It’s easy ignore what we really need and just focus on our day-to-day tasks and to-do lists. At some point during the semester, though, you're likely to get that drained and worn-out feeling.
You're not alone! Most people find it difficult to take the time they need to rest and rejuvenate. But taking care of yourself is essential to your success, both inside the classroom and out.
If you’re looking to boost your self-care practice and find some much needed motivation and energy, try some of our creative self-care strategies! And remember that everyone needs – and deserves – rest.
What You Can Do
- Learn to say no. It’s okay to be picky with your commitments! If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with everything you have to do, prioritize which activities are essential to your values, goals, and wellbeing. Then practice saying no to the rest.
- Unplug for an evening. Reduce mental clutter by turning off your phone and getting off the internet. Reconnect with a friend, take a quiet walk outside, or go to a coffee shop and read for pleasure.
- Practice gratitude. Studies show taking time to express gratitude for others in our lives increases our overall happiness. Try it out! Write a brief letter to someone you’re grateful for. Be sure to write specific reasons why you’re thankful for this person and how they make you feel. Giving the person the letter is sure to brighten their day, too.
- Get cleaning! Having a clean, organized space for living and working can reduce stress and even depression. Clutter is distracting and causes unnecessary stress in your brain. Plus, cleaning can be relaxing and even give you a chance for a little movement, which is also good for self-care!
- Take a different route to class. Routines can help us stay organized, but sometimes they make us feel stuck in a rut. Small, intentional changes in your daily routines can help you cope with day to day stress. Plus, maybe you’ll see something new on campus, or meet someone new!
- Write a list of your best tips. Self-care is all about you! Sit down and write a list of things that help you feel relaxed and restored. It could be as simple as taking a shower, taking a walk, or petting a dog. Keep this list on hand as a cheat sheet for when you’re tired and stressed.