Exam season is here, and this means one thing - anticipation of school break. We’re talking about self-care for students and the importance of taking advantage of the benefits.
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What is Self-Care
Self-care is whatever you want it to be. It can be self-care, self care, selfcare - it doesn’t matter. What matters is how you incorporate self-care into your life, because it is extremely important for your well-being.
For me, self-care is taking the time to disconnect from everything (internet, social media, people, junk food) and finding the ground that I rely on to keep my balance in every day life.
A lot of the things that we spend time on are usually just fillers for the emptiness that we tend to be afraid of.
When was the last time you sat by yourself and did absolutely nothing but take in your surroundings?
Parks are great for this, but if you don’t like to leave home, sitting in front of a window works too.
Just look outside and breathe, even if only for a few minutes a day.
I like to sit at my window and watch the trees, the cars driving by and people walking their dogs. Sometimes, I’ll see a funny thing happen, and sometimes it’ll be a sad thing.
Whatever it is, I remember, that this is life passing by, one day at a time.
Why is Self-Care Important for Everyone
It’s different for each person.
To me, self-care is important because it reminds me that I am human and need breaks every now and then.
I have goals and ambition, but I won’t be able to work effectively if I am not taking care of my body and my mind.
I cherish the gift of being able to reflect on all of my blessings in life and everything I have to look forward to.
For many, self-care can be as simple as getting up in the morning and taking that first step. Period.
How to Develop a Self-Care Routine
As students (or anyone), developing a routine can be difficult if you already have a full plate.
I recommend making a priorities list and placing self-care moments throughout your day.
I find the best moments to be first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. If you can squeeze some time in the middle of the day, that’s great too.
Creating a calendar or a list can help you stay on track of your self-care, because it is THAT important.
Tools for Self-Care
Maybe tools is not the right word, but I think it stresses that self-care is pretty darn important - there are tools.
Self-care trackers and calendars
Self-care stickers to motivate and inspire you to take moments for yourself (see freebies below)
Soft t-shirt or sweater that tells you to NAP or BREATHE
Soft, cushy bathrobe. ‘nuff said.
Mugs with quotes that you can relate to that will pump you up in the morning (or night time) - remember to fill with your favorite beverage.
A special chair, floor cushion, park or coffee shop that helps you unwind and turn off your mind, even just for a moment
Music, if you like music, because what better way to unwind than jamming out to your favorite 90’s pop stars?
Self-Care Stickers for You
I made these the other day, and I wanted to share them with you. They are digital and printable self-care stickers to inspire you to take that moment for yourself, whenever you can.
Self-Care Digital Stickers (GoodNotes file - good for planner apps)
Self-Care Printable Stickers (PDF file, Letter size: Two 5x7 sheets on one page)
Feel free to use my stickers in your personal planning. However, please do not share or duplicate in any way.