Balancing the life of a college student is not easy--classes, schoolwork, deadlines, and jobs can be stressful throughout the semester--not just midterms and finals. It is important to take care of yourself from day one to stay healthy and happy by manage stress, depression, and anxiety through mindfulness and positive psychology.
Something as simple as taking a break to recharge can do a lot of good. Beauchamp & Childress (2001) defined self-care as "providing adequate attention to one's own physical and psychological wellness." According to the International Self-Care Foundation (ISF), "self-care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure, etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication." The seven "pillars" or "domains" from the ISF website are:
The seven pillars illustrated schematically:
Things you can do right now: