Exploring New Coping Mechanisms in 2021

Given the past year and the ongoing conversations about how important self-care is, you might be considering more ways to explore and include coping mechanisms that really help you. This can be the predictable ones like exercising more, incorporating more meditation practices, and journaling and writing things down, and you may have added a bunch of relevant items in your online shopping carts to help support these goals. Continue reading Exploring New Coping Mechanisms in 2021

Practicing Radical Self-Care

Self-care has become a term that always pops up when talking about mental health and wellness. The most common image is that of meditating, taking a bath, or doing a face mask. Self-care is so much more than that though. While these moments of nurture are helpful, self-care is a radical act for many as they learn to put their needs, emotions, and well-being first. Continue reading Practicing Radical Self-Care

How Do You “Self-Care?”

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives. We hope you can use their post to start a conversation with your adolescent.


There are so many ways people have tried to take care of themselves. At certain times face masks seemed like a great answer for a spa night. Sometimes people enjoy working out or going for a walk outside to get some fresh air. I am curious about what are some of the best things everyone else does when you feel like you need a moment to yourself? Continue reading How Do You “Self-Care?”

A Message To Those Struggling During COVID-19

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If you asked me what I’d be doing around this time six months ago, I’d tell you that I’d be preparing for college, becoming more excited for the summer, and finishing off my junior year with my friends who were about to graduate. I’m someone who loves change, but does not like when things do not go as planned.  Continue reading A Message To Those Struggling During COVID-19

Four Christmas Gifts that Promote Self Care

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With the holiday season in full swing, you may be stumped on what to get your friends and family members. I think gifts should show people you care about them, help bring out the individuality of the receiver and bring joy well after the holiday season. I have four ideas that promote self-care that I think fill the three requirements above. Continue reading Four Christmas Gifts that Promote Self Care

Why Self-Care Sometimes Isn’t Fun (and that’s a good thing)

At first, “self-care” sounds pretty straightforward. You’re taking care of yourself and doing things that make you feel good about yourself. This is often associated with relaxing and the images of face masks, bath bombs, doing yoga, and reading with a cup of tea. Self-care can also include cleaning out your closet, watching your favorite show when work gets too overwhelming, and, of course, “treating yourself.” Continue reading Why Self-Care Sometimes Isn’t Fun (and that’s a good thing)

5 Ways to Keep a Level Head for the Start of School

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With the splendor of summer coming to an end and the stress of the school year following shortly behind, it’s important we maintain our sanity and stability through these busy transitions.  One way we can help keep our anxiety levels low during this time is by creating and consistently maintaining self-care routines before our schedules get crazy.  Then, when things do start to pick up, our self-care is already built into our daily lives.

Here are five tips to help you keep a level-head this fall: Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep a Level Head for the Start of School

Small things you can do to help you feel better

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This past year has been my hardest one yet. I have been through a breakup of a toxic relationship, a death of a family member, a dangerous roommate situation that led me to having to move home with my parents unexpectedly, and a consistent depression that has been tough to beat.  Continue reading Small things you can do to help you feel better

How to Embrace Change

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Change is tricky. It is an inevitable part of life and can be immensely positive or quite negative based on where you are in your life at the time. The spring is a time for transition – for students, it is the end of another school year or perhaps the end of their academic journey all together. Continue reading How to Embrace Change