6 ways to relax this week

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Ah, Finals Week. For most high school and college students, it’s the most horrible time of the year. Between chugged red bulls and tears, teenagers are cramming as much information as they can into their tired brains. Stress levels have skyrocketed, but not to worry. Here are 6 quick and easy ways to just relax.

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  1. Glitter Jars. DIY your own glitter jar with just a Mason jar, 2 tablespoons of glitter glue, loose glitter, 1 cup of hot water, and 1 drop of food coloring.

Combine the water and glitter glue – feel free to mix colors for interesting effects. Stir until the glue chunks have dissolved. Add loose glitter until about ¾ of an inch rests at the bottom. Fill the jar up with more water, leaving about an inch of shaking room at the top.

Finally, add the food coloring, tightly fasten the lid, and shake. It will settle in 2 minutes. Then, have fun with your glitter jar. They are proven to reduce anxiety and calm down minds, which is perfect for finals week.

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  1. Is your brain too exhausted to put to work on arts and crafts? Worry not, the website omfgdogs.com is suited for hours of mindless staring at the computer screen. It features rows of dogs running seemingly nowhere on a rainbow background with fun music accompanying. If you need a smile this week, be sure to visit the site. Be cautious; it features flashing colors and pictures and is not suitable for those who experience medical conditions such as seizures.

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  1. Yoga and Meditation. No matter how strange you may find it, yoga and meditation is a proven stress and anxiety reliever. All you need is a mat, comfortable and stretchy clothes, and a quiet place where you will not be bothered. There are tutorials online and many yoga places around town.

Awarefull, located on 925 E Harmony Road at #450, has daily available practices from viniyoga and hatha yoga.Mindstream Yoga, 2733 Council Tree Ave #129, offers daily Powerstream, Fusionstream, Sculptstream, and more. If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet new friends, Fossil offers yoga during late start.

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  1. Physical activity. If you’re not the sit down, breathe, relax and stretch kind of person, physical activities can always help to relieve stress and pent up aggression. A popular activity recently has been kickboxing, and places such as TITLE Boxing Club ( 4360 S College Ave) offers kickboxing and more. Try taking a jog or doing some pushups to help keep your body healthy and functioning and burn off some of those cheetos you binge- ate at 3 am.

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  1. Personal hygiene is always important to improving your comfort level. Many practices, such as brushing your hair or washing your hands under warm water, can calm down the mind. Feeling clean will reduce your anxiety. Take a hot shower or wash your face, then get back to studying.

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6. Take a well earned break. Student, you’ve been working tirelessly and it’s time to take some self- care time. Close that textbook, save your work on your laptop, push away those papers and take a deep breath. This week will pass and so will your stress. You’re going to be fine, and you’re going to do great. Be sure to get enough rest, food, and socialization in, because your health is more important than any test you’ll get this week. Best of luck, Fossil, and have a great winter break.