Self Care While Online

Helpful Hints

Grace Bennett, Author

According to the American Psychological Association, Self Care has never been more important than it has been throughout this pandemic.

While being quarantined at home these past months, it has been extremely difficult to not only maintain our own physical health, but emotional and mental health. Our lives have immensely changed and forced us to uproot our old lives and form altered ones to help us get through these unfortunate times safety.Talking with students here at Mercy and other schools, I asked them the question. “What self care rituals have helped you maintain online school thus far?”. Most people responded with having a set schedule for time to do school, homework, and etc, and another set a time frame for time off the screen and time for you to relax and do what you enjoy. Another big response was to have a space other than your bed so you are not tempted to fall asleep, so you can exceed to your highest potential as a student online.

Here are some more ideas to Help you maintain a healthy mental state while online learning.

– Make sure you are giving yourself a break in between classes or homework assignments so you can give your brain and eyes a break from the rigorous computer screen.

-Find a hobby or an activity you enjoy to distract yourself from the ongoing repetition of each day.

– Set up a nice working space for you to enjoy working, some students have constructed their work spaces in different places for the different days of the week and have noticed how the change of atmosphere has helped them focus more.

– Keep yourself organized whether it is a planner, to do lists, or to take breaks for yourself to recharge and focus on what needs to be done right away.

Physical health is just as important as mental health here are some examples of maintaining that perfect balance.

– Make sure you are eating good healthy nutritious meals especially breakfast, even though your not actually going into school you still need that fuel to keep you energized throughout the virtual school day.

– You need to make exercise a priority to help many aspects of your health and it is a known fact that cardio and weight training releases endorphins that give you energy you might be lacking throughout the day.

– Keeping yourself in mind and understanding what works the best for your own body is vital for understanding how to care for yourself and keep your mind healthy.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of self care is “ health care provided by oneself often without the consultation of a medical professional”. Self care can impact your life especially in times like this. It is extremely important to not only keep our minds and bodies healthy but the ones around us.