Self-Care Tips

Mental and Emotional

  • Write in a journal
  • Enjoy music— try something upbeat
  • Take a break from your phone
  • Do activities that make you laugh, like watching a funny video
  • Take a time out with soothing tea
  • Declutter your living space
  • Allow yourself to cry
  • Take a deep breath— do breathing exercises
  • Boost your mood with aromatherapy
  • Practice mindfulness and be present
  • Recognize and acknowledge your thoughts and emotions
  • Consider seeing a mental health professional


  • Hang out with people you enjoy spending time with
  • Stay in contact with important people in your life
  • Show gratitude for others
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Take time to be sexual with yourself, or a partner
  • If you need “me time,” set limits with your friends and loved ones


  • Engage in something creative
  • Research something unfamiliar
  • Read a book or listen to a podcast that is unrelated to school or work
  • Go to an art museum, history exhibit, sports event, or theatre performance


  • Find out more about the cultures you identify with
  • Ask questions to learn more about a friend’s culture


  • Eat throughout the day to fuel you body
  • Eat your veggies! Add a fruit or vegetable to each of your meals
  • Be active— find an activity you enjoy
  • Avoid getting sick: wash your hands and get regular check-ups
  • Listen to your body, get medical care when you feel something isn’t right
  • Take time to heal when you’re sick
  • Dance or just move your body
  • Treat yourself to a massage
  • Get enough sleep. If you are feeling tired, take a nap or make sure to go to sleep early
  • Avoid excessive use of substances that can harm your body
  • Embrace your unique body


  • Strive for balance among school, work, family, relationships, play, and rest
  • Set personal goals for growth
  • Make quiet time to complete tasks
  • Say no to extra responsibilities
  • Spend time reviewing your finances and budget


  • Spend time outdoors
  • Soak up the sun (and wear SPF!)
  • Start your own garden, even if it’s a rock garden
  • Walk, hike, bike, run, or do yoga in nature


  • Make time for reflection or meditation
  • Find spiritual connection or community
  • Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in your life