Self Care

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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Self-Care: What Is It and How Do I Do It? Making Self-Care Personal and Intentional

Throughout the past year and a half, self-care has been a topic of discussion everywhere: from social media to college campuses to major media outlets. The pandemic has forced us to slow down, and during that time, many have discovered how beneficial daily acts of self-care can be. Now that many are transitioning to returning…

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Seeking Mental Health Services for the First Time: What You REALLY Need to Know

As the pandemic continues, a recent report from the Healthy Minds Network found that half of students screened positive for depression and/or anxiety in Fall 2020. Many with pre-existing mental health challenges may be experiencing exacerbated symptoms, while others may be struggling with maintaining positive emotional wellbeing for the first time. If so, they may…

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Give Yourself Love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, you either love it or hate it. Some people use the day to shower their partners with candy and stuffed animals that will inevitably get thrown away or shoved in the backs of closets, while others wait for the sweet, sweet joy of February 15th’s discounted chocolate aisle. No matter how you feel…

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Ways to Overcome Stress During Finals

It can be hard to study when a cat paces back and forth across your keyboard asking for attention, or when your dog literally takes a bite out of your homework because it fell off a cluttered desk onto the floor. The stress of final exams is real. What was once clear organization and spurts…

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Self-care in a New Normal

Self-care looks different for everyone. Some find inner peace by practicing mindfulness, and others enjoy writing their thoughts and feelings in a journal. Regardless of your self-care regimen, we can all agree that the pandemic has changed the way we take care of ourselves. Prior to the pandemic, I would enjoy going out to new…

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Supporting Black Men’s Mental Health

This June, in honor of Men’s Mental Health Month, we recognize the importance of Black men’s mental health. That’s because Black Americans are half as likely as their White counterparts to receive the treatment that they need for mental health disorders, as systemic barriers to access and cultural stigma lock them out of the resources…

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Young Adults Speaking Out About Mental Health Through COVID-19

This past weekend a panel of four young adults convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what they are hearing among their peers. Organized by We Rise, a Los Angeles-based mental health advocacy organization, this event was intended to elevate the voices and perspectives of young adults as…

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