REFLECTORIAL: On Self-Care …
How do you take care of yourself? This issue in our features section we are talking about self-care. It is such an important part of being a university student and often goes unattended. Why is it that we are so comfortable taking care of others but never put ourselves first.
With the hustle and bustle of classes, assignments, exams and stress the importance of school takes centre stage in our lives. It is hard to even think about taking a few moments of any day to spend some time by ourselves for ourselves, but why is that?
It seems that for students, we are used to being on the back-burner, we have less money than most of society, we definitely have less time than our non-post-secondary counter parts and we have a million things on the go at all times. I don’t know about you but it feels to me like we are spending our lives as a shell of a person, with no excitement or enjoyment, with the exception of those days we go out with friends and drink way to much.
Self-care comes into play with this because as students we do need to dedicate some time to just us. Whatever that means to you. Maybe its going for a hike to see the amazing mountains in our backyard, or colouring in an adult colouring book or even just spending two hours every Monday night to watch the Bachelor.
While it may seem silly to spend two hours doing something like that while you could be studying, it will drastically improve your life, to the point will you will begin to feel like a real person again, and not just a student who people throw their assignments at to cause an immense amount of stress! I don’t know about you, but halfway through the semester I am starting to get pretty weak, and my friends seem to think I have ended up in a ditch somewhere due to my lack of text message responses.
So as always MRU and other readers of this paper, I challenge you! Take some time for yourself, and show your numero uno some love, for the love of God you deserve it. And to make it even more exciting, we want to hear about it! Tweet us @Reflectthis and tell us how you decided to spend some time for yourself in the coming weeks. Midterms are coming, and they seem to always approach quickly, compared to that beloved reading break anyways. Don’t forget to #MRUselfcare!
Speaking of Self-Care, why don’t you take a few minutes to fill out our annual sex survey while you’re spending some time on yourself, check out our Facebook page for the link, and get ready to share your dirty details with your trusty newspaper staff. #SexSurvey