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As school comes around, stress might most likely be a little pest coming along with it. I have began to broaden my insight on yoga and what it can do for the mind, body, and soul.
The great thing about yoga is that you don’t have to be an expert in the field to give it a go. It can easily be done in the confines of your own bedroom if that’s where you feel most comfortable, although many do find it more relaxing to find a quiet place outside.
Not only does yoga reduce stress but also has many other health benefits; including reduced cortisol levels (which improves your immune system), lower blood pressure and heart rate, spiritual growth and can even mean a slower ageing process!
Here are some simple yoga positions to get yourself started with:
1) Sukhasana This is where you sit cross-legged with your palms facing upwards placed on your knees. Once you are in this position, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. This is a popular pose for meditation and promotes inner calm and tranquillity.
2) Child’s Pose To perform this pose simply sit on your knees and bend forward with your arms above your head, it helps to rest your forehead on the ground. The child’s pose calms the brain and helps to relieve fatigue.
3) Downward Facing Dog The downward facing dog is a popular position in yoga as it decreases muscle tension and the likelihood of headaches. Bend so your hands and feet are touching the floor; as your press your hand into the floor, move your hips up to lengthen the spine and waist.
4)Extended Puppy Pose This is a combination of the previous two positions. Go on all fours and walk your hands forward. When you exhale, move your butt towards your heels and then proceed to rest your forehead on the floor. This pose calms the mind and invigorates the body, relieving symptoms of insomnia and chronic stress.
5) Cobra This is also a very simple position and involves you lying down face down on the floor with your pals flat beneath your shoulders. Bend your arms and push your upper body off the floor, straightening your arms as much as possible. Hold for 5 breaths and release.
As you begin to feel more comfortable with yoga start to look at more complex positions - there are thousands of positions online to try which all have individual benefits to suit you. Experiment!
In honor of schools starting everywhere I whipped up a little bullet list of tips, tricks, and ideas to hopefully help you keep it together in this sad time.
Keep an agenda, it will let you stay on top of everything!
Take care of yourself, show that you at least care a little bit!
Lending someone a pencil, hair tie, or anything you expect a return of, most likely won’t make the trip back. And it’s not always on purpose, but it will happen.
Gum is like a national treasure. Keep it in a safe, secret place, or it will be taken right off your hands. (Or for any food, honestly)
Study Hall if you have time to schedule it, is immensely important because it will allow you to get other class work done before the school day ends! Especially if you have after school activities like work, sports, or clubs.
Headphones will be your #1 best friend, if you’re a music while you work type. Headphones provide a noise-blocker and some good tunes to rock out too during math class. (May I suggest an 8tracks curated by yours truly?)
The Library will be your #2 best friend. When you have a study hall, ask to go to the library, if it’s an option. The library gives more accessibility to some peace and quiet, the enormous selection of books, and computers for research if needed.
Lonely Lunch Times: If you don’t have friends in lunch and/or you don’t see yourself making new ones anytime soon, befriend a teacher and ask them to work during your lunch in their room, then not only are you getting some extra work time to finish assignments with a reliable source of help, but you also don’t have to face a lunchroom full of kids alone.
Get social! There’s a pretty good chance you were grouped into a class of faces you’ve never seen before, take this opportunity to get to know new people, a simple question about an activity in class or alike might spark a lengthy convo! Here’s a tip you hear ALL the time: Be yourself, do how you do you, and don’t let anyone’s opinion fracture your strong, confident aurora! Besides, high school is the time to evolve and shift into who you’re becoming, everyone is experiencing similar teenage-crisis’s.
Get a tumbler(see this post) and bring it to school full of water, preferred tea, or iced drink. Staying hydrated during school is super important! Especially if your school is large, the walks must be exhausting. Plus, bringing your own bottle is cheaper for you and healthier for the planet :)
Respect your teachers (and peers). Teachers are doing the best they possibly can to give you a proper education in whatever condition your school is, so give them a little slack if they’re acting off one day, adults also experience stress. Along with your peers, like said before, they’re all trying to figure out their paths just like you!
If this post was helpful to you, let us know on our chat blog talkwithelise! We know how difficult the transition from relaxing and adventurous summer days to long, stressful study nights can be, so we thought a few tips could ease the pain ;)
While a playlist consisting of Mozart and Vivaldi are classic choices when it comes to study sessions, you can also get the same i-have-three-exams-tomorrow-and-i-need-to-focus vibe with our mix of upbeat and mellow tracks for your next study session:
For the lot of us, we are getting ready to start school or already have (ew). But despite the ugly truth that is school, we should prepare ourselves nonetheless and that includes personalising your personal desk. Elise Mag has gathered a list of ten essentials that should be on said room centerpiece at all times:
Click on the links for my back-to-school picks and inspiration!
According to articles I’ve encountered on the internet, you’re said to more likely remember your notes if they’re written in different colored ink. Whether it’s true or not, colored pens are definite must have on your desk for quick memos and note revisions. Or side-tracked doodles, trust me, we all do it.
Managing your time wisely and keeping track of exams, project deadlines and assignments are some of the ingredients to getting good grades. To do this, you need a desktop calendar ready at your disposal.
No desk is complete without great lighting. This aspect is extremely important, yet often overlooked. If you’re planning on getting a desk lamp (and you should), take a look at this article on finding the perfect desk lamp for you.
And when I say tumbler, I don’t mean the blogging site. Tumblers should be on your desk ready in case you get thirsty during study sessions. Mugs should be present at all times especially during the eve of finals when you need that extra caffeine boost. If you’re planning on getting either one, I recommend getting the mug.
Studying doesn’t have to be a drag. Create a study playlist or get inspiration from our playlist here (the secret is playing a mix of upbeat songs with minimal lyrics), pop on a pair of earbuds and you’ve got some jamming tunes to accompany your endless reading assignments!
The Ceño cristales river is like any other river for most of the year however for a brief period of time each year the river transforms into one of the most unique and beautiful places that mother nature has ever fabricated. The river transforms from a dull looking river to a colourful liquid rainbow earning itself the nickname of the river of five colours and the river who ran away to paradise. The river only transforms between the wet and dry seasons which would be a few weeks from september through november when the water level dips and is just right of which triggers a unique species of plant called Marcarenia clavigera in the river to turn into a dazzling red. Throughout this process the river also explodes into a different variety of colors including pink, blue, yellow, and green. The river is located in Columbia in Serrania de la Macarena which is the national park where it is in a remote, isolated area of which is hard to be accessed by road however tourists who want to visit the river can travel to the nearby town of la Macarena and from there travel a short distance to the river either by foot or horseback. However the Ceño cristales river is certainly a site to behold and is another wonder of nature that you should add to your bucket list to travel to.
Chat with us on talkwithelise if you’re thinking about visiting there or if you know of a must travel place you’d like to know more about but if not, we have 3 more wonders of nature that are a must see!
Freshman year of college is kind of like in high school - except with more late night cramming sessions and bigger coffee mugs, louder (and in most cases, better) parties, and no one to drag along the entire semester in case you develop social anxiety and don’t make any friends the first week. As an incoming sophomore, here’s some knowledge I wish I had this time last year!
When jumping on tumblr each day I find I learn a little more about the world. So when Emily (egwood) messaged me & asked me to sign her campaign to legalize hemp I was intrigued. Before she messaged me, I thought hemp was something you could smoke or was in some fancy hand creams, but I learned that hemp is so much more than what people believe it is. Hemp is actually an amazing plant, read more to find out all the benefits of hemp.