Self-care is important for those of all ages, and returning to school makes it even more important that you take some time out from the stress of classes, school, and work. These five self-care tips will help you maintain your physical and mental well-being.
One: Take 15 Minutes Every Day for Yourself.
Even if you feel like you don’t have a lot of time in your day, you can usually identify 15 minutes each day where you can do something you find relaxing or take time for yourself. Choose a consistent time each day, whether it’s right before you go to bed or immediately when you wake up. This can include reading, listening to music you like, watching silly videos on YouTube, or writing in a journal.
Two: Get Outside
If summer’s warm temperatures kept you looking for the A/C instead of going outside, fall’s cooler temps may bring incentive to get outdoors. This can include taking a walk outside or sitting outdoors while eating dinner. These activities can be a way to soak up some sunshine and take in additional light to reduce the risks for seasonal affective disorder.
Three: Make Small, Healthy Dietary Changes
If the idea of making big changes to your diet feels overwhelming, set a goal to make small changes instead. Some easy small changes include drinking more water, swapping a sugary dessert for fruit, switching to grilled chicken for fried, or eating one new vegetable type per week. Knowing you’re doing something good for your health can help restore your self-confidence and overall health.
Four: Make High-Quality Sleep a Priority
This self-care tip can be vital to a healthy overall sense of well-being. In addition to getting enough hours of sleep, you also need to get enough high-quality sleep. Ways to do this include practicing good “sleep hygiene.” This includes going to sleep at the same time every day, refraining from looking at phones, laptops, and tablets at least one hour before going to bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool to promote better sleep.
Five: Try a Positive Reflection
Taking some time to reflect on your day can help you to practice this emotional self-care tip. Each day write down at least one and up to three good things you did each day. This could include making a person feel good, improving on school material, or reaching out to a friend or family member. Reflecting on all the good things in your life can enhance your feelings about your life.
Closing Thoughts on Self-Care Tips
Self-care is anything that improves your well-being and encourages you to take time out, no matter small, for yourself. Taking some “me” time can help you during this busy season.