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Ways to Relax

Presentations, meetings, research papers, and midterms; to say this time of the year can get extremely difficult is an understatement.  With all of these things going on, it is easy to forget to take time for yourself, let alone breathe.  Luckily, there are easy fixes to distress, and we have six of them. So just sit back, relax, and read.


Channel your inner Lululemon model and get your yogi on! Finding your balance through strength and breath is an excellent way to distress.  LA offers many local yoga studios, YouTube has tons of at-home yoga classes, and LMU’s Burns Rec Center has many classes to offer. Namaste, ladies.


2. #SweatItOut

When you’re stressed, sometimes the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, just a 25-minute baby cardio session can give you enough energy to conquer the rest of the day.


3. Get a mani pedi.

Like Elle Woods taught us back in the day, manicure/pedicures can make you feel better no matter what. So grab a bestie, and squeeze in a little “ahhh!” between classes.


4. Go on a hike.

Los Angeles has so many great hiking trails. Whether you want waterfalls, steep hills, or an easy stroll, there is bound to be a hike for you. Taking a hike can help clear the mind, and getting a pretty Instagram out of it is always an added bonus!


5. Read a book.

Television and movies will always be a favorite escape, but reading is better for the mind.  Head over to your local Barnes & Noble and wander around – something for surely catch your eye.


6. Journal.

Write down your thoughts and get them out on some paper. Sometimes simply writing your thoughts can help you find peace in all of the craziness around you.  It also is a great way to help you make decisions. 

Paige is a junior Communications Studies major and Journalism minor at Loyola Marymount University. Paige is a coffee lover, fitness fiend, and pop-culture addict. Born and raised close by in Orange County, this energetic blonde is known for her social media addictions and obsession with Hunger Games. Although Paige is twenty-one, she will happily choose a night with Netflix or Hulu over going out. Twitter is her number #1 bae, and she recommends you follow her at @paigencatton. 
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