Self Care

Changing Weather, Changing Moods

I’ve always struggled with the changing weather and lack of sunlight brought on by the fall season. As the months move from September to October to November, I find myself staying indoors and in my bed. The times I do leave my room, I am persistent on only wearing black leggings and baggy sweatshirts to…

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Alex’s Something of the Week [2]

[This post is part of Alex’s Something Series. Click here to read Week 1’s post.]   It’s that time again– time for a Mental Health party! Here’s how I prepare for such a hallowed celebration: Identify a thought (in which I take stock of what feeling/thought has stuck with me recently, and what prompted it…

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Consuming the News with Mental Health in Mind

Upon finishing the prolific and frankly disturbing HBO series, “Years and Years,” I could not stop thinking about politics and the news and pop culture and international relations. What is my role in all of this; do I have a role in this?   A synopsis of the show reads: The six-part series follows the British…

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Say Yes to Rest and Play

Author and researcher Brené Brown says, “It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” It’s midterms season and I find myself having to read this quote over and over each day as a reminder to put my health first. Although Oxy isn’t…

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Alex’s Something of the Week [1]

Exciting times: this blog post marks the first in a series of very random things that made me feel…something this week. I say something because not every week is a happy one, nor is every week a sad one. Nor an exciting, boring, thrilling, upsetting, or insert-adjective-here one. This periodic series will aim to recognize…

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Our Tiny Planet

Caring for the world around me can be difficult when I struggle to care for myself. How can I put energy towards combating climate change or separating plastics from trash, when I already face so much difficulty in maintaining a proper meal plan and even waking myself for class? But Earth Day is so much…

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Spring Stress Less Tips

It is not just the stress of exams and finals, but the endless possibilities that can result from my performance, causing overwhelming stress to take over my mind and body. While exhilarating and motivating, these uncertainties can translate poorly to one’s mental health, which is why self care is so important to recognize and maintain…

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Survivors and the Long Road to Recovery

The recent losses of Parkland and Sandy Hook massacre survivors remind us that the long road to recovery requires a strong support system and community connectedness in order to survive the mental injuries of tragedy and loss. Our hearts and prayers are with these victims and their families today and always, but, that’s not enough….

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5 Ways to Bounce Back from Failing an Exam

Everyone takes tests. Exams constitute an appreciable proportion of education, and trail professionals like physicians and accountants throughout their careers. A single test can make the difference in preserving an opportunity and jeopardizing a future. Ideally, we’d ace every exam, but that’s just not the reality — sometimes we fail. Here are some tips to keep…

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SMU Active Minds: Faces of Mental Health

Summer Moss, who brought an Active Minds chapter to her campus at Samuel Merritt University, shares insight on the ‘Faces of Mental Health’ video series produced at SMU this year.  What inspired you all to produce this video series? In January we had a workshop around Self Care for the Healthcare Professional featuring the…

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