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March 9, 2011 1:54 PM

DE-STRESS! Take a deep breath....See the sights on and around campus

As we are all aware of, this is the crux of the semester. It seems as if we rarely have to breath, let alone for ourselves. It can make a positive impact to take a break, get out of your usual environment, and shift your mind from what is weighing it down. Its OK to take a breather, and then resume studying or working on that important project. Below are a few ideas and places you can go to find solace and tranquility. I hope you make good use of them, or that this post prompts you to unwind a bit, if in need.

-- Morrison Lounge (DOE Library) : Not only does it take you back to 18th century post Renaissance England, but comfy sofas, and love seats are at your disposal. The lighting is a bit beyond perfect, and the atmosphere is tranquilizing. Why not give it a try for at least 20 minutes or more?

-- Strawberry Creek: I do not believe there is much I have to say, enjoying the wonders of nature takes our minds to another place and helps our anxieties drift away. It is here on campus, why not make use of this natural sight during your time here at Berkeley?

-- Berkeley Marina: For those who are not aware, the Berkley Marina sits on the SF Bay and includes 3 ambiance filled restaurants, a boardwalk, and is home to a diverse ecosystem. Just a few miles north of the University (all the way down University Ave), there are several areas you can relax at, write your deepest thoughts, take pictures, or paint.

These are just to simply name a few. Please make use of them. You will be amazed at the wonders they will do for yourself and your mind. If you would like more tips, feel free to drop by during office hours or email your Peer Advisors. Remember, its OK to take a break and marvel at the world around you. What's the point of living in the lush forest, if you cannot see or appreciate the trees?

-- Be well everyone

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