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Gwen Cuccia, a third-year Delta Gamma, shares all about self-care as we all push through the craziness of the fall semester.

This Fall we are taking care of ourselves ladies! Here are some tips on how you can do just that:

  • First up, say no to things you don’t want to do.

    • If you don’t want to go and hang out with a ton of people tonight, you don’t actually have to. You can truly just stay in and watch HSM3 on repeat under a heated blanket. Trust yourself and honor what you need.

  • Next up is so important - listen to your body.

    • If your body is saying go get cookout at midnight, go get cookout. If you haven’t had any fiber in two weeks and you feel like you need some veggies, go for it. If your back hurts or you haven’t slept in 2 days, maybe skip the run and do some gentle stretches. If you are bouncing off the walls and have a ton of energy, go on a walk with your pals and people watch on Milledge. Have fun with it!

  • Surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you for you!

  • Stop comparing yourself to girls on Instagram, strangers, your friends, your siblings, a character in a tv show, or even your past self.

    • Other people compare themselves to you, just as much as your compare yourself to them and know that you are amazing as you are in this moment!

  • Prioritize the things that matter to you, not to other people.

    • It’s not worth it to waste your time doing things you don’t enjoy or care about. It’s so important to make yourself happy and prioritize your needs!

Honorable Mentions for Favorite Fall Self Care Ideas:

  • Go to Trader Joe’s

  • Cry it out - sometimes all you really need is a good cry, and that’s more than okay!

  • Buy a plant and bring nature inside!

  • Vacuum your room, change your sheets, wash your towels and start on a clean, fresh slate!

  • Delete apps you don’t use on your phone, and clear your inbox of 200+ unread emails. It feels so good to just be refreshed.

  • Write down a list of all the things that are stressing you out, followed by a list of everything you are grateful for. For a very fun group activity, and afterward, you can tear up the stress list and put the gratitude list on the fridge or wall.

If you are struggling with your mental health, visit the University Health Center Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) website or talk to a friend or adult you trust if you need help finding help. You are loved and supported and we are all in this together!

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