The self-care guide for college students
July 24, 2019

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 members teach us that it’s important to pay attention to all areas of our well-being. Although you may think that 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

Physical

  • Get enough proper sleep
  • Stretch
  • Walk
    • Even walking for 5 to 10 minutes can really clear your mind.
  • Engage in physical activity
    • Did you know that full-time students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses have access to the Fitness Centre as part of their tuition? Check it out!
  • Healthy and nutritious eating
    • If you need help accessing enough food, check out the Georgian Food Locker. It’s an on-campus, confidential, emergency food bank for students in need.
  • Yoga
    • Yoga classes are available in the Barrie Fitness Centre and they’re included in your membership.
  • Rest
Lightbox that says You Are Enough

Emotional

Male and female student playing pool

Social

Rock labyrinth in Orillia

Spiritual

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, encouraging help-seeking and effective responses to Georgian community members in distress. For more information about the plan or to access mental health and well-being resources, please visit the student portal.

Mental health and well-being at Georgian College: Your voice is important. We are listening. We care.

We want to hear from you!

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Even though this article provides ideas on some ways to practise self-care, we invite everyone at Georgian to email us with your tips and strategies. We will post your ideas on a new self-care at Georgian page that’s currently being constructed on our site in the student portal.

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.

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