Self Care

Strategies for Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder

I am a loud and self-proclaimed lover of summer. I love everything about the season: how ice cream melts faster than you can eat it, the beach and the smell of salt water, and blockbusters out every other week at the movie theater. But the thing I love most about summertime is the long, extended…

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Happier Holidays: Tips to De-Stress and Enjoy Your Break

For many, the holiday season brings cheer and excitement; however, it’s not uncommon for it to also be a difficult time. The holidays can be particularly hard for those struggling with mental health. Your routine may be disrupted, some of the coping mechanisms or support networks you’ve built at school or in your own home…

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You’re a Human Being, Not a Human Studying: Five Self-Care Tips for Finals Week

Finals season is upon us. It’s an especially stressful time of year for students as we navigate through exams and papers to the end of the semester. As a senior in college, I know what it’s like to struggle to stay above water during finals, COVID-19 and all. Over the years, I’ve learned to put…

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How to Prioritize Self-Care During the School Year

A new school year marks a new beginning, filled with determination, optimism, and, unfortunately, sometimes nervousness, dread, or feelings of overwhelm. It’s not uncommon when things start to feel difficult for students to forgo their self-care for academic achievement. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. As we start a new semester, I instead…

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Our Top School Mental Health Tips By Students, For Students

Active Minds is adding mental health to the list of things to check off your back-to-school list. To help, our two “Mental Health Prep” YouTube lives shared tips for managing your mental health at school, with a focus on anxiety, depression, and self-care. During our first live panel, Active Mind’s senior manager of K-12 student…

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Five Sunday Scaries Tips to Protect Your Mental Health

From Monday to Friday, it’s easy for our minds to be consumed by work, school, and related obligations. While going through the motions during these five weekdays, we often have the freedom and excitement that the weekend brings in the back of our minds. How will I enjoy my weekend? Who will I spend time…

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These Five Tips Helped Me to Prioritize Self-Care this Summer as a Mom and Student

This summer, I’m making myself a priority, and that starts for me through self-care.  Despite how necessary I know it is to take care of myself mentally, physically, and emotionally, it’s not always easy. Self-care as a mom of three and a full-time college student with two part-time jobs can be a bit daunting. I’m…

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Mindful Consumption of Social Media Can Support Our Mental Health

During times of crisis, whether they be personal or what feels like entirely out of my control, I often find myself turning to social media. It allows me to connect with others, validate my feelings, and find ways to take action from wherever I am. However, it’s important to strike a balance – too much…

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Protecting Your Mental Health Following the Recent Supreme Court Rulings

Doomscrolling: the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there was likely at least one time you recognized yourself getting deeper and deeper into scary or upsetting news, but were unable to pull yourself away. That makes sense –…

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Everyone’s Mental Health Journey is Different – Mine Started Through Music

Tell me what five albums you’d take with you on a deserted island and I’ll know everything about you. I’m not talking about knowing you in the easy stereotyped way as in “Taylor Swift fans are like this,” and “Pink Floyd fans act like that.” But I’ll understand you in a deep, emotional, and authentic…

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