With so much going on in our lives, it can sometimes be difficult to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves, but keeping tabs on your mental health is essential for success. Keeping your wellbeing in mind and making sure you are a priority is important. Here are some self-care tips that I find helpful to pick myself up when stress or schoolwork has me down:
Self-Care Tip #1: Ask the Important Questions
Sit down and take a moment to assess if you’re taking care of yourself. If you’re not, start. Are you getting exercise? Getting enough sleep? Drinking water regularly throughout the day? Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner? Taking personal time or spending time with people who care about you? There are a lot of components that contribute to good mental health, so figure out what you need daily to live your best life try your best to do it.
Self-Care Tip #2: Know when to say “No!”
A common reason people let their mental health go is because they have too many responsibilities and take on too many commitments to take care of themselves. It’s difficult to say no to things you really want to say yes to, but it’s important to take your mental health into consideration. Ask yourself if it’s realistic with your schedule and if you will have time for other interests, as well as time for yourself. If it’s an opportunity you really don’t want to pass up on, see what other commitments you can cut out that won’t get in the way of you maintaining a healthy body and mind.
Self-Care Tip #3: Communication is Key
Whether it’s telling your loved ones what’s going on in your life or letting your boss know why you might not be doing your best, it’s important to appropriately communicate any issues you are having. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and making people aware if you need help is crucial. People can’t help you if you don’t let them know you are in need.
Self-Care Tip #4: Don’t be so Hard on Yourself
This is pretty self-explanatory, but I want to expand on this idea. At the point where you’re stretched so thin and are so overwhelmed, it can be difficult to feel like you’ll ever get back on top of things. But not to worry, good and bad feelings ebb and flow. Don’t let this process dampen your spirit. You can’t control the tide, but you can control if you’ll sink or swim, so try not to get discouraged when times get tough. Don’t weigh yourself down with negativity, but rather let positivity float you up to the surface.
This blog post was written by Karissa Gornick, General Body Member.