Picture this: it’s the morning. You’re lying in bed after another night of no sleep. Your mind is racing with everything you need to do today: that essay deadline to meet, the seminars to prepare for, and the group presentation that still needs completing. With relationships and your health to take care of on top of all that, things are looking pretty stacked right now. If this sounds familiar, then you’re not alone.
While uni can be an exciting, fulfilling time, things can also get pretty stressful now and then, so it’s important not to let this stress get out of control. Self-care is one way of enhancing your quality of life during your studies, helping to boost our well-being and improve our mental health so we can stay healthy, positive and ready for all the challenges university throws at us.
If you haven’t been feeling your usual self lately, then this article is for you. We’ll take a closer look at self-care and just how important it is, as well as some things you can do to make it more of a regular thing in your life.
Self-care isn’t just about treating yourself every so often. And while we’re big fans of the self-reward, there’s more to self-care than retail therapy or stuffing your face with your favourite food.
Self-care is about taking deliberate, conscious actions to improve your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. It really is as simple as that. And although this might sound a bit self-explanatory, the truth is that many of us pay very little attention to our own self-care.
By making it a regular and routine part of our lives, however, self-care can have a powerful, positive effect on us.
Self-care is important because it teaches us to look after ourselves both mentally and physically, even when there’s a lot going on in our lives. When things get on top of us, it’s easy to forget about taking better care of yourself. But when we do the things that make us feel better, it’ll help us think differently about other aspects of life, whether it’s work or relationships.
Remember: you shouldn’t confuse self-care with being selfish, because there’s a big difference between the two. Part of self-care is projecting the good feelings you create in yourself onto others. It’s impossible to give to others what you don’t have yourself, so when we practise self-care, it refreshes and re-energises us so that we can be the best version of ourselves.
Improved physical health
Self-care doesn’t mean you have to start hitting the gym every day to benefit from better physical health. Whether it’s taking daily walks or getting enough sleep (a big self-care pillar), keeping an eye on our physical health can play a big part in our mood.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Dialling back the busy in our lives and doing more relaxing activities can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. From practising yoga and meditation, to unwinding in a nice, warm bath, anything that lets us relax goes a long way to lifting our mood and keeping stress and anxiety levels down.
A calmer mind and body can be a big factor in seeing ourselves in a more positive light. Treating yourself with kindness can give you a nice, big boost of self-esteem, and studies have shown that people with higher self-esteem often find it easier to deal with setbacks and are more likely to achieve goals of self-improvement.
All the benefits mentioned above have a knock-on effect on our relationships too. When we’re feeling down, relationships can sometimes feel less fulfilling and more of a struggle.
But the happier we feel and the healthier we are, the more it affects those around us, letting us give more to a relationship, whether it’s friends or partners.
One of the best things about practising self-care is that it’s not some sort of pricey, exclusive undertaking. Many of the most beneficial examples are completely free, which is great news if you’re a bit strapped for cash right now. Looking to make self-care part of your life? Give these examples a go:
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