Detox Over Spring Break

 

It's called spring 'break' for a reason.

by ANNIE CHEN    ★    MAR. 13, 2018

 
 

It's spring break already, but you might still have lingering anxiety from staying up until midnight to make a deadline or cramming for your exams the week before. Relax! Spring break is the perfect time to detox and destress. You can finally catch up on your sleep, and get yourself back into shape.

Check out these tips to refresh your inner UGirl this break:

Eat lighter foods

 
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It is easy to cave into your cravings when you're stressed AF during the semester. You might've eaten your worries away with your favorite comfort foods, like french fries or burgers. Heavier foods with lots of dairy or red meats can be difficult for your body to digest. Give your body a break this week by sticking to lighter, healthier foods. Try a new açaí bowl, pick up a smoothie habit, or even try making your own smoothies. If you don't know how, don't worry. There are plenty of great websites online with countless recipes to guide you along. For example, this website gives you 20 great recipes for DIY smoothies that are guaranteed to help you decompress.

Last call for alcohol

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It's no secret that drinking lots of alcohol is fun and exciting, but spring break is the perfect time to cut back on the drinks and focus on more relaxing ways to have fun. Your body is probably dehydrated from the never-ending nights at the library. Swap in the shots for a tall glass of water. You will be surprised at how refreshed your body feels after a long break from booze.

Say aloha to yoga

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Yoga is a great way to strengthen not only your body, but also your mind. It might've been hard to find time to exercise during the semester, so it is as good a time as any to start breaking a sweat over something other than homework. You can go to your local yoga studio, or you can even try some yoga positions wherever you're staying over break. Check out this pose library online for some ideas on new positions to try.

Air out with aromatherapy

 
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Breathing in essential oils might be the relaxation technique that revolutionizes you this break. Take a break from the dry, frigid Syracuse air and invest in a diffuser online. There are so many essential oils to choose from lavender to eucalyptus. Different oils have their own unique benefits, so feel free to check out this article on different essential oils and what they can do for you.

Read a book

 
 

You probably read a painful amount during school, but when was the last time you read a book for fun? A relaxing read can offer the escape you have been craving. Grab some coffee, and pay a visit to a bookstore. If you prefer e-books, browse around on Amazon's e-book archives to find the perfect book to read over break. 

Tap into tea

 
 

Teas offer a natural way to revive yourself or relax yourself, whichever you are in the mood for. Caffeinated teas can get you pumped for the exciting day ahead, while decaffeinated teas can ease your stress away. A great tea for relaxation is Sleepytime tea by Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea. It is extremely affordable, and it is available on Amazon or at your local CVS.

 

Make the most of your spring break by doing the least. Kick back, take a deep breath, and let your body heal this week. You'll have plenty of time to channel your grind again come Monday. 

 
Tayler Bradford