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Living during a global pandemic, starting a new semester of college, and adjusting to the new standards of living in our everyday lives is incredibly stressful to our physical, emotional, and mental health. To anybody reading this, I advise you to truly take time to take care of yourself.  

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These are all stressful situations that we, especially college women, are facing. By now, we have all seen the ‘self care’ trend circling social media and its importance. But really, you should really take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be super elaborate where you sit in a bubble bath while reading and drinking a glass of wine (but, if this is what you like to do, then go for it!). Taking care of yourself can be taking an extra five minutes in the shower, or even taking a shower at the end of a long day to relax. 

Taking care of yourself can be implementing more fruits and veggies into your diet to give you more energy and make you feel better, but it can also be eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream while watching a good movie with the people you live with (I am lucky enough to live with some of my college best friends!). Taking care of yourself can be waking up early and working out by going for a walk or a run. On the other hand, it can also be allowing yourself to sleep longer because you know your body needs the extra rest in order to feel rejuvenated. 

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The act of self-care depends on you as an individual and requires you to know what your body and mind need in order to feel relaxed. Take the time to know what relaxes you! I hope this article was a helpful reminder to take care of yourself. We are all living through an unprecedented time and could all use a little time to take care of ourselves. 

My name is Cassidy! I am a senior at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. I am a double major in political science and French. I absolutely adore politics, photography, and cats.
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