Actions you perform to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental needs.
Simply put, self-care is the art of taking care of yourself and realizing that you are a human that has needs, whether you want to admit it or not. Self-care is often pushed to the back burner of our lives when we see more pressing situations calling for our attention.
At the end of each semester, the Student Success Centre distributes self-care kits across campus. Keep an eye out for us during the last week of classes. If you miss it, you can also start your own self-care kit at home. Fill it with items, tools, and resources that make you happy and help you cope in times of stress. There is no one way to practice self-care, so each individual will have a self-care routine that is as unique as they are and what works for one person may not be right for another.
Remember, self-care is not a selfish act; it’s an absolutely vital part of life. So please be sure to take the time you need to engage in activities that relax and rejuvenate you on a regular basis.
When reflecting on your own self-care needs, try asking yourself these questions:
- What do I need to let go of?
- How can I ask for more support?
- When can I make some time for myself?
- What is one thing I need right now?
- How can I be nicer to myself?
- Where am I feeling deprived?
Mental Health and Positive Well-Being Websites
WalkAlong isn't your typical mental health website. We are a community where young Canadians can explore their mental health amongst their peers. At WalkAlong we believe wellness comes from empowerment and we like to see WalkAlong as a companion; someone to walk along with you during your journey to better mental health. This portal is a Canadian-based mental health resource that also provides information and links to existing mental health care resources for friends & family members
MindyourMind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
Don'tChangeMuch is an informative website, presented by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, dedicated to helping Canadian men live healthier lives. They encourage small changes that in time will make a big difference and they share health information in a fun, casual way!
MyHealthMatters delivers health information based on your personal health priorities and your individual life stage. The articles, videos, recipes and interactive tools will help you manage and improve your health. All the content is developed and written specifically for women by the experts at Women's College Hospital.
- Breathr is a mindfulness app developed by a Canadian non-profit that teaches you easy and fun ways to practice mindfulness at your own pace and build a mindful routine.
- HealthyMinds is a problem-solving app to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off-campus.
- thinkFull is a stress management app that aims to improve mental health by helping you monitor and develop coping strategies.
- Calm is a de-stress app that offers guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs and relaxing music.
Find these apps for iOs or Android in the App Stores, or find their websites online.
Ways to Practice Self-Care (some may work for you, some may not – do what feels right for you)
- Cook a healthy meal
- Take a walk/run/hike outside
- Listen to your favourite music or podcast
- Read a book (for fun!)
- Re-organize or clean your space (desk, room)
- Take a long, hot bath (or shower)
- Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils
- Disconnect from your devices
- Give yourself a few moments of quiet, self-reflection
- Write down your thoughts, set some goals, or make a plan for your day
- Strip your bed and wash all your sheets, blankets and pillow cases
- Make plans with a friend
- Run an errand
- Re-connect with someone
- Pet or play with an animal
- Draw, colour, paint, create, craft, design
- Watch your favourite movie/TV show
- Make your favourite snack to go with it
- Find an event going on in your city to attend. Scared to go alone? Invite a friend/family member/peer.
- Practice deep breathing
- Do some gentle stretches
- Play a board game with friends/family/peers
- Go to the gym or attend a fitness class
- Make a cup of tea or coffee
- Take a 20 minute nap
- OR any other activity that speaks to you and makes you feel good!