This is the time of the year when the vast majority of grad students start a self-analysis on what’s been over the year. 2018 is almost gone, Christmas decorations are round the corner but we aren’t quite there yet, daylight is a privilege the Northen European countries. So what’s the best time of the year to start a self-care challenge and make it a New Year Resolution for the rest of 2019?

Raise your hand in the air if you are with me!

So let’s get started:

1. Clean your room
2. Look at the starts
3. 20 min stretching
4.Wear a great outfit (always time to shine)
5. Unfollow negative accounts
6. Write a gratitude list
7. Make a nice breakfast
8. Write someone a letter
9. Try a new hobby
10. Take a nap
11. Try yoga
12. digital declutter
13. Start a new book
14. Learn something new
15. List the things you love about yourself
16. Try breathing exercise
17. Have a treat
18. Unplug for a hour
19. Help someone
20. Home spa day
21. Reorganise you closet
22. See a friend
23. Try a new recipe
24. Hug someone
25. Burn a scented candle
26. Call someone you love
27. Listen to calming music
28. Clean out that junk drawer
29. Watch a childhood movie
30. Do something crafty

DECEMBER —> Repeat

Self-care isn’t selfish!

In my opinion, self-care should be practise every day and should be as important as education. Listen to your body and learn how to take a break. Most students, including me, feel guilty when they take time out from PhD life. But if we don’t work, will our PhD work? Please show me the way to practise self-care by following my Instagram page phd_to_success and I will reshare your tips in my stories.

For for on self-care, visit my old articles on Phd and anxiety, How to manage anxiety and How to self-care on weekends.

Foto credit: ScienceOnApostcard


2 Comments on “Join me in the November self-care challenge

    • Thanks Rose. Honestly small things that do make the difference in everyday stress. Tag me in your Instagram posts ❤❤❤

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