Self Care

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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My Panic Attack Playlist

When my heart begins to race and my thoughts run cloudy with irrational and targeted thoughts, I often find myself reaching for my phone, for my music, for the songs I grouped into a category boldly labeled panic attack playlist. There are endless songs that can help one get through a panic attack, but when…

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The Missing Piece in Addressing the Student Sleep Deprivation Epidemic

This piece was originally published as part of Thrive Global’s ‘Thrive On Campus‘ section on November 9, 2018. Click here to view the original publication. “Opportunity Cost,” reads the bright red letters displayed across the PowerPoint slide my macroeconomics teacher pulls up on the projector screen. Quickly glancing at the slide, and then back at her class…

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Meet Sprinkles: Jenny’s Emotional Support Animal

The idea of having an animal living with you at school excites many students, because who wouldn’t want to have a pet at college? But my rabbit is not just my pet at school. He is my emotional support animal. Some may say that I’m just bringing my pet to school but I disagree. I…

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Coping Skills Workshop @ Stockton University

Coping Skills Workshop for Suicide Prevention Awareness and Disordered Eating Awareness and Prevention. A workshop to learn 5 new positive coping skills in 1 hour. What was your budget for this activity? This event did not cost our chapter any money because we used supplies we already had, such as crayons and online coloring pages,…

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Tips To Help When The Mind Takes Over

So many of us have had a panic or anxiety attack and I feel like there is a lot of closet panic/anxiety,  so here are some tips, from me to you, for when the mind takes over: Anxiety manifests physically and the body goes into fight or flight mode. We begin to hunch over to protect our…

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