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4.17.2011

SEE For Yourself on Monday

4.17.2011
Sleep is one of our body’s most essential needs. As college students, we tend to deprive our body of sleep. We choose the library over our beds in hopes of obtaining optimal grades. While our grades may not be suffering, our bodies and minds are! Depriving your body of sleep not only affects health, but your overall academic performance. Although that seems counter intuitive, according to a Stanford University study sleep deprived students have been shown to have a lower overall GPA. Feeling a little more groggy than usual after Spring Fair weekend? Trying to catch up on sleep all at once can actually make you feel drowsier. This week try going to sleep a half hour earlier, and wake up a half hour later each day this week. For more information and tips on sleep click here.

Quit on Monday tip: do some deep breathing each day for 3 to 5 minutes. Breathe in through your nose very slowly, hold the breath for a few seconds, and exhale very slowly through your mouth. Try doing your breathing with your eyes closed and visualize yourself as a non-smoker. SEE yourself turning down a cigarette that someone offers you. Develop your own creative visualizations to help SEE yourself become smoke-free.

Mellow Out Monday tip:  Take a moment and think - when was the last time you had some quality, quiet time? Personal space for students in college rarely exists. You may share your room, your bathroom, classrooms, dining hall, the gym, the library, etc. Finding a few moments of peace and quiet - with no cell phone, roommates, or crowds - might be just what you need. Stepping out from the crazy, hectic environment for a few minutes can do wonders for reducing your stress. SEE for yourself. Of course getting a free back rub from Stressbusters is another great way to melt your stress away. FREE five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday tip: Replace your disposables. Don’t dispose of your income by buying disposables. Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones, like razors, food storage containers, batteries, ink cartridges (such as refill ink), coffee filters, and furnace or air conditioner filters. Take the opportunity while spring cleaning to inventory the disposables in your home, kick the habit, and save a few bucks.

Gear Up for the Green!
With Earth Day coming up this Friday, April 22, organizations across the university and the city are planning a multitude of interesting and engaging events to showcase their work and foster and celebrate sustainability in our community. Check out Hopkins’ Earth Week (April 18-23) and Baltimore’s Green Week (April 16-23).

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