Subsequently after the first webinar on Adjusting to Campus Workshop, the Department of Student Counselling hosted a second workshop on Self-Care and was conducted by intern psychologist Julia Michaelides. It was held on Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
The purpose of this workshop was to accentuate the importance of self-care and what it means, as well as prioritising self-care and maintaining a healthy relationship with one’s self.
According to the presentation that was regulated by Michaelides, self-care is the daily activities and strategies one implements to promote healthy functioning and enhance one’s well-being.
“Self-care is anything you do for yourself that feels nourishing. Self-care is so important, particularly when you have many responsibilities to balance, for instance you may have classes, studying, sports, chores, etc. and there is a need to keep a balance and to not forget to prioritise your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being. Prioritising your responsibilities and setting time aside to look after yourself is vital,” she said.
Also, indicated that neglecting self-care could lead to burnout as one’s stress levels and well-being can be negatively affected. She further added that self-care builds resilience towards life stressors so one feels confident and able handle the stress one is faced with, therefore it’s very important to take steps to care for one’s mind, body, soul, and one will be better equipped to handle stress.
“Journal your thoughts, writing a poem or a song helps you to express yourself, wear that power outfit as it helps to increase your self-esteem, download a breathing application that helps to calm your mind,” explained Michaelides.
She furthered elaborated on different benefits for self-care which helps to reduce stress levels, anxiety, increase productivity, reduce burnout, declutters your mind, increases energy and concentration and increases feelings of happiness and contentment.
“Self-care doesn’t have to cost you anything, there will be days when your routine and plans do not go as anticipated, that is okay. It is very important to priorities self-care as an individual and to look after you, to prioritise yourself,” she said.
Pictured: Julia Michaelides