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5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Day

Balancing school, work, extracurricular activities, and a social life can be stressful as a college student. You feel overwhelmed and it’s hard on your health. Sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up to help us feel happy and rejuvenated again. Here are 5 ways to bring a little sunshine into your life!

1. Buy your favorite flowers

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Nothing puts a smile on your face faster than flowers. For just a few dollars flowers can make your space feel brighter and help boost your spirits.

2. Sit in the sun

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There’s no better feeling than the warmth of the sun against your skin. Research shows that Vitamin D is critical for a brighter mood as it helps to combat depressive symptoms.

3. Stay hydrated

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Upping your water intake is a way to guarantee a better day! When you don’t drink enough water, you feel low on energy and can even get headaches! Try adding lemon to your water for additional nutritional benefits (like a metabolic boost and brighter skin, win-win!) and even an energy boost!

4. Go for a walk

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Walking is one of the best ways to release endorphins and brighten up your day! There’s no better way to de-stress than walking along the beach in sunny Santa Barbara!

5. Use essential oils

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What better way to unwind from a long day than by using essential oils? Spray your room with an essential oil blend (try lemon, frankincense, and peppermint) to help you feel rejuvenated after a long day!

Shannie Kuo is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has a degree in English. Her passions include health, fitness, photography, and food and she always strives to look for balance within her life. She enjoys going to the farmers market, discovering new coffee shops, and meeting new people. She hopes to find a career that will reflect her passions and allow her to connect with people nationwide.
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