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Your Essential Guide to Finals Week Self-Care

Sydney Dawes| Lifestyle Editor|

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


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


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


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.




Odyssey Nutrition: A New Health Option Arrives To Ohio University

Haylee Followell | Lifestyle Staff Writer |

As a college student, it is often hard to juggle things like school, work and friends… let alone a nutritional diet. The freshman fifteen is no stranger to incoming students and although the dining halls are often accessible and tasty, they are often not the healthiest options. With new health initiatives, such as getting rid of the trays or trying to serve students meals with lower salt percentages, eating healthy is still a very problematic task. Odyssey Nutrition is here to change that.

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Stressed Out? How College Students Manage Daily Demands

Kalila Bell | Lifestyle Staffer |

The alarm beeps at 8:40 a.m. On to the first class, as the bus nearly zooms past the class stop. Rush out of the 9:40 a.m. class straight to the 10:35 a.m. meeting. No break still, as the tour guide shirt is thrown on at 11 a.m., running from Tupper Hall to Baker Center. After work, 2 p.m. strikes and there are more classes to attend. Now that classes and work are over it is time for extracurriculars at 6 p.m. Not to mention this is only Monday. This is what a regular day looks like for bobcat Morgan Matthews, a senior studying business management and marketing.

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World Suicide Prevention Month Shines A Light On Awareness

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Staff Writer |

This month is World Suicide Prevention Month. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of U.S. deaths with 44,193 deaths per year. There are about 121 suicides per day, and the annual suicide rate is about 13 per 100,000 individuals. In Ohio alone, there are 1,650 suicides and Ohio’s death toll is ranked 33 out of the 50 states.

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Aromatherapy Made Easy

Society Staff Writer | Reagan Main |

With midterms approaching, we’re all looking for ways to alleviate our stress. Finding time for self-care is difficult when you also have to balance work, studying and a social life. However, simple and natural help is available. Aromatherapy, an alternative medicinal practice that uses essential oils to promote wellbeing, could be the easy cure to stress that you’re looking for.

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A Positive Period Alternative

Emma Stefanoff| | intagram/twitter-@emmastefanoff

Menstrual cycles — a topic that no one seems to want to deal with or talk about but they will continue to occur, month after month. Pads and tampons are the common feminine hygiene products used to take care of the blood, but some people just don’t feel comfortable with either. However, there’s another option. Healthy, ecological, and economical are all words used to describe this modern alternative — menstrual cups.

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Cure for Gonorrhea? Gone.

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Ian Kenyon |

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. With college students being at the highest risk for STI’s, they should be aware that the World Health Organization announced that gonorrhea is becoming incurable. Strains of the disease have emerged worldwide that are antibiotic-resistant, creating many issues for scientists and doctors, who are now searching desperately for new cures.

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3-D Reality Braces

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Kalila Bell |

Technology has taken the wildest dreams of science fiction fans and made them a reality. From hover boards that let you float down the sidewalk, to 3-D printing technology that can create everything including medical devices and the Green Goblin’s suit from The Amazing Spider Man 2, which was completely 3-D printed. According to the Wohlers Report from 2015, the 3-D printing industry is expected to grow from 3.07 billion in 2013 to 21 billion by 2018.

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How Defunding Planned Parenthood Affects yOU

Society Staff Writer | Kalila Bell |

Governor Kasich, pictured right, signed a bill in October to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Governor Kasich, pictured right, signed a bill in October to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Imagine you’ve come home from school for the summer for a checkup and found, to your dismay, that you’ve contracted an STI. Fortunately, it’s a treatable one, but you don’t want your family to know and you’re not sure what the next step is. The services offered through the university cannot help you now since you’re off campus. So what are your options?

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A Colorful Way to Deal with Stress

Society Staff Writer | Sarah Blankenship |

When you’re a student, it is an unspoken truth that you will probably get stressed from time to time. Whether you are prone to anxiety or not, there are a few times during the school year when you are destined to feel extra stressed, like during finals week. Next time you need to take a break, consider pulling out a handy dandy coloring book. That’s right, kids aren’t the only ones that get to color anymore because adult coloring books are the latest craze.

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