Wellness Wednesday: Return to School Self care
A few years ago I completed Mental Health First Aid training as an employee of the University. Since the training, they send out regular updates on mental health related topics and this week I would like to share some of those. In their recent update, they provided self care tips for returning to education during these strange times.
- Address your basic needs.
Taking care of your basic needs can make all the difference. Eat healthy snacks, stay hydrated, and rest if you need to.
- Make time for your hobbies.
It’s important to make time for your hobbies. Take breaks from your schoolwork and applications to do things that you personally enjoy, like playing a sport or spending time with friends and family.
- Practice relaxation exercises.
If you’re feeling stressed, try a relaxation exercise to calm your mind. A few examples include listening to music, reading a book, going on a walk and doing yoga.
- Volunteer for others.
Research has found that giving back to others can increase a sense of life satisfaction and overall happiness. Volunteer your time with a local organization or your school.
- Ask for help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling to handle the pressure of school or work, or just need someone to talk to, reach out to an adult or friend that you trust.
Above all, stay well