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Self Care

by GRACE LEBER - October 7, 2020 - Learn to practice self care to take control of your life

With all that is going on in the world, the idea of self care is more relevant than ever. High schoolers in particular are faced with challenges and responsibilities that affect both physical and mental health, and during these times, practicing self care is essential to living a purposeful life. The following are ways to practice prioritizing your health and help you become your best self:

Eat Mindfully

  1. Eat breakfast every morning

  2. Eat vegetables with every meal

  3. Drink lots of water and always have a water bottle on hand

  4. Try to eliminate as much sugar, caffeine, and soda from your diet as possible

  5. Treat yourself! Eat tasty treats to reward yourself but stay away from eating too much junk food at one time

Move More

  1. Exercise every day

  2. Do stretches to loosen your hamstrings

  3. Go for a nature walk and observe your surroundings

  4. Participate in a virtual 5k

  5. Go on a bike ride with your family

  6. Practice yoga and deep breathing

Body Care

  1. Follow an established morning and evening routine

  2. Wash your face when you get home from school

  3. Wear lotion and take care of your skin

  4. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes

Meaningful Relationships

  1. Text a family member you do not see every day

  2. Meet up with a friend

  3. Take a social media fast and be more attentive to people who are near you

  4. Give random gifts to your friends

  5. Invite others to go shopping with you

Serving others

  1. Schedule time to volunteer at a local food pantry

  2. Donate clothes you no longer need

  3. Write letters to seniors and veterans

  4. Create care packages for the homeless

  5. Encourage others to volunteer with you

  6. Join a service club here at WHS

Love Yourself

  1. Keep a gratitude journal and record five things you are thankful for each day

  2. Teach yourself how to play an instrument

  3. Dress up and do your hair

  4. Avoid makeup for a few days and embrace your natural look

  5. Surround yourself with people who love who you are

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