Why it’s vital to make time for yourself at University

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It’s easy to make attending lectures, socialising and completing assignments our main priorities, but before we know it we’re having an emotional breakdown. While all aspects of the university experience are great, it’s equally important to take time out and focus on you.

As a second year student I have learnt that setting aside ‘me’ time shouldn’t be seen as a reward after completing a long task. While it’s great to be productive, overworking yourself can leave you exhausted and stressed out. I mean let’s be honest we’ve all been there, where we’ve stayed up all night to complete an assignment that is due in the next morning.

We literally live out the phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ and deprive ourselves of sleep, breaks and food, believing that we can only truly relax once we’ve finished it all. Instead we’re left so drained and miserable that we are too tired to function, let alone think about relaxing. This is a prime example of why making time for yourself at university is crucial.

A benefit of taking time out is that it allows you to have a clearer mindset and refocus. One thing you’ll learn at university is independence; there’s no mum or dad constantly telling you what needs to be done. Sometimes this can be difficult to grasp, especially when you are staring at a long to do list, not knowing where to begin. However, stopping to listen to music or do an activity with a friend can make you realise that your tasks aren’t as daunting as you initially thought.

Also, having ‘me time’ allows you to learn so much about yourself, through how you deal with challenging situations or discovering new skills and interests. Without taking time to focus on you, these skills and hobbies may go unnoticed.

Sometimes having time away from people, work and social media can be therapeutic. However, having your own time doesn’t have to be done alone. It just involves doing something that you enjoy which helps you unwind and this can be done with friends.

I’ve decided to add some tips that have helped me in my self-care and could possibly help you:

  1. Manage your time
  2. Keep a journal
  3. Join Clubs and societies
  4. Movie Marathons
  5. Do what you makes you happy- as cliché as this may sound, it is still vital.

Words by: Hannah Boakye

Edited by: Sarah-Louise Kelsey

Saya and Hope are your lifestyle editors.

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