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Viewpoint: 10 easy ways to practice self-care

 

Often in the whirlwind of our busy schedules we forget to stop and take time for ourselves. As college students, feeling overwhelmed can feel like the norm— when in fact it is a sign it’s time to slow down. 

According to a recent study, anxiety and depression continue to be the most common presenting concerns for college students.

As we approach the end of the semester and finals are on the horizon, now is the perfect time to check in with yourself and try to mix a little self-care into your day.

What exactly is self-care?

The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”

But another way to define self-care is taking care of yourself; mind, body and spirit.

Self-care doesn’t have to be a luxury spa day, a shopping spree or a pricey acai bowl. Sure, it’s about doing things that make you feel good and relax, but it can also be about the little things. 

It can be as simple as taking 10 minutes in the morning to have a quiet cup of coffee or tea. It can be saying no to something you really don’t want to do. 

Self-care is about being patient with yourself and taking the time to create little routines and habit changes that will make a big difference toward the life you want.

Upcoming stress-relieving events on campus:

 

JagFit Yoga 

Holiday Craftstravaganza

Walking With Strangers Virtual 5K

• Student Photo and Art Exhibition

Volunteer Opportunities (On and off-campus)

Follow the Student Counseling Center social media accounts on Instagram or YouTube for daily tips. 

Click here to visit their Virtual Zen Den to listen to some calming sounds and for information on self-care strategies, coping skills, relaxation exercises and recommended apps.

In order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Delta Variant, the Student Counseling Center will primarily offer services by phone and/or WebEx. To schedule an appointment, call (210) 784-1331 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

If you are experiencing a crisis and/or emergency, please call (210) 784-1331 (available 24/7) or visit the Student Counseling Center in Modular C (rear entrance) any time Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

About the Author

Denise Treviño
Assistant Editor
Denise Treviño is a senior communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Born and raised in the Alamo City, she has always aspired to make a difference in her community. She hopes to grow her storytelling skills and delve deeper into the world of multimedia journalism through her current work at university. After graduation, she looks forward to pursuing a career that allows her to tell stories that will inspire as well as entertain. In her free time, you will find her watching and analyzing British detective shows on the couch with her dogs Ransom and Dougie, strumming a ukulele or out on a hike with family and friends.

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