The self-care guide for college students

Although you’ve probably heard about self-care over the past few years, you might still be wondering: what exactly is self-care and how can I incorporate it into my life as a college student? In honour of International Self-Care Day, we chatted with Jennifer Lloyd, Manager, Mental Health Strategy at Georgian to put together everything you need to know about self-care, along with a few tips for making it part of your daily routine.

What is self-care?

At Georgian we refer to self-care as taking action to improve one’s own physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual well-being. Wisdom from our Indigenous community teaches us that it’s important to pay attention to all areas of our well-being.

Although you may think you don’t have time for this, it’s extremely important as self-care can help you manage stress and increases your ability to learn and succeed in your academics. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

The self-help wheel including spiritual, mental, physical and emotional
Male student working out in the gym


  • Get enough proper sleep
  • Stretch
  • Walk
    • Even walking for 5 to 10 minutes can really clear your mind.
  • Engage in physical activity
    • Our on-campus fitness centres are temporarily closed during the pandemic but Georgian students can access Grizzlies Fitness on Demand.
  • Healthy and nutritious eating
    • If you need help securing enough food, check out the Georgian Food Locker. It’s an on-campus, confidential, emergency food bank for students in need.
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Rest
Lightbox that says You Are Enough


Male and female student playing pool


  • Boundaries
  • Support systems
    • Having a close friend or family member to talk to about your worries is extremely helpful. Look for people in your life who make you feel valuable as a person and remind you of your strengths.
  • Positive social media
  • Ask for help
    • Reach out for support when you need it. Student Services offers many services that can help you be successful.
Rock labyrinth in Orillia


Register for a self-care workshop

Georgian’s mental health and well-being team regularly hosts self-care workshops that all Georgian students and employees are welcome to attend. Dates are listed on MyGCLife and the employee portal.

Self-care videos

TEDx Talk
Self Care: What It Really Is
By: Susannah Winters

TEDx Talk
A self-care revolution
By: Megan McCormick

Check out more TED videos with this importance of self-care playlist.

Mental Health and Well-Being at Georgian College

The Mental Health and Well-being Strategic Plan at Georgian focuses on promoting a healthy campus community, creating resilience, and encouraging help-seeking and effective responses to Georgian community members in distress.

About Jennifer Lloyd

Jennifer Lloyd understands how challenging it can be to give ourselves permission to add self-care to our long to-do lists, not to mention putting it at the top! As the Manager, Mental Health Strategy, she is responsible for promoting a culture of excellence regarding mental health and well-being for everyone at Georgian. Jennifer is leading the implementation of the college’s Mental Health and Well-Being strategic plan, looking at creative ways to empower everyone at Georgian to prioritize their well-being, in order to succeed in their academic and career pursuits. Her favourite self-care activities include reading with her children, hiking and spending time near the water.

This article was originally published in July 2019. It was updated and re-shared in November 2020.

Jennifer Lloyd mental health manager in front of Mental Health and Well-Being sign

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