Soul Food

Melody Lipford, Columnist • mrlipford15@ehc.edu

Now that the new semester has become routine, I have learned that self-care habits can become routine as well. Similar to going to classes every day, you have to retain the tasks you are trying to create in order to increase your level of self-care. Whether this means having a nutritious breakfast in the morning, taking time to meditate or reflect, not glancing at your phone first thing in the morning, or whatever helps relax… it’s important to try to set your day off in a positive manner, before it even really starts. Now that the new semester has become routine, I have learned that self-care habits can become routine as well. Similar to going to classes every day, you have to retain the tasks you are trying to create in order to increase your level of self-care. Whether this means having a nutritious breakfast in the morning, taking time to meditate or reflect, not glancing at your phone first thing in the morning, or whatever helps relax… it’s important to try to set your day off in a positive manner, before it even really starts.

Most of the time, it’s our mindset. The way we set our mind in the morning can foreshadow the outcome of our day. Of course, we cannot predict unforeseen circumstances, but having a positive attitude at the start of the day can never be harmful.

Eventually, just like we memorize our class schedule, we can memorize the new habits we are trying to establish concerning self-care. It doesn’t happen overnight but by slow and steady repetitions of the same action or task. With perseverance and persistence, these habits can become not temporary changes, but a lifestyle.

In turn, I believe that a self-care routine cannot only help yourself, but those around you. For instance, something as simple as having breakfast can give you more fuel to be productive and engaged in class, homework, work, volunteering, or in other ways. In addition, taking ten minutes out of your day to meditate or reflect before running to the day’s tasks can help you stay centered and present with peers, friends, and family. Another helpful activity I’ve added in my routine is a gratitude journal. Writing down as little as three things I’m grateful for in the morning helps me put things into a different perspective. It’s much harder to be upset or negative after you take time to realize the blessings you’ve been given.

Overall, whether you want to do these things or not, I encourage you to try to implement some component of self-care that you can curate into everyday life. You can’t take care of everyone else, until you take care of yourself.

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