6 Ways To Practice Self Care As A Student

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*This post was written in collaboration with Gemma, who kindly sent me a selection of her lovely mandala designs to feature. However, all thoughts, opinions and self care love are, as always, my own. 

The main thing I struggle with as a student is taking time away from work. I’m even worse at actually having some self care time.

I get too into projects and completely lose track of time, usually working well past the point when I’d normally go to sleep. 

But this really isn’t healthy, either for my physical or mental health. 

So as I progress onto my Master’s degree (that still seems so surreal to actually say!) I’m determined that I won’t make the same mistakes that I did on my undergrad.

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Drink some water 

Let face it, most of us don’t drink nearly enough water; myself included.

I’ve noticed that when I’m working on a project, I get so caught up in it that I complexly forget to drink; even if I have a bottle of water next to me on my desk. 

I’ve really worked hard to increase how much water I drink this year, and I must admit I’ve noticed a huge difference to my health! 

I have more energy and feel a lot more awake.

Plus the number of headaches/migraines I get has dropped quite a bit since I increased my water intake.

It hasn’t been easy, but I can usually manage about 2 bottles a day now. Back when I had a Fitbit it was a lot easier, as it would remind me to move every hour, so I’d use that as motivation to fill my bottle up. 

Even though I got rid of my Fitbit, I had it long enough for the habit to stick thankfully.

It might not seem like an obvious way to practice self care, but looking after your physical health is just as important as looking after your mental health. 

Have an early night 

Normally I’m in bed and asleep by 11pm, but I’m also a workaholic and will carry on working well past this point if I’m really into a project. Even though I’ve been told plenty of times that this is a positive thing, I actually can’t say I agree. 

Working yourself into exhaustion is not healthy, so putting away your work and getting an early night every so often is a must.

If you’re tired you’re going to struggle to concentrate and will probably end up making mistakes, which will just need to be fixed in the morning!

Having an early night means you can wake up well-rested and refreshed, ready to get back into your projects with fresh eyes.

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It doesn’t matter if you have a full-blown, hour-long skincare routine or just wash your face with cold water every day – taking care of your skin is a great way to practice self care and self-love. 

It seems really simple, but at the very least you should try to wash your face when you first wake up and then again before you go to sleep.

I usually use cold water in a morning to help me wake up, and warm water on an evening to help me relax; normally with my Main!tone micro-fibre cleansing cloth, to make sure I get rid of any dirt or makeup that might be on my face and neck.

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This doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every single day, it can be something as simple as getting up every hour or so to walk around and stretch. 

Yoga is a big part of my morning self care routine, and I tend to do a few minutes worth of stretches regularly thought out the day. I used to be really bad for just sitting at my desk all day, staring at my laptop and not moving; which really isn’t good for you. 

I already struggle with an undiagnosed condition that causes me to be in pain for most of the day anyway, and sitting in one position for long periods of time makes that ten times worse. 

Getting up and leaving a task can also be a great way to find a new perspective and can really help if you’re struggling with a project.

There’s been plenty of times where I’ve had writer’s block so I’ve got up, had a stretch and maybe done a quick task like put some clothes in the washing machine.

[Related: 4 Techniques I Use To Get Past Writers Block]

Then when I’ve come back I’ve found a new burst of inspiration. 

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Don’t leave projects until the last minutes 

Okay so this one seems really obvious but it’s something we all do; even me.

If I end up with a project I don’t like or don’t understand, I have a habit of working on the ones I do like which results in the other being left until the last minute. 

I ended up doing that with one of my projects last year, I left it until the last minute because it was code-based and I absolutely detest coding.

I ended up doing the whole project in just a week (thanks to quite a few YouTube tutorials!) and by some miracle ended up getting a First for it. 

I’ve still no idea how I did it but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it, I ended up with some serious burnout, anxiety and probably only slept 20 hours that whole week. 

Have fun 

This is probably the most important point in a lot of ways; never get so busy and engrossed in your work that you forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. 

I’m always trying to get the best grade possible or find a way to increase my earnings as a freelancer, but I also try and balance that with doing something that isn’t work or university related. 

Some days I’ll want something that’s a bit more active so I’ll either play on the Xbox or do some exercise; usually dancing around my room to classic 90’s songs. 

I used to do dance classes as a kid and I still remember a lot of the old routines!

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Other days I want to do something more relaxing like losing myself in a book, drawing or colouring in.

I’m really loving using my iPad Pro and iPencil to colour in on, it doesn’t waste any paper and you can reuse the same image multiple times.

I’ve recently been using some of the lovely mandalas that Gemma has designed, which you can find on her Patreon page. 

She’s created an art therapy subscription package on there which I think it such a great idea, plus you choose to donate whatever you can afford. 

