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35 Quick Self Care Ideas For The Busy College Student

College can be super overwhelming at times. Jumping from class to class, fitting in meals and studying, and don’t even get me started on finding time for friends when you have to work too. Finding time to take care of yourself between all of the other stuff can feel like such a chore. And likely takes the back seat. But finding time for self care should be a priority so you can show up better in all other aspects of your life. That is why you should always have a few quick self care ideas in your pocket for when you are short on time.

Self care might not be a big priority for you right now. I get it. But have you ever heard that you can’t pour from an empty cup? This means that if you are feeling super bleh, everything else you do will be bleh.

This post gives you ideas for self care activities that don’t need a lot of time!

Since I truly understand what it means to be a busy college student (hello 18 credits plus 40 hour work weeks), I put together a huge list of quick self care ideas for you to do in under 20 minutes!

Quick Self Care Ideas For Busy College Students

1. Go for a walk

2. Give yourself a pedicure or manicure

3. Listen to a podcast

4. Do a facemask

5. Read a chapter of a book

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6. Practice deep breathing

7. Take a power nap

8. Go stargazing 

9. Stretch your body

10. Have a healthy snack

11. Do your hair for fun

12. Make yourself a nice meal

13. Journal your thoughts

Related: Why You Need To Journal In College & How To Start

14. Do yoga

15. Put on some skincare

16. Have a dance party

17. Call a friend or family member

18. Spend time in prayer

19. Try a new hobby

20. Go for a drive

21. Declutter your bedroom

Related: 5 Insane Hacks For The Best College Apartment Organization

22. Tell yourself positive affirmations

23. Practice gratitude 

24. Clean out your inbox / digital spaces

25. Write yourself a love letter

26. Watch funny videos

27. Unfollow negative people on social media

Related: Inspiring Instagram Accounts That Every Young Adult Needs To Follow

28. Wear a cute outfit that makes you feel good

29. Sing at the top of your lungs

30. Go to bed early

31. Buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing

32. Declutter your closet

33. Do a hair mask

34. Take a hot shower

35. Say “no” to someone

This post gave you 35 ideas for easy activities to take care of yourself for when you have 20 minutes or less!

Now that you have a list of quick self care ideas to choose from, practice making them a priority. One way to do this is to add one or two to your to-do list every day. As someone whose goal is to live a healthy life and reach your goals, it is important that you also take care of yourself.

Being successful in college doesn’t stop with getting good grades. Implementing any of these quick self care activities will help you be successful even after you graduate college. Doing any of these things (or any other self care activity) contributes to your success in life far beyond the classroom.

So tell me, what are some of your go to quick self care activities?

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