During times when I am stressed, I often push my body and mind to the limit. My focus shifts from self-care to accomplishing tasks. Self-care involves exactly that – taking care of yourself. This is achievable using different methods. I’ve decided to highlight three below:
1. Treat yourself
It is sometimes easy to deprive yourself of the treats you enjoy. During busy university semesters, I am guilty of this. I skimp on those little treats I enjoy – things like Starbucks coffees, manicures, and even sleep. Taking time to indulge in activities you enjoy is one way to care for yourself.
2. Spend time outside
Fresh air does wonders to clear the mind. There’s something about nature that helps you refocus, recharge, and unwind. Spending time outside is a great way to relax and devote a little time to yourself.
3. Take a break when you need to
It’s okay to take a break. It may seem impossible with looming deadlines and papers, but it’s important to recognize when you need a break. Sometimes you may feel physical symptoms, or maybe you just feel like you’re burning out. Stress affects everyone differently. Recognizing when a break is necessary is your cue to care for you.
How do you practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below!