Sometimes when we’re busy trying to push ourselves through a grueling week of exams, a busy workday, or a tough period in our lives, we can forget to take care of our bodies and minds, especially while doing all of the above and living with a neurological or psychological disorder. Balancing physical, emotional, social, and mental needs is important to holistic health. Self-care can help you maintain your physical and mental health, and stop you from feeling overwhelmed or helpless. Here is a guide to some important types of self-care.
You can find a weekly worksheet to keep track of your self-care here.
- Eat regularly & healthily.
- Exercise in a way you enjoy.
- Keep hydrated.
- Get medical help when you need it.
- Take time off when you’re sick
- Give yourself time for grooming.
- Get enough sleep.
- Go on small trips or vacations if you can.
- Spend time outside.
- Meditate, pray or self-reflect.
- Express your thoughts & opinions.
- Let yourself learn new things.
- Don’t be afraid to say no.
- Find places where you feel safe to be yourself.
- Be open to uncertainty.
- Contribute to causes you care about.
- Listen to yourself.
- Find inspiration.
- Stay in contact & spend time with friends.
- Express your emotions.
- Be kind to yourself.
WORK & SCHOOL NEEDS
- Take a break whenever you can.
- Find peer support.
- Value your time & effort.
- Break down your tasks to manage them.
- Find a work or study space you feel comfortable and focused in.
- Check in with your goals.
- Strive for balance.
Adapted from information from the American University Counseling Center
Remember that you need to help and support yourself before you can help and support others.
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