Wildcat Wellness

January 2023

New Year....New You! Practical Tips for Self Care

With all our many daily obligations, putting ourselves on the back burner is an all too common occurrence for most parents and educators. Taking time to recharge and meet our own needs is an important part of maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Self care is taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy level. Even small acts of self care in your daily life, can have a big impact.

Here are some tips to help you get started with self-care:

  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
  • Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day. Also, limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee. Choose foods that promote stable blood glucose levels as another tool in maintain energy and regulating your mood.
  • Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Blue light from devices and screens can make it harder to fall asleep, so reduce blue light exposure from your phone or computer before bedtime.
  • Try a relaxing activity. Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
  • Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done now and what can wait. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much. Try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do. DON'T FORGET TO ROUTINELY SCHEDULE TIME FOR YOURSELF!
  • Practice gratitude. Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down at night, or replay them in your mind.
  • Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
  • Stay connected. Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.

Student Support Services Highlights

SCS Student Support Services Staff

Kennington Smith, LMSW (256) 218-2127

Kim Wilhelm, LICSW, PIP (256) 218-2150

Rachel Cook, LBSW (256) 218- 2145