Posts Tagged 'spring break'

Spring Break Stress Relief

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Spring Break is upon us and that can only mean one important thing – a week off dedicated to relaxation and giving yourself some “me-time” that you know has been way long overdue. What better way to make the most out of your upcoming week of de-stressing than to forget about your past worries and find ways to unwind. Take this precious time to freshen and rejuvenate your mind, spirit, and body in order to conquer for a bigger and brighter tomorrow – well, in this case, the following week to come once break comes to an end! 

Meditation

Who knew finding your inner zen can lead to reduced stress, control in anxiety, promotion in emotional health, enhanced self-awareness, reduction in memory loss, and much more!

Yoga

While you are in the process of trying to find your “center,” you are also increasing your flexibility and muscle strength, improving respiration and energy, maintaining a balanced metabolism, losing weight, an overall boost in cardio and circulatory health, improvement in athletic performance, along with overall protection from injury.

Write

Writing expressively has been known to improve mood, stress levels symptoms of depression, blood pressure, the function of the lungs and liver, and overall well being. Who knew the simple act of writing was capable of benefiting your health in all these ways? You don’t have to be a professional writer to get started. Just pick up a pen and paper and let your mind run wild! 

Get Creative

There are many ways to unleash your creativity. Whether it be knitting, pottery, painting, etc. – the world is your canvas and the options are endless. It has the ability to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, boosts brain function, prevent disease, and increases immune health. Channeling your inner Picasso has never looked so healthy!

Read a Book

Nothing beats feeling like a child again in having time to unwind to your favorite book. Not only does it let you escape out of reality into your own world, but it has the ability to improve brain functioning which helps with your memory, reduces stress, and improves your critical thought while feeding into your emotional intelligence – which can be useful in many situations!

Warm Bath

Although indulging in a rushed hot shower is nice on daily basis, there is nothing better than dedicating some time to a bath. Your session can go from 15 minutes all the way to an hour long shower – it is all up to you. Your time in the bath in customizable to how you want to spend it – whether that be watching some Netflix, talking to a friend on the phone, listening to relaxing music, or even just reflecting in silence. Whichever way you choose to spend it can result in lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, relieving muscle tension, improves blood circulation, and positive skin benefits. It is the best way to reward yourself at end the night, since it relaxes the body into better preparing it to fall asleep.

Although these are life’s simplest pleasures, we often tend to take these for granted. Use this Spring Break to focus on you. If you feel good, you do good. Prioritize working towards your health and overall wellness today!


Have a fun and safe Spring Break,

Diana Banzon

 

7 Ways to Wellness

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It is spring break! (Almost). It is almost time for us to take a much needed break from our crazy-busy lives. Whether you are enjoying a break at home with family, or going to a beautiful, warm vacation destination (I am slightly jealous), this break gives us the perfect opportunity to work on our wellness. The cool thing about wellness is that it means something different to everyone, and being well can be accomplished in so many different ways. The other neat thing about it being different for everyone, is that means everyone can do it! Everyone can be well in their own way. The trick is to find a way that works for you. I want you all to try something new over spring break, something that will fuel your wellness. If you don’t know where to start, I have a list of 10 great options ready for you.

Read a book.

And no I don’t mean any old textbook that you’re used to. Step outside of your comfort zone and pick up something completely different. Try out a new genre. You may end up loving it, and if you don’t, hey, you learned something new about yourself!

Get some sleep.

This is so important! Most people do not get enough sleep, and that is so detrimental to our overall health and well-being. You are not the only one that has struggled with getting the right amount of sleep. If you need to, seek help from your doctor, or recruit a family member to hide your phone from you at 9 pm every night!

Go outside.

Fresh air is a beautiful thing. Even if you are not planning a trip to sunny Mexico over the break, get outside. Wisconsin weather is pretty unpredictable, but in the end your body will thank you. Get outside and get some exercise!

Talk to a stranger.

Make a new friend! There are so many interesting and wonderful people in this world. You never know what is behind a stranger’s face. Everyone has the potential to offer you something useful, whether it be a simple piece of advice, a hard life lesson, or an amazing friendship.

Make art.

Be creative! Now, I may be biased since I am an artist, but you have to give it a shot! Diving into the creativity of art frees your mind and lets it wander. It lets you forget about all of your worries for a moment in time. Give it a shot, be creative!

Volunteer.

