Four Ways to Bring Self-Care into Your Schedule

by: Casey Tiernan, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences Well-being Leader

Self-care is the process of taking care of oneself with behaviors that promote health. In this post, I am going to give you four ways you can implement self-care into your daily life.

The first way to improve your health is to unplug. How you start and end your day can make a big difference in your stress levels. When I first wake up, I make sure not to check my phone.

The brain needs time to wake up before responding to texts, emails, etc. It also affects the brain’s ability to prioritize tasks. Checking your phone when you wake up disrupts the chances of starting your day with a calm mind. This is very important on school or workdays because your brain will be working hard all day.

The next way to implement self-care is to try and get outside. It is always good to connect to nature whether you find a spot to sit, or exercise at, or even a small walk. Some ideas include a park, garden, or a field. Natural environments can help reduce stress in your daily life. It doesn’t have to be an everyday thing, but just spending a few minutes with nature every week can go a long way.

Another way to provide self-care would be doing something you love. This can include watching your favorite movie, reading a book, taking a bath, etc. It is important to nurture our bodies such as a massage, bath, or whatever appeals to you. When I feel myself getting burned out and stressed beyond belief, I like to take a bath and bring a book to disconnect from my phone and take time for myself. It is my favorite part of my daily night routine.

One last self-care activity you can implement is support from others. Having the support of a friend, spouse, professor, etc., can be valuable nourishment in reducing stress. It is important that we can talk to our support people to express our feelings and feel understood. When I feel overwhelmed with life, I love being able to talk about how I am feeling to my boyfriend, and it just helps so much having someone listen and support you. The best thing about self-care is todo what works for you.