The sleepless nights, over-caffeinated mornings, and seemingly endless work you’ve gone through this semester is finally winding down. Winter break is right around the corner, which gives you a chance to recharge through a self-care routine.
But what exactly is self-care? Ellen Bard, an independent consultant psychologist and self-care blogger based in Thailand, says, “It means looking after yourself emotionally, physically, mentally, and even spiritually.”
Bard, who recently wrote This is For You, a workbook filled with creative, evidence-based self-care exercises, says slowing down and making time for yourself is important because we live in a world of constant stimuli which can increase our stress levels. “But self-care is not the answer to all ills,” she adds. “It’s something that should be built into our daily lives.”
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