Do more than put on a face mask and call it self-care. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves because life gives us so much more to worry about. The stress of college can be overwhelming and we neglect to take a step back and reflect on our personal state of being. Manage your hectic life with these self-care products to improve your internal and external being during your quarter life crisis.
Get through your quarter life crisis by focusing on yourself with these top 10 self-care products:
Replace stress nation with meditation. Meditation helps reduce negative energy in your life; this includes stress, anxiety, negative thoughts and worries. We often feel these emotions as a result of the deadline drive in college. As a result, we must understand how to balance our work and academic life without forgetting our personal well-being. “Meditation has become a part of my college routine. I got into it with some free classes and then bought a pillow for myself,” Penn State junior Kerstin Stewart said. This meditation pillow will begin your journey to a happier and healthier life. Relieve stress on your joints and spine with this buckwheat filled, cotton bolster pillow. Take a seat once a day to reflect and relax. This pillow also doubles as a yoga block for difficult poses. Beginning to mediate unleashes a world of positive thoughts and calming energy. Make this something you look forward to after your dreaded classes.
Welcome to the age of self-care. While most people think self-care means working on your external being, it mostly consists of working on your inside being: the mind, body and soul. This book will have you practicing, reflecting and ultimately reaching an improved well-being. Reaching a more fulfilling state of overall being and mental focus is important. “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed,”author of You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay said. In reality, sometimes we need to be more personally attentive to reach the awareness and happiness we deserve. The essence of this journal emphasizes that we have responsibility for everything in our lives— our thoughts create our experiences. Let’s start putting ourselves first, because we all like to be number one.
Have you ever heard of aligning your chakras? That hippy dippy doo-doo? Crystal healing has become more popular than ever. The gems interact with your body’s energy field and chakras improving your physical, emotional and physical state. “Crystals are really important to me. Each one has a different significance and I like to hold them close to me when different things in my life are going on,” Penn State senior Matthew Richard said. Place them on different parts of your body or hold them to promote the process. This crystal kit includes chakra tumbled stones, crystal quartz pendulum, raw rose quartz, amethyst cluster and crystal point. Start balancing the hectic reality of their life with this perfect collection for beginners. Collect other gems or create a relaxing space with stones known for healing.
This will surely make you feel like Sleeping Beauty. Eye masks definitely change the game. They aid sleep while relaxing your eyes so you can fall asleep and stay asleep. This eye mask in particular, has mulberry silk on both sides making it smooth, soft and comfortable. It offers breathability, and cool relaxation so you don’t feel claustrophobic. The headband adjusts to any size, and won’t snag on your pillow. “My eye mask has changed my life. They are especially important for when I’m hungover, LOL,” Penn State junior Ashlee Franks said. Explore how it can treat insomnia, migraines, dry eyes and more. Experience a zero–light sleep of complete darkness if you haven’t yet, and never leave your bed again.
Turn your dorm into a relaxation oasis (at least until you can go on spring break). Supercharge your brain cells with aromatherapy diffusers. Use these oils to level your mood and balance your body hormones. They humidify rooms with pleasing aromas of mint, lavender and more. Essential oils via diffusers have multiple benefits: relieve stress, antidepressant capacity, increase memory, boost energy levels, speed healing and recovery, alleviate headaches, sleep aid and enhance immune systems. This set has bamboo red sticks with fresh mint, eucalyptus and creamy vanilla notes. When the stress of college and life start to get to you, place these around your dorm or apartment for calming vibes.
Sometimes, you just need that big bear hug to calm you down. Thankfully, we have weighted blankets to give us that assurance. Take care of yourself with weighted therapy. This therapy has been known to increase levels of serotonin and melatonin while you sleep. It helps with insomnia, falling asleep and staying asleep overnight. Getting a good night’s sleep or even falling asleep becomes difficult because so much hangs over our head in college. This weighted blanket provides the support you need to calm down and sleep tight. Going to sleep has never seemed easier, just make sure you wake up in time for that 8 a.m.
I know it seems nearly impossible to get a good night sleep in college, especially when you have to pull all-nighters every other day to study for exams and finish papers, but giving yourself a good night’s sleep counts as an important act of self-care. “I have a really hard time falling asleep because of all the stresses of school. When it’s one of those nice some melatonin is a lifesaver,” Penn State senior Christina Miller said. Enter happier and healthier living simply by getting adequate sleep every single night. Sleeping enhancers used in moderation have been a great way to put the stresses away. These all-natural sleeping supplements provide the right dose to keep you slumbering all night.
8. Calming Tea
Out with anxiety and stress and in with the rest. Unwind for the night by sipping on all-natural calming tea. These teas have ingredients that calm your body. As students, allow this to be your everyday stress reliever. “I love to sip on a cup of tea at the end of the night or when I am studying,” Penn State sophomore Emily Williams said. Soothe not only your mind but your body as it reaches your tight muscles promoting relaxation. Brew a cup to loosen your mental, physical and emotional state after a long day or week. As those who have it all together say, “just relax.”
9. Energy tea
Having a hard time putting a pep in your step? Sometimes you need to the opposite of relaxation. We all know how hard it to get yourself out of bed and in to that 8 a.m. class you hate. Instead of fueling your body with coffee, try energy tea instead. Naturally organic packed with caffeine and antioxidants, this tea delivers the energy you need to start your morning and get you throughout the day. Get the extra push you need when life keeps coming at you.
For those of you with apartments and houses, consider saging it out. This product may seem a bit tribal and extreme, but everyone is doing it. Also, don’t try this in the dorm. Burning sage has been shown to revitalize a place with calming vibrations that reduce stress responses. The smoke from sage alternates the ionic composition of the air. This will cleanse the area of any negative energy that may be lingering. Sometimes you just gotta alternate your energy.