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Finals Self-Care

December 11, 2017
  • Life in Baltimore
  • Students 101
Student Ambassador, Nikki D’Ambrosio, shares her self-care strategies.

This semester has one that has felt like a whirlwind. A semester that started off with hopes of being easy ended up with constant due dates, tests, quizzes, etc. that are continuing through the end of the year. While my first semester of Sophomore year definitely was busy and stressful, it flew by. And I surprisingly feel good about my classes–I may have worked my butt off to get to this place, but I feel happy with how my hard work has paid off.

Since this semester was so busy, and I can anticipate these next few weeks of finals prep and tying up any lose ends, I need to get off campus. Taking a break from the endless hours of studying and looking at my computer screen is vital to staying sane during the last few weeks of the semester. My break of choice? Moving my body–no, not dancing but just whatever movement my body is craving. Sometimes that means walking around neighborhoods surrounding Loyola or sometimes it means taking a hot yoga class at one of my favorite studios–Core Power Yoga.

Yoga allows me to break a sweat, get my heart rate up, and get out of my head. Baltimore is great because there are so many awesome yoga studios such as YogaWorks and M. Power Yoga but Core Power at the Rotunda is close enough to Loyola where I can sneak in a class in the middle of the day.

In preparation for finals, I plan on starting these next two weeks at a high intensity yoga sculpt class at Core Power then walking a few blocks to Hampden and posting up in my favorite coffee shop – Common Ground. The rest of the day will be spent sipping on a Chai Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie and typing my little heart away. 

While finals and the end of semester can be daunting, make sure to take the time to care for yourself. Grades are important but your mental health should come first. Take a break, go for a walk or take a yoga class to unwind after a long day of studying. Finding a coffee shop with the perfect little nook and best sweet treats is also key to staying productive and motivation.

And once those finals are over? Rest, rest, rest. See ya in 2018, Baltimore!

- Nikki 

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