How To Practice Self-Care

How To Practice Self-Care

Take time for yourself.
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One big thing I've been struggling with this semester is self-care. I've been running around all day and night until I collapse instead of taking time in between things to relax. Between classes, work, homework and clubs, self-care slipped through the cracks. In the interest of getting better at self-care, I compiled a list of easy ways for all of us to practice self-care and improve our busy lives.

1. Listen to music.

This is an easy way to get yourself out of a negative mind set, as long as you're not listening to sad songs. I'm guilty of having a very depressing playlist, but I have a few songs that I know will turn my day around. Have a happy playlist on hand and listen to it when you're getting ready, when you're walking to class, and when you're in the car.

2. Take five.

Instead of rushing from one thing to another, take a five minute break. Scroll through your phone. Watch a YouTube video. Relax. Taking that extra time to decompress before starting something new will help improve your mood and will help you be more productive.

3. Sweat.

Go to the gym. Mark it in your schedule, put your headphones in, and forget about everything for thirty minutes while you sweat out the stress. This one is easier said than done, but you'll feel healthier and happier.

4. Dance.

Last semester, every time I would come back to my room I would put on a song and dance for the duration of it. I'm not a good dancer, but it helped me relax and feel more confident. Those three minutes made the stress fade away and freed my mind to focus on the next step.

5. Sing.

I'm not the best singer, but singing definitely relaxes me. Belting out notes can make you feel confident and can boost your mood. Turn up your Broadway songs, sing along to old music from your childhood, and rap your favorite part of that song you know by heart.

6. Meditate.

Meditation is really good for slowing your heart rate, clearing your mind, and living in the moment. It helps you let go of stress and worry. The only downside to meditation is if you're too tired, then you might just fall asleep.

7. Nap.

College students are notorious for not sleeping enough, so schedule a nap when you can. Remember not to sleep too long or too short or you will end up more tired than before.

Self-care is super important for living a happy, healthy life. If you keep pushing yourself without ever taking a break, you're more prone to break downs. The last thing you need as a busy college student is to end a long day by crying and questioning your life choices.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Take The Time To Pronounce Names Correctly, They Mean A Lot

What's in a name? Plenty.

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Names are often one of the first labels we get. It often makes us who we are and is deeply embedded in our sense of self. It's the word the world knows you as. Many people change their names to make them feel more like themselves. This speaks volumes to the effect a name has on you.

A name is a word like any other, just used to label someone. Like any other word, saying the word properly is important, especially because it is tied so closely to someone's sense of self.

Butchering someone's name consistently is simply unacceptable. Sure some names may be harder to pronounce and may seem unnatural but not trying is not okay. If you can get names like Stravinsky and Chmerkovskiy, a Nandini, Radhika, or Namrata shouldn't be too hard.

For some reason, it often seems like people have a hard time pronouncing names of people of color, which honestly seems a little odd to me considering many caucasian names are just as unconventional.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj recently appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and addressed this issue. He pointed out that no one has an issue with the name Ansel Elgort, but they seem to have an issue with his name. Later, he joked that he goes by the name Timothée Chalamet at Starbucks, which they can handle just fine.

Mistakes are okay. We're all human and you're not expected to get everything correct on the first try. But simply accepting that you can't say it and not making an effort is disrespectful.

You don't need to say the name in the accent of the culture it's from. Say it in your accent but like any other word, keep the same number of syllables and put an emphasis on the correct vowels. Eventually, getting it will expand your horizons just a little bit more. Either way, trying is better than not trying.

That being said, to the people that need to correct others' pronunciation on their name, do it. If you don't tell people how to pronounce it, you can't expect them to get it properly. Many of us introduce ourselves with a name that isn't truly ours; it's a version that accommodates others.

Remember though, there is no shame in your beautiful, unique name so there is no need to anglicize it. Your parents didn't give you that name for it to fit better in other people's mouths.

Our names make up a large part of our basic identity and getting it right is beneficial for everyone.

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