Self-Care Space

What is Self-Care?

At the end of a long day or a stressful week, we all need a little time for ourselves. That is when the importance of self-care comes into play. Self-care is simply doing something that benefits YOU and helps you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, whether that be your physical, mental, or emotional health. As self-care focuses on you as an individual, not everyone’s self-care is going to look the exact same. Self-care can actually take numerous forms, ranging anywhere from getting enough sleep at night to going outside for a walk. It also doesn’t have to be expensive or take up your entire day, as it can simply be taking a moment to breathe. There is truly an endless amount of possibilities. 

There are multiple types of self care.Michigan tech uses a model that has 4 types called Be Well, but there are models with more and ones with less..

Connect well encompasses activities where you create and strengthen relationships and support networks. Activities to fill this cup include:

  • Going out for a meal with friends
  • Calling friends and family
  • Going on a date
  • Being a part of a student organization
  • Partner dancing
  • Going to the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-Being found below
  • Going to a therapist
  • Making plans with friends or family

Recharge Well includes activities where you rest and reflect. Some ideas include:

  • Journaling
  • Going to a therapist
  • Listening to music
  • Listening to podcast
  • Talking with a friend or family member
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Going to a place of worship
  • Self-reflection

Live Well is what you can do to shape your life the way you want and nurture your brain. This may include:

  • Listening to podcasts
  • Taking a look at the local history
  • Budgeting
  • Food Preparation
  • Learning
  • Volunteering
  • Being a part of a student organization
  • Activism
  • Volunteering

Play Well are things you can do that encourage you to physically take care of yourself. Consider participating in activities like:

  • Walking
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Going to the gym
  • Drinking water
  • Yoga
  • Dancing
  • Food Preparation

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many of these activities are intertwined with one another. You may have to take part in multiple facets of self-care to feel regulated and balanced. If your are having trouble thinking of activities to implement into your life, check out these on-campus events and apps:

On-campus self-care events:

Self-Care Apps:


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All day and night inner wellness

  • Guided meditations
  • Soothing music and sounds
  • Breathing exercises


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Focus on mindfulness through meditation

  • Meditation practice
  • Sleep stories
  • Music for relaxation and sleep
  • Masterclasses


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Emotional well-being for black, indigenous, women of color

  • Guided Imagining and meditations
  • Breath work
  • Coaching talks
  • Affirmations


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Guide to simple meditations

  • Sleep stories and sounds
  • Guided meditations
  • Mindful workouts


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Cognitive training games to improve memory, attention, and more

  • Brain games and puzzles
  • Progress tracker
  • Supportive feedback

MindDoc: Depression & Anxiety

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Monitor and self-manage your mental health

  • Reflection of thoughts and emotions
  • Mood tracker
  • Helpful guidance
  • Psychological exercises

My Possible Self

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Mental health and well-being assistance

  • Mood tracker
  • Self-help learning modules
  • Better understand yourself

Sanvello: Anxiety & Depression

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Support for stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Guided journeys
  • Self-care toolkit
  • Therapy and coaching
  • Judgement-free community


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Concentration on sleep and relaxation

  • Focus timer
  • Journaling and quotes
  • Nature sounds for sleep
  • Guided breathing


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Daily journaling prompts and voice journal

  • Guided questions
  • Mood check-ins
  • Voice journaling