is a mood enhancer, a beautifier, and a necessary part of staying energized when it comes to being successful in everyday life.

Do these three things (in addition to whatever else you may find useful) and the path to accomplishing great things becomes a lot more enjoyable. There’s no fun in succeeding in certain aspects of life and finding that you didn’t enjoy the process or that you can’t celebrate the results. To reach the finish line, one needs to ensure that the runner is always ready to go!

-Diana

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