University is a great time to learn new things, have new experiences, and expand your horizons. It’s also a great time to establish new habits; habits that will benefit you for the rest of your life if you do them right. Here are 10 habits to start in your university years.
Waking up Early
This may sound cliche, but it makes a huge difference in your mental state for the rest of the day. Waking up early means that you have time to start your day without obligations. This only works if you are also willing to go to bed early, and if you want a tip: don’t sleep with your phone.
Exercise blasts stress, it just does. Regular (3-6 times a week) exercise will dramatically increase your mental performance, emotional state and of course, your physical health. Life quickly becomes unpleasant without any of those three.
Daily Scripture Reading
A large percentage of Christians do not read their bible regularly, it’s a fact. That is their loss, but it can be your gain. There is treasure untold in the word of God, all you have to do is come with an open heart and a desire to know him more.
Personal Devotion Time
Closely connected to the last one, you could call this any number of things: fellowship, personal time, devotions, communion etc. Whatever you call it, the point is to get alone and seek the Lord. If you seek him, you will find him. He wants to be found by you.
Healthy eating does wonders for the rest of your lifestyle. There are plenty of dietary trends out there (keto, vegan, vegetarian) but eating healthy doesn’t have to be radical or expensive either. Avoid sugars and bad fats, get your micro-nutrients and drink enough water. Done.
A Creative Hobby
This is something that is often difficult to establish amidst a busy university schedule, but it’s worth it. This is not just about decompressing by watching Netflix or browsing Instagram. Find something creative, that you enjoy. Make Spotify playlists. Take photos. Write poems. Whatever. Intentionally set aside creative time for yourself will help you destress in a major way.
We were made for community, but specifically, intentional community. This is not just about checking a box and going to church, this is about finding and maintaining a close group of friends that you can be vulnerable with and who will bring out the best in you. The group will change over time, but you should always have those people in your life.
This is one of those habits that is easiest to start when you are young. Tithing doesn’t just mean giving 10% of your cheque to a church. The amount, and the recipient, should be prayerfully considered. Ask the Lord, “Who do you want me to partner with?” “How much do you want me to give?” Obedience in this area may be difficult but the end result will always be worth it.
Taking a Sabbath
The theme of sabbath runs throughout the bible, but it seems to have been forgotten. Sabbath is not just an obligation, rather, it is an invitation by God to set aside one day every week to rest and spend time with him. It doesn’t have to be Sunday, either. Find a day of the week, do your best to remove any work or mundane tasks, and enjoy the presence of God.
A pandemic world has made this one a challenge, but that only makes it all the more important. Corporate worship is vital to our spiritual health. If you can’t gather as a church, find some friends and a guitar, or a Livestream, or just play some worship classics and sing along. Jesus and his presence are worth it.
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