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2.28.2011

SEE (Sleep, Eat Well, Exercise) for Yourself on Monday!

2.28.2011
SEE Tip:  Having trouble remembering things? Maybe you should increase the amount of hours you are sleeping per night. Studies show that in order for the brain to consolidate new information, “sharp wave ripples” are required to transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex, where long-term memories are stored. “Sharp wave ripples,” occur in the hippocampus during stages three and four of sleep. To maximize the amount of information you remember, maximize the hours of sleep you are getting nightly. The National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 7 hours a night for college students. Want an A+ on your next exam? Get some SLEEP! Stop by the SEE table today at Levering from 11-1 pm for more info and give-aways.


Quit Tip from HKB: Thinking about quitting? The very first thing you need to do is to believe in yourself. Believe that you can quit. Think about some of the most difficult things you have done in your life (like getting into Hopkins) and realize that you have the guts and determination to quit smoking. It's all up to you. You can do it!


Unfortunately there's no 'one size fits all' remedy for stress management since everyone reacts so differently, even to the same exact stressor. Next time you're hit with a lot of stress try using the four A's: Avoid the stressor, Alter it, Adapt to it, or Accept it. If one strategy works better than the rest keep doing it. You are in control after all even if it doesn't feel that way. Another strategy is to get a free back-rub from a Stressbuster. Be one of the first 10 people to get a backrub tonight and receive a FREE "fan" t-shirt. 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:  Americans consume more than a billion bottles of water each week and we spent $15 billion last year alone. Ironically, water is virtually free! So grab your reusable bottle or mug and fill up at the water fountain at work or the tap at home. Buy a water filter and dispenser for your home use to convert tap water to drinking water and save on the long run. You will be doing our planet and your bank account a favor. Click here to check out an interactive environmental site about the diminishing supply of fresh drinking water on Earth.

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