What is Self-Care?
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.
How Can I Practice Self-Care?
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.
- Appreciate yourself. You are here today and have accomplished so much. Be proud of who you are and take pride in how far you've come.
- Take a deep breath. Sit down and take a slow, deep breath. Allow the air to come through your nose and move downwards towards your stomach. Let your abdomen expand fully and then breathe out through your mouth. Try this a few times and notice how you feel.
- Move your body. Move for at least 30 minutes a day to fuel your mind and boost your mood!
- Practice gratitude. A simple way to practice gratitude is to name three things that you're grateful for every day.
- Make time for fun. If you didn't have classes right now, how would you spend your time? Find some time in your daily schedule for fun because you deserve it and it's a great way to practice self-care.
Domains of Self-Care
The six domains of self-care include: cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, physical, practical and spiritual self-care. We defined these self-care terms with using research and student focus groups. By broadening our understanding through the domains of self-care, we can identify self-care practices that fall into each of these six categories. Take a closer look at each category on the right, and think about what you are currently doing and/or what activities you want to start doing for your self-care routine. It’s important to note that some of these self-care domains may overlap and that’s okay.
Watch this video to learn more about self-care! Health is made up of our biology, environment and lifestyle habits. Learn more about the All of Us Research Program and precision medicine by visiting joinallofus.org/ucdavis
Visit our folder on self-care tools for UC Davis students - including an interactive self-care plan worksheet, tips on how to practice self-care to combat virtual fatigue and an educational brochure.
Are you too busy for self-care? Read this student blog on steps for building a successful self-care strategy
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 - we include our very own UC Davis You Got This worksheet series brought to you by Counseling Services
Explore the Healthy UC Davis open access library.
- Watch this Ted Talk on why self-care is so important