Self Love with Shannon


Shannon O'Connor , LA&E Asst. Editor

Keeping yourself happy and healthy, not only physically but mentally, is the most important thing you can do. If you’re not on top of your mental health game, you will start to slip and slide right into a potential pit of misery. Especially in college, it is difficult to put your well being first.  Remember self love is not selfish. This means that when it comes to your well being it needs to be at the top of your list. There are a few tips to help keep your mental health in tip top shape and to always be awesome!

1. You time

Making time for yourself is by far the most important thing for your mental health. “You time” is anytime you crave out of your very busy day to do something you love. This can be 10 minutes, it could be two hours, whatever you feel you need. Whether it is reading a book, watching a movie, going to the gym or even taking a nap, take some time for yourself.


2. Meditate

Your mind and body should always be in harmony for you to be able to perform at your best. One way to make sure you are in harmony and eliminate all the negativity in your life is to meditate or practice yoga. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, anyone with a yoga mat can practice this craft. Download some meditation or yoga apps and get started on your journey to harmony.

3. Plants

Plants are a wonderful way to liven up a dorm and increase your mental health. Sounds crazy right? Not only does having plants mean more oxygen in the air, but it could mean a better routine. Plants obviously need to be taken care. of This adds stability to your life. When everything in your life is all over the place, the one thing you know for sure is that you have to take care of your plants. With spring right around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about what beautiful plants you are going to fill your life with.


4. Oranges

This will probably sound crazier than the plants, but oranges and other citrus fruits are said to help boost your mood and increase your overall mental health. There are many ways to feel the benefits of these wonderful fruits. You can eat them, use an air freshener or break out the essential oils. Essential oils can be used in food, as perfume or in a diffuser. Their multiple uses can be beneficial to you and your mental health.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Never be afraid to ask for help. If you think there is a serious issue going on in your life or you need someone to talk, no matter what it is, asking for help is very important. Mental health is a serious issue and you should always make sure you’re on top of yours.

Photos by Shannon O’Connor