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Weather the Changes in Weather

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Weather the Changes in Weather

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight!  Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter!  Phew! 

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health.  Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!

Change in weather

Days get shorter, rain/cloudiness may increase, and sunshine lessens as the season changes.  Often this can directly affect our mood by making us feel less energetic, and more lethargic.  Try to create active goals during this time to keep your body moving!

Light Exposure

We need vitamin D!  There are many health benefits to receiving vitamin D and one of the primary ways of doing this is from sun exposure.  While we usually have amazing sunshine in southern California, there may be a stretch of days where we do not.  Research has shown that light therapy is an effective way in lifting mood so you may consider purchasing a lamp that might provide sufficient light exposure to lift your spirits!

Perspective

Fall quarter tends to be challenging for a lot of students and I am here to tell you that there is a lot of truth to that sentiment!  You’re just coming off of an amazing summer, you don’t get a “break” until November, and the time frame between Fall and Winter quarter is very short.  Times goes by quickly and before you know it, you’re back in it a few weeks later.  Practice some self-compassion and allow your self to be okay with feeling stressed, know you’re not alone, and give yourself time to step away from the student mindset once the quarter is over!

Mind Your Zot!

Summer Reflection

Summer is a great time to reflect on all the things you have done and learned along the way, and to also consider what areas you would like to grow into as you transition into the next academic year.

Take time to reflect, and perhaps even journal out your thoughts:

How to Improve Relationship with Food

Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:

1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….

Taking Care of your Emotional Health in an Emergency

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic and continued concerns around anti-Black and anti-Asian violence and discrimination. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your loved ones. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.