Caring to create calm

Kayla Gornall

With finals coming up, stress is at an all-time high. Students have Quizlets to make, Quizlets to find, study guides to fill out, old notes to decipher and more. Anxiety about finals is normal, but many times, it takes a toll on one’s mental health.

Marian girls believe they thrive with stress. In small doses, it can even be helpful in providing motivation for the day. However, stress can also derive from family and social life and can be build to be overwhelming. According to BBC’s article from 2013, “What is stress?,” an individual is most likely to experience psychological issues when stress is excessive. This results in changes in mood; people often experience distrust, anxiety, and anger.

People have different ways to deal with stress because each person has a different personality. Junior Bella Syslo has a self-care routine which involves several personal pampering activities such as face masks and manicures. She also uses the early afternoon to do her homework to have time to relax in the evening.

“I make an effort to do something for myself nearly every day because I think it’s so important to make sure you put yourself and your mind first, before all stress or anxiety you can encounter during the week!” Syslo said.

Self-care is taking time to step back from everyday life and think about what the body needs mentally and physically. It is a time where an individual does as he/she pleases and can be expressed in various ways. Some may choose to do a face mask, yoga, take a bubble bath, read a book, browse on pinterest or journal. It does not need to be extravagant. “It’s just taking a moment to do something that makes you happy,” Syslo said.

While some people take self-care as a physical practice, others view it as an internal practice. Senior Elizabeth Joka tries to make self-care continuous to create a less stressful life. “For me, self-care is not just doing a face mask. It’s more of a mental health exercise,” Joka said.

Because this practice provides relaxation and a calmer mental state, self-care can be especially helpful around finals week. “There are a lot of elements to self care and different people prioritize different parts based on their needs. Self-care is important; many of us neglect that and don’t make it a priority in our lives,” counselor Mrs. Kathy DeBoer said.

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