Taking time for you: July 24 is International Self-care Day

What is self-care? Self-care is a foundation to help manage stress and overwhelming events in your life. Taking care of yourself is just as important as your studies and can be as simple as taking a five-minute break. Self-care has been known to have a multitude of benefits, such as:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Improve energy and motivation
  • Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke

Self-care practices can be categorized into physical, emotional, social, mental, practical and/or spiritual. We’ve come up with some ways you can fit self-care into your life and have created a “Self-care bingo,” with different ideas on how to practise.

How it works:

Every time you complete an action on the board, mark off the square, just like in regular bingo. Once you complete a line across, up and down, or diagonally, it’s a win! Award yourself with something nice that lifts your mood.

These are just a few examples of how you can practise self-care; you can use the Internet or check out the Mental Health and Well-being page on MyGCLife for more ideas and/or to learn more.

Enjoy some time for yourself to celebrate International Self-care Day.

A bingo card with nine square with self-care words like "asked for help" "Went to sleep early"

This post was originally published in July 2022 and updated in July 2023.

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