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8 Rules For Self-Care

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8 Rules For Self-Care
In college it's so easy to forget about self-care. There are classes and homework and projects and essays and jobs and extra-curriculars and friends and relationships and before you know it, it's 3:30 a.m. and you can't fall asleep because you're wired on coffee and half a pint of Ben & Jerry's "The Tonight Dough."

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Sleep

Being well-rested is essential to health. You'll have more energy, more patience, and less anxiety if you accumulate eight hours of quality sleep in a day.

To ensure you sleep well, create and stick to a sleep schedule and ensure you are relaxed and comfortable when you go to bed.

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Hydration

Staying hydrated helps keep the skin clear, your mood balanced, and helps both digestion and your immune system.

Try to keep a water bottle on you at all times so you have the constant reminder to drink throughout the day.

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Exercise

Keeping up with your physical health reduces stress and releases endorphins (the chemicals that make you happy).

Exercise is also defined as any form of physical activity. So dancing in the apartment, walking around campus, or hitting the gym could all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Netflix Is Your Friend

Focusing on so many academic or personal tasks at once is stressful, so a lot of people simply crash. Taking short breaks in between tasks can help prevent this.

Don't be afraid to step away from homework and watch an episode on Netflix. It'll help you get out of the stress vortex for a while, and you'll return to work feeling more relaxed and ready to go.

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Meditation

When we are so overwhelmed by long To-Do lists, nervous breakdowns are not uncommon. But they are avoidable.

Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool to combat nervousness, anxiety, and stress. Find a quiet place, get comfortable, and clear your mind.

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Eat Well

Keeping a balanced diet, with vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and carbs takes more effort but is fundamental to good health. 
For a good diet keep in mind the following:
  • Eating late at night affects your sleeping habits.
  • Overeating can take a toll on your metabolism and energy levels.
  • Eating three properly sized meals a day helps maintain energy levels and a good mood.

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"Me Time" And "We Time"

Hanging out with friends is a great way to unwind and a lot of fun. But it's also important to recognize when you need time for yourself.

Take naps, go for walks, close your door, whatever you need.

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Know Your Limits

It’s easy to overcommit and end up burning out.

Make a cost-benefit analysis to ensure the tasks you have allow you to be healthy, happy and more relaxed.

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The Paleo Diet is an effort to go back to eating how we’re biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

Lose weight on the Paleo Diet

  1. Eat fewer calories than you burn every day.
  2. Eat mostly real food if you want to be healthy.
  3. Do those two things consistently for a decade to KEEP the weight off.

When you only eat real food and avoid all unhealthy food, you’re more likely than not going to run a caloric deficit – and thus lose weight.

Eat the following:

  • Meat – GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. 
  • Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey.
  • Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
  • Eggs – Omega-3 enriched cage free eggs.
  • Vegetables – As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
  • Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
  • Fruits – Fruits have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
  • Nuts – High in calories, so they’re good for a snack only.
  • Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs.

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

  • Weight Loss.
  • Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat.
  • Mental Focus: Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain.
  • Increased Energy & Normalized Hunger: Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
  • Epilepsy: Keto diet has been used since the early 1900’s to treat epilepsy successfully.
  • Cholesterol & Blood Pressure: shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup.
  • Insulin Resistance.
  • Improvements in your skin health.

Do Not Eat on a Keto Diet

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.