Today is R U OK? Day. If someone doesn't ask you if you're ok, here are some tips to check in on yourself. When you're on a plane and they're running through the safety presentation, they always tell parents to put the oxygen mask on themselves, before they look after their children. That's because you can't help anyone else if you've passed out due to lack of oxygen. The same is true with mental health - you can't support anyone else if you're struggling. Journaling is a great way to check in with yourself. Here are some good questions to ask. You can find some great information at the Griffith University website (check out the Check in on yourself links).
Self-care is an important aspect of a healthy, balanced life. There are six main categories of self care: body, mind, emotions, work (study), relationships and spiritual. For more information on this visit https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au. Self-care is a very individual thing - you might hate having a bath but for someone else it's bliss. Find what works for you and try to schedule in a bit of self care each day. It doesn't have to be expensive or take a lot of time. Taking five minutes to brush your hair before bed is quick and free.
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I was feeling down recently, even though life had been pretty good. It occurred to me that I hadn't been making time to do things that made me happy. Happiness isn't usually something that happens by accident - you need to make a conscious effort to create it. I know it's hard to make time for fun when you're busy at school or uni and there seems to be no end to the assignments and study that need to be done. But by making time to do things that make you happy, you may find that you are more productive and less stressed.
I know one thing that doesn't make me feel happy - scrolling through Instagram for an hour or more. It just leaves me feeling frustrated and inadequate. It's part of self-care and self-love to do things that bring you joy. Exactly what those things are will be different for everyone. For some people it's singing loudly, for others it is going to the beach. I like to get creative and make things - I'm currently knitting a jumper. I also enjoy reading, eating gelato and getting out in the fresh air. You don't have to set aside a whole day - half an hour watching an episode of your favourite tv show is enough, or soak in the bath or paint your nails is enough.