Self-care is self-defined. It’s about listening to your body, identifying your needs and taking steps to reach them every day. Self-care isn’t selfish and, its a vital and integral part of maintaining optimal health and well-being. Taking the time to do certain activities that nurture your body, mind and spirit directly impacts your overall academic success and mental well-being.
As a college student, sometimes self-care can be hard to practice when you’re balancing academics, work, extracurricular activities, family and a social life. What most of us don’t realize is that self-care can be simple tasks that take only a few minutes. The best part about self-care is that it doesn’t cost us anything, it can be a simple few minutes sitting in silence or a few deep breaths. If self-care is a new concept to you, try incorporating some of the tips below written by Aggies for Aggies.
- Unplug and unwind
- Take a deep breath
- Practice gratitude
- Get organized
- Take a nap
- Move your body
- Talk with friends
- Make time for fun
- Nourish your body
- Appreciate yourself
Explore these self-care resources below.
- Are you too busy for self-care? Read this student blog on steps for building a successful self-care strategy
- Interested in building personal awareness, developing coping skills and promoting self-care? Register here to attend our You Got This workshop series.
- Check out the self-care spots on the UC Davis Mental Health Map
- Learn more about our on-campus events by visiting our Mental Health Calendar
- Watch this Ted Talk on why self-care is so important