That's why it’s a must to properly take care of yourself as a study abroad student. With so much going on around you, it can feel like you’re in the passenger seat of a speeding car where all you can do is put on a seat belt to survive. Sure, it seems fun at first, but you’re zooming by all those rest stops you need to catch a breath at.
While it might seem like you can keep going at this intense speed, this will quickly grow exhausting. If you want to make the most out of your study abroad, it means taking care of the most important things first—YOU!
Keep reading for some self-care guidance to keep you happy and healthy while you’re away from home.
Saying No is Okay
Everyone has different energy levels and is able to handle varying degrees of social interaction, so you’ll have to listen to your own body and brain for when it’s time to take a break. In the long run, if you’re able to say no to things that are of less interest to you or invites that come when you’re feeling drained, you’ll have more energy for events you really care about. They’ll be more enjoyable when you’re at full energy. Quality over quantity!
Adventures for One
Is there something on your study abroad to do list you’ve been pushing away because of others? Take a day, giving yourself plenty of time, and go do it. Be kind to yourself. The great thing about going on single person adventures is there’s no schedule. If you want to stop somewhere? You can. If you feel like pausing for a luxurious lunch? Go for it!
Treat your body and mind with kindness and forgiveness. They will end up thanking you right back. And you never know what you might find when it’s just you exploring the city without any distractions.
Always remember to give yourself permission to do the things you enjoy. This is your study abroad experience, and you get to make it whatever you want. Listen to your body and your heart. No one else can ever possibly know what you need better than you can, so make sure you take time to do things for yourself that put you in the right mental and physical state to have the best time possible. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.