On the Importance of Self-Care
Blogger: Reed Foster
As the long and rigorous semester comes to a slow-moving close, I always look forward to a short week-long break to interrupt the academic ruthlessness with a wonderful holiday like Thanksgiving. It certainly helps to clear one’s mind from all that goes on in the life of a college student. To escape the thoughts of homework and classes, I flew home this past Tuesday night to Oregon where I was greeted with beautiful trees and the crisp, cold air of the Pacific Northwest. In this particular blog I want to point out the value of self-care as a college student. Although many of us seem to live for that bustling lifestyle between internships, classes, sports, clubs and organizations, I want to highlight the importance of taking some time to yourself, of finding a practice to keep yourself motivated yet distracted from stress.
Over Thanksgiving break I returned to the cozy comfort of my home in Salem, Oregon. I was delighted to see family and friends, and spend some time bundled up next to the fire. However, this alone could not satisfy what I truly adore about living in Oregon. With Black Friday approaching, my friend and I had been preparing for weeks for our annual 5am REI shopping. We were sad to learn that REI was closed, on Black Friday! Nearly in tears that we would miss out on the sale for new hiking socks, we quickly gathered ourselves and thought of a new way to spend our Friday. REI’s closure for the day provided us with an ultimatum: if we couldn’t shop, we should honor the great outdoors instead. If there's one thing we do enjoy more than shopping for outdoor gear, it’s getting to explore the great outdoors.
My favorite self-care practice of all time has been to hike the many trails of Oregon. Retreating into nature provides a necessary escape from the worries of technology, school, and bustling city life. A few friends and I took it upon ourselves to venture out in search of Abiqua Falls, located near Silverton, Oregon. After a few hours of driving from trailhead to trailhead and aimlessly wandering down narrowly constructed trails, we finally stumbled upon the beautiful waterfall at the head of the small river. The experience was truly breathtaking and a fantastic opportunity to experience life in the outdoors. I encourage everyone who reads this to take some time to experience the nature around them and truly invest in the self-care practices the outdoors has to offer.