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We are faced with all kinds of challenges in life. It is easy to get caught up in the daily ups and downs. That is why we prioritize self-care and self-actualization to stop, reflect, and reenergize yourself in the midst of difficult times. From writing poetry to meditating or sharing conversation with good friends, self-care should be personalized to what works best for you. Take the time to get to know yourself and be well.


The Magic of Opposite Action

Modern life is full of emotional challenges, and unfortunately, our society all too frequently encourages us to block out and avoid our emotions. Alcohol or other drug use, screen time, and workaholism are all ways of avoiding our feelings. However, because the “tricks” our bodies use to constrict our emotional awareness (e.g., holding our breath, muscle tension) can contribute to anxiety, depression, or physical difficulties, such as headaches or digestive problems, it’s important to consider other ways to address challenging emotions when they arise.

One such technique, which comes from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is called Opposite Action....

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Radical Acceptance Makes a Big Difference

Think about something uncomfortable or unpleasant that happened recently in your life. Something that you really didn’t enjoy that’s memorable. It may have been physically or emotionally uncomfortable, caused by your actions or the actions of another. It could be a frightening or traumatic event. Or it could just have been an inconvenience like a parking ticket.

Got one? Okay, now think about how you dealt with about that event.

Yes, you read that correctly. When unpleasant things occur in your life, how much mental and emotional energy do you expend struggling with their existence? Do you frequently wish those difficult events or feelings would go away? How much anger and criticism do you harbor for yourself or others because of their contributions to...

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Catching the Sparks of Inspiration

I remember a keynote speech I attended by the shuttle pilot, Story Musgrave. Not only did the astronaut fly six shuttle missions, but Musgrave also trained as a medical doctor and earned three masters degrees in fields ranging from biophysics to literature. He also has worked as a landscape architect, a concept artist with Disney Imagineering, and a professor of design. Keep in mind that Musgrave’s family background is not one that would have predicted such remarkable achievement and fulfillment. His family of origin was rife with abuse and alcoholism, and several of his family members died by suicide. In spite of this, Story Musgrave clearly has lived an inspired life.


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Congratulations, You Made it to UO! Now What?

Attending college is commonly framed as the be-all, end-all goal after high school. After seemingly endless effort prepping for standardized tests and polishing your personal statements, you’re finally here! You made it! However, the effort you made getting into college doesn’t necessarily prepare you for your life at the University. Here are some helpful tips on how to adjust to your new reality and how to make the most of your time here.

Adjusting to College

  1. Increased Personal Freedom and Responsibility. ...
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