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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.


Socially Isolated and Bored?

As the COVID-19 virus has forced us to abandon some of our usual activities and routines, many of us are struggling with feelings of boredom.  Perhaps your friends are hundreds of miles away, and contact via social media does not give you the same fulfillment or charge. We are, after all, embodied creatures, and we get nurtured by sensory contact — the very thing that can be dangerous right now.

One question that you might ask yourself is: Are you bored because you are depressed? Boredom and mild depression have a few things in common.  However, simple boredom can be fairly easily resolved by a change of scenery or with the right kind of stimulation. Depression may be a bit more persistent. With boredom your thoughts may be vacuous or characterized by daydreaming. With depression, they are often negative or despairing.


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Growing and Staying Balanced in the Time of the Virus

Sometimes you are walking along, imagining that you are in a well-manicured park, and suddenly you find yourself in a dark wood. No compass, no map. Hungry and alone. Our country is in a dark wood right now. How we think about this experience and the actions we take will determine our path out of it and the sort of world that will exist when we finally break through the trees.

When you are lost in the woods, it is natural to feel frightened and wonder if you will ever make it out again. You may look back over your recent decisions and berate yourself for not having taken steps to better prepare: Why didn’t I pack more...

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Coping with COVID: Embrace Your Fear

I may have been the last person in the USA to become aware of the attacks on 9-11. I was at home that day on vacation, hammering away at a novel I was writing. Since I didn’t have broadband, I hadn’t checked the news, and this was an era before our phones sprouted brains and tuned into social networks. Around 3 pm Pacific Time a colleague called and left message, saying that she hoped my family was alright.  Why wouldn’t they be alright? I wondered. Was there something I didn’t know? Within a few minutes I had returned the call, and after a brief conversation, I turned on the television. Then, like millions of my compatriots, I was swept into the 24-hour, non-stop tsunami of news depicting a country in crisis.


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Preparing for Spring Break: Coping Strategies for Stress

Hi Ducks! Whether you have big travel plans or plan to stay local, spring break is right around the corner. Even though some students experience spring break as a time for rest and relaxation, it can sometimes be more stressful than we expect. With the stress of finals and everything in-between, this blog post will discuss coping and coping strategies that can help you feel better.

So, what is coping, anyway? Coping happens in response to mental or psychological stress, usually triggered by life changes. It is an effort...

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