Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too
“Self-care is how you take your power back”. – Lalah Delia
Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise, sleep and healthy food can boost your self-esteem and help you look and feel better, as well as improve your concentration.
If possible, have you exercised lately and regularly?
Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you limiting your alcohol/caffeine/ junk food intake and eating healthily?
Students’ Union: A great way to meet new people is to join one of the societies and clubs at the Students’ Union.
Meetup.com: Meetup is an online social networking portal that helps people to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as books, music, film, health or politics.
Have you spoken to anyone about how you are feeling?
Have you kept in touch with any positive people in your life?
Have you told your GP how you are feeling? £ Hav
Have you accessed self-help on the internet?
Have you looked at any of the following apps on your phone to help you?
Pacifica: Daily tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community – based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Meditation
Happy Feed: A private journal for saving three moments each day, to help you appreciate the little things
Headspace: Guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training.
Breathe – Calming Reminders for Mindful Breathing: A mindfulness app that helps you stay calm and battle anxiety by sending you gentle, deep-breathing reminders throughout the day
SAM: An application to help you understand and manage anxiety.
Structure in your day
Creating a daily routine allows you to work better, be more proficient and stay fulfilled. Sometimes, taking things in bite-sized pieces can feel less overwhelming. Try to start with small, achievable goals and work from there.
Do you have any structure to your day?
Have you tried any mindfulness techniques?
Can you start or restart a hobby that you would enjoy?
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.