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9.27.2010

SEE for Yourself on Monday!

9.27.2010
SEE Tip: Sleep: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, by doing work in bed, we begin to associate work with our bed, and it becomes more difficult to fall asleep in that environment. Keep your bed for sleeping! For more information, check out the SEE for Yourself on Monday table at the Breezeway today from 11-1 pm.

Quit Tip from HKB: Many people who contemplate quitting are concerned about the potential for weight gain as cigarettes are often an appetite suppressant. Among those that do gain weight, the average is only a 6-8 pound gain. But don't let the fear of a few extra pounds deter you from protecting your health! There are many helpful tricks you can use to curb your appetite and avoid the weight gain. You may find these tricks add to your already healthier lifestyle!

Mellow Out Monday: With mid-terms fast approaching this can be an even more stressful time for Hopkins students. Having to recall a ton of information from the past few weeks is all ready stressful enough so why add to it?! The good news is that you have the power to minimize your mid-term stress. Here’s how:
•    Avoid the all mighty “All-Nighter” – “A study in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Journal found that students who regularly pulled all-nighters tended to have lower GPAs than those who didn’t.”
•    Decrease your caffeine intake –  it’s been shown that while caffeine can give you a temporary jolt, it can be followed by a later crash sapping you of your energy.  Find more natural ways of boosting your energy by getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising.
•    Stay away from study parties especially if you find them distracting or counterproductive. Before you know it hours could pass without even cracking open a book!
•    Avoid procrastination – hasty cramming may get embedded into your short-term memory but it won’t remain for long.
•    Don’t focus too much on the outcome of the exam as this can cause even more test anxiety. Being overly anxious can actually cause you to do more poorly or score lower on an exam than you normally would. Instead try using positive affirmations , visualizing success, or deep breathing exercises.
•    Let Stressbusters melt your stress away. FREE 5-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday: Fall is here! It’s time to take out your fall clothes, and put away your summer clothes. Although, you may want to think twice before you stow your clothes with mothballs. The active ingredient in mothballs is a pesticide called napthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Not only are pesticides bad for the environment, but according to the EPA, even short-term exposure to that pesticide can manifest as a host of serious health problems. Instead of using mothballs to combat the musty smell which resides in clothes after storage, considering washing your clothes after removing them from storage or stowing them with cedar chips. Learn more about toxic mothballs and other household toxins on The Daily Green.

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