7 Ways To Relax After The Fall Semester And Prepare For The Spring

7 Ways To Relax After The Fall Semester And Prepare For The Spring

You have a month to do as much as you can.

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I don't know about you, but I am using this winter break to my advantage. The fall semester wiped me dry and I know the spring semester is right around the corner just waiting to take me by surprise.

1. Take a steaming hot relaxing bath

For my first two years of college I didn't have access to a bathtub and I really took advantage of it when I was home.

2. Put on your favorite music and relax 

Just close your eyes and appreciate it, because in a few weeks you're going to be listening to that playlist while stressing out over homework

3. Don't forget the face mask

We can see the wear and tear of the semester all over your face, so make sure you treat it right

4. Moisturize ALL OVER 

When was the last time you actually had time to moisturize? Never, I know. Your body needs it though and it's crying for help through your dry dry skin.

5. Take a drive down your favorite road

It'll clear your mind and make you relax. Blast your favorite music and get lost, mentally and even physically.

6. Binge watch your favorite show 

We all know that once school starts again you're not going to have any time to binge watch your favorite shows, you're just going to be in the library for 16 weeks.

7. Go to the chiropractor

You and I both know that after sitting in those stupid classroom desks for 16 weeks, you need a good back crack.

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If You Own 6 Of These 10 Brands, You Are 100 Percent Basic

How basic are you?

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For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

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6. Patagonia

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7. Hunter Rainboots

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9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!

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Minimalism Addresses Our Culture Of Consumption

Decluttering your life and consuming less allows you to live in the moment.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.

The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.

Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.

Minimalists are people who…

  • Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
  • Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
  • Consume less and intentionally.
  • Gift experiences rather than material possessions.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.

If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.

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