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As we close out the end of the semester, along with finals week approaching, catering to one’s mental and physical health is more important than anything else. Many people still have yet to recover from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic that occurred from 2020 to 2022. 

Habits of high screen time, poor time management, and lack of social interaction have rapidly increased. Since the isolating year, there has been a growing amount of once-avid readers and writers who report being stuck in their own productivity slumps.

As students, breaking poor habits is how we should practice self-care. Otherwise, it can be detrimental to how we cope with balancing assignments, extracurricular activities, jobs, and socializing with friends and family. Here are some self-care habits that can be helpful to keep in mind!

1) Turn screen time back into personal time

Caring for yourself means valuing your personal time. You do this by dedicating your time to things that benefit you. Remember, technology is here for us as a tool.

 So, many of us are not taking control of moderating our screen time. Whether it’s being stuck on a binge or stuck scrolling for hours on social media, you must detach from your electronic devices. 

You can accomplish this by going into your setting and limiting screen time or deleting the app. It is recommended that outside of work you should spend less than two hours per day on screens to be healthy and productive.

2) Nourish the Mind and Body

As hard as it is, be mindful of how are nourishing your mind and body. For so many struggling students,  the feelings of fatigue and exhaustion are enduring. 

These feelings are the result of poor habits. Eating poorly throughout the day, repeatedly engaging with people, or actions that leave you exhausted are all things you should start being more mindful of avoiding.

3) Create new Social bonds 

It is very easy to use the end of the school year as an excuse to isolate yourself. There is never a wrong time to begin socializing. 

Break the habit of staying in your room! Try inviting a classmate out to study together! You are more inclined to be productive and happy if you get out and lean on the support of your SSU community!

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