‘Tis the season to unwind: Make time to take care of yourself

It is the end of the year, and SAIT students are swamped with final exams and assignments.

It’s no wonder that we all forget to care for ourselves fundamentally and take a moment every now and then to just relax.

“Keeping your mind off of what’s going on is a great idea to combat stress,” says Samantha Hanson, a legal assistant student at SAIT.

In my experience, if you do not take the time to do something you enjoy, you may end up feeling depressed or at the peak of a breakdown.

You need to have balance when it comes to life; social, emotional, and physical aspects are just as important as course work. Make sure you do what makes you happy and healthy.

When you take a moment to care for yourself, it can help lower stress levels. Finding a hobby to help you cope can also make a big difference. However, people have different outlets for stress; only you will be able to determine what works best for you.

Activities such as working out, sports, reading, writing, cooking, baking, listening to music, and arts and crafts are only a few hobbies that can be used as healthy coping mechanisms.

Self care

Second-year Graphic communications and print technology student Laurence Baculpo enjoys playing video games after spending time finishing his final assignments in Calgary on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Photo by Patrick Concepcion/SAIT)

Joy Vu, a SAIT hospitality student, says she used to deal with stress by playing instruments. Now, Vu says sleeping helps her cope.

Making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep every night is an extremely important part of self-care.

Exercising and ensuring that you are consuming a healthy and balanced diet is also important.

Make time for the things you enjoy, whether you prefer to hang out with friends or to treat yourself to a good comic.

I have gone through several different hobbies myself, because it is easy to get bored with an activity.

Don’t give up on yourself, and try not to push yourself too far – depression can cause you to lose interest in things you enjoy. I recommend figuring out what those things are, becoming proactive, and trying new things – you may even surprise yourself.

The holidays are just around the corner, and between holiday shopping and holiday preparation, we tend to forget to take time to unwind.

With the bustle of the end of the year and exams, it’s easy to let yourself go and forget what is most important.

Once you find out what makes you happy, and what you enjoy, you may feel a sense of contentment.

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