Take care, female students – you owe it to yourselves

On the 6th May 2015 Jinan Younis published an article in the Guardian:  ‘Worn down by a toxic blend of stereotyping, relentless deadlines and guilt, women at universities are making time for a bit of self care’ http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/may/06/take-care-female-students-you-owe-it-to-yourselves

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From the article – ‘I was halfway through my second year at university before I fully understood the idea of self care. At first, it sounded like something medical, only to be attempted if recommended by a doctor. But self care, or actively looking after yourself in a healthy way, is something many young people practice shamelessly; it is not only empowering, but necessary.  University brings a massive change in lifestyle – and for me, it was neither comfortable nor thrilling. It was a departure from my sheltered home life and the beginning of the road to looking after myself – something I’m still not entirely sure I know how to do. My university experience has exacerbated underlying problems that many young girls in our society face: issues to do with self-confidence and self-worth. What I find most difficult to deal with is the pace of life – there’s no break. I have deadlines to complete work, and if I miss them, then I’m a failure. But if I don’t focus on making long-lasting friendships, then am I missing out on a proper university experience? And if I dare to watch TV? Well, that’s just a complete waste of time.’

What do you think?  Do you agree?

 

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