With so much going on, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what we need or what our priorities should be. Here are a few steps to help you get started:
1: Take our free self-assessment
We have created a free self-assessment for students, staff and faculty to help you evaluate your current habits, thoughts and behaviors around self-care. It covers all 8 dimensions of wellness, including emotional/mental, spiritual, physical, social, financial, occupational, intellectual and environmental wellness.
2: Evaluate your score
Look at the areas where you scored the lowest. If you scored low in multiple categories, choose 1 or 2 that you want to focus on right now. Remember that it's difficult to address everything all at once, so pace yourself and know that you can always come back to other areas as needed.
3: Create a plan
Next, brainstorm 1 to 2 things you can do to improve your score in those particular categories. Prioritize these actions or activities throughout the week. It can be helpful to start a journal to see how you are improving or feeling over time once you start prioritizing your needs. If you need help brainstorming self-care activities, see our comprehensive list below.
4: Retake as needed
Our needs and priorities can change over time, especially as we transition through life. Don't be afraid to retake this assessment periodically and see how your scores change. You may notice your score improving in some areas or going down in others. This is normal!
Self-care activities to try
Not sure how to get started improving your self-care? Check out this list of ideas: