Posted on Sun 14 Oct 2018 at 17:23 by Matt Lawson
We take care of our friends and family when they're having a bad day - so why do we forget to take care of ourseleves?
Self care can be defined as the actions you take to develop, protect, maintain and improve your health, wellbeing or wellness. This can be essential as your workload increases and the days get colder and darker, but most people simply forget to think about their wellbeing and let it spiral out of control. Hopefully, this little post will give you some ideas to improve your self care routine and understand your mental state a bit more!
Find your happy place
Knowing activities that can calm you down is really important, but what that can be is different for everyone. Watching an episode of your favourite TV show, playing a game or listening to a good playlist can give you the time you need to unwind and shut your brain off for a bit.
Treat yourself... well!
It can be very tempting when you’re feeling down to stay in, laze around and get a takeaway. However, in the long run you’ll thank yourself if you can find the motivation to go for a walk or to the gym and cook yourself a healthy meal. If you’re pushed for time, a healthy soup or ready meal can still work wonders to improve your energy.
Take a note of it
Sometimes a journal can be just what you need to help clear your head. Make a to-do list so you don’t have to mentally juggle all your plans, write down one good thing that's happened today, create a general mood diary or simply doodle and draw if you need to distract yourself and slow down a moment. An artistic outlet can be a great way to balance emotions and reduce stress, so also consider joining drama soc, music soc, musical theatre soc or art soc!
I hope this post has helped you think of how you take care of yourself and if you could set aside a bit more time to check up on how you’re doing. Plenty of websites such as OperationMeditation, TinyBuddha and the mental health charity Mind all have plenty of suggestions if the ones I’ve mentioned don’t quite work for you.
You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first
If you continue to feel like you're struggling to maintain your health and stability, it may be a sign of a more significant problem. You can register for free counselling and mental health support on the Northumbria University website and you can receive support in completing the form at firstname.lastname@example.org