Nick Nugent from the Counseling Office (Emily Seppelt Photo)


The Mirror reporter

It is no lie that high school can occupy most of a student’s time. Whether it be homework, after-school activities, or work, a student’s time is very limited. However, in all that chaos, students often forget the most important thing: self-care.

Self-care is about knowing and understanding your needs and simply taking those needed steps to meet them. In other words, it means to take a break.

It is crucial for a healthy mind and a healthy life. Not only that, but it has been said that self-care helps the individual cope better with everyday stressors and helps them be better at caring for others. Self-care can help prevent stress, help with relaxation and increase self-love.

“I believe self-care should be performed daily,” said Nick Nugent, a SPASH counselor. He suggested students, “Spend time by yourself. Allowing alone time will re-center yourself. You could go for a walk, watch a movie, or simply sit in silence outside. By doing that, you will pay attention to your thoughts and most importantly, your needs.”

“I think self-care is the most important thing you can learn,” said Kathy Graham, SPASH school nurse.

Self-care should not have to be a chore. It is crucial to build time in your day for it. “Self-care should be activities that you find joyful and free,” said Nugent.

Signs of neglecting self-care include anxiety, not getting enough sleep and spreading yourself too thin.

Several students said they don’t have time after school because of various reasons. After school activities and/or work, it eats up a majority of their time. Nugent proposed, “If you don’t have time, make time. Eliminate something from your life.”