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Give it a Rest!

This time of year you can’t help but want to curl up and catch some extra Zzz’s after a busy week at work or school. Here are a few things that are at the top of my list to give a rest right now.


The Spring-Summer 2015 runways were full of undone-done hair, which is convenient because I’m super tired of blow-drying and curling/straightening my hair. Let your hair relax for a little bit by taking your shower the night before class or work. Pin it in place while it’s damp so that when you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is unravel your luscious locks from the bun and you’re ready to hit the road.

Tip: If your hair doesn’t cooperate with you when you let it dry naturally, let it air dry on the weekends and stick with your styling tools during the week.



If you’re hitting the gym, make sure you allow your body some time to rest. Take a day off your normal routine to try a new class – one that will allow your muscles to recover and rebuild, as well as give your brain an opportunity to relax.

Tip: Try switching out that intense spin class or circuit weight training for a Pilates or restorative yoga session. Remember, maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. 


Are your nails weak and brittle from months of wearing normal or gel nail polish? Yeah, mine too… It’s time to get the polish removed and let your nails breathe. Save the time and money to wear polish on your toes for when you can actually see it.

Tip: Spring-Summer 2015 runways have shown very neutral, if not completely nude nails. You can be fashionable while letting your nails rest.



You already know how important getting enough quality sleep is to your well-being, but time and time again we have to remind ourselves to go to bed at a decent hour (instead of staying up to watch The Bachelor or old episodes of Friends). Ensure you’re getting optimal hours of sleep, this way you can combat that 3pm wall like a champ – with a little help from a good cup ‘o joe of course. 


It’s nearing the end of the semester and our bank accounts aren’t looking as healthy as they did in September. Help yourself out by making small adjustments to your spending habits, like putting a hiatus on buying coffee! Instead, make a little extra in the morning and bring it to school or work with you. You know you probably can’t afford that Starbucks or two you’re buying every day anyways – at least go to McDonalds and save up enough stickers for a free coffee every once and a while.

Tip: Monitor how much money you’re saving – it adds up! When the warmer weather approaches, you’ll feel great switching from home-brewed hot coffee to crafting a cup of iced coffee for the road.


Collegiettes, what do you think you should give a rest? 



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I'm a third year Honours Public Relations student at the University of Ottawa and am originally from Leamington, Ontario. I like to read, stay fit and spend time with family & friends!
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