Training & Development: Taking Care of Yourself
Your commitment requires an investment of time, as well as, mental and emotional effort. While it may be gratifying and rewarding to help others, it may also take a toll on you. If you want to be effective, you must take care of yourself first.
Steps you can take to make sure you are taking care of yourself:
- Reflect and acknowledge your accomplishments. When you aim for perfection, you can end up becoming discouraged if you fall short of your expectations. When this happens, it is important to reflect on what you have already accomplished.
- Set up your own support system of friends, family, and faculty/staff. Avoid isolation and the self-defeating trap of solving your difficulties alone. Friends and family can help you through tough times by listening or reminding you of resources. Student Support Services is not just for freshmen.
- Take time to relax and reward yourself. If you spend all of your time checking off your to-do list, you will burnout quickly. After a long week of p-sets and classes, set time aside to relax or reward yourself with movie or your favorite restaurant.
- Eat healthy foods and exercise. Eating healthfully is not simply about appearing fit or following a regimented diet. Healthy diet and exercise can lead to overall well-being. Please read 10 tips on healthy eating.
- Say "NO" and know your boundaries. You can avoid burnout by recognizing your limitations. Avoid being a people pleaser by the feeling pressure to always say "yes".