Self-care is often considered a luxury, and when assignments and exams start looming it can be tempting to put it aside to focus completely on your studies. But taking care of your wellbeing is an essential part of succeeding at university.  

By taking care of yourself you 

Improve focus and concentration 

When you prioritise self-care, you are giving your body and mind the nourishment they need to function at their best. Getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly all improve your ability to focus and concentrate in class and while studying. Taking breaks and engaging in activities that you enjoy can also help you recharge and return to your work with renewed energy and focus. 

Reduce stress and anxiety 

Practicing self-care techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help you manage stress and anxiety. When you feel calmer and more relaxed, you are better equipped to handle whatever challenges come your way. 

Improve overall health 

Eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep can all boost your immune system and reduce your risk of illness. When you are healthy and feeling your best, you are better able to tackle the demands of university life. 

Improve relationships 

Taking care of yourself can also improve your relationships with others. When you are happy and fulfilled, you are more likely to be patient, kind, and understanding with those around you. You are also better able to set boundaries and communicate effectively, which can help you avoid conflicts and build stronger relationships with your peers and professors. Making time to connect with your support network gives you an avenue to talk through your struggles and get inspiration from people with different experiences to you.  

So, as assignments come due and exam dates near this trimester make sure to take the time to prioritise your wellbeing and health because U are the most important part of your university journey.  

For more information about keeping on top of your mental and physical wellbeing at university, visit the Online Health & Wellness Centre