Self-Care Reminder

By Shaureece Park

Many of us are getting in the swing of spending more time in the office/library. As we do so, we are also trying new routines and reviving some old ones. It is important to remember that taking care of yourself is still critically important.  The pandemic has led many of us to place a greater emphasis on self-care. It is essential to continue to do things that help us to be less stressed and healthier. Develop or practice self-care activities consistently to help yourself remain healthy. Below are some ideas to get you started.

  • Focus on things that are within your control or influence.
  • Take your breaks. You’ll feel better, and you will be more productive, according to research.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Be kind to yourself.  Most of us are our own worst critics. Just remember, we all make mistakes, and when we know better, we do better.
  • Get exercise.
  • Take several deep breaths when feeling stressed.
  • Try meditation…again.  There are lots of good YouTube videos and phone apps for this.
  • Read a book or twelve.
  • Listen to podcasts you enjoy.
  • Make time to interact with those who are important to you.
  • Take a hot bath to relax.
  • Write a list of things you are grateful for.
  • Start a new hobby or restart an old one.
  • Learn something new. It is fun, and it helps with cognition.
  • Take a free online course. Here is a list of many available MOOCs.
  • Catch up on some of those home projects you’ve been putting off.
  • Take breaks from the news.
  • Declutter your space.
  • Clean out a closet or something else that will give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Do things you used to enjoy but haven’t done in a while or try new things.
  • If you have an Employee Assistance Program, use it. Mental health is every bit as important as physical health.

This list provides some ideas and suggestions on ways to care for yourself and recharge. Find a few things that work for you and remember your wellbeing is important, so make it a priority.

Shaureece Park is Director, Library Administrative Services at the University of North Texas Libraries.