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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.


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