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10 at home self-care activities for the stressed out student

April 8, 2020

Have a spa day at home

One of my go-to self-care activities, especially around exam season, is to bring the spa home. I will light candles, run a bubble bath, and lather on a face mask. Most recently, I have been trying out some DIY face masks. The best face mask recipe I have found so far is as follows:

  • ¼ avocado
  • one (1) tablespoon cocoa powder
  • one (1) tablespoon honey
Mash and mix ingredients together well. Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
(https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/)

Re-watch an episode of your favourite TV show

I think everyone has at least one show that can make them smile, even during times of stress. When I feel overwhelmed, I like to take at least half an hour to watch a show that brings me joy. Some of my favourites are New Girl, The Office, and any of the Real Housewives.                         

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Video chat with a friend or family member

Over the past couple of weeks, daily routines and habits had to change drastically, and like many, I have felt lonely in the process. When I feel this way, I try to remind myself that physical distancing does not mean social isolation. I can still communicate with friends and family, I just have to do it in a way that protects them and myself. I have been trying to make time every day to video chat or talk on the phone with loved ones and this has really helped reduce my loneliness during this difficult time.

Make time for exercise

I will be the first to admit that even before physical distancing you would probably never see me in the gym, and if you did it was probably in one of those gym fails videos. I do, however, recognize the importance that exercise plays in keeping me physically and mentally healthy. As a former theatre kid, one of my favourite ways to exercise is through 567Broadway workouts on YouTube. This channel is filled with cardio dance workouts that will get you sweating, singing, and smiling. Check out one of the routines below!

Get creative

Doing something creative is a great way to participate in self-care. Some of my favourite creative activities are painting and knitting, but there are so many others that can help ease stress, like playing an instrument or writing in a journal.

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Bake a sweet treat

In my opinion, baking is a win-win. Not only is the process of baking self-care, but so is the process of eating what you made.

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Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness activities and meditation have never come easy to me. Though recently I have been doing lots of research on mindfulness apps and guided meditations, and I have been able to find some really good ones. Student Mental Health Services (SMHS) have some great self-help tools listed on their website as well. 

Play with your pet

I love my dog all the time, but lately he has been getting especially loved up. We have been going for long walks every day and playing fetch in the backyard. It is a great way to get fresh air and some exercise.  

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Create a playlist with your favourite songs.

Around the end of the semester, I usually make a playlist filled with upbeat songs to listen to whenever I need to get the pep back in my step. I would give some song recommendations, but frankly, my music taste is quite unpredictable and slightly embarrassing.

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Do something YOU love to do

Self-care is an activity that you do to take care of yourself. It is not the same for everybody and does not have to be something that costs a lot of money or takes up a lot of time. If after reading this you are still unsure about what you can do to care for yourself, a great place to start is by thinking about what activities you love to do and then work from there.
By Megan McCutcheon