Self-Care That's Good for the Soul

Well, ladies, it’s that time of year. The leaves change, the weather cools, and snow returns. Yes, sweater season is upon us. But with sweaters, comes midterms. And with midterms, comes stress. So whether you or someone you know is suffering from the Midterm Blues, here are some activities that are sure to cheer the soul.

  1. 1. Color some curse words

    It’s been proven that coloring can calm the mind, clear your head, and cure your ails. Actually I don’t really know about that last one. But, for real, grab some crayons and your favorite coloring book. You won’t regret it.

  2. 2. Take it out on an inanimate object

    Don’t let this photo be you. Stress balls have some seriously superb therapeutic powers. As do Dammit Dolls. And cheap plates from Target (if you really need to break something). 

  3. 3. Take a Walk

    I know you’re thinking, “It’s Boston, I walk everywhere.” And you’re not wrong. But do you ever just walk? Without having anywhere to go? A purpose? A destination? Take a walk just for the fun of walking, it’ll calm your mind.

  4. 4. Get your yoga on

    Registration is just around the corner and if you haven’t taken a Yoga PDP yet, now is the time. If that doesn’t work with your schedule, but you really need some zen? Marsh Chapel is currently offering a class for students on Thursdays!

  5. 5. Facemask it up

    Happy skin, happy life. Or something like that. But honestly, try this if you haven't already. It’s necessary. 

  6. 6. Substitute your daily cup of caffeine

    As a self-proclaimed coffee-addict, I understand how unappealing this may seem. But caffeine has been shown to heighten stress and anxiety. So if you are just really feeling overwhelmed, try substituting your daily cup of joe with tea! Or, my personal favorite, kombucha!

  7. 7. Sleep on it

    Girl. Get. Some. Sleep. You need it.

  8. 8.  Dance it out

    If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, this should make some sense to you. Dance it out! Turn that pity party into a dance party. It’s so much healthier, so much happier, so much  Invite your friends! Let them be the Cristina to your Meredith.

  9. 9. Visit FitRec

    This can be hard. You’re busy with life, school, and that new internship. But once you go, you know you’ll feel better.

  10. 10. Sing some songs

    Lizzo wants to help you — let her! Truth hurts sometimes. But it can hurt so much less if you just let yourself sing it.

  11. 11. Crack open a book

    Reading can feel like such a chore sometimes. And I know that reading for school kinda takes the fun out of it. But you’ve gotta turn that thought around! Visit Coolidge Corner and browse. You’re sure to find something that can take you from here, even if it’s only between the pages. 

  12. 12. Buy a planner

    Organization is the key to success. If you do not have a planner, you need one. Urgently. If you are ~artsy~ try bullet journaling! If you are not, just get some stickers! You’ll feel so much better.

  13. 13. Dress to the NINES

    There’s just something really satisfying about getting dressed up for no one but yourself. So, girl, put on your mascara, those sparkly clothes, and strut down those dorm halls!

  14. 14. Dress to the ONES

    You can wear whatever you want. And, some days, sweats are all that’s gonna do it. Do that for yourself. You just need to do you. 

As the term continues, it’s important to remember that you can’t really thrive, if you’re not alright — mentally, emotionally, and physically. Take care of yourself. If you need help, ask for it. We care about you. 


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