Have you completed the self-care checklist?

Self care Self care
  • Physical health

  • Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise, sleep and healthy food can boost your self-esteem and help you look and feel better, as well as improve your concentration.

  • If possible, have you exercised lately and regularly?  

  • Are you getting enough sleep? 

  • Are you limiting your alcohol/caffeine/ junk food intake and eating healthily?

  • Emotional health

  • Students’ Union: A great way to meet new people is to join one of the societies and clubs at the Students’ Union.

  • Meetup.com: Meetup is an online social networking portal that helps people to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as books, music, film, health or politics. 

  • Have you spoken to anyone about how you are feeling?

  • Have you kept in touch with any positive people in your life?

  • Have you told your GP how you are feeling? £ Hav 

  • Have you accessed self-help on the internet?

  • Have you looked at any of the following apps on your phone to help you?

  • Pacifica: Daily tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community – based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Meditation

  • Happy Feed: A private journal for saving three moments each day, to help you appreciate the little things

  • Headspace: Guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training.

  • Breathe – Calming Reminders for Mindful Breathing: A mindfulness app that helps you stay calm and battle anxiety by sending you gentle, deep-breathing reminders throughout the day

  • SAM: An application to help you understand and manage anxiety.

  • Structure in your day

  • Creating a daily routine allows you to work better, be more proficient and stay fulfilled. Sometimes, taking things in bite-sized pieces can feel less overwhelming. Try to start with small, achievable goals and work from there. 

  • Do you have any structure to your day?

  • Have you tried any mindfulness techniques?  

  • Can you start or restart a hobby that you would enjoy?

  • Other people  

  • Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

  • Have you helped someone out today?

  • Richmond upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service: Your time, talents and passions can be matched from a database of over 300 local organisations.

  • Do-it.org: A UK-wide database of volunteering opportunities – search by postcode and type of volunteering.

  • The National Trust: Lots of opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

  • The National Trust: Lots of opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

  • Vinspired: Support for getting inspired and aimed specifically at young people.

  • Timebank: Another database of volunteering opportunities

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