Story by Adam Calleja
The holidays are approaching and the stress and work from your job, midterms or maybe your personal life seem to just pile up as the days go by. A valuable and important practice that is essential to remaining healthy and stress-free is self-care.
“Self-care is so valuable in every process. Sometimes students forget about it, but just taking a small amount of time just to close your eyes and breathe can change things,” says Divine Cachola, the student lead for inclusive programming at Long Beach State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center. “Especially with the pressure of assignments, midterms, projects, it can be easily forgotten.”
Self-care does not need to be something complex or expensive. It can be as simple as you wish to make it. Here are a few simple self-care strategies that you can implement into your everyday lifestyle.
Sleep: The appropriate amount of rest can be the kickstart to a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. The required eight hours of sleep can be a difficult task for those with hectic school and work schedules, so don’t be shy to take a nap at any time of the day. Whether it’s for thirty minutes or a few hours, rest leads to more energy throughout the day.
Nutrition: You don’t have to go on the world’s strictest diet, but you can cut out the obvious. Heavy, greasy and processed foods should be the first to go. Incorporating more natural and organic foods that keep your body going can make a tremendous difference in both physical and mental well-being.
Make it fun: Start or end your day with something that brings you some type of joy. It could be something small, as long it gets you in a positive state of mind. It could be singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs in your car, or watching a scene from a favorite movie that brings you joy. Whatever it is, make sure to squeeze it into your everyday routine to incorporate some fun and positive energy into your day. This can help with your attitude for the moment, and your outlook for the future.