Tips! Tips! Tips!
With midterms happening as I write this article, I can imagine that a lot of us are fairly stressed out. So that’s why I’m here to share with you some of my personal self-care tips to help get you through midterms. Now this may not be your first rodeo at a post-secondary institution and you may be fine with the idea of midterms, but for me this was a whole new ball game, so here they are, fresh from my noggin’. My favourite self care tips!
Phone your mom! (Or a loved one!)
I don’t know how many times I have phoned my mom to tell her something that was just funny to me. If you’re living away from home for the first time like I am, it can be really difficult not to see the people you’re used to seeing everyday. But phoning them or Skyping with them can help bridge that geographical gap.
Take a bath or a hot shower
You know when you feel a little bit weird and you don’t know what’s up? I find that taking a hot shower really helps with that. You get to just start fresh, pamper yourself a little bit. Or if you prefer taking baths, you can toss a bath bomb or some bubbles in the tub (personally I’m a big fan of Lush products, this is my favourite bubble bar).
Go for a walk in nature
Research says that going for a walk in nature is very beneficial for stress relief. So go out on a hike, or even just around your neighbourhood to see some greenery!
Listen to your favourite music
Try to listen to something upbeat or something that makes you want to dance and sing. Both dancing and singing can help release tension from your body. Don’t worry about it if anyone’s watching you – just sing and dance like there’s no tomorrow!
Watch your favourite movie
Put on something you know and something you love watching. I personally like to opt for Dirty Dancing, or Whip It because both of those movies make me feel really happy.
Talk to the counsellors at BCIT
All full-time and part-time students have access to the free, professional and confidential counselling services that BCIT offers. You can phone 604-432-8608 to schedule an appointment. For more information on the counselling services, check here.
Just remember that it’s super important that you take care of yourself. Also remember that self-care isn’t selfish. Remember that you are loved and cherished in this community.
(The featured image is not mine!)