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Relaxation

Michelle Lee, Staff Writer

Now well into the first semester, we are finally shaking off the last dregs of summer lethargy and integrating ourselves back into school life. Coursework is also picking up the pace, leaving many students piled under copious amounts of work and stress. Under the pressure to complete the mountains of work that wait on our desks, we are forgetting that we have to let off steam and have some fun. Whether it is finding a hobby or just kicking back and watching TV, it is important to let our minds relax. In fact, working for long periods of time without a break can actually be detrimental to our health in the long run.

A big effect of overworking is stress. Chronic stress can actually impair productivity and lower one’s ability to memorize and concentrate. Add sleep loss into the mix and the combination could lead to heart problems that can have detrimental consequences in the future. Working for long periods of time without rest can also lead to chronic back and neck pain. Spending long period of time hunched over a desk with our head down causes the joints and ligaments in our body to tighten up, causing pain when we move. Back pain can negatively affect our everyday lives by increasing the risk of arthritis.

Standing up to stretch and relax can alleviate a slew of problems that come with overworking. Walking and hiking are great ways to relax and exercise. Studies have shown that being around nature can reduce stress and evoke pleasant feelings. For those who prefer to stay indoors, reading is also another way to relax and take a break. Reading can take your mind off the pressing responsibilities. Reading can also help you gain knowledge and improve your memory.

When we are bogged down by the work that comes with being a student, it is easy to forget that we, as humans, need some downtime to do the things that we want to do. Whether it is exercising outdoors or reading indoors, find some time to let loose.

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