Self-care techniques that actually make you feel better
University can definitely be a busy time in your life, but taking care of yourself also holds paramount importance.
Here are some of my best self-care tips to help you unwind from a stressful day and relax amidst the chaos.
1. Reading can help you clear your mind
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One thing I love to do to relax and unwind is to read. I find it helps my mind switch off from the university bubble and allows me to escape into a different world. Reading is embedded into my routine now—just find yourself a good book and voila!
2. Exercise, yep I hate to say it but this is also a 'self-care' tip
Exercising releases a chemical called an endorphin in your brain, which make you happier. Plus you don't need a gym membership to exercise, there are plenty of home workouts on YouTube that you can follow.
3. Mindfulness meditation is also a good way to check in with your body and process how you feel
I recommend a great app called Headspace. It's guided meditation and can really soothe your mind after a hard day of work. They also have a great website which can also guide you on how to meditate if you're unsure about how it works. Mindfulness has proven positive effects on your mind, so it's worth a go if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with your workload.
4. Light a scented candle (if your accommodation lets you)
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Candles are my idea of relaxation. As soon as I get home from uni a candle is lit. The scent is just so relaxing and funnily enough, I think it helps me to focus.
5. Make a list of everything you need to do for the following day or week...and then forget about it
I tend to do this before I go to sleep. It helps me to visualise what I need to do but it also sets in my brain. Then I can go to sleep knowing that I've written it somewhere, thus preventing me from creating a mental checklist when I'm trying to fall asleep as this stresses me out! There's a handy little Chrome extension called Momentum which gives you your own to-do lists on your laptop. Plus it shows you a scenic photo every day and it also shows the time and temperature—which is pretty neat if you ask me!