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20 self-care tips to get you through midterm season

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20 Midterm Self-care tips

To help you de-stress from midterms, CHALK contributor Abby McCoy details 10 tips to take some time for yourself. 

With midterms in full swing, it can be frustrating to be told to make time to take care of yourself. Sometimes it’s truly impossible to take the whole night off for self-care because some days all you have is five minutes to spare. 

That’s OK. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, it can be as simple as completing little tasks so you have time to relax later. So put down that studying for a bit: we’ve curated a list of 20 self-care tips you can complete in less than five minutes.

  • Refresh your grocery list. Check your fridge/pantry for anything you need on your next grocery run. You’ll thank yourself later.

  • Take a walk (even if it’s to take out the trash). It’s not always realistic to go on an hour-long nature walk, especially as the weather is getting colder. Take a break to take the trash out or check your mail. I know it sounds weird, but fresh air, even in small doses, is good for your mind. 

  • Handwrite a self-affirmation. It’s cheesy, but practice positive affirmations with yourself. For example, tell yourself, “I am kind,” or, “I am good enough.” You can use a sticky note or even make a running list of affirmations in your phone notes. 

  • Pour a glass of water. Don’t forget to hydrate when life gets crazy. A reasonable goal is to drink eight glasses a day

  • Declutter a space you’ve been avoiding. If you’ve been avoiding a pile of clothes, consider tidying it up. If the dishes have been piling up, clean some off. Once you get started, odds are you’ll feel better.

  • Brush your hair. For some people feeling “put together,” is a form of self-care. If this sounds like you, take a moment to do your hair.

  • Listen to your favorite song. Everyone has their “hype” song. If you don’t have one, maybe our Spotify playlists can give you some ideas. Maybe even squeeze in some exercise and have a mini dance party.

  • Watch a (short) YouTube video. If you struggle to find time to watch YouTube videos, break them up during the day. Keep a tab open and watch when you need a mood booster. David Dobrik is a fan favorite and radiates good vibes all around.

  • Stretch. Just get your body moving, however that may look for you. 

  • Make weekend plans. Having something to look forward to in the future can motivate you in the present. Text or call a friend and make plans to grab a coffee if that is something that makes you feel good.

  • Light a candle. If you live in a dorm, use some room spray instead. Making your space a place you want to be in can be self-care as well.

  • Doodle. Tap into your childlike side and get creative with something unrelated to your schoolwork. Investing in an adult coloring book is totally worth it or something as easy as grabbing a notebook and going with the flow works too. 

  • Vlog your day. Document how you are feeling. You don’t have to post it on social media, instead, consider it like journaling.

  • Get off your phone. Sometimes self-care can look like scrolling but in moderation. If you find yourself falling down the Instagram loophole, stop yourself in your tracks: hide your phone in another room or give it to a trusted roommate. 

  • Write down things that make you happy. Do them when you have the time. When your busy season is over, refer back to this list and check a few things off. 

  • Closeout apps on your phone. If you have numerous apps open on your phone, close them out if they overwhelm you. 

  • Grab a snack. If your body is telling you that you are hungry, listen to it. If you are looking to get fancy, we have easy recipes like avocado fries prepared for you on Home Appétit.

  • Wash your face. You don’t need fancy face masks made with bad ingredients to say you value self-care. You may have blown off washing your face today, so take a couple of minutes to do that. Start small.

  • Breathe. Go back to your breath. Deep breathing can feel uncomfortable; however, the effects on stress reduction are tremendous. It’s worth the time if you are feeling particularly stressed. 

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.

 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.

Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 

Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*

Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?

Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.

Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.

Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester.

Guy: Maybe she's dead.

Girl: Or studying abroad.

Girl: They're like oil and water.

Guy: Wow, you're so good with analogies.