As the winter recess approaches, whether you’re heading home or staying on campus, it’s a prime opportunity to prioritize your personal well-being. In 2021, a survey by the American College Health Association revealed that 48% of college students experienced moderate to severe psychological stress. Practicing self-care becomes crucial to reduce stress levels, prevent burnout, and foster overall health and well-being. According to the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum, engaging in self-care not only helps you adapt to changes but also strengthens relationships and aids in bouncing back from setbacks.
Here are a few easy tips to make the most of your winter recess:
Cultivate the Habit of Journaling: Did you know that regular journaling can significantly alleviate anxiety? Putting your thoughts on paper serves as a powerful means to process emotions. Take this time to reflect on the fall semester—acknowledge successes, identify areas for improvement, and set fresh goals for the upcoming spring semester. Think of it as an opportunity for your own New Year’s resolutions. Explore the benefits of journaling here!
Incorporate Movement into Your Routine: While the winter chill may prevail, make it a priority to incorporate movement into your daily routine, wherever you may be. Fresh air and physical activity are excellent ways to clear your mind. A simple daily walk can make a significant difference. Discover how a brief stroll can enhance your mental health here!
Forge Connections with Others: Whether it’s reuniting with family or catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, allocate time to connect either in person or virtually. Research indicates that even a single daily conversation with a loved one can have a positive impact on your mental health.
For additional self-care tips, explore Mental Health First Aid resources available here!
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!