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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, well almost. First you have to get through the end of semester work, final projects and exams (and of course the holidays themselves are stressful for many of us).

Although self-care is always important, it’s particularly necessary this time of year. So we thought we would share our ideas on how to continue to practice self-care during the season you may need it most!

Here is some advice from our Wellness staff on how to care for yourself during this busy time of year:

Set aside some “me” time:

Blog Author:
Eva Hong

Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").

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Don't forget to take a break from studying for finals! Here is your one-stop guide to study breaks around campus.

Infographic Schedule of Study Breaks at Duke - December 2018

 

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Class of 2022, guess what? You have almost made it through your first semester at Duke! With winter break coming up, I know you may be wondering what should you be doing during your break. Well, the Career Center has 5 tips to help you make the most of your winter break!

1.    Relax and enjoy time with family, friends, and your community!

2.     Reflect upon your fall semester, think about what you learned about yourself, and how you may want to approach the spring semester.

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Maggie Peterson (Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs) and Gary Wang (President of NAMI, Class of 2019)

Introduction: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast.

Maggie: Hello, my name is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Gary from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, on campus at Duke University. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and is recognized as an official undergraduate organization here on campus. Thanks for being here today! Could you please tell us your full name, hometown, major, and class year?

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In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brene’ Brown writes, “Wherever perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun.” She continues, “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because perfection does not exist. It’s an unattainable goal. Perfectionism is addictive because when we invariably do experience shame, judgment, and blame, we often believe it’s because we weren’t perfect enough. Rather than question the faulty logic of perfectionism, we become even more entrenched in our quest to look and do everything just right.”

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Tom Szigethy, Associate Dean of Students and Director, DuWell
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Tom Szigethy is Associate Dean of Students and Director of DuWell.

In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brené Brown writes, “Wherever perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun.” She continues, “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because perfection does not exist. It’s an unattainable goal. Perfectionism is addictive because when we invariably do experience shame, judgment, and blame, we often believe it’s because we weren’t perfect enough. Rather than question the faulty logic of perfectionism, we become even more entrenched in our quest to look and do everything just right.”

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Elena Cavallero
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Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Before becoming the country that is today the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Swabian, Visigoths and Arabs dominated and passed by the western part of the Iberic peninsula. Given the long history and developed culture, Portuguese language, people, and inventions arrived to influence many parts of the world.

For instance, the Portuguese were the first Europeans explorer to arrive in the unknown lands of America and Africa. Portugal went on to establish many colonies and create its own monopolies. Brazil was discovered in 1500 and became Portugal’s richest colony. 

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Join us for our next Chew on This event which will take place at both Marketplace and the Brodhead Center!  Tealaxation is back and part of this event as well as other wellness components by the Student Wellness Center and Duke Recreation, so get ready to create your own tea blends and learn about how tea can affect our physical, mental and environmental health! 

"Chew on This" is a new collaborative event brought to you by Duke Dining and Duke Nutrition Services where we look at how the food we choose affects our physical, mental and environmental health.

Monday, 12/10
Marketplace: 9am-11am
Brodhead Center: 11:30am-1:30pm

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Blog Author:
Nathan Wilson

 

Taking a gap year (or two) before entering medical school is becoming increasingly common. While some refer to the gap period as time off, this is misleading. Taking time between your undergraduate experience and medical school can be a worthwhile investment in yourself and thus, your future. Gap periods can be spent in any number of ways depending on your strength of candidacy, life goals, and professional aspirations. Here are some considerations for how to use your gap period, many of which can be done concurrently:

1. To Improve Your Credentials

Perhaps the most obvious choice would be to use this time period to strengthen your credentials for medical school. Before considering anything else for your gap period, make sure your GPA, MCAT score, and other application materials are where you want them to be.

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