Self-care provides benefits to an individual's sense of wellness and flourishing. Daisy Wettstein, our Social Marketing Student Assistant, spoke to us about how she makes time for self-care! 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am not a morning person, so I will typically get up when my body decides to. Once I am awake, I begin any work I need to get done and plan to finish what I can by 3pm. Once 3pm hits, I like to do activities that make me happy, like watching a show, putting on a face mask, or trying out a new lotion.

What is your biggest inspiration?

Pinterest!! The app and website have great beginner ideas. It is such an awesome place to start searching for self-care ideas then adapt those ideas to make it work in your own schedule. There are also many amazing articles all about self-care by doing a simple Google search.

What is the process to develop a self-care routine?

I have a 3-step process on how to develop a self-care routine.

Step 1 is to take 30 seconds to sit down and establish your interests, whether that is sunshine, hiking, Netflix, coffee, etc.

Step 2 is to then check in with yourself. For example, once you finish an assignment, ask yourself, “How am I feeling? What do I need?” If you find yourself being unmotivated, exhausted, stressed, anxious, then that is where your self-care comes in.

Last step is to prioritize! Do it when you want to. Life will constantly be moving. People will always claim they do not have time, but that is where prioritization comes in. Remember, self-care does not have to take 3 hours. It can be even as little as 30 seconds. It is simply about finding your rhythm of how and when to fit it in.

What is your favorite part of your self-care routine?

I find myself obsessed with skin care products right now, so when I need a break, I put on a face mask or try a new lotion. If you find me online shopping, it is probably for face masks, lotion, or candles. I love any scent that has to do with the ocean breeze!

What is your best tip for someone who is trying to take more time for themselves & get in a better routine with their self-care?

Self-care equals self-love. Do something for yourself at least once per day. Life is always go, go, go, so be sure to prioritize time for yourself daily. You are your own advocate, and self-care should not feel like a chore. You decide what self-care means to you and make it fun! If your brain is tired, give yourself a break to eat a piece of candy, watch a 20-minute episode of The Office, water your plants, stretch, or anything else that makes you happy! At the end of the day all you have is the relationship with yourself. Check in with yourself, and adapt to what you need.

CSU Channel Islands provides many resources to support students. Check out the WPE Smart Goals program, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services (SHS), Campus Recreation and the CI Boating Center, and more

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