Self-care

An important part of refueling.

Connections to mental health.

Taking care of ourselves each day is an important part of refuelling so you can continue to balance all of your priorities. It doesn’t take long and the impact on your physical and emotional health is remarkable. If your self-care is neglected, it can have a negative impact on your self-esteem, stress and your overall wellness.

Ideas

  • Daily intentions – start your day coming up with one thing you can do that day to call it a good day. This shouldn’t be a large task (completing an assignment you haven’t started is off the list!). Small things can make a huge difference in your day (e.g. make a lunch to take to school, say hello to the person on each side of you in each class, get off the bus one stop early and enjoy an extra walk).
  • A confidence folder – this can be a physical or electronic folder. Anything that makes you feel good about yourself goes in here as a “pick-me-up” during a low day.
  • Gratitude journal – end your day thinking about (or better yet, journaling) a positive moment from your day. Even on a bad day there is always something you can be grateful for.
  • Meditation – find a quiet place and just sit for five minutes and take in all the sights, sounds and smells around you.
  • Random acts of kindness – one small gesture makes someone feel good, but does more for your

Where to seek help

  • Aboriginal Student Centre.
  • Coaching and Support Centre.