To me, practicing self-care means doing things that make you feel good. Things and activities that nourish your mind, body and soul. I think it’s important to remember that practicing self-care isn’t a “quick-fix”. It takes a bit more than a bubble bath and a face mask for feelings of stress and anxiety to go away. With regular self-care practice, you might find those things much easier to deal with though.
If it’s not something you already practice or find it difficult to do, think of self-care as short breaks you give yourself to refocus and restore energy.
FOR THE MIND
- Meditate (try guided meditation like we do if Freshman Seminar, if you’ve never done it before)
- Clean up your digital mess- like your email inbox
- Revise your calendar- Get yourself organised and ready for the day/month/year
- Edit your social media- unfollow people and accounts that evoke any negative feelings in you
- Get rid of things you no longer need but hold on to, for no reason (Clothes, paperwork, memorabilia)
- Have a big clean out session (clean house = clear mind)
FOR THE BODY
- Go for a run
- Do take a yoga class
- Take a nap
- Treat yourself to your favorite meal and/or dessert
- Have a long bath
FOR THE SOUL
- Call some close
- Grab a group of friends and go out for dinner
- Spend some time alone
- Make a list of things you’ve accomplished
- Try journaling, write a story or just about your day
- Pick up a new book
- Listen to music (this piece is proven to reduce stress and anxiety)
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde
SELF-CARE MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO ALL OF US
To some, self-care means taking a bath or getting a manicure. To others, it’s eating healthy, getting enough sleep and staying fit. Someone else’s idea of self-care is binge-watching a sitcom and eating ice-cream. Sometimes, it means taking a nap or spending some time alone. To me, self-care is something that helps me stay sane. It’s also something that I had to learn to do, all over again.
I love working and at times I struggle with being unproductive and don’t always know how to “turn off”. I tend to bring homework with me and feel guilty when I go out with a friend, or “waste” a Saturday by not getting any work done. I noticed that I started to feel anxious about doing things that should bring me joy. It’s almost like feeling guilty for showing yourself some love and kindness.