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Decompress with These Not-So-Common Study Sesh Songs

Music is the best relaxation during ripping and running a stressful week of midterms. Believe me, when I tell you college is fun and all until it comes to the back-to-back tests. So tired from all the studying that you feel like you can’t fit another thing into your brain or else it’ll explode. Or too distracted by the number of projects due that you forget to eat or drink water?! We have all been there. But studying doesn’t always need to feel like a chore. But there’s always a way to make the study sesh feel a little bit better – relaxing even. So sit back and relax to hear these suggestions on how to improve your time.

Use the IOS 15 to Your Advantage

On the newest iPhone update, there is a feature that you can add background noises with your music playing. These noises include white noise, rain, ocean, and stream sound effects. The theory is that playing these noises will put you in a state of deep relaxation – allowing your body to decompress when listening to your go-to RnB song and pumping out that 7-page paper due at the end of the week. Doing this change may feel odd or distracting at first, but the way it can block out other surrounding noise is heavenly.


Although podcast has become a more popular activity this past year, it is still underrated. The wide variety of topics is endless. It may take a couple of tries, but once you find your fav host to listen to, it is all smooth sailing from there. The idea of podcasts is something I have become obsessed with because the same playlist can get kinda boring after a while. But when you put on a podcast, you give all control to the host to guide the conversation, open your mind to new ideas, and learn something new along the way.

Yoga/Deep Meditation Guidance

I know in the midst of studying, the last thing on your mind is yoga. But yoga and guided mediation are more than deep breathing. It is about your mental health and making sure that you are finding pockets of relaxation throughout the day. Even if you are taking a 10-minute break in between studying for those two classes, you are giving yourself time to debrief and absorb all the information you try to crame in there. So try to fit one break time that includes no technology whatsoever to give your body time to heal and move on to the next section.

Nia Tate

Hampton U '23

Hi, girlies! My name is Nia Tate and I am a Junior Health Sciences Major and Sociology from Seattle, Washington. I aspire to work at a non-profit organization that works towards equity in the health care system. A lot of my hobbies include yoga/meditation, kickboxing, trips to the lake, and upcycling old clothes into creating something new. I also aspire to travel the world and experience all different types of cultures and fashion. Some of my dream destinations I hope to visit include Japan, Brazil, and Greece!
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