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The Power Of A Nap

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With classes in full swing, you may be finding it a bit difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t feel guilty about a power nap before you start studying, there are many benefits associated with sneaking in a decent nap before class or starting homework.

1. Memory

Napping improves your working memory associated with completing complex tasks where you actually need to pay attention. While you are sleeping, your memories are moved to the neocortex and become stored as long-term memories.

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2. Perception

Naps improve your sensory perception, meaning when you wake up your walls are brighter, your Chipotle smells better, and your Dr. Pepper is that much more refreshing. Napping also loosens and refreshes your web of ideas and helps fuse everything together. Think of it like re-fragmenting your computer; this is what sleeping does to your brain.

Young College Girl Waking Up From Sleeping Refreshed Memory

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3. Health

Sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol weakens your muscular and immune system, increases glucose intolerance, adds abdominal fat, and decreases levels of growth hormones and testosterone in your body.

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4. Normal Functioning

Piling homework on with no sleep actually decreases your productivity. Sleep is required for normal daily functioning, especially for the life of a busy college student. So do yourself a favor and take a quick nap every now and then. You won’t regret it.

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Anyone sleepy yet?

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How To Manage Stress In College

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College students are under a lot of pressure at school. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for each class we take really puts the pressure on making sure we pass, otherwise we not only wasted money, we wasted time. And finding out we didn’t pass a class, or an important test, can only add to the stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

Whether you are going to be a freshman in college this fall, or you are just continuing on as an undergrad, there are plenty of ways to help manage your stress levels this school year.

1. Essential Oils

Lavender is one of the best scents to have around you in the morning, before a test, or even before you fall asleep at night. It’s known for its calming capabilities to decrease anxiety and provide a natural stress relief. You can inhale the scent through a diffuser, you can squeeze a few drops into a warm bath before bed, or you can add a few drops to your morning/evening cup of tea. Essential oils are available at most health stores.

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2. Breathing Exercises

I know, I know. Breathing techniques don’t usually get an overwhelmingly positive cheer. Most of the time, that is because a lot of people have trouble forcing themselves to pause and really focus on their breathing. In a yoga class I took this summer, I learned a really helpful technique: alternating breathing through each nostril. SHAPE magazine explains this technique here.

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3. Take Care Of Business Early

When I was in college, often times I worried about having enough time to get things done. I was working two jobs and always had at least three classes to manage. Early on, I figured out that getting homework or studying done early was the key to not feeling overwhelmed and preventing stress headaches.

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4. Get A Massage

Check your health center for massage deals they have for students. Usually it will cost a lot less than going to a regular massage clinic in town. At my campus, it was about a dollar a minute, sometimes less! Your campus also has counseling centers, which can be really helpful if you just need to someone to talk to about your worries. Counselors always have great insight.

Male College Student Getting Massage

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It will also help that in addition to all of this, to eat healthy, get in exercise (even if it’s just a brief walk in the evenings), and go to sleep early! Do not cheat yourself on sleep! When you are tired and not taking care of yourself, things tend to seem worse than they are since your anxiety increases as your patience decreases.

Stress is not good for your health, so treat yourself to some relaxation and be sure to take it easy!

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Start The Semester Strong

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With school gearing back up, many are in the mindset of how to make this year the best yet. After an enjoyable summer break, spending time with family and friends, exotic vacations, and maybe even a break from classes, it is now time to think about this new semester. There are a few things you need to consider about how to make this fall the best it can be.

1. Classes

After the first day of class, read the syllabus thoroughly, go through and place all important dates for the entire semester into your iCal or planner. Organizing dates in the beginning will allow you time to plan and complete work ahead of time, you also won’t have to rely on your professor to remind you. Want to take it a step further? Organize your classes into individual folders to keep all of your pertinent information and assignments.

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2. Body

You have worked so hard for that summer time body, don’t let it go just because classes start. Don’t fit exercising into your schedule; make it a part of your schedule. We also have to remember to make it a habit of eating right. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all like to indulge in a couple brownies every now and then, just don’t pig out on unhealthy snacks. If you start your body off right, it will become second nature. Spring break will be here before you know it and you won’t even have to worry if you stay healthy!

