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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

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2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

Talking With Your Best Friend To Relieve Stress

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3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

Going for a run to relieve stress

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4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

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5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

College male listening to music to relieve stress

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6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Eating chocolate to reduce stress

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Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?

 

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The 5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I was on the Paleo diet a few years ago, and although the majority of that didn’t last long (no sugar, grains, or dairy), I did take one good thing away from that experience: coconut oil. Most people negatively associate oil with greasy food, but coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits:

1. Coconut Oil Has “Good” Fat

Coconut oil consists of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are fatty acids. Don’t see the word “fat” and panic –  these fatty acids have a different form of metabolizing than the long chains of fat that are found in cheese or steak. MCT’s go straight to your liver from the digestive tract, where they’re converted to energy or Alzheimer’s-fighting ketone bodies. This good fat balances out our hormones, our thyroid, and our blood sugar levels, as well as lowering the bad cholesterol.

Coconut Oil

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2. Energy Boost

In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the MCT’s are proven to give you a 5% increase in energy. This means that by doing nothing but adding coconut oil to your diet, you can burn approximately an extra 120 calories per day!

Energy Boost Jump

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3. Fight Infections

The next time you are not feeling very well, try taking a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid and Monolaurin – both of which are natural antibiotics.

Female College Student Not Feeling Well

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4. Summer Body

Although it seems counter-intuitive to eat fat to lose fat, the unique way that coconut oil is metabolized can result in an appetite-reducing effect with up to 256 fewer calories in a day! The unique metabolizing factor also leads to a decrease in abdominal fat, which (as anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight, ever, knows) can be difficult to lose.

Fit Summer Body

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5. Lotion / Hair Conditioner

Coconut oil, being an oil, is obviously going to be moisturizing. This, combined with its anti-bacterial properties and delicious coconut scent, makes it the perfect way to soften your skin or hair.

Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner

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If you haven’t tried coconut oil, I highly recommend it. So, what are you waiting for?

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Preparing For The Stuffing

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We all know Thanksgiving is infamous for making us feel sluggish and bloated. We may even incidentally gain a few pounds from holiday meals and then feel guilty for eating all of that wonderfully delicious food. For the past couple of years, I discovered a way to make my Thanksgiving meals more enjoyable by preparing for a giant feast. About two weeks prior, I have done a small “almost diet” to balance out the weight gain. I want to share the four steps I take to prepare my body before I hit that huge bowl of stuffing!

1. No Soda

UGH, I know, this isn’t easy. Soda has become a dominant drink for our consumption, especially for college students. I’m a huge diet coke drinker, and even though it is diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ton of sugar. I cut it out completely and stuck to sparkling water. I always lose a few pounds just from that alone!

Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Cans

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2. No Fast Food

Again, as a college student, fast food is sometimes the answer to all my problems, but a few weeks before turkey day, I lay off. Even if you get a prepared salad, it will have twice as many calories as if you were to prepare it yourself at home.

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3. Drink Water

I’m a pretty decent water drinker on a regular basis, but during this season I quick it up a notch. I drink about 8 bottles a day, and I add lemon because it is an amazing natural detox.

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4. Add Some Exercise

I go up and down through phases of exercise, and definitely around midterms I hit a lull. So, for the few weeks before the holidays I make sure that I at least walk 1 mile, do 50 pushups, sit-ups, and a plank every day. It really doesn’t take that long at all, and it’s amazing how great your body feels just from that small amount of exercise!

Girl Doing Sit Ups Exercise

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I encourage you to tweek this list and make it your own, but I promise it will make your Thanksgiving meal (and the following upcoming holiday meals) that much more enjoyable knowing that you are aware of your body’s limits and that you are taking care of it!

Just remember that it is normal for everyone to add a couple of pounds during the colder season, especially when big heavy meals

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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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Fitting In Fitness

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The beginning of a new school year is a busy time between catching up with old friends, making new ones, and trying to find time for schoolwork while the weather is still nice and the lake is calling your name. Oh yeah, and you’re supposed to remain fit during all of the craziness? Yikes.

Making time for exercise is actually a lot easier than you think! Here are some simple ways to squeeze some fitness in during those busy college days:

1. Schedule It

Instead of telling yourself you will work out tomorrow, set a specific time of when. Schedule a time after your last class of the day, for example, and try to make it in every time you have that class. Or, wake up extra early for an early morning workout. If you have a set time to work out, it will feel like it is a part of your busy schedule and will become habitual.

Female College Student Riding Gym Bike Fitness Exercise

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2. Fitness Class

If you sign up for a fitness class, you will feel obligated to attend! These classes typically only take an hour of your time and offer a full-body workout. Most university gyms also offer group fitness classes that have a variety of ways to exercise (kickboxing, cycling, etc) and are less than an hour.

College Girls Doing Zumba Fitness Class At Gym

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3. Workout Buddy

Going to the gym is always easier when you have someone to go with. They will be encouraging you on those days when it would be easier to sleep in, rather than hitting the treadmill. Plus, the time spent will go by faster!

College Guys Working Out Together At The Gym Workout Buddies

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4. Athletic Club

Most colleges have a ton of athletic club sports or intramural teams you can join. Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, it’s a great way to meet people. Along with that, if you make friends on the team, you will want to show up to see them. Win-win!

College Guys Playing Intramural Sport Football Fitness

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5. Interval Training

Doing intervals (short, intense workout bursts with frequent rest versus one long workout) is a great way to get a lot more sweaty in a lot less time than a normal workout. This can work for weight training, the treadmill, or whatever.

Female College Student Doing Jumping Jacks Outside Fitness Interval Training

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Although it may seem like you are too busy to exercise, it is important and really not too hard to find time. There are multiple ways to find ways to make it fit, depending on your schedule and what you what to achieve. You need to fit in time for fitness!

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