Self-Care

Take Care of Yourself Today

Make yourself a priority and strive for balance in your life. Pay attention to and take care of your physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional self. Proper self-care can improve your quality of life and help you better deal with situations that requires resilience.

While self-care is unique to everyone, here are ideas to help get you started in developing your self-care plan:

1. Change your mindset
Altering the way you think about situations will alter the way you feel about and respond to them.  

2. Healthy eating
There is a correlation between what you eat and how you feel physically and mentally. Proper nutrition helps boost your ability to be resilient.  

3. Exercise
Physical activity is one of the best stress reducers there is, so exercise regularly.

4. Enjoy
Routinely engage in things you enjoy. Have pleasure outweigh pressure.

5. Relax
Make a plan for how you will relax (e.g., breathing, imagery, music, sit in silence) when distressed and use those skills when needed. 

6. Sleep
Lack of sleep is hurtful in many ways and can make it harder to cope with challenging situations. Good sleep hygiene is critical to resilience and overall well-being.

 

Ask Yourself:

  • Am I being kind to myself?
  • Do I have balance in my life?
  • Do I have a self-care plan in place and I am following it?

 

Resources

Health and Wellness Services - Take care of your physical health at WSU Health & Wellness Services. Health Services offers students medical and laboratory services as well as health education and health promotion programming. 

Counseling and Wellness Services - Keeping up your mental health is an important part of practicing self care. WSU Counseling Services supports the WSU and MSC Southeast communities by offering a range of mental health services to help students grow and succeed. 

Integrated Wellness Center - Check out the Fitness and Strength Centers in the Integrated Wellness Complex to engage in the social, emotional, and physical benefits of activity.

Outdoor Education and Recreation Center - The WSU Outdoor Education and Recreation Center offers additional ways to get outside to meditate, play or just be with friends outside of your four walls.

Winona Health Wellness Corner - Winona Health offers many community-based services to help improve your overall wellbeing.

The Importance of Self Care TED Playlist - Inspired by TED? Check out the talks on the importance of self-care video playlist.

MyFitness Pal - Download the My Fitness Pal app to begin food journalling as a tool for healthy eating. 

Zen Garden - Explore your zen with the Zen Garden app. 

Calm - Download the Calm app for meditation and mindful practice. 

4-7-8 Breathing Practice for Wellbeing -This video will help you practice basic mind-body connection, similar to other mindful or "yoga" breathing that creates relaxation and stress-relief.

Mindful Eating: Mind-Body Connection - Explore the mind-body connection with this video exercise in mindful eating.

5 Hacks for Self Care - Watch this video to learn why you can't take care of anyone else if you don't take care of yourself.

Big List of Pleasurable Activities (PDF) - Here's a list of activities you can engage in when you find yourself at a loss of things to do.

CHEERS to Good Health Worksheet (PDF) - Use this worksheet to think through some self-care practices that will work best for you.

Best Possible Self Worksheet (PDF)- The power of positive thinking is behind this exercise to help you pursue the best possible version of yourself and your future.