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10 Ways to Love Yourself in Your 20’s

College is the time to make new friends and figure out what you’re interested in. However, stress can make it difficult to accept where you are in life. Questioning yourself can hinder self-love and heighten anxiety and depression. Check out some activities you can do to practice loving and accepting yourself.

1. Meditate

It might sound difficult, but meditating isn’t all that hard. The main idea is to take a few minutes out of every day to breathe and observe your surroundings. Just be in the moment for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Working out doesn’t have to be boring, either. Go for a walk or play volleyball with some friends. As long as it gets you moving!

3. Discover a New Hobby

There’s a lot of value in doing an activity that benefits you solely because it interests you. You aren’t graded or compared – you’re just doing something for you! A hobby can in a campus club with other people or a solo project you do in your down time.

4. Make Time for Friends

Socialization is important, guys! Part of loving life and college is making friends that will last a life time. Don’t be afraid to take a break from studying to get dinner with your roommates or go to a movie with friends.

5. Eat Healthy

Putting foods into your system that are nutritious can help you battle feeling run down. If you’re eating well, you’re also feeling well.  There’s nothing wrong with indulging every once in a while, though!

6. Get Your Sleep

Listen to your body, people! If you’re feeling overworked and can barely keep it together during the day, then you probably need some rest. Studies have shown that college students don’t get enough sleep, which can hinder daily performance.

7. Volunteer

College revolves around making decisions about your future. Taking some time to think about others and help those in need can be refreshing.

8. Stay in for the Night

I get it. Going out is fun. But, sometimes, staying in for the night can help you recharge for the week ahead! Whether you’re spending time alone watching Netflix or staying up late talking with your friends, there’s nothing wrong with reveling in your down time.

9. Bake

Have you ever heard of stress baking? Think of it as similar to taking a break and going to dinner with friends. The process of baking, however, is methodical and allows you to focus on something fun for a while. Don’t forget – you also get to enjoy it after you’re done!

10. Call your Loved Ones

There’s always homework to do and never enough time. However, talking to your loved ones can help motivate you and remember why you’re working so hard. You can fit in a call on your way to class or when you’re in the middle of a stressful assignment and need a break.

 

Article written by GUADS guest writer, Jacque

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