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OCTOBER 04, 2022

With midterm season upon us, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything around us. College can be difficult and tiring, so it’s really important that we find ways to relieve stress and avoid burnout. Between studying for your upcoming math exam and applying to dozens of internships, feel free to take a break and check out these relaxing and enjoyable activities to help you unwind!

Rewatching comfort TV shows

One of the easiest ways to escape the stressors of reality is to transport yourself to a fictional universe through your favorite shows. My personal favorites are sitcoms like “The Office” and reality shows such as “Love Island — honestly just anything that takes my mind off of work and makes me laugh. Get some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Visiting Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock Park is Berkeley’s hidden gem that you won’t want to miss, with amazing views of the San Francisco Bay. You could bring a book to read, art supplies to paint or you could also just chill on the rocks and watch the sunrise or sunset. Come spend some time at this peaceful oasis and appreciate the beautiful nature around you!

Picnic on Memorial Glade

Grab your favorite snacks, pack a picnic blanket, and head over to Memorial Glade for a nice afternoon picnic! If you’re feeling up for it, you could even dress up and take some cute Polaroid or film pictures and capture some happy moments. If you’re looking to rest, you can even nap in a hammock under the trees. Sunbathing, listening to music and hanging out with friends — what more could you ask for?

Electric scootering around Berkeley

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, try riding an electric scooter! They’re super easy to use, and there are e-scooters everywhere around Berkeley to rent. There’s nothing better than feeling the cool breeze as you zoom around, and you can also explore new places while you’re at it. Just make sure to be careful when you’re on the road!

FaceTiming hometown friends and family

Sometimes when we feel anxious about school or life in general, we start to miss home and crave familiarity. It’s always nice to be able to call your friends and family to check in on how they’re doing and to talk about your problems. Seeing their faces never fails to make me smile, and they make me feel safe and loved, especially when I’m feeling down.

Hopefully these activities can help you destress or even inspire some relaxing escapes of your own! Although sometimes you may feel like your world is crashing around you, just know that you will get through it, and trust that everything will be ok in the end. Please remember to take care of yourself and prioritize your physical and mental wellbeing above all! 

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OCTOBER 05, 2022