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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Waterloo chapter.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly had times in university where caring for myself wasn’t my first priority. I’ve put together a list of small things that can be easily included on your to-do list to help you feel more self-love. 


Your body needs water to carry out the most basic functions, but we sometimes seem to neglect that! Make yourself a nice cold water bottle and you can even add some fun fruits to spice it up! 

Move your body

It’s easy sometimes to put physical activity on the back burner when life is throwing hectic days and crowded schedules at us. It’s so important to show your body that you cherish it by practicing the gift of movement. Even stretching, walking, or dancing while making dinner is a great way to get some activity into your day. 


Taking a few minutes out of your day to check in with your body and mind can be such a relaxing thing to check off your to-do list. It’s a good way to address any unnoticed feelings and release any tension you may be holding in your body. You can do this at night to reflect on the day, in the morning to equip a relaxed mindset, or as an afternoon break to give yourself a boost for the rest of the day. 


Something as simple as showering can make you feel so much better. Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the shower to make it feel more relaxing! If you prefer baths, adding a bath bomb is a super fun way to unwind at the end of the day. 

Make yourself nutritious food

I always feel so energized and nourished after making myself food that is packed with micronutrients! Listen to your body and find out what nutritious meals make you feel cared for. My personal favorite is a mango, strawberry, and peach smoothie with Greek yogurt!

 Reach out to a friend or family member

In times where socialization is sometimes neglected, communicating with those that you love can be a great way to boost your spirits. I love having games nights with friends over Zoom or calling someone to chat about life. 

Clean your space

Cleaning up helps to clear your mind and gives you the feeling that you have accomplished something in your day. Even things as simple as making your bed or sanitizing your sink might make you feel a whole lot better!

I hope this list has given you some ideas of how you can care for yourself this semester. Remember, self care is not always spending money on expensive things or having a spa day. Small, everyday tasks can be forms of self care even if you may not realize it!

Hey there! I’m Meagan and I’m in my second year as an Honours Kinesiology student. You can catch me spending my free time reading, being outdoors, and thinking of fun new recipes to make!
Hey - I'm Vanessa Geitz, a fourth-year Public Health student at the University of Waterloo. I am currently the President and Campus Correspondent for HC Waterloo and love writing articles! Also a big fan of the Bachelor, BBT, and books.