We all need self-care. In between studying for class, searching for the perfect summer internship and staying on top of social activities, it can get difficult to make time for yourself to recharge and refresh. Before you allow yourself to get to the point of burning out, here are some quick self-care tips, broken down into your mind, body and soul.
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Read something you love, whether it’s nonfiction, comics or poetry.
Unplug for the day and become present to the world around you.
Write yourself a love letter for a rainy day when you need a little boost.
Create a vision board to re-align yourself with your goals and dreams.
Write down positive affirmations to keep you motivated on any day.
Illustration by Anna McGregor
Go to bed early and get 7-8 hours of sleep!
Take a walk around the neighborhood (or campus) for some fresh air.
Get some exercise at the gym to get your heart pumping and take off any stress you have.
Try out yoga and stretch!
Eat a nourishing meal, whatever that looks like to you!
illustration by Julia Emiliani
Meditate to put your mind at ease.
Call a loved one and reconnect with what they have been up to.
Journal out your feelings; maybe you’ll discover a realization in the process!
Volunteer at your favorite charity and give back to the community.
Establish a morning and night routine so you never forget your non-negotiable tasks.
Whatever you may need, give yourself time to take care of yourself. No matter what you’re going through in life, at the end of the day, the most important thing is you and your health.
Originally from Lakewood, Washington, Lalaine Ignao moved to the island of Oahu to get in touch with her Filipino identity. After writing for a few publications, she discovered her passion to become a freelance journalist, focusing on creating a spotlight on the Filipino community in Hawaii and the rest of the globe. When she’s not writing, you can find Lalaine on Kayak planning her next trip, goal setting or on social media, connecting with loved ones back home.