Self-care is the practice of taking care of your physical and psychological needs. When you practice self-care consistently you are more able to weather the ups and downs of life. Periods of stress are unavoidable for most, so regularly practicing self-care ensures you are equipped with a toolbox of strategies to help you get through them.
- Sleep – Pulling an all-nighter is a stereotypical rite of passage for most students, but sleep is one of the most important factors for success. Sleep impacts our mood, energy level, and concentration. Try as best as you can to have a consistent going to bed and waking up time and create as comfortable a sleeping environment as you can.
- Nutrition – Don’t neglect your meals in periods of stress. Food is fuel for your body and brain. Eat regular meals and try to think ahead when you’ll be away from home by packing healthy snacks.
- Exercise – Try to be active on a regular basis. Even just taking a stretch break every hour in a marathon study session, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a big difference.
- Balance – A healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit is essential to your health. Problems occur when your system is out of balance. Even when term is busy, make sure to schedule in time for activities you enjoy, like spending time with friends, exercise, or watching an episode of your favourite show.
- Practice, practice, practice – Learn more about self-care, by listening to a podcast, or watching a motivational video, or using a mindfulness meditation app.
Want to learn more about self-care and how you can use it to build yourself up to withstand stressful times? The Cultivating Resiliency seminar is available in person or online to help you develop healthier self-care habits, motivate yourself, and shift unhelpful mindsets.