July 16, 2018

Stress

                                                                                                        

Self-Care (How-To)

Self-care can often be a buzzword that is tied to bath bombs, scented candles, and spa days. So, here are some how-to self-care ideas you can customize to be more suitable to your needs. Remember those amazing self-care rituals are not built in a day so, allow yourself to experiment.

Self-Care in the Digital World/Online

  1. Save Articles for Later
  2. Protect your Privacy
  3. Find the Wholesome Side of the Internet
  4. Avoid Certain Triggering Hashtags

Some Self-Care Habits

  1. Speak up when something bothers you
  2. Set up a system to pay your bills on time
  3. Do some meal prep for the week
  4. Drink more water
  5. Force yourself to be in bed during your bedtime
  6. Commit to doing an exercise you like once a week
  7. Color!
  8. Write 3 things you are grateful for every day
  9. Give hugs
  10. Surround yourself with people
  11. Surround yourself with nature
  12. Interact with pets
  13. Clean your space
  14. Journal
  15. Watch a movie or a tv show you’ve always wanted to
  16. Read a children’s book you like
  17. Listen to music
  18. People watch
  19. Go support your friend’s recital at Skinner or a play at the CDF
  20. Remember to eat! Indulge when you want.

 

Self-Care Workshops

Access our Calendar of Events to check out self-care workshops you can attend on campus!

The following organizations frequently host self-care activities:

  1. Choice
  2. Women’s center
  3. ProHealth
Managing Stress for Exam Week

1. Remember to Eat!

Studying is important, but your brain needs energy to function optimally. If you’re planning to hustle hard in a place that does not have access to a vending machine or food, bring a snack or two so you don’t have to break your productivity streak.

2. Exercise/Move Around

Studies have shown that partaking in exercise can improve memory and overall mental state. Take some time for yourself moving around especially during exam season when we are prone to be glued to our seats and screens.

3. Utilize Resources

Whether it means going to office hours or e-mailing your professor with questions to understand the material better or going to the writing center for all your essays, know that you are not alone in your struggles. Everyone wants you to succeed so accept the help that you need.

4. Sleep and Naps

Getting a good night’s rest during exam season seems to be low on everyone’s priority list, but it is so important to perform well. We know that exams can be stressful and rough so we suggest taking 30-minute naps when you feel drowsy and cannot afford to sleep for the next five hours. Little amounts of sleeps are better than no sleep at all.

5. Know Yourself

At the end of the day, do what works best for you. If you are someone who works best in short bursts, commit to the Pomodoro method. If you are someone who works best in long stretch hours, remember to take some time to stretch and move around. Deep breaths, you’ve got this.