Your Essential Guide to Finals Week Self-Care

Sydney Dawes| Lifestyle Editor| sd983213@ohio.edu

Exams. Papers. Group projects. Presentations. Finals Week provides a hefty load of responsibility to college students. Although deadlines can weigh down on anyone, it’s important to find time in your busy schedule to take care of yourself. Here’s a guide to practicing self-care, even when it’s hard.

The Basics of Self-Care:

 Equate self-care to a detox: not just of the body, but of the mind and spirit. Self-care is all about taking a step back from your current circumstances and giving yourself time to breathe. Self-care varies by person. Some practitioners prefer mindful meditation. Others like giving themselves a spa day. Others practice self-care just by spending one-on-one time with a friend. It’s all about what reduces your personal stress and elevates your personal happiness.

A Few Ways to Love Yourself This Week:

  1. Eat more than just pizza and chips.

It can be tempting during finals week to load up on free food provided by the many organizations that cater to college students. However, eating only greasy, high-fat food will take a toll on your body; you’ll feel tired and without energy. Pack a few high-protein study snacks for your trips to the library. Your body will thank you.

  1. Don’t skip out on showers.

You may be cringing while reading this, but this is a legitimate concern for many during periods of high stress. Bathing is often a ritual that gets cut out of the schedules of the anxious and stressed out. Bathing has multiple health benefits, other than its obvious cleaning properties: Lush Cosmetics said it boosts immunity, improves circulation, and soothes pain. Add essential oils or a bath bomb for an extra does of “treat yo’ self.”

  1. Practice deep-breathing.

Mindfulness, a tactic used by students and professionals alike, allows people to take a step back from their fast-paced realities. You can download apps to aid you in your mindful meditation. To begin, just sit in a quiet environment, get comfortable, and focus on your breathing.

  1. Attend a yoga class.

Stress has an impact on more than just your mind. Your muscles ache; your neck feels tense; your back feels strained. Consider taking an evening yoga class. Ping Recreation Center offers yoga classes, and Athens is home to a few yoga studios if you don’t have access to the gym. If you don’t have time to dedicate to a fitness class, take time to stretch.

  1. Don’t isolate yourself.

Many people study best when they are in quiet environments. However, it’s important to break from these periods of alone time and interact with people who make you happy. Reward yourself after a few hours of paper writing by grabbing coffee or snacks with a friend. You’ll both benefit from it.

  1. Hydrate!

Instead of guzzling coffee nonstop, switch off with water. Dehydration contributes to feelings of fatigue. Carry a water bottle with you, and drink water between every cup of coffee. Also, limit your caffeine intake: too much caffeine can make you feel anxious, irritable, and nauseated.

DIY Self-Care Remedies

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe, Via OneLittleProject

 Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp coconut oil

10 to 15 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, or combo)

5 drops of food coloring

  1. Microwave 4 tbsps of coconut oil on high for about 25 seconds (until completely melted).
  2. Mix sugar and melted coconut oil. If the mixture is too soupy, add in small amounts of sugar at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Add food coloring and mix.
  4. Add 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of lavender essential oil and mix.
  5. Scoop the scrub into a small container. Store at room temperature.

Tazo Tea Bath Bombs, Via Tazo

Ingredients:

1 cup cornstarch

½ cup citric acid

½ cup baking soda

½ cup Epsom salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 Tazo tea bags (unbagged), your choice

2 Tbsp brewed Tazo tea, your choice

  1. Remove tea from Tazo bags.
  2. Combine cornstarch, baking soda, and Epsom salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in coconut oil and the Tazo tea you removed from the bags.
  4. Slowly add 2 tbsps of the brewed Tazo Tea to the mixture.
  5. Mix and press into molds.

DIY Scented Bath Salts, Via BeautyLish

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom Salt

2 cups of fruit or veggie

5 to 10 drops of essential oil of your choice

1 or 2 drops of food coloring, your choice

  1. Mix all of your ingredients together with a fork. Use your fork to remove clumps from the mixture.
  2. Place your mixture into a new container.

 

 

 

Here’s What You Need to Know About Net Neutrality

Sydney Dawes| Lifestyle Editor| sd983213@ohio.edu

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will vote on the proposed repeal of net neutrality on December 14. What exactly does this mean, and what is net neutrality, anyway? Here’s a hint: you experience it every time you open an app on your phone.

What Is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle protected by the FCC that states Internet service providers (or ISPs, such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast) must treat all content, platforms, applications, and users equally. In other words, Internet service providers cannot charge users more money to use specific applications or view content.

Net neutrality also assures that Internet Service providers can’t manipulate the content we see, according to the director of Ohio University’s ACLU Student Group, Nick Concilla. “These companies could slow down or block traffic that they don’t like, and could speed up traffic that they do like or that pays them for the privilege,” he said. “Essentially, these companies would control everything from the news we see, which pizza company we use, and what search engine is best.”

Who Would Benefit from the Repeal of Net Neutrality?

The repeal of net neutrality would put ISPs at a major advantage, according to OU College Democrats President Ashley Fishwick. “They could raise the price of internet access based upon which sites one would like access to or, based upon their investors, they could slow access to certain content,” she said. “Everyone outside of these companies could be negatively impacted by net neutrality’s removal, but especially those in worse financial circumstances or certain vocal political factions.”

And the disadvantaged? “The only people who would be negatively impacted are everyday Americans who rely on the internet for news, communication, and entertainment, among other things,” said Concilla.

What Is at Stake?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a plan in May 2017 that would eliminate rules established by Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Pai argued that net neutrality discourages ISPs from truly competing with one another. “Without the overhang of heavy-handed regulation, companies will spend more building next-generation networks,” Pai said during the announcement of his proposal.

If net neutrality is repealed, Americans will have to pay more money to access certain kinds of content: for example, if you want to use SnapChat, Twitter, or Instagram, you may have to buy special social media bundles.

This issue isn’t solely about money, however. Net neutrality is crucial to democracy, according to Fishwick. “In an age where digital media is the best way to organize and exercise constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly” she said, “the demise of net neutrality could give internet companies the capacity to limit access to these rights, particularly for socio-economically disadvantaged groups.”

Concilla agrees. “The internet is used every day by most Americans – which is why free speech and freedom of expression must be protected both offline and online,” he said. “Access to both spaces to express oneself and educational resources provided by the internet are critical to democracy. These constitutional freedoms aren’t worth much if where most people actually make use of them are not themselves free.”

The loss of net neutrality, according to Save the Internet, could very well lead to a decline in progress with social justice. Minority groups not only use the Internet to organize information and gather together, but also to kick back against discrimination, such as with the Black Lives Matter movement. If ISPs have the ability to censor content or slow down traffic, certain messages– and thus, certain voices– will not be heard.

*We reached out to the OU College Republicans, but representatives from the organization declined to comment.*

One Shirt, Three Ways — Winter Holidays Edition

Haylee Follower | Lifestyle Staff Writer| hf21186@ohio.edu

 With the holiday season coming up, many thoughts are running through student’s heads. Among those are thoughts of finals, winter break and winter holidays. If you’re like me, these holidays, while spending time with family, also involve finding the perfect winter holiday outfit.

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