Did you realize you need academic self-care routines? You don’t have to commit to earning a degree, but you DO need to take care of your academic self (and we all have one).
Do You REALLY Need Academic Self-Care Routines?
My first visit to the dentist stands out with perfect clarity for two reasons. At fourteen, I’d never been to a dentist before. My mom made an appointment for me to visit my dad’s cousin’s dental office, and I entered with trepidation. I lay back in the strange chair and the hygenist started working on my teeth. Right when I thought my mouth would overflow with saliva, she put the suction implement in and then left the room. I had no idea what to do. Did I bite it? Should I remove it? Would it eventually suck my insides out if it took the hygenist half an hour to come back?
I looked frantically around the room for direction, and my eyes skidded to a stop on a poster hanging close to the ceiling. My eyes took it in with horrified fascination. The poster displayed a huge mouth with a few, stubby, rotten teeth. The bold letters underneath proclaimed, “You Don’t Have to Floss All Your Teeth: Just the Ones You Want to Keep!”
I don’t think I’d ever flossed my teeth before that day. I’ve rarely missed a day since. Just when I started to really panic (it felt like hours), the hygenist returned and continued cleaning my teeth. Of the two events, the concept of losing what you don’t take care of stuck with me the longest.
If you don’t use your brain, it will shrink. Have you failed to set and accomplish academic self-care goals once you finished formal schooling? It’s never too late to create new academic self-care routines (or improve old ones). My grandpa only had a 10th-grade education, but he read Popular Mechanics most of his life and did cool things. He even built a telescope! His academic self-routine consisted of religiously reading each new issue of the magazine, and keeping his mind open to curiosity.
Listen to today’s podcast and discover why having academic self-care routines will benefit you. No matter what your age.
Research on why we need to keep using our brains.
Take classes on Coursera.
Enroll in Business Made Simple University
Check out DIYMFA if you’re interested in creative writing.
Pick up a new hobby or sport (birdwatching is both) and learn as you go along.
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Next week I’ll share ideas for improving your artistic self-care routines AND listeners will have an opportunity to enter to win a new set of Apple AirPod Pros to celebrate the 100th episode of Self-Care Hacks!Want to improve your academic self-care routines? This episode of Self-Care Hacks will guide you through the process. #selfcarehacks #selfcare #goals Click To Tweet
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