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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

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
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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)

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!

Self-care is self-tailored but I think these things should set you off onto the right path. Along with good nights sleep and your own routine you should start feeling more like your in control of your life.

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