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I use the Procreate app and there are so many free brushes you can get for it, its a great way to create different styles using the same image.

It’s also the app I used to create my oracle deck (which will be going on sale in my shop soon) and all my other designs too. 

Whatever your hobbies or interests, make sure to take some time away from work for them.

What is your number one self care tip as a student?

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  • As someone who is about to go into third year (Which is apparently the most stressful year of an undergrad degree), this was everything I need! I also want to be better at self care this year, and these are easy and effective tips!


  • Jade Marie says:

    I have to admit, my third year was extremely stressful! Especially the last semester, I basically had a constant low level anxiety attack the whole time. Best of luck with your final year though! I hope these tips help – both for uni and in general ☺️

  • Lindsey says:

    I’m not even a student anymore and yet these points are so valid: early nights and skin-care are two of the things I always try and do more of and always fail, haha! Lovely post!

  • Bexa says:

    This is the most perfect post for me to read right now. I’m starting my final Open Uni course in October and worried how I’m going to balance blogging/studying and fitting in self-care in my routine. These are brilliant tips. I love those mandalas, I’ve recently tried a mandala tracing book and found it so calming and therapeutic. Thank you for sharing Jade and all the best with your masters degree <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha hey trying is what counts though! All self care can be used in any situation really, I just wanted to create a post aimed at students since school/college/uni will be starting back up soon ☺️ thank you!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Oh wow, well I’m glad I posted it when I did then! ☺️ that sounds so relaxing, they really are gorgeous and she does so well to create so many different ones! Thank you Bexa ☺️💛 best of luck with your fine year of open uni! My friend is just about to start studying psychology with them ☺️ xx

  • Love your blog! I’m going to uni in September so this will definitely be helpful! x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! ☺️ best of luck with uni, I hope everything goes well for you ☺️ x

  • Wow! Kudos on pursuing your Masters! But yeah, I totally get the whole “immersed in work so I’m not sleeping” thing. I do that a lot with my blog & songwriting. I will say I’m pretty good with the skincare and diet… not so much on the exercise these days. I think I’d be less cranky if I integrated that back into my routine. Thanks!

  • tralisty says:

    This is a brilliant list – especially remembering to have fun. I think a lot of people think they have to be constantly “on” and forget to enjoy life.
    I’ll be using some of these for my normal everyday, definitely. Thank you!!

    Naomi xo

  • bbbryony says:

    these are some really good tips! I also adore your jumper in these pics, it’s so autumnal x

  • Bruna says:

    I was literally the most desorganized and stressed person in highschool and I’m planning on going to college soon – so this was a really helpful post! this are all things I’ll need to work on so thank you for posting 🙂

  • OurFour Suitcases says:

    It’s a great thing to start taking are of yourself and developing routines that become entrenched. These are the routines that will take you gracefully into your thirties and beyond 🙂

  • I’m not even a student and find this post helpful. Great tips!

    Them mandala’s are ace btw!:)

  • Carolyn Benjamin says:

    Really enjoyed your article great advice xx

  • These are some great tips! I’m terrible for not going to bed when I should and just powering through, it doesn’t work out well the next day ever

  • Deb's Decorative Life says:

    I am not a student but I really enjoyed your tips on self care for exercise, skincare and making time to have some fun. There are many nights when I need to just call it an early night and that’s what I am doing more of now.

  • Geraldine says:

    So yrue! Great post. I am very stubborn when it comes to getting an early night sleep instead of pushing myself to keep going! I’ve already graduated from school but I still don’t think I know how to do that…!

  • Such a fab post hun, some useful and great tips! I’m not a student any more but i’ll definitely use these xx | https://lifeofablindgirl.com

  • Jessica says:

    Always looking for self care tips as a broke as student who needs to practice what she preaches! Great post, lovely! x

    Jessica // http://www.jessistrying.co.uk

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely give it a try, if you don’t find it helps then you can always cut it out again ☺️ and thank you lovely! I’m extremely nervous but hopefully it’ll be worth it ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    I know I’m definitely one of those people, I swear I don’t have an off button 😂 I’m glad you’ll be using these in your day to day life – I hope they help ☺️ x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! It’s last years from Primark 😍

  • Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome! Best of luck with college, hopefully you’ll be a little bit more organised there ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Aww thank you 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you do! 🙂 and they really are! 😍

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely 😊 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Glad I’m not the only one, I’m always grouchy the next day too! Hopefully these tips can be useful for you 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed my post ☺️ I’m glad to hear you’re putting yourself first and having early nights when you need them ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you can still find these tips useful lovely ☺️ self care can be used whenever and for whatever reason ☺️ xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad to have helped! I’m always trying to practice what I preach more, especially with self care 🙊 x

  • Kelly says:

    I NEED to remember all of this as I start the long process of five years of study to become a forensic psychologist 😭
    I never would have remembered about some of the basic things like drinking water, something I’m absolutely horrendous for remembering, and skincare as well! I start my course on Wednesday so this post came at the right time! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Good luck on starting your Masters degree – I hope you have the best time doing it!

