To reflect on what you are doing for self-care and design a weekly self-care plan.
Self-care is defined as “actions an individual might take in order to reach optimal physical and mental health” (GoodTherapy, 2019). Engaging in activities that you view as self-care should make you feel relaxed, rejuvenated or energized, rather than depleted, depressed, angry, or defeated. Self-care might seem selfish, however several studies show that individuals who engage in practices of self-care are more resilient and better able to cope with everyday challenges. Sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to engage in self-care, even with all of these positive benefits. Therefore, it is especially important to have a self-care plan when we are in the midst of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and renewed interest in dismantling systemic oppression.
- In your own words, what does self-care mean?
- Growing up, how was self-care viewed within your family (did your parents practice self-care or talk to you about self-care)?
- Think of your weekly routine and describe what you do for self-care. If you don’t do anything, please state this.
- What are 2 things you want to start doing for self-care? Explain why you chose these and how you think it will help you achieve optimal physical and/or mental well-being.
- Discuss the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how it might relate to your view on practicing self-care.
- How can you motivate yourself to engage in self-care? Discuss 2-3 ways you will motivate yourself moving forward.
- Comment on a classmates recommendations for #4 above.
To apply the concept of neuroplasticity to your own life.
Please look up the difference between structural and functional neuroplasticity and do the following:
- Define neuroplasticity in your own words.
- Define structural neuroplasticity and provide an example in your own words.
- Define functional neuroplasticity and provide an example in your own words.
- Now, think about the Ted Talk on neurplasticit (Links to an external site.)y you watched in your “Assigned readings and videos”. Please explain how the following terms from the textbook relate to the Ted Talk: neuron, axon, dendrite, neurotransmitter. You must relate these key terms to the concepts in the video. You will not receive credit for just defining the terms.
- WRITING ACTIVITY reflection: Embed a picture of your Writing Activity and describe the differences in your dominant and non-dominant hand-writing. Has either hand improved with each day? How is this activity related to neuroplasticity?
- How does neuroplasticity relate to intelligence theory on fixed and growth mindsets?
- Comment on another students writing activity. Do you see differences in their writing over time?