5 Things You Should Always Make Time for

No matter how busy you get!
by Alyssa Jose   |  Sep 8, 2016
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We totally understand you, sometimes college tends to suck us into this black hole of exams, readings, internships, org work, and other "purely academic" events (*EHEM*) that we drop everything else that matters into some great abyss. Don't feel bad if there are weekends when you cannot go home to your family because you have to study for midterms, or if there are times you skipped going to the gym because you don't even have enough energy to get through your classes. It happens, even to the best of us. One of the most important things I learned in college is that "finding time" will never be the same as "making time".

Make sure you are making time for the things that truly matter.

  1. Quality time with the family

Your parents miss you, a lot. This newfound independence may be the most exciting thing ever but don't forget that your Mom and your Dad are still genuinely interested about how your day went. Tell them all about that org you are applying for, or spend a "strictly no acads" weekend at home. Quality time with the whole family will always be a great source of motivation; it feels nice to be reminded of why you are working so hard in the first place.

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  1. Exercise

College is all about saving your precious energy for emergency all-nighters and unplanned hangouts with friends; if you are lucky to even have enough to last you through the day. You wonder how some of your peers squeeze exercise into their super hectic schedules; like HOW??? Well, it's just a matter of really making an effort to get yourself moving. Give up 10 minutes of scrolling through your Twitter feed and use that time for some burpees. Your body will thank you in the long run!

  1. Non-academic reading

No matter how much you love your major and no matter how badly you want to graduate with Latin honors, it's unhealthy to have zero downtime from studying. Reading about other things that interest you from politics, to fashion, and even sports (really anything under the sun) will be an awesome way to keep your sanity in check. General knowledge on various topics will also be a plus for your conversation skills!

  1. Social media breaks

Taking a break from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will make you realize just how much time you are spending (or wasting) scrolling down a screen. Can you imagine using those precious hours on more important things instead? Stop worrying about missing out and actually engage in conversations, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and be cool with being disconnected from time to time.

  1. Sleep

No college student anywhere in the world finds it easy to get more than six hours of sleep in a day. Maybe we're the worst when it comes to time management or maybe 24 hours will just never be enough formillennials with tons of commitments; maybe both. Yes, pulling off all-nighters is part of a college student's daily grind but make sure you get enough shut-eye on not so busy days. Remember that no amount of caffeine can substitute for some good sleep.

In college it's easy to slip into a routine, an endless cycle of keeping your head above water in an ocean of deadlines, and other adult-ing demands. Know that it is okay to take a break from time to time to take care of yourself and of your loved ones. When college life becomes too much, reevaluate your priorities and know why you are swimming in the first place.

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Alyssa Jose
Candymag.com Correspondent
A huge believer in optimism and good karma. Alyssa spends her days in pursuit of genuine and intense happiness. Her heart is an ocean of her dreams and passions, brimming with the people she loves deeply. Her immense love for good books and divine apple pies keeps her going. She adores New York, sing-alongs, hand-written letters, deep conversations, pretty flowers and cute dogs.
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