Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Taking care of ourselves is not a selfish act; it allows us to recharge, often leading to better academic performance, lowered stress levels, and stronger social connections.
Self-Care is Individual
Self-care is entirely individual to each person, and no two people may choose the same self-care activities. The most important component is that these activities are deliberate, done often, and they leave you feeling recharged. Explore some of the self-care strategies below and find which ones may be helpful.
Schedule it in
It’s common for self-care strategies to become a lower priority when school, work, and relationships require your time and attention. Try to schedule at least one self-care strategy each day, whatever your time allows.
Examples of Self-Care Strategies
- Try a yoga or stretching class on YouTube
- Go for a walk in your neighbourhood
- Go to bed close to the same time each night
- Choose foods that make you feel nourished
- Reach for water throughout the day
- Journal or brain dump on paper
- Practice mindfulness
- Talk to a therapist or loved one
- Practice a new hobby or skill
- Spend time in nature
- Play with a pet
- Volunteer for a cause you believe in
- Spend time meditating or in prayer
- Try forest bathing
- Connect with a spiritual group