Many things can get in the way of taking care of yourself, such as studying, work and social commitments, but practising self-care is so important when it comes to taking care of your emotional health and well-being.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start with self-care. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of ways you can begin to practise self-care to help give yourself a little boost!
Take five minutes to decompress every day
It’s important to take time to breathe and reflect on your day. It can be as simple as putting down your devices for five minutes and sitting with your own thoughts or practising meditation or yoga.
Prioritise your sleep
When it comes to taking care of your health and well-being, prioritising your sleep is a good place to start. Healthy adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night to keep themselves energised and fully rested.
If you find it difficult to switch off, it’s important to try to create a restful, relaxing sleeping environment and avoid using your electronic devices at least thirty minutes before bedtime.
Add more fruit and veg into your diet
Did you know that what you put into your body can affect not only your physical health; but your mental health? Research has found that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day positively affects your mental well-being.
Practise positive self-talk
A crucial aspect of self-care is the ‘self’ part, this includes how you view yourself and the language you often use when talking to yourself. Practising positive self-talk can help you think optimistically and make you feel motivated.
A good place to start is to make a mental note of your daily successes. Whether you've just finished an assignment or smashed a workout, always remember to acknowledge your achievements.
Regular exercise has been proven to help increase self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. Even if it’s just walking to and from your lectures or taking a stroll around a local park, light exercise for 20 minutes a day can help lift low moods and increase your energy.
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