SELF-CARE 101: TOP FOUR THINGS TO DO NOW
Never minimize the importance of self-care.
Practicing self-care provides the benefit of improving your mood while reducing anxiety and stress so that you’re more prepared to focus when it’s crunch time.
What college student couldn’t use a healthy dose of that?
Here are some important tips to get you started:
1) Have a support system: experiencing connection and feeling understood is what sustains us
- Prioritize your relationships with friends and family
- Connect with a counselor: many colleges offer free or reduced fee mental health services (if situational stress mounts, it can lead to depression and anxiety for many of us)
- Reach out to CSF. Your coach is always just a phone call, email or text away
2) Adventure is just outside your door! Prioritize fun activities with a friend or on your own.
- Explore the city around your university and set out to see what your city has to offer
- Find a trail or a hike on or around your campus
- Take your activities indoor: campus fitness center, rock climbing gym or sporting facilities
3) Be still and be present: simply having quiet time is an important personal investment
- Meditation: practice being still and focusing on your breath for one to two minutes to get started. Meditation promotes increased focus, concentration and sharpens your ability to learn
- Yoga: much like meditation, yoga provides the same benefits, while also connecting you to your body
- Read a book or listen to soothing music: slowing down helps your mind and body relax and reduces the harming effects of stress
- Journal: helps relieve stress and anxiety while promoting creativity and positive self-esteem
4) Practice a Growth Mindset: What if you embraced mistakes as a normal part of your journey towards success?
- Maybe you’d be less afraid of failure and feel less stressed
- Maybe you’d accept that everyone makes mistakes and stop being so hard on yourself
- Maybe you’d realize that putting in effort – even when it’s hard – is the most important thing you can do
Here’s the final what if: what if you actively started practicing the tips above? Your ability to get from wherever you are today, to where you want to be in your future very much relies on your ability to prioritize yourself.
So, let’s get to it – which one will you start practicing today?!