Self Care

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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You’re More Than Your Grades: Tips for Staying Well During Finals Season

It’s that time of year again. A time when college students across the country are camped out in libraries, surrounded by stacks of flashcards, empty coffee cups, and months worth of notes, otherwise known as finals season.  I’m right there too – over the next week or so, I have three finals, a four-thousand-word essay,…

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Practicing Self-Love this Valentine’s Day

When it comes to love, it’s easy to only focus on our current relationship status, especially today. However, it’s important to remember that all forms of love in our life (platonic love, familial love, and of course, self-love) have a place on Valentine’s Day. That’s why I want to encourage you to put yourself first…

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What Does Mental Wellness Really Mean? (And How Do I Achieve It?)

With the start of January comes many new things for people: a new year, new resolutions, and new memories. In my case, what came was a new ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). I tore my right knee ACL during the fall semester, practicing taekwondo, and oh boy — having knee surgery during winter break changed the…

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