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With finals and the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is not uncommon to find yourself overwhelmed or stressed, especially if you don’t have adequate coping skills. It is important that you take time to take care of yourself and go into finals week with a plan to alleviate stress and increase the opportunity for academic success.

Below are several ways to introduce self-care into your daily routine to help manage that stress.

The Power of Smell

  • A scent can remind you of a person, an occasion, or a mood.
  • Smell is the only sense directly linked to the emotional center of our brain.
  • The intentional use of scent can be useful in your "wellbeing toolbox".
  • Which scents spark your emotions or memories?
  • Which scents do you prefer?
    • Ex: lavender, lemon, rose, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, sage

Breathing Techniques

  • Breathing exercises can relieve stress and reduce anxiety.
  • Deep Breathing: breathe deeply and slowly, inhale for a count of 5 then exhale for 5.
  • Belly Breathing: lie on your back with 1 hand on your chest, the other on your belly; inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth.
  • Extend Your Exhale: useful when nervous; try exhaling for twice as long as you inhale.
  • Synced Breathing: slowly lift arms as you inhale, lower arms as you exhale and repeat.
  • Spot Focus: focus on a part of your body that is easy to sense and maintain focus.


  • Meditation increases self-awareness and focus on the present.
  • Reasons to Meditate: understand your pain, lower your stress, connect better, improve focus, reduce clutter.
  • Find a calm location, take a seat, & set a time limit. (Can be as little as one minute)
  • Notice your body & feel your breath.
  • Close with kindness.

More Resources

What Is Self-Care, and Why Is It So Important for Your Health?

Developing Your Self-Care Plan

Self-Care Assessment

UNF Counseling Center

Talking Series

Fall 2023

Red Zone Talking Series

TUES SEPT 19 | 6PM | 58/3703
An interactive event to gain a deeper understanding of the Red Zone and our collective campus outlook about sexual violence prevention.

Self-Care Stations

WED NOV 15 | 10AM-2PM | Osprey Plaza and Healing Garden

With finals coming up and the holidays in our midst, there are a lot of things to be thankful for and many reasons to be stressed. It's important to remember to take care of ourselves and recharge during these times. Join the Dean of Students Office at Market Days on Wednesday, November 15 from 10a-2p for our Talking Series event, Self-Care Stations in the Healing Garden with UNF Botanical Gardens. We look forward to seeing you there!


Signature Events

The Dean of Students Office hosts four Signature events each academic year to educate students about various college-related issues that come about no matter the organization of which you are a part, no matter what year you are at UNF, and no matter what state, city, or county from which you originate. These topics include, but are not limited to, sexual assault awareness, hazing, and alcohol and other drug education.

Red Zone

Check out our full event schedule.

8/23-9/27: MARKET DAY WEDNESDAYS | 10AM-2PM | Osprey Plaza

8/24: RED ZONE EXHIBIT | 5PM | Osprey Clubhouse

9/6: PANEL EVENT | 6PM | 57/1100A

9/19: TALKING SERIES | 6PM | 58/3703


Take Back the Night

Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Starts in Peace Plaza, ends in Osprey Plaza

Take Back The Night (TBTN) is a worldwide initiative to take a stand against domestic violence and UNF participates in this movement by hosting our own Take Back the Night event. For more details, see our Take Back The Night Page

Don't Drink & Fly Campaign

  • Market Days: Wednesday, October 18 from 10a-2p (Osprey Plaza)
  • Pumpkin Spice and Saving Lives: Wednesday, October 25 from 6p-9p (Osprey Plaza)
  • Tabling: Tuesday, October 31 from 2p-4p (Outside Buidling 57)

Alcohol and substance abuse is a nationwide issue that has been growing over the past several years, and we see it in college-aged students. Join us for our Don't Drink & Fly campaign, where students can compete in trivia and win prizes while learning about alternative methods to engaging in alcohol and other substances. Our campaign begins Wednesday, October 18 at Market Days from 10a-2p, from there we have partnered with Pumpkin Spice and Saving Lives on Wednesday, October 25 from 6p-9p, and finally we will be tabling outside of Building 57 on Tuesday, October 31 from 2p-4p! Answer a trivia question and then enjoy mocktails, treats & prizes! We hope to see you there!

Partnership Events

The Dean of Students Office participates in several Partnership Events each academic year to assist our University partners, other campus departments, and registered student organizations in relaying important information to and educating the UNF community. These topics include, but are not limited to, mental health awareness, sexual assault, and consent. 


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