Top Tips for Self-Care and Stress Management

It’s that time of year again! As the leaves fall, the temperature drops, and things start picking up at work and school, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and our health. There’s no way you can entirely avoid getting sick altogether, but there are a few things you can do to boost your immune system and lower your chances of catching the bug!

 

Nutrition! 

A healthy balanced diet is important. Make sure your body has the energy it needs to fight off viruses. Vitamin C and citrus are great at preventing cold viruses, so make sure you eat plenty of fruit. If you can feel you are getting sick – Orange Juice is a great way to quickly get the Vitamin C your body needs. Make sure you eat throughout the day – don’t skip meals, and try to avoid sugary snacks. If you are already sick make sure you are getting lots of liquids, some favorite Canadian at home remedies are Canada Dry Gingerale, and Chicken Noodle Soup.

 Sleep...

A good sleep is crucial for both your mental and physical well-being. Even though it might be tempting to stay up late finishing an assignment or studying for exams, sleeping properly will help you more in the long run. Getting a good night sleep means that your brain will be sharp and active the next day. Also, it is difficult to learn meaningfully when your brain is so tired, and you may also make crucial mistakes. Sleeping early and waking up ready the next day is always a better plan.  

 Stay Active

It’s important for our general well-being to get a good amount of exercise every week. Exercise has the amazing ability to pump your endorphins, making physical activity when you are stressed extremely beneficial. Exercise in turn can also help you fall asleep faster, and sleep sounder - allowing for more rest and a deeper sleep. If you are preoccupied with a stressful situation, getting some exercise can also help take your mind off things for a bit allow your mind to find new ideas and solutions to problems.

 Don’t be a stranger!

Often times when we are stressed we are busy, irritable, and isolate ourselves from our friends and family. Spending quality time with friends and family will boost your confidence and self-esteem, as these are the people who know you the best. Friends and family can often offer advice or just simply be there for you to talk to and release your worries. Talking with classmates and coworkers about stress in the workplace or school will help you feel less alone. Chances are if you are stressed out, they are too!

We hope these pointers helped you, or at least reminded you to take care of yourself. Wishing you a wonderful Fall and a Happy Halloween!

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