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Self-Care: How to low-key take care of yourself
Our lives as students are BUSY. There always comes a point when its 8 p.m. and you realize you haven’t had lunch or even moved from your TFDL study spot in five hours. When we’re stressed or things start piling up, self-care is usually the first thing we let go, and that only makes things worse. As students, it’s so important for us to take time out for ourselves, in whatever form that may be.
For some people (like myself), taking some time to jump into a book always gives me the mental break I need. For others it may be drawing or journaling for a bit, going to the gym or doing yoga, even just grabbing a coffee with a friend. There is no step-by-step process for self-care because everyone is different in how we deal and manage stress. It’s up to you to choose what works best for you.
Self-care doesn’t even have to be as big as going on crazy shopping sprees to “treat-yo-self”, though I know that we’d all love to add Bat-Suit to our autumn wardrobe. Self-care really comes down to a few basic habits that ensure we make it through our day. When we do self-care, we help prevent burnout, reduce the negative side effects of stress, and help ourselves re-focus on our priorities and goals.
Here are some tips for self-care depending on how long you have:
- If you have a couple minutes, stop and jam out to your favourite song! (Alone or with a dance partner)
- If you have five minutes, write down one thing that you are looking forward to today, or in your upcoming week.
- If you have ten minutes, take a step back and tune the world out.
- If you have twenty minutes, take control of your schedule.
- If you have thirty minutes, prep some dinner ideas ahead of time.
- If you have a couple hours, maybe take a break from the UofC campus completely and go hangout somewhere else.
- If you only have thirty seconds, breathe and know that you’re going to make it out of this semester A-Okay!
Being a student is demanding and it is okay to cut yourself some slack when you start feeling the burnout! I hope these tips have been helpful. Keep your eyes open for Stress Less Week this upcoming December!
Also, talk to us on social media and tell us what helps YOU take care of yourself! You can find us on Facebook (@suuofc), Instagram (@suuofc) and Twitter (@SUofC)
Sherry is a 3rd year history student, intersectional feminist, and lover of books&coffee