Put yourself out there and give back to your community. I am a strong believer in the power of service for everybody. Helping is a great way to lift others up and a great way to lift yourself up too. Helping feels good and it makes a difference. Be the difference!

Relax.

This may be the most important one of all. Actually allow yourself to take a break. Everything these days is always GO, GO, GO. And while it keeps our lives exciting, it can be exhausting. So please, allow yourself some much needed relaxation.

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful break, and please, please, please, try something new from this list! I would love to see you all do something to kick start your wellness over the next couple weeks.

Alicia Diedrich

Take a break this spring break

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With spring break coming up at the end of this week, I sat here wondering what Marquette employees do during this time off, I realized it probably looks very different from most students’ spring breaks. Many of Marquette’s employees that work in the offices on campus may not have time off at all. While Marquette’s professors will likely be working on grading papers and midterms, and preparing for their classes after spring break is over.

While I do have a few papers to write and tests to prepare for after break, grading hundreds of papers and tests or working full time during my break does not sound appealing in the least. I wanted to offer a word of advice for Marquette’s employees that do not get a “Spring Break.”

You may be busy during the time off from classes, but you should not be so busy that you do not take any time for yourself. Make sure you carve in some personal time to work on your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. Afterall, without having wellness in the forefront of your mind at all times, it can seem like a chore to do these things everyday.

No matter how busy my day is, I always make sure to take time to do something that betters myself in some way. Whether it is as simple as turning on my salt lamp, lighting a candle, doing some yoga and strength training, or simply eating an apple or a banana. These small measures have great effects in my life. I know that even if I’ve had a crazy busy day, I at least have one relaxing thing to look forward to at the end of my day. I want to encourage you to do the same. While you may be preoccupied during spring break, I challenge you to take some time for yourself, and your family. Set aside at least one day to work on your wellness. Do something that makes you happy. I don’t care if it’s binge watching a show on Netflix (everybody needs those lazy days), or if it’s taking time to spend with your family, or your pet. Book a massage for yourself, get your hair done, go for a walk, treat yourself to that new restaurant you’ve been eyeing up for weeks. Anything that will give your mind a break from the work is acceptable in my eyes.

I myself have used the excuse of not having time, but when it comes down to it, it was only because I was not prioritizing my well-being. Taking care of ourselves is so often seen as a burden, because yes it does take time, it does take determination. However, it doesn’t have to be this terrible burden. Taking care of yourself is a privilege, be glad to do something that is good for you. As I mentioned, it does not even have to be time consuming, if you absolutely have to, you can light a candle, drink tea, or eat an apple while you are busy with your day-to-day tasks, at least it’s a start!

 

Alicia Diedrich

 

Spring breaking the healthy way

I have a feeling that you might be just as stoked as I am about spring break coming up next week. Whether you’re hitting the road like me, adventuring with the family or spending your time relaxing at home, being safe and healthy should still be a priority. Here are a few ways to continue living in wellness even on break.

Get up and out. Even if you’re here at home, don’t get caught bumming around all day everyday. Yes, relaxing is nice, but take the time to get a good walk in, ride your bike or go for a quick run. Even a day-trip wandering through the local museums will guarantee a better, more productive day than stuffing your face with Cheetos and binge-watching “Friends,” (debatably).

You know what’s cooler than being really, really tan? Not developing melanoma. Blah blah blah, here comes the the sunscreen lecture again. But really, people, this is a serious thing. The sun’s rays are scientifically proven to cause damage to your skin that can lead to cancer. So please, enjoy the day on the beach, reading a book in the sunshine, but soak up some suntan lotion along with that Vitamin D. It could save you tons of trips to the doctor’s later in life, not to mention – sunburn really hurts!

Hold yourself to your eating habits. Even though spring break is a little bit like a real-life-hiatus, being sure to continue fueling your body well is important. Especially if you are on vacation, it can be easy to eat junky, not-so-good-for-you food. Avoid this by preplanning meals and bringing along healthy snacks, like sliced peppers, carrots, granola or pasta salads.

Catch the Zzzzs. Finally, this is your chance to catch up on that sleep you might be missing from the past week’s midterm rush. Erase those dark circles under your eyes with bountiful naps, sleeping in and early bedtimes. Certainly use the days off to adventure and enjoy time with family and friends, but don’t forget to rest up to finish out the rest of the week (and the school year) strong!


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