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6 Self-Care Suggestions for Busy College Students


American College of Healthcare Sciences

BY ACHS President Dorene Petersen

It’s the back-to-school season, which is a very exciting, energizing, and busy time of year. Before your schedule and commitments kick into high gear, I want to take a few moments to talk with you about self-care.

At the American College of Healthcare Sciences, we have a passion for health and wellness. In fact, many of us are back in school to learn how to help other people—friends, family, and community members—to achieve their health and wellness potential. Yet, when life gets really busy, do you always make the time to ensure you are taking care of yourself, too?

I hope you confidently exclaim, "Yes!" But if that's not the case today, you will soon. When you enrolled in school, you made a commitment to your education. Personal transformation is part of that commitment and includes learning how to best support your own heath and wellness as you work towards your professional goals.

As you can see, making self-care a priority is an essential part of your education (especially if you're a holistic health student at ACHS!). I encourage you to make a Self-Care Idea List including simple ways you can best support your health and wellness once all the busyness sets in.

Here are my top 6 self-care suggestions for busy students. Just remember, for good HEALTH:

1. Have at least 8 glasses of water every day.
2. Energize and take 20 deep breaths every day.
3. Admire your accomplishments and celebrate with aromatherapy every day. I posted one of my favorite energizing blends (great for studying!) to ACHS Facebook. Just click this link to "Like" ACHS Facebook and download the recipe.
4. Love your life every day.
5. Think about your short- and long-term goals every day.
6. Hum for short intervals of time every day. It’s very calming and supports heart health.

Once you have your Self-Care Idea List complete, I encourage you to share it! Exchange new ideas and tips with your community of students, holistic health enthusiasts, and holistic health professionals on ACHS Facebook here:

I look forward to reading your posts.


Thank you for this reminder! Although I read through it when it was sent, I quickly became side-tracked by becoming familiar with the online learning experience, which is so new to me. 
Dorene, I find this list to be a good reminder of how important it is to take care of ourselves first so that we can do our best not only in our studies but to help give our best to those in our world. It reminds me also of the balance in all things, that is required to maintain the healthy and happy standard of living for which each of us is striving. 
Of your list, I have incorporated 1-6...however, I have also implemented a 15 -30 minute walk each morning and evening, as well as taking time to plan my meals more efficiently, thus ensuring that I am eating foods that are the best nutritionally for my body. 
I also find about 15-30 minutes each day to meditate and clear my mind prior to taking to my studies. 
I have noted major improvements on my ability to focus as well as physical improvements! Thank you for this most beneficial suggestion! 
Deborah Batchleor
Posted @ Tuesday, October 09, 2012 9:04 AM by Deborah Batchelor
Well stated, Deborah. It's amazing how little it takes to make a big impact in our overall health and well being.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 09, 2012 11:53 AM by DW Wood
College can actually be a difficult period to stay healthy. There's so much to do, and then you so many distractions as well. Playing sports is a good way to keep fit. I don't think its very easy to keep a tab on what you eat and drink...especially when in college.
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 3:45 AM by MumbaiFitnessGyms
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