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The Importance of Self-Care
Transcript of The Importance of Self-Care
UCCS Gateway Guides Program
Introduction to Gateway Guides
Stress/Risks of Chronic Stress
Stress prevention (Coping)
The different types of self-care
Shift in Perspective
Thank you from the Gateway Guides Program
Improving your health, both mentally and physically, without medical or other professional consultation.
Coping with Stress
What coping strategies do you use when feeling stressed?
Types of Self-Care
7 types of Self-Care
Markway, B. (March 16, 2014). Seven Types of Self-Care Activities for Coping with Stress. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shyness-is-nice/201403/seven-types-self-care-activities-coping-stress
Focus on the present moment and your surroundings.
listening to music
sitting around a campfire
hot shower/warm bath
getting a massage
breath of fresh air
Partake in an activity you enjoy doing
Write in a journal
Go out for a walk
Do a task that you have been avoiding or that challenges your brain.
mind games (luminosity)
Getting in touch with your values.
Spending time in nature
Feeling aligned with emotions
Accept your feelings
Cry when you need to
Laugh every chance you get
Cope by engaging the body
take a nap
The need to belong
getting in touch with a loved one
joining a support group
Stress and how it relates to self-care
Physical and mental health risks
Defined Self-Care & Types
A different perspective
An estimated 35-50% of college and university students drop out prematurely due to insufficient coping skills under chronic stress. (Mohr, C., et. al, 2014)
Change in heart rate, blood flow, respiration.
Change in brain chemistry (change in neurotransmitters-impacting mood and behaviors)
Change in neuro-endocrine system (stress activates cortisol secretion)
Chronic stress/trauma weakens the immune system.
Contact Wellness Center or Jesie Steffes:
Gateway Guides Purpose
3 FREE one hour Meetings!
Added layer of support
Determining other campus resources
Conflict with others
HEY! Did You Know?!
A Shift in Perspective about Stress
WHAT IS SELF CARE?!
3. Opposite Action
4. Emotional Awareness
6. Crisis Plan
Located in the Wellness Center