Self-Care in Quarantine

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by Fernanda Arao, Financial Wellness Peer Advisor

Aggies, adjusting to an online quarter may have been difficult, jarring, and hectic–but we are almost through it! Finals season is just around the corner, which means more hours studying and stressing over exams. Now more than ever, it’s important to take time for self-care even in the thick of the fray. Here are some UC Davis resources that can help you take care of yourself in a budget-friendly way!

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Sleep

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults. It’s important to go to bed at a reasonable time to get enough sleep before any morning Zoom calls. Having a regular bedtime helps you work with your circadian rhythm rather than against it!

Food and Water

There are several resources on campus that are continuing to provide free food for students during this crisis. The Aggie Compass, a program dedicated to providing basic needs to students, is one of them. Find more available food resources at the Basic Needs Center Updates.

Water has numerous benefits, which include improving your alertness and physical performance. Keep a water bottle nearby at all times, and refill often!

Exercise

Exercise is essential for a healthy life. In the long run, it helps prevent high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and other medical conditions. It is known to lift moods, boost sleep, and increase energy. With the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) being closed, many students have lost their usual method of getting physical activity. But there are many ways of exercising at home, including the ARC’s Aggies at Home Living Well class!

MENTAL HEALTH

School can get stressful. Finals might make you anxious and studying can leave you burned out. Take a walk at one of the many destinations of the Arboretum, or even in your neighborhood if you’re away from Davis. Whether you go to the Wyatt Deck, Lake Spafford, or your own backyard, find a sunny and relaxing spot to unwind at a safe distance from others.

If you feel overwhelmed during the quarter, it may also help to talk to a professional. Student Health and Counseling Services provide mental health counseling through Live Health Online at no cost to students.

FINANCIAL HEALTH

Struggling with finances takes a toll on your well-being. Planning for future expenses goes a long way towards giving you peace of mind so you can focus on learning and staying healthy. CashCourse is a free online resource with courses and worksheets to help you navigate various financial situations!

In addition, the Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program provides one-on-one advising tailored to your circumstances. Make an appointment to take the first steps toward financial freedom!

Conclusion

Being in quarantine doesn't mean you need to deprive yourself of healthy, budget-friendly practices! Using free resources is a way to approach self-care that can dramatically improve your college experience, even during these unusual times

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