Blog: My self-care checklist

Hi everyone! I’m Lucy, one of your Student Content Shapers and a final year student studying BA English, Classical Literature and Civilisation student here at UoB.

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We all know the struggle of balancing studies, socialising, and maybe even squeezing in some work commitments. It can be a challenge to find time to look after ourselves, but squeezing in a few precious moments for yourself can make such a difference to your mind and body.

That’s why, in this blog, I’ve laid out the self-care routine that I like to do after a long day at Uni. Maybe you’ll find something new you can add to your list!

Getting some exercise

After spending what feels like forever glued to my computer screen, I always want to get my body moving. For me, I love going to the gym. As UoB students, we’re in luck because we can access student memberships at discounted rates for both UoB Sports & Fitness on campus, alongside Tiverton Gym in Selly Oak.

As a commuter student, even though I don’t live in Birmingham, my local gym is just as great as the ones on campus! I’m able to still get involved in a variety of classes, such as Pilates and cycle groups, which can be a perfect way to get some exercise in, destress, and a chance to socialise with friends too.

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That being said, you don’t need a gym membership to get moving! Exercising can be as simple as getting your steps in around campus or taking a trip into the city centre and walking around Birmingham. The most important thing is to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! 

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Oh, and don’t forget to hydrate! Water is your best friend for your brain and body. Here’s a list of places on campus where you can fill up for free

Creating a clean space

I’m a firm believer in the saying that a tidy space equals a tidy mind! When I get home from a day of work and my room is a mess, I lose all sense of productivity. Cleaning up my area, whether it’s my bedroom, workspace, or kitchen, just makes me feel much more relaxed and organised. Plus, there’s something about lighting a candle that just adds that extra touch of relaxation and cosiness too!

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Doing something creative

A lot of my studying often revolves around writing long essays and jotting down countless notes, so I find it nice to do something creative at the end of the day.

Journaling is perfect for this because it’s a chance not only to reflect on your day and organise your time, but it’s a ‘no-pressure’ activity and an outlet to express any form of creativity in whatever way.

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to journaling, but grabbing a notebook and putting pen to paper means you’re also giving your eyes a rest from looking at your phone or computer.

Cooking a healthy meal

I get it, it’s not always easy to cook a super elaborate meal, especially when you’re tired in the evening.

But it’s important to fuel your body in the right way, not just for your physical health, but for your mental health too. It doesn’t have to be a complicated dish with lots of ingredients, which takes loads of time. It can still be quick and easy but contains lots of vegetables and protein, which your body and mind will really appreciate. My favourite dish to make for this is veggie stir fry because it can be done all in one pan and doesn’t take long at all to make.

If you live with others, it could also be a good idea to make a meal rota with your housemates. That way, the chores are shared and everyone gets to try out some delicious, homemade food.

Taking a shower and doing skincare

Skincare is my favourite part of my self-care routine. I find it so relaxing and it’s a good opportunity for some ‘me’ time.  I love listening to music (Taylor Swift obviously!) and taking a steaming hot shower to melt away the day’s stress.

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Doing nothing but relaxing!

Last, but certainly not least, is the simple fact that there’s nothing better than getting into comfy clothes and relaxing in bed. Sometimes I like to watch TV or read a good book to help me wind down before I go to sleep. Plus, going to bed early means waking up feeling fully recharged, and ready to tackle whatever the day throws my way!

Make some ‘me’ time

I hope reading my list has inspired you to create your own self-care routine. It’s often easy to neglect your own mental health when surrounded by deadlines and exams, but it’s ALWAYS important to look after your wellbeing. So, make sure you put yourself back on your list of priorities and take care of your yourself.

If you need some more inspiration, look out for more videos and blogs from my fellow Student Content Shapers on the University’s student communication channels. You can also check out the Wellbeing pages on the student intranet. 


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