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SEE for Yourself on Monday

SEE Tip: This week, strengthen your body while strengthening your mind! Take study walk-breaks. When you are studying for long periods of time, try to stand up once an hour for a few minutes. The University of Pittsburg School of Medicine has found that short bouts of exercise enhance weight loss and cardio-respiratory fitness. To learn more click here.

Quit on Monday from HKB: Set a date. When you consider quitting, it can be easy to come up with excuses to keep pushing back your first day without tobacco. You may begin to justify "just one more cigarette" if you have an upcoming stressful event (like finals) or social event (like the end of finals). Instead of allowing yourself to keep putting off the inevitable, set a date and pledge to stick to it. Mark it on your calendar and keep a tally for every day you stick to your commitment. Consider each day you go without tobacco your own personal victory.

Stressbuster Sound-off: Hand Massage: We all sat in front of computers for more hours a day than we care to think about. When we're not in front of computers, we're holding a pencil or pen, frantically taking notes. So our hand muscles get cramped. The good news is you can fix this on your own! All you need (and you don't even really need this) is some kind of lotion or cream with a scent you like. I recommend avocado oil, or those ultra-rich Bath and Body Works lotions- or warming massage oil. Squeeze a small amount on the back of one hand. Use the other to work the lotion/cream/oil into all the little pockets and crevices of your hand, the area around the muscles, the small amount of webbing between your fingers, the bases of your fingernails. Work it into your wrist too- the harder the better. Flex and extend your fingers. Stretch your palm. Do what feels good. Then do the same to the other hand. This is relaxing, refreshing, and, if what you use is lightly scented or unscented, you can do it right there in your cubicle at the library. But, as always, I recommend closing the books first! (Or closing your computer.) And of course, relaxing music is a nice accompaniment. There are plenty of online tutorials for hand massage, if you're interested. But anything will feel good. Garvi Sheth

Minimize Monday: As the weather heats up, everyone is thinking about summer and summer vacation plans. Vacations do not have to have a negative impact on the environment. You can take a sustainable vacation by vacationing locally, choosing ground transportation, and staying at green hotels. All of these decisions will cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. In most cases, these tips will also cut back on your expenses as well. For more information, click here.