So, you’ve started school. Let me tell you a thing, or two, about starting school: it. iS. STRESSFUL!
Who would’ve ever thought that with it being pounded in our heads our entire lives that, “going to school is important,” and “you have to go to school,” that it would be so difficult to carry so many expectations at once. You have to keep good grades, and be active, and have clear skin, and eat right when in reality, no one is perfect!
When I stress about school, it gets really bad. I get chest pains, and I become super irritable, all because I have so many expectations just piling up, one by one. Thankfully, however, I have found a few things, in a few stressor departments, that I use to keep myself feeling fresh and rejuvenated while going to school, instead of sad and depressed.
First off, we are going to talk about staying organized!
At the beginning of every class, we ALL know about the dreaded syllabus week. But I say, take this time during syllabus week to set up your semester.
-During this week, with every syllabus you receive, go into the planner with different colored pens, and stickers, and put down the important due dates of every class. Once you have your life for the next few months planned out, you need to look at this planner every. single. day. I want you to physically see for yourself how much time you have for what assignment, and how you can coordinate your time better when you know a due date is coming up.
-Organize a folder per class. Each class has its own folder, that way you never lose anything, or get papers mixed up between classes.
-I know it sucks when friends are going out, or you would rather be headed to get dinner with your significant other, but trust me, the pain in your chest will simply build and build if you put assignments aside for too long and you procrastinate. You’ll feel so much more accomplished with yourself if you do.
The next topic I want to talk about is EATING HEALTHY!
Whether you eat at school in the cafe, or you go grocery shopping weekly and eat in your apartment, eating healthy is key to a healthy mind, body, and soul. When you eat better, you feel better. It’s as simple as that.
-Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day because you want to fuel your body to get ready for everything you’re going to encounter in the day. Some of my favorite, quick and easy breakfast options are:
(I like to use non-dairy yogurt), take a yogurt cup and put it in a bowl. Then add some granola, chia seeds, cinnamon, flax seeds, honey and almond butter and you have a superfood, protein packed, quick meal for the day! (Sometimes I like to add frozen berries!)
Take a bowl and pour some dry oats into it. Add some almond milk, to the consistency of your liking, add some cinnamon, almond butter, (or peanut butter!), chia/flax seeds, honey, granola, berries, whatever you like! Basically the same toppings as the yogurt bowl, and pop it into the microwave for :45-1:00min and you have some delicious, health-packed oatmeal!
-Lunch is always different for me because it will always depend on my day! But here are two of my favorite lunch options that I will always opt for if I am home!
Take two pieces of frozen ezekiel bread and pop them into the toaster. While those are getting nice and toasty, cut an avocado in half and remove the pit, then put the insides into a small bowl and mash it up! Add in whatever seasonings you like, (I typically do some himalayan salt, pepper, turmeric, and red pepper flakes) then spread the mixture onto your warm toast! I typically then will add some Sriracha sauce on top to add extra flavor!
This is simple, chop up some romaine lettuce and top with your favorite veggies! Then dress with your favorite dressing, or some olive oil and vinegar!
Dinner can be SO easy as a college student if you be proactive and MEAL PREP!!
Every Sunday evening it is key that my boyfriend and I meal prep our chicken, and put it into containers so that throughout the week we can easily heat up the chicken and simply cook a veggie with it! We typically like to sauté some zucchini or brussels sprouts with different seasonings every time to keep it fresh. We also do this with pork, and different kinds of sausages!
You guys, this chili is LIFE CHANGING!!!! (and SO easy!) You can find the recipe here: Vegan Chili
-Snacks are basically key to keeping you from going insane in between meals, and boring classes! I like to pack things like nuts and dried fruit, a nice, healthy protein bar, cut up celery or carrots, (or whatever your favorite veggie is), and even packing some protein powder into a bottle and drinking a protein shake throughout the day. Keep the snacks protein packed, and healthy to get you through the day without getting you off track.
Now we are going to talk about skincare in school!
-If you can give your skin a breather, do it. If I know I am planning a workout and then going to class, I easily know that I am just going to bring some mascara for POST workout, and some of my Mario Badescu Aloe spray to hydrate. I put on some moisturizer and I go on with my day, and I know my skin appreciates it.
-Stress can cause breakouts, so if you do so happen to get a few here and there, DO NOT POP THEM! As tempting as it is to believe that once you pop them, you’ll have glowing, perfect skin, you are WRONG! It will only spread the pimple, and possibly leave a scar! (We don’t want scars!!)
-Stay hydrated ladies!! Drink lots of water! Make it your drink of choice! The first thing I do when I wake up is squeeze half of a lemon into a mason jar and then fill that baby to the TOP with water, and drink it all down before I allow myself to have any coffee. Your body will immediately begin to flush out toxins, and when the toxins are out, the clearer your skin will be!
Some side notes…
School is SO important, and will be so much more worth it once you get that diploma in your hands, so stick with it and try your best everyday. Get the grades you aspire to have, and make an impression on your teachers; let them know that you WANT to be there, and you value what they are teaching. We will all make it, in the end!