Self-Care Tips

Here are some things you can do that may help alleviate some of the distress you are experiencing.  This list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions.  It cannot substitute for a consultation with a medical or mental health professional.

• Stick to a routine:  get dressed, go to your classes, go to meetings.  Keep to the structure you normally have during your day.

• Make sure you eat good food regularly.  Skipping meals robs you of the energy you need in order to use your coping resources.

• Get as much sleep as you need - but not too much!  Most people need about 8 hours of sleep every night.  Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, and do not study in bed.

• Do some kind of physical activity that you enjoy - running, swimming, playing sports, working out.  Even walking or bicycling  around the campus can help you feel better emotionally and help reduce stress.

• Talk to friends and family who are supportive.  Isolating yourself can make things worse.

• Avoid using alcohol or drugs of any kind as a way to self-medicate.  This includes caffeine.

• Find and do activities that are relaxing or soothing to you.  Listen to your favorite music, take hot baths, meditate, paint a picture, read.

• Give yourself permission to not worry about your problems for part of each day.  Do all your worrying for 20-minute blocks of time and then immerse yourself in positive activities.

• Attend to your spirituality.  Meditate or visit a house of worship.  Pray, read uplifting books, speak to a spiritual leader.

• Find some humor in your life.  Spend time with people who make you laugh.  Watch a funny movie or read a funny book.

• Recall what has helped you before in similar situations.  Make a list of these things and do them.


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