College students exercising at the gym on treadmills to stay fit

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3. Living

We are college students – it is impossible to keep your room pristine all the time. Just take an hour or so once a week and straighten everything up. Your roommate will love you even more, and you’ll be surprised just how calming and relaxing it is. Your parents might even be surprised at this new habit.

Clean Dorm Bedroom Organization Space

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Fall semester is always interesting. You are reconnected with friends, face the chaos of moving into your dorm or apartment, take new classes, and have new professors. As the semester progresses, you will develop a pattern and everything will become second nature. Be sure to incorporate these habits into your semester routine early to insure that you are in for a great semester.

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4 Ways To Workout In Your Dorm

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For college students, between papers, study groups, and finals, pretty much all of our time is dedicated to school. When we do get a free moment, it’s not enough time to get ourselves to a gym. Luckily, there are a few techniques you can do in the privacy of your dorm room or apartment that will get you some kind of workout benefit without having to dedicate a lot of time going to a gym.

1. Weights

Go to the nearest sports store or even Target or Walmart and pick up a few free weights. If you haven’t been a regular weight lifter, you may want to start out with light weights. Use the weights two or three times a day and do 3 sets of 10. You can even do it while studying or watching TV! It doesn’t take very long and you’ll see results fairly quickly.

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2. Resistance Bands

You can do lunges, plieés, or any other type of exercise you can think of with resistance bands, which improve strength and balance. Pick one up at Target from anywhere between $10-$20 and look up some workouts on YouTube.

Resistance Bands Workout

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3. Video Workouts

Google is your best friend when it comes to dance routines, pilatés stretches, or anything else that will get your body up and moving. Even just turning on the stereo for 15 minutes and dancing your heart out will give you a nice workout.

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4. Use Your Furniture

Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the bed at your hips. Scoot your bottom off the bed and bend your elbows to lower your body a few inches. You can also use your desk to do standing push-ups. Put your hands on the edge of the desk about shoulder-width apart. Bending your elbows, lower your upper body down until you’re about six inches from the desk. Push back up. Do 3 sets of 10 for both. Get creative for other workouts!

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When it comes to working out, find something that is fun so getting a workout in is not a chore or something you dread. See if your roommate will do the workouts with you! You can motivate each other and reward yourselves at the end of each week for keeping to your routine.

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Alternative Workouts: No Gym Required

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One of the best things about being a student in college is getting free access to a recreation center with all of the treadmills, ellipticals, but what about when you go home for the summer and you can no longer access the gym? Not to worry! There are a ton of ways to get a great workout without ever setting foot in a gym.

1. Ultimate Frisbee

Get your friends together for a giant game of Ultimate Frisbee or Capture the Flag. It’s amazing how much fun doing sprint intervals can be when you have a flag in your hand and a bunch of people chasing you.

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2. Hiking

There is a mountain, or at least a large hill, in every town. Climb it! Extra points for jogging at least part of it and snapping an Instagram of the view from the top (you know you’re going to).

Young woman college student hiking up the moutains outdoors

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3. Inspiration

Look up sample workouts on Pinterest. Not only does Pinterest have inspiring workout quotes and pictures of ripped fitness models to get you motivated, it has an unlimited supply of sample workouts. Want to tone those abs? There’s probably a thousand ways on Pinterest. Want to target those inner thighs? Same deal. Be careful, though, because Pinterest also has food ideas that can undo that workout in a heartbeat (case in point, I just re-pinned a recipe for “S’mores Cookie Brownie Bites. Goodbye, abs).

Pinterest Fitness Board Inspiration

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4. Jogging Date

Have a jogging catch-up date with a friend. I hate having sit-down conversations with people, so I always suggest jogging instead of coffee. Not only do you get to catch up with a friend, your endorphins make small talk so much easier. And it is completely normal to have awkward pauses while you both huff and puff up a hill.

Girl and Guy College Student Jogging Together Outside

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5. Biking

I always forget how much I love biking until I actually do it, then I start pedaling and I get flashbacks to kindergarten and I fall in love all over again! Plus, riding your bike to work or the store is a great way to burn those extra calories (and save on gas).

Girl College Student Biking In City

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6. Swimming

Find a pool or lake. Whether you do lap swimming or play Marco Polo, it’s a great place to get a great workout and a tan.

Male College Student Diving into Swimming Pool

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You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. Just get creative and you can work out anywhere! What are some of your favorite ways to get fit?

 

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