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8 Rules For Self-Care

Netflix Is Your Friend

Netflix Is Your Friend

Focusing on so many academic or personal tasks at once is stressful, so a lot of people simply crash. Taking short breaks in between tasks can help prevent this.

Don't be afraid to step away from homework and watch an episode on Netflix. It'll help you get out of the stress vortex for a while, and you'll return to work feeling more relaxed and ready to go.

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