Practicing a Little Self-Love

by Gaby Marraro

Getting off campus and reading a nice book
in a coffee shop could be just what you need

With midterm season upon us, it is easy to let the stress of academic, extracurricular, and personal commitments overwhelm us. It is so important to set aside time to practice some simple self-care rituals to ease the stress. Here are a few things I like to do when everything seems too much to handle.

1. Take a nice, long shower, and enjoy every second of it. Promise yourself to clear your mind for those 20 minutes. Commit yourself to feeling the beautiful warmth of the water and the refreshment that comes from feeling clean and new.

2. Eat a meal alone, and be proud of it. There is no shame in eating alone in a dining hall. Take one day to grab dinner by yourself. Go at your own pace, go for that dessert you might not have let yourself have had you been surrounded by people, and enjoy the time you’ve allowed yourself to reset and relax.

3. Start a journal. People have always told me how healing journaling can be, but I never listened until a few months ago. Since I started writing on a regular basis, I’ve felt such a release. There are things that are hard to say out loud, even to a best friend, and a journal is a place where you can be totally unrestricted without judgment.

4. Go to a coffee shop to do homework. If you have a lot of work to do but don’t feel like being holed up in Butler for hours on end, a coffee shop is a great happy medium between a place to study and a social atmosphere. Just walk down Broadway and you’ll find a slew of places to go sit down and work. Or, if you’re up for it, Aroma Espresso Bar on 72nd street is a great place to get work done and grab a bite at the same time.

5. Go to the gym or for a run. Nothing helps you reset quite like working out. Not only do you feel accomplished, but you’re also doing something great for your body and mind. Listen to some guilty pleasure music, and take 30 or 40 minutes to forget about other obligations.

Gaby Marraro is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

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