Dr. Mary Commerford, director of Barnard's Rosemary Furman Counseling Center and an expert on young women's health, was interviewed for a recent Seventeen article on mental health challenges commonly faced by new college students. The article notes that one of the most important elements of maintaining stability during the rocky beginnings that college can present is self care.  According to Commerford, "A key piece when you're having a tough time (and even when you're not) is self care. Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you getting enough sleep? Eating regularly? Without sleep and food, even the hardiest person begins to have symptoms. Do you do things regularly to relax, get your mind off things, have fun? Do you talk about your life and feelings with friends, family, and get that support?"

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