As the new year commences, things can become hectically busy. So much so that we forget to put ourselves first and the self-care rituals get thrown out the window. Self-care is important and should always be considered, no matter the time of year. In fact, self-care rituals have been clinically proven to reduce stress, and improve concentration, happiness and energy. Here at Campus Living Villages, we want our students to take care of themselves and put themselves first. Here are our top self-care rituals to add to your daily routine, to help you become the best version of yourself.
It’s hot here in Australia, and too much time in the heat without water can lead to dehydration, making you feel tired and lethargic. Hydration is essential for your clarity, focus and general well-being. If you struggle to drink water, purchase a larger bottle to keep on you at all times. For those of you who are enrolled in Summer School; drinking more water will ensure that you feel refreshed and ready to tackle those assignments!
Exercise is one of the most important forms of self-care. 30 minutes of daily exercise will work wonders for your mental and physical health. With regular exercise, you will begin to feel an improvement in your mood, and the quality of your sleep. That’s not all, regular exercise will also help you to maintain a healthy weight and combat serious health conditions. If you want to feel clearer in your daily life, add regular exercise to your day.
Keep yourself in a routine
Routine is the greatest form of self-care. It’s true, by building habits into your daily routine, you eliminate any feelings of stress and overwhelm as it simply becomes part of your everyday life. It’s a new year, so it's the perfect time to build new habits. Slowly start by adding new tasks into your daily routine - like exercising or walking. Or, begin by waking up at the same time every single day. Routine is good for your health. A routine will allow you to start your day off on a positive note and give you a sense of fulfilment.
Immerse yourself in a good book
There’s truly nothing better than unwinding with a good book. Flicking through the pages of a book and escaping the screen is so needed nowadays. Allow your mind to drift and become invested in a story. Whether it be fiction, non-fiction, an action novel or a love story. Ask a friend for a recommendation or even swap books with them. The task of reading relieves stress, exercises your brain and helps you to relax.
Take some time for yourself to get outdoors and be at one with nature. Inhale that fresh sea air and take in the beautiful scenery. Spending time in nature helps to calm the mind and the central nervous system. Put the phone down, take some slow deep breaths and bring yourself into a state of calm. Take an adventure and explore the outdoors with your pals from your university accommodation! Enjoy each other's company on a hike, play social tennis, or try an outdoor yoga session! Aim to switch it up and add a new outdoor activity to your routine to keep it fun.
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