Relax & Refresh

Relax & Refresh

Sometimes, you just need a couple hours to yourself. School or work might have been overwhelming, you might have issues occurring in your relationships, or maybe you just had a grueling week and want to reward yourself. Regardless, in my experience, relaxing and refreshing can be very effective in productivity and feeling a sense of well being. Here are some of the things that I have done in the past to pamper myself!

1.) Hike or take a walk in nature. Even sitting in nature and taking it all in clears my head and makes me feel better.

Views from an awesome hike
Acai Pomegranate Bubble tea

2.) Go out to eat. Yes, sometimes food can be a wonderful reward! This past weekend, I went to a restaurant called Asian Bistro to have delicious hot stone bibimbap, and then I also had lunch at a Japanese restaurant where I had avocado sushi. For snack, I got myself a raisin croissant and an acai pomegranate bubble tea. Everything was so delicious and I felt so happy afterwards!

Vegetarian bibimbap

3.) Go on a run. I’m not a big runner (especially compared to Stephanie), but running helps me “run off my stresses” and “run away from my problems”!

Views from a recent run
Custard pudding- almondy and delicious!

4.) Cook and try out a new recipe. My friend and I made egg custards together, and we had an amazing time bonding and cooking. Even if you’re cooking by yourself (as I often am), cooking is a great way to relax. Seeing and eating the final product gives me an amazing feeling. See my first ever blog post on Why I Love to Cook 🙂

5.) Hang out with your family and/or friends. Whether it’s playing board games together, watching a movie, walking around town, or just talking, being with other people makes me feel happier.

6.) Take a long shower, put on a face mask, and listen to music. Your skin will thank you and you’ll feel super refreshed!

7.) Take a half-day trip by visiting a farm, going to the city (if there’s a city near you), visiting a museum, going to a flea market, or something else.

Farm trip
KALE Heaven

8.) Try something thrilling-like white-water kayaking, or rock climbing 🙂

9.) Take a nap-cause sleep is amazing and I can never get enough of it!

Now that I’ve shared my tips, I hope you feel super inspired.

In the words of my mom: “Work hard, play hard!”

Love,

Serena

How to Survive Finals

How to Survive Finals

So it’s that time of the year, or close to at least. Serena and I attend a school who runs on a trimester schedule (like as two finals isn’t enough), so we have our winter term final right before spring break. With that in mind, this post could either be the perfect timing if your school runs on a trimester schedule too, or a post too early if your school runs on a semester schedule (which I am awfully missing and jealous about). Regardless of which schedule your school runs on, here are my tips on how to survive finals in regards to health. Being that this is a health blog and NOT a study blog, I won’t be going into how to maintain self-control, avoid procrastination, and etc, and also because I’m procrastinating by writing this post, so I can’t talk about self-control.

Anywho, here are my top 3 tips!

 

  1. Go easy on the caffeine, chug down the water | During finals week, I see the recycle bins in our schools filled with Starbucks latte and coffee cups. Please … do me and your body a favor, and go easy on the caffeine. I don’t think it’s necessary to go into details of why coffee is bad for you. Nobody goes around boasting to themselves that they’ve drank two cups of coffee. (If you still aren’t sure, here’s a link from Mayo Clinic). Water is a HUGE part of your body and your body is one of the most energy expensive organs in your body. Add the two and two together, and you realize that your brain needs water to function properly.

 

  1. Exercise | Now, I know this may seem contradictory where I should be telling you guys to sit and study instead of exercise. However, just go out and be active for 30 minutes. I see so many of my friends going to the library right after their finals claiming that they are “studying for the final tomorrow.” However, I see them just binge watching on their TV shows or not completely focused because their brains are exhausted. Instead, I go for an easy jog or hop on the bike for 30 minutes to release stress and clear my brain. I can truly attest to this, but after I exercise, I am a lot more focused when I study. (Also, it’s been touted that exercise improves brain function, specifically brain memory as this Harvard study states)

 

  1. Sleep well, eat well. | As students, sleep is a commodity. However, out of experience, we all know that sleep can make it or break it. Instead of pulling an all-nighter, shut your books and make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep. Also, make sure you eat well. I know with finals season everybody is in zombie mode where people study, sleep, eat with their pajamas or something of the like. With your body extremely tired and you looking and feeling sloppy, it’s easy to have lunch for pizza, eat a tub of ice cream just for the heck of it (but partly due to stress)  and just eat a whole ton of junk food. Instead, stick to foods high in fiber – like oatmeal for breakfast, so you can have constant energy while taking your finals or while studying for them.

 

What are your tips and tricks for finals?

xoxo,

Stephanie