Student self-care tips: why it's important to look after you

It's so important to look after yourself. This article explores ways to do this in order to avoid burnout

Zahra Hanif
19th October 2022
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There's a lot to consider when you start University, no matter whether you're moving away, commuting, or even just starting a new year. It's easy to get caught up and overwhelmed by all your new responsibilities, but we have to stress the importance of self care. 

Self care means putting yourself as a priority, for the sake of both your physical and mental health. It's all well and good to spend all day working and all night partying, but you need to make sure you have healthy winding down practices to prevent burnout, and we're going to be running you through some of those. 

It's all well and good to spend all day working and all-night partying, but you need to make sure you have healthy winding down practices to prevent burnout

This one is almost painfully cliché, but taking a walk. While often recommended, the benefits of getting yourself out in nature are so underrated. You can take in your surroundings and appreciate the space around you so much more, gratitude being the key to a positive mindset. You can even just stroll and listen to your favourite music, just being able to spend some time with yourself without distractions. 

Another recommendation we have would be journaling. You may have done it when you were younger, filling in details about your day in a diary. This can be a really good way to get in tune with your emotions, by identifying them and their source, you can prevent the formation of negative feelings, or relieve them if they come. You can learn what makes you feel good and document your happy memories. This inspires gratitude for all that you have, again helping you to build a positive mindset.  

Lastly, another rather classic suggestion is picking up a new hobby, by trying out new activities. University is an excellent place for this, with taster sessions hosted by the Student’s Union and many different societies that let you try new skills at a low cost, such as Blank Canvas, Baking, and Creative Writing, just to name a few.  

These are just a few suggestions to help you get started on your self care journey, but the key idea is that you need to look after yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in piles of work and social commitments, but sometimes, you just need days where you’re your only priority.  

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AUTHOR: Zahra Hanif
English literature student :)

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