Self-Care Strategies Part II: Being Kind to Myself

Self-Care Strategies Part II: Being Kind to Myself

By: Rumneek Johal | Active Bystander Network
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The Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office’s Active Bystander Network volunteers to tell us what they do to ensure their self-care is well maintained. Crucial for your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, self-care is the constant repetition of mostly small acts and habits that keep you functioning as a whole, healthy human. Here is how Rumneek is going to be practicing self-care through the holidays.


I am Type A through and through, meaning I am a perfectionist and am often very hard on myself in the process. This means academia can be very taxing, both emotionally and physically. Lately I am remembering the importance of being kind to myself, and am enjoying the positive way kind self-care act impact my mental health, and ultimately the school work I submit. This means:

  • taking breaks to clear my mind
  • binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy and The Office
  • learning how to schedule in time for self-care, and never letting it, or myself, fall through the cracks

An important part of my self-care involves forgiving myself for my mistakes, and acknowledging I am still learning.

We’d love to know what you’re doing to take care of yourself during the holidays! Let us know in the comments. Happy holidays everyone!

For coordinated sexual violence support, contact the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office at sv-support@sfu.ca or call us at 778-782-7233


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Posted on December 15, 2017