  • pixieskies says:

    Self care is so important, and you’re right, at uni it often gets forgotten about. These are definitely some things for me to remember next year.Good luck with the masters!

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com/

  • The advice you have on here are not just for students, they are for everyone. We do tend to forget about taking care of ourselves when we are doing something, but it is so important to take care of us first. Great post Jade. Rock that Master, have fun doing it and remeber that you need to come first to you.

  • Jenn says:

    I love this! It is such a wonderful, inspiring and uplifting post!
    I agree with you that drinking water has a huge impact on your mental and physical health and my fitbit helps me track how much I drink everyday. I had never thought of using the get up and move reminder to also remind me to drink water for that hour so thank you for that tip! Yoga is also something else I have been meaning to do but I have no idea where to start! Thank you for the inspiration😊

  • Loved this post, I could have used it back when I was a student who had no idea how to look after myself.


  • Some great ideas even if you’re not a student. 🙂

  • I’m not a student but these are all great tips and honestly can be used for any type of person really, not just students! I for one definitely do most of these as a form of self care, like exercise (yoga specifically), drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep 🙂 xxx

  • These are really great ideas! Self care is so important especially when you have a lot going on. Great tips! 😊 xo

  • Greatness Reinvented says:

    Hey great post. Love the art you are creating on the iPad. I think I need to start doing some drawing.

    GR | https://www.thegreat.uk

  • Clayaa says:

    Ooh what a great post! I’m about to go into third year and self care is SO important as a student. I’m guilty of not getting early nights but that is something I will definitely be doing this year. Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

  • These tips are helpful even for those who are way past their university days.Not leaving projects until the last minute is a tip that will help particularly once work life starts. And those Mandala patterns are beautiful!


  • These tips are really great, I will definitely use them now I am starting university

  • Nailah says:

    Absolutely love this! I struggle with time management BIG TIME when it comes to my classes, and stress myself out struggling to get assignments turned in at the last minute. Thanks for the tips on avoiding and managing the stress!

    XO, Nailah

  • I find this so relatable! I haven’t been a student for a couple of years now, but I do work from home using the same laptop and doing a lot of similar work. I’m the worst for getting caught up in stuff and do find myself getting hooked on projects to the point I don’t want to put it away for the night. On the flip side, a lot of my uni mates used to pull all-nighters to meet deadlines, which I just never managed. I love working, but I cannot function normally much later than midnight. It is better to get into a good routine of going to be early out of choice rather than necessity though!

    I loved these points, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Great tips! I’m going back to uni soon and I’m definitely going to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lupe says:

    Yes these are all amazing points! I’ve reallu focused on drinking more water, working out and making sure I stay on track with assignments and start earlier than usual to make sure I get everything done.

  • These are some really good ideas; thanks for sharing! I’m not a student anymore, but I am a freelancer for a living, which means I spend far more time than I probably should working at my desk. I’m SO guilty of leaving projects I don’t really understand until the last minute, much to the detriment of future me. The lack of sleep thing to meet deadlines is something I am SO guilty of! Thanks for sharing.

    Rebekah Gillian | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk

  • Oprah Simpson says:

    My biggest downfall as a student was the procrastination issue. I always left things until last minutes and it was not good for me mentally at all. I agree with each item on the list. I’m not a student anymore but I know I need to work on exercising.

  • Holly says:

    This is just as important for teachers! I tutor online & will be reminding myself of these. Thanks!

  • Jesica says:

    Omg! This is the post that every student needs! Skincare and exercise are so easy to be forgotten and ignored especially in a busy week! However, they’re actually very very essential, both for the mind and body.
    And that mandala app, I’m checking it out right away now. Love this post, thanks for sharing :)x

  • Amy says:

    This is such a useful post and not just for students. These are great tips for anyone who has some form of sedentary job or lifestyle. I agree with literally all of your points and can happily agree that when you start incorporating little improvements to your daily routine, the ripple effect begins and we often feel inspired to take it a step further. Great post Jade and good luck with your studies!

  • thepetiteintrovert says:

    Love this!! I also have a condition that causes me to have pain, and if I’m feeling bad, I get up and walk my dog or just do something that requires walking around my apartment. I totally agree that it can give you fresh start after sitting for so long!! Thanks for this <3

  • I wish I took better care of myself as a student! The one thing I got pretty good at toward the end of my academic career was going to bed at a reasonable hour. I had to or I couldn’t function the next day!

  • This is great, definitely things thats helped my routine as a student. <3

  • really cool tips! How long have you been praticing yoga?

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