“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…”
― Nino Varsimashvili


by Miriam  Medina


“Tahitian Pineapple”, it was half off and smells amazing. Recently, I have discovered the beauty of scented candles. They help a lot when trying to find your breath and relaxing; I have gotten used to turning one on even when doing homework. The close presence of light burning and the aromatic presence of pineapple paradise can go a long way. Its small things like this that keep me sane, especially with all that I am involved in. I am an organizer, a mentor, a peer educator, a sister, and on top of all that a student. It’s hard to find time in our busy schedules, yet it’s comforting to know that small gestures (that actually fit into our day) can have a positive impact on our mental health. Whether you have a busy schedule or you have some free time here and there, it is important to take care of yourself. So many times we get caught up in all our identities, everything we are involved with and the responsibilities that we have. We get caught up in this pace of rapidness called life, and we don’t remember to enjoy it through practices that remind us that we are human. Taking that step back to enjoy a scent, or to purposefully breathe connects us to the here and now. So next time you’re at a store, check out the candles and take a step towards bettering your mental health.