Cheyanne Beaumont | Writer
One of the happiest times of the year can be the most stressful, yes, I’m talking about the holidays. The time of snowflakes, gift-giving, and family can be especially hard for college students. Not only are we worrying about how to afford the holidays, but we’ve got finals that pile up and can add to the stress.
As much as the holidays can be about spending time with others and almsgiving, it’s important to remember to give to ourselves too. I’m talking about getting yourself little treats. When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? Something not related to school or means of staying alive? It’s easier said than done when the price of things seems to be going up, but you can start small. Grab a candy bar the next time you get gas or rent that new movie you’ve been wanting to watch. Buy that t-shirt you saw at Target the other day. Grab a new book to read that’s not part of your syllabus. It can be whatever you want, as long as it feels like a gift to yourself.
It’s easy to get carried away thinking of others around the holidays. For me, I start stressing about what my loved ones may need or want as gifts right after Halloween! But it’s important to remember the things you need or want. The holidays provide a way to share gratitude for each other, but you deserve to treat yourself and be grateful for what you do for yourself. Not just during the holidays, but every day.