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“Surviving Finals” Self Care

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted anything, but I just finished surviving finals. Things were crazy in school. It was my last full-semester and I had several tests and final projects due. Long nights and days. Working on the computer at work for hours, then computer in class for hours, and lastly working on homework on the computer for hours. And weekends with 12 hours straight finishing projects. It was very exhausting!

I know all of us have crazy weeks, if not even months like these. And just a bit of it can get us really down, physically and mentally. But it’s very important that, no matter how busy we are, we take care of ourselves :) Let me share some of the things I did to not only look healthy and fresh (almost) every day, but also to have a moment of peace for my mind and not loosing it!

Surviving Finals -- Photo by Grace Yang

Tea / Infusions

Drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated is number one advice for pretty much anything. But I suggest you make tea or infusion out of it. I like mixes with ingredients such as peppermint, chamomile, lemongrass, and other natural herbs. They are usually very relaxing and help me not feel so anxious when deadlines are approaching. Sometimes I like to drink them warm, for more relaxation, specially in the evenings. But sometimes I like them cool, on ice, which makes them very refreshing and it can help you charge up to continue working.

Short Beauty Routine

Yes, you finish work late, last thing you want to do is spend 10-15 minutes in beauty routine. You barely get any sleep, and you surely don’t want to wake up early to do that routine again. I completely understand, but that routine is important! It doesn’t mean you have to do your five-steps treatment though. Toner, serum, essence, moisturizer, lotion, eye cream, there are so many things that are so good for your face and skin. But in emergency days, it’s ok to skip a few. I personally decided to keep it short and sweet: eye cream and moisturizer. Morning and night. No matter how sleepy I was and how much I just wanted to go to bed, in the end, taking those extra minutes helped me sleep better. Putting a soothing, light cream on my eyes helped that they wouldn’t get too swollen, and it relaxed them and released them from the tension that accumulated while I was working with screens.

Surviving Finals -- Photo by Dominik Gwarek width=

Mini Spa Night

Even if you are very busy, it’s good to take at least one night a week to care for yourself. Just take about half an hour, one evening. You can either use a mask, which is super quick and easy and you can take the waiting time to prepare yourself a snack or something that keeps your mind out of work. Or you can do a full beauty routine, starting with cleansing and toner, using any in between you may have, ending with moisturizer. And maybe having a face scrub or a quick mask in between. Just make sure to have some minutes of you-time, taking care of yourself, and not worrying about anything.

Work-free Day

Now, Sundays for me are absolute work-free. I can work Saturday’s all the way until midnight, and wake-up early Monday morning if necessary. But for religious reasons, I made a personal rule of absolutely no school or work related tasks on Sunday. Now, religion-related or not, you can set yourself a rule to have a day where you won’t worry about every-day things. Since it’s a decision I made for myself a long time ago, I don’t even have to think about it. I wake up Sunday mornings, and no matter how many things might be going on in my life, I just don’t worry about them. I go to church in the morning, my husband and I prepare lunch together, and I spend the afternoon working on crafts, reading, or baking while listening to inspirational messages. It’s really nice that my mind knows that Sundays are special, and I can have a break from crazy life. Sometimes I even do the Mini Spa Night on Sundays, when the rest of the week was crazy enough to not have another free evening.

Surviving Finals -- Photo by Bev Lloyd-Roberts

This four little tips are what keep me sane during stressful times. They make a huge difference! Not only does it help me look like a functioning person, but it actually helps me function better. I hope they work as well for you as they do for me! Remember that things happen, and they come and go all the time. But your health is more important that anything else. So, whether it’s surviving finals, or a work deadline, or a project presentation, or anything else that is consuming your for weeks — don’t stop taking care of yourself.

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