Self-Care Ideas For Students In Lockdown

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So, you’re stuck in lockdown? We understand how tough this time can be, and it’s super important for students to practice self-care for their own wellbeing.

Self-care can be anything from a nice hot bubbly bath, to an online shopping session, there’s no right or wrong with practicing self-care.

Luckily, when staying in our luxurious student accommodation, you’re bound to be comfortable and cosy in no time, so that’s one ticked off the list.

We’ve gathered a list of 15 self-care ideas for students to practice and treat themselves!

Get ready to feel relaxed and take some deep breaths, lets get started.

1. Bake Something

baking muffins for self care

Baking can be super therapeutic, and you end up with something delicious at the end of it too!

Sometimes the idea of baking something can be a little daunting, but there are actually some really easy recipes online students can follow.

Whether it’s an indulgent chocolate fudge cake you fancy, or a yummy blueberry muffin, you’ll only need a few key ingredients for simple baking.

Don’t forget, apps like Deliveroo UberEats and Deliveroo offer an essentials service with delivery from local corner shops, perfect if you’ve ran out of baking ingredients.

2. Listen To Your Favourite Music

self care is listening to your favourite music

Did you know? Listening to your favourite song/artist can seriously boost your mood, a definite quick fix for self-care.

Stick your headphones on, blast out some music and enjoy yourself.

Psst…if you head over to Spotify you can even get student discount, winner!

3. Get Organised

organise in a notebook

Getting organised is a quick and easy self-care option, bound to make you feel better in an instant.

Even if it’s just organising an online food shop, or writing a to-do list for your studies, organisation can make you feel tons better.

We get that it’s hard sometimes to truly focus, especially when you’re a student in lockdown, but trust us, if you have some kind of structure, even if it’s something small, you’re bound to feel great.

4. Take A Nap

taking a nap is a form of self care

Taking a nice cosy nap in your comfy student accommodation is guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and calm.

Just try not to make a habit of it, you don’t want to nap so much that you can’t sleep in the evening!

5. Mindfulness Meditation

self care through mindfulness meditation

It can be very easy to rush through life without actually noticing your thoughts, that’s why mindfulness mediation is so important.

If you’ve never tried it, now more than ever would be a fabulous time too.

When we become more aware of what’s happening to our bodies and minds in the present moment, we can experience things afresh and address any issues we may be facing.

You need to remind yourself to notice your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations and the world around you.

Sound a little confusing? Don’t worry! There are plenty of useful resources online and apps such as Headspace and Calm to get you started.

6. Take A Bubble Bath

self care bubble bath

Bubble baths are just the definition of relaxation, so get your favourite smelling bubble bath and take a few deep breaths.

It might be a good idea to read a book in the bath too, that’ll really pass some time!

Why not treat yourself to a Lush bath bomb? They do contact-free delivery, and it’ll make your bath feel super indulgent.

7. Do Some Yoga

yoga for self care

There are so many physical benefits of yoga including increased flexibility, improved posture and even increased self-esteem.

With so many different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Lyengar and Sivananda, it’s important to choose which one works best for you.

There are plenty of tutorials for beginners available on YouTube if you’ve never tried yoga before, perfect to practice in your luxury student accommodation.

8. Call Your Friends/Family

self care for students is to call family

Having a videocall with your friends/family is a great way of putting a smile on your face!

Students in lockdown can really struggle with loneliness, which is why it’s so important to keep communicating with people.

Of course, videocalls/phone calls are never as good as the real thing, but we need to make the most of the resources we have.

Why not set up a Zoom quiz with your family or friends for a bit of entertainment?

9. Cook Yourself Something Delicious

self care for students is cooking something delicious

There’s nothing better than cooking yourself a delicious meal to make you feel good!

Make use of high-quality kitchens in our luxury accommodation and treat yourself to some scrumptious food.

10. Get An Early Night/ Lie In

get an early night is self care for students

Get ready to feel relaxed and recharged after an early night/lie in, because there’s no better time to catch up on sleep than in lockdown right?

Making sure you feel refreshed and well rested is the best way of boosting productivity.

Grab yourself a hot chocolate, watch a film and get an early night, or have a nice lie in, whatever you’d prefer!

11. Social Media Cleanse

phone with social media icons

Social media can be fun and all, but sometimes it’s actually really beneficial for your mental health to take a cleanse.

This basically involves distancing yourself from social media platforms, even if it’s just for a short while.

It’s very easy to compare yourself to others, especially with apps like Instagram and Facebook, so why not take a break from it for a week or so?

The concept may sound a little daunting at first, but it could really help you focus on yourself and your own thoughts and feelings, as opposed to concentrating on everyone else.

12. Watch Your Favourite Show

watching netlix on tv is student self care

Relax into your comfy bed and enjoy your favourite television show, because sometimes there’s nothing better than a Netflix binge.

Watching your favourite show can really take your mind off things for a few hours, great for those students stuck in lockdown.

If you feel like watching a movie, take a look at our blog for Netflix recommendations here!

13. Buy Yourself Something Nice

student online shopping

Treating yourself to a spot of online shopping is a great self-care idea for students in lockdown, and can really make you feel good!

Even if you just purchase yourself something small, waiting for that all important delivery is a fabulous feeling.

Perhaps you want to add some pizzazz to your winter wardrobe, or want to buy yourself some pamper products?

Remember: It’s Black Friday at the end of the month, so it’s definitely worth checking out any deals that may save you some money.

14. Write In Your Journal

write in a journal as a form of self care for students in lockdown

Ever thought to simply write down your thoughts to understand them more clearly?

Journaling is a fabulous self-care idea, it helps you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health generally.

They’re a great tool for setting and achieving goals and can relieve stress really quickly and effectively.

Give yourself time to reflect once writing, and make sure you keep your journal private!

Paperchase have some brilliant journals from those who like a pop of colour to something more simple.

15. Stay Hydrated

students in lockdown should stay hydrated

When you think about self-care ideas, you usually consider lighting candles, pampering with a facemask or taking a hot shower.

But, did you know that keeping hydrated is one of the most important factors of self-care, and is often overlooked?

Water is involved in psychological functions and chemical reactions in the body, such as brain function, digestion, and transportation of nutrients.

Experts recommend 2 litres of water a day to keep yourself nice and hydrated, so make sure you remember to drink plenty of water!

We hope you can put these self-care ideas into practice and relax as much as possible during these unprecedented times. If you or a friend is struggling with lockdown, there are some fantastic resources available such as Student Minds and Student Space, who offer plenty of support.