Self Care: An Introduction to a Healthy Life
Quite often the life of a University student is restless. Between juggling assignments and exams, social commitments, work and more, life can get very hectic – very fast. As a result, we may become anxious, stressed and exhausted. This is where self-care comes into place as it incorporates any voluntary activity that helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. However, self-care is something we as University students often neglect.
As such, here are five tips that will help you take care of yourself a little more today:
1. Drink Water
Water is essential to our well-being, and many of us don’t drink enough of it. It will help keep you hydrated, flush out toxins in your body and increase your energy. I know the fizzy drinks are tempting and that hot chocolate smells amazing, but make a promise to yourself to drink more water.
As much as we dread exercising, it is one of the best stress relievers on the planet. It will increase your energy, help you stay fit and clear your mind. Hit the gym or simply take your dog for a walk along the beach. It doesn’t matter really, as long as you’re burning those calories!
3. Meditation does wonders for your mind, body and soul!
It clears your mind, revitalises you and allows you to dissociate yourself from the madness for a while! It is not a complicated task either. Find a quiet spot, close your eyes and take in (and let out) deep breaths. Try to focus on the moment and make this a habit by doing it everyday, and soon enough you’ll notice a difference.
4. ‘De clutter’ your social media accounts
Social media plays a large role in our lives and can occupy a large portion of our day. As a result, it can contribute to the negative emotions we experience. The solution? Evaluate the accounts you follow and get inspiration from accounts that interest you – whether that’s lifestyle or food.
5. Have a spa day!
Spa days are the ultimate retreat, not to mention you can have one at home without breaking your bank! Have a long hot shower, pop a face mask on, do your nails and have a cup of hot tea. You’ll feel so much more relaxed. And for guys out there – you can do this too! Spa days aren’t restricted to women – it’s a relaxing time for all!
Always remember that your health, whether physical, emotional or mental always comes first!
Written by Ola Khalil,
Bachelor of Public Relations and Communications student.