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SEE Tip: Closing your eyes after a long day and all you want to do is sleep, but your brain has other plans.  You just want to shut it off, drown out the thoughts, but all you do is toss and turn, right?  Stress might be keeping you from getting that desired shut eye.  So, instead of focusing on the desired outcome (sleep), focus on ways to reduce your stress.

1. Yoga poses: Try one or all three of these poses from this Buzzfeed article!

2. Music: Embrace the power of listening to music.  Researchers found that people who listen to music (versus no music) were more likely experience reduced anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure. 

3. Progressive Relaxation: Tense and release each area of the body, working your way from the toes to the top of the head

4. Get a massage: Hello, Stressbusters! Get a Free 5-7 minute back rub from Stressbusters tonight at the MSE on Q level from 8-10pm.  You can also stop by Mudd Atrium on Wednesdays for Wind Down Wednesdays. Don't miss a chance for a free back rub which can only help in your quest for more ZZZ's.

5. Write: The thoughts swirling around your head need a place to go. Try writing them out in a journal or day planner. Sometimes the thoughts are things to remember for the next day-- instead of worrying about remembering something, instead, write it down so you can let your mind relax and wake up to the written reminder in the morning.  If it is other thoughts keeping you from rest, write those thoughts down.  Writing it out will allow you to process it better, or come back to it another time (when you actually have time to think about it).


Blue Zone tip from PEEPs


Ever wake up feeling like you just got hit by a bus after a long night of drinking? You are likely very dehydrated and are craving a coffee or a greasy breakfast. Though this might sound great, it won’t “cure” your hangover. In fact, the only thing that will help is time. Give yourself time to rest and make sure to drink water or drinks with electrolytes, such as sodium or potassium, to nourish your body.

Although drinking might seem fun after a stressful week, it’s usually not worth it when you wake up late on a Sunday with a massive headache and feeling like you can’t study. Not only does alcohol cause these, but alcohol contributes to a host of health problems, such as liver disease, academic problems, sexual assault, and many other types of harmful biological conditions. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 25% of college students report academic problems from drinking, such as class absence, poor exam grades, and generally lower grades. Additionally, 599,000 students between 18 and 14 experience unintentional injuries from harmful drinking behavior.

Drinking in moderate amounts can make you feel less stressed or happier, but there are better ways to reduce stress than drinking copious amount of alcohol. For example, you can talk to a friend, go for a run, or get off campus to experience Baltimore. Keep in mind that drinking isn’t necessarily a sustainable way to reduce stress or have fun! It’s extremely important to be careful and know when to stop drinking, or know when you are in the “blue zone.”