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Photo Contest: Self-Care Selfies

Photo Contest

The Student Wellness Team invited students to submit their own digital photos that illustrate the healthy ways they take care of themselves during times of high stress and uncertainty.

Self-care is important for students - they list stress as the #1 factor impacting their academic performance (as reported in 2013 UB NCHA Survey results). Self-care refers to actions and attitudes which contribute to the maintenance of well-being and personal health.

Who decides the winners?

Submissions were anonymously judged by a panel of UB faculty and staff. The top 10 entries were posted for the campus community to read and vote on their favorite photo.

And the Winners Are...

Note: Click on the images below to view them in full size.

Judge's Votes
Marjorie Breslawski

1st Place - Marjorie Breslawski

When I'm feeling bogged down by the stress of school and work, I go hiking. It is incredible how small all of my problems seem once I am high up in the air looking down on the sprawling landscape below. It's exhilarating, empowering, and refreshing to escape from the stresses of day to day life. Here, I am in Smuggler's Notch, Vermont.

Brian Hehr

2nd Place - Brian Hehr

For a long time, animals have been used in nursing homes, hospitals, and around children for therapeutic intervention and to lift human spirits. Animals have something about them that tend to take away the stresses and bring you to another place. When times are tough and stress is high, spending time with your beloved pet frees your mind and allows you to recuperate. Whether it is stress from exams, papers, professors, or friends, you always can rely on your best furry friend to be there for you to lean on and "get away" for a bit.

Marlana Howard

3rd Place - Marlana Howard

This photo shows me indulging in an inexpensive at-home spa day, which includes painting my nails, exfoliating, putting on a face mask, that works! This pampering helps me to relieve stress and take care of my mind and body.

People's Choice Vote
Marisela Lugo

Marisela Lugo

I had a really tough day during high school because of college applications and financial aid. As soon as I arrived home Jake leeched on to me and did not stop purring. I decided to take a picture with him and made a funny face, I don't know if this was a picture taken by accident or he actually stuck out his tongue, I like to think he actually made a funny face with me. Every time I had a rough day at school I always took selfies with Jake and it turned into a photo album I will forever treasure.

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