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It’s pretty much the 5th week of school. Have you been feeling the pressures of school, work, family and “play time?”

What do you do for rest and relaxation? Here’s some tips…..

  1. Just breathe – 10 minutes. You don’t need to be into yoga and meditation to enjoy the calming effect of deep breathing. Sit comfortably and place one palm on your stomach. Breathe in deeply until you feel your stomach expand. Then exhale until your stomach falls. Concentrate on the rise and fall of your breath for 10 minutes. If your thoughts wander, pull them back to your breathing.
  2. Go out for a walk – 10-60 minutes. There’s nothing like some sunshine, blue skies, and green growing things to boost your mood.
  3. Take a bath – 30-60 minutes. Mix up a soothing facial masque or scrub while the bath is filling, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the steaming water, and settle in with a good book or magazine.
  4. Pet Fluffy or Fido – 10 minutes. Studies show that living with pets lowers blood pressure and anxiety. There’s something downright therapeutic about a contented purr or the thump of a happy tail.
  5. Get lost in a book – 30-60 minutes. Has it been a while since you read a book without illustrations and cute critters?
  6. Have lunch with a friend – 30-60 minutes. Call up a friend and go out on a lunch date.
  7. Make a pot of tea – 15-30 minutes. It’s hard to be stressed when your hands are cupped around a steaming cup of fragrant tea. If you don’t want the caffeine, choose an herbal tea like chamomile or peppermint.
  8. Take a nap – 15-60 minutes.  A quick 15 minute power nap can help you recharge after a busy morning or sleepless night.
  9. Turn your favorite music up and sing along – 10-30 minutes. Put on some music u love and rock out.
  10. Reclaim a hobby – 30-60 minutes. Before you began college, you probably had interests and hobbies that you put aside after beginning school.


For everyone starting college for the first time (especially those right out of high school), it can seem like an overwhelming experience. You have harder classes, a larger homework load, and, more importantly, a lot more freedom. It can be very easy to get swept up in the social life of college while trying to balance your school work. The best advice I can give, from everything I’ve learned, is make time for yourself.

Learn to make some time each day or each week, even if it’s only 30 minutes, to relax and breathe. Go for a walk, read a book, sit in a coffee shop, etc. Just take some “me” time to unplug from the world and concentrate on recharging your batteries. Even extroverted people should take some time to have a breather. It can be good for your mental, physical, and emotional health; which is very important in the fast paced life of college. I would also say make extra time to get enough sleep as well. If you’re well rested you’ll be more alert in class and your immune system will be better able to fight off illness. Always remember to take care of yourself, a little bit goes a long way.



Coming into Fontbonne University or any college, I would encourage any student to have some sort of relaxation time frame. This time is to be stress free from all the due dates, exams, practices, and games you may have going on. If you do not keep some sort of peace in your life you will lose yourself though out your entire college life. College is a fast-paced environment. Everything has a go, go, go attitude. You must keep a piece of yourself. Find time to mellow down and communicate with family members. I feel like once you are thrown into this college lifestyle it is so easy for you to lose yourself. I’m not saying take too much time off, but keep it reasonable. As a Fontbonne Griffin, you can’t live without knowing who you are. Make sure you are growing as a college student and make the grades. Don’t let them make you!


Spring break is just around the corner and needless to say, I’m more than ready!

This Spring break I plan to work, catch up on homework and catch up with friends.  My most important goal of Spring Break is to relax!  I’ve been learning great relaxation techniques from my instructor Dena in Food Management class.  She has been incorporating breathing exercises and a few simple yoga poses into our class routine to “center” us and calm our stressed-out minds!!   This has really helped me get through the last few weeks.

According to the weather forecast, things are supposed to warm up over break.  In other words, I’ll be more included to get outdoors.  That being said, this week’s frigid temperatures didn’t stop me from getting outside.  I put on snow boots and winter gear and built a snowman outdoors with my boyfriend, Glynn.  Afterwards we warmed up with some hot cocoa and watching Frozen!  Best winter ever! 🙂



Time for some relaxation.

by Fontbonne University March 6, 2015

The time has come to put up our long schedules and relax. Spring break is right around the corner and it couldn’t have at a better time. Taking a break from exams, papers, and midterms is necessary and spring break is the perfect opportunity to go out and have fun. While spring break is fun, […]

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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

by Alumni Posts February 12, 2015

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!) But during these times, I […]

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