Self-love for mid-term stress

The pile-up of papers and exhaustion of exams that come with mid-terms can get any one of us feeling worried, anxious, and wanting to stress-eat all the bags of chips. Take from these tips for reducing stress and inducing self-love during exam season if you’ve been feeling down. Our health and happiness should always be our first priority!

  • Do more of what brings you happiness. Whether that be taking time to read something for fun, dropping into a yoga class, going to a gallery, or spending an evening aimlessly wandering the endless shelves of Powell’s, if it makes you happy, it’ll help keep you motivated to do all the things that might not be as happy – like mid-terms.
  • Take time to go outside – yes, it may be rainy and cold, but regardless of that, the fresh air, the green plants, and the wild sounds of the birds and squirrels are immensely grounding and rejuvenating. Even a short walk can be very refreshing and inspiring, as it gets your body moving and allows your mind to rest for a moment.
  • Breathe! Meditate. Meditation can be much more than just sitting doing nothing with your eyes closed (although that is one good way to do it). Just let yourself zone out while you listen to music, play music, write, draw, paint, dance, or walk. Focus on your breath, listen to how it sounds, feel how it feels.
  • Organize your priorities and create tentative schedules for your days. Yes, you should allow yourself all the time your mind and body requires for whatever type of self care benefits you best, but you should also probably make sure you’re prepared for your exams and turning in all your papers on time without feeling rushed. Create a list of what’s most important for you to do and get done, and schedule it out – but don’t be so strict on your schedule that you miss out on a spontaneous coffee date with a friend or a random revitalizing afternoon nap!
  • Focus on one task at a time. If you’re writing a paper, sit down with your notes and coffee and just write. If you’re studying for an exam, sit down with your notes and coffee and just study. If you’re taking time for self care, like meditating or exercising or taking a long shower or bath, just do that, and don’t think about the next thing on your to-do list.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode or just turn it off. Throw it in your bag or in your drawer. You can check it later. Focusing on yourself and your goals and the always-moving world around you is so much more important, fulfilling, and interesting than getting distracted by every little thing on your phone.
  • Journal or free-write to get out extra thoughts and worries. Just write it out. You can rip it up and throw it away after, or save it for future reference or inspiration.
  • Shower yourself in positive affirmations! You can do this. You are enough. You got this!

Things that could get published in Pathos this Winter:

  • a story you made up
  • a story that was a true story
  • a doodle on the corner of your Spanish worksheet
  • a photo of your dog
  • a photo of plants
  • a doodle on your year-old Powell’s bookmark
  • a review of the newest album you bought and won’t stop playing even though one of the speakers on your CD player is broken
  • a poem you wrote about your ex
  • a poem you wrote about the ocean
  • a poem you wrote about spaghetti
  • a photo of spaghetti on a pretty dish next to red wine in a pretty glass
  • a painting of a bowl of fruit sitting on a green couch
  • a dialogue of the conversation the couple next to you in the cafeteria was loudly having
  • a creative masterpiece you made that you’re too scared to show anyone else

But seriously, Pathos accepts a wide variety of creative work. Don’t limit yourself! Experiment! Try something new. When was the last time you tried something for the first time?

You could, but are not limited to, submit…

Poetry: sonnet, haiku, free verse, metered, spoken word, all forms

Fiction: flash fiction, short story, novel/novella excerpt

Non-Fiction: biography, creative narrative, interview, personal narrative, article, essay

Reviews: music, books, films, events

Visual Art: drawing, painting, graphic design, comic strip, collage, embroidery, prints, photography, multimedia (even creative video/film submissions we could publish online)

Submissions for our next print publication are open NOW. Submit written work at or submit visual work by emailing

Winter submission season is here!

Welcome to Winter 2018: a season for sipping hot coffee, lounging around sheltered from the rain and cold working on your poetry or painting projects, and submitting your creative work for print in Pathos! We’re incredibly grateful to have put together such a beautiful magazine full of such creative, diverse, and authentic content Fall term. We hope our community of artists and writers are feeling inspired and motivated again this term to help us co-create a stunning publication which represents the complex artistic abilities and diverse experiences of our unique university. Pathos, PSU’s only students-only literary and artistic magazine, is a community for all PSU student artists and writers aspiring to see their creative work in print. We love showcasing the clever and creative brilliance of our student generated work. Submit your work when you feel ready. Go to to submit your written works or email us at to submit your visual art. Happy Winter term 2018! Stay warm and stay creative!