5 Simple Self-Care Things I Should Have Started Doing Years Ago

5 Simple Self-Care Things I Should Have Started Doing Years Ago

It really is just that easy.


As I've made aggressively clear to everyone in the entire world, I am going abroad this semester. I've been planning to go abroad ever since I was a little girl which is truly when I could have become a child musical prodigy or begun plans for world domination. But instead, I dreamed of being a Lizzie McGuire in genuinely every single city not in America.

While I've been planning to go abroad for a long time, I did not plan to be at home for three weeks longer than everyone else I know. What I mean to say is: I've had a lot of a free time, and a lot of free time to spend by myself. So what have I done with this predicament? Well, I've begun all these different self-care practices, of course!!

Mind you all, I'm notoriously in love with myself so Emily Practicing Self-Care is not breaking news. But guys: I didn't realize how easy it could be! I thought self-care time had to be set aside and planned, but I've managed to find ways to incorporate it into my life without making a big fuss.

Use lotion every single day

This sounds so unflinchingly simple but even though I've always had body lotion around, it was not until this summer that I realized how important it was to do regularly… but also how much my super duper dry skin really needed it. It's also (and not to get too mushy) a really great way to get in touch with your body. It's a mostly soothing act until you realize your arms are too short to reach the dry patches on your shoulders and get a little droopy before you remember how good you smell now.

Do a once-in-a-blue-moon deep condition

Last Thursday was the first big night out for Emory students and rather than festering in FOMO, I decided to do a full self-care night, beginning with a nice deep condition. I have very thin hair that gets weighed down if I condition too much (TMI maybe but every hair type is unique so I'm just sharing my personal experience), but since I've been working out every day (not bragging) and sweating and washing it frequently, I've tried to strike a balance so that my hair is not over washed but not overly greasy either. With that, I've cut down on my conditioner amount so that my hair stays light an jubilant.

That said, nothing (nothing) compares to a deep condition. I feel like Kim Kardashian whenever she does the wet hair look, with everything slicked back and perfectly straight (which stands in a stark comparison to my usual shower look, Emma Stone singing "Pocketful of Sunshine" in "Easy A"). When I walk out of a Deep Condition Shower, my hair glistens like the sunrise on any of the seven oceans. And I feel unstoppable, like a sunrise on any ocean or Kim Kardashian on any day of the week.

Forcing yourself to work out

There, I said it! Sue me!!

I started working out max three times a week this summer and I've worked my way up to going every day. I thought I would hate my boujee butt for being a fitness fanatic but my goodness, I LOVE the way my boujee butt looks after all of this exercise. More importantly, I plan most of my workouts in the morning which promotes this sense of obligation to get up and not waste money on a class. So now:

-I'm awake earlier

-I'm working out more

-and I'm genuinely feeling pretty dang good!

Love your butt!!! Love yourself!!!

Designate time in your day for a Netflix Binge

This may be the most basic college thing I've ever said but riddle me this: do you ever walk away from a Netflix binge angry?

I rest my case.

Treat yourself in small ways, whenever

When I was younger, I would go to our local bookstore and buy a book whenever I was upset and wanted to feel better instantly. I didn't realize until the past year or so that I, for one thing, didn't need to spend money to feel better, or that I only need to do things for myself when I was sad.

While I still enjoy a Barnes & Noble haul just as much as the next girl, I also often enjoy not leaving my house to interact with others. I can get the same sense of self-soothing comfort and temporary spiritual enlightenment by drinking a can of Diet Coke or reading on the couch while petting my sleeping puppy.

You do you! That's what self-care is all about.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.


Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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