One might assume that the summer months would provide plenty of free time to recharge those overworked batteries after a long school year. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily true and if you’re not careful you may find yourself experiencing a complete system overload. There are internships to find, jobs to attain, and a variety of restaurants and bars that must be explored. Not to mention you have to reconnect with all the wonderful people you love to spend time with but have been neglecting thanks to end of the semester obligations. Before you know it, it’s already July and you feel more sleep-deprived and worn out than you did during midterm exams.
Don’t despair if this story is sounding familiar, as there are still two more months of vacation left. And if you need to hit the brakes on the runaway train that’s becoming your summer, the best thing you can do is block out some time for relaxation. It may feel weird to pencil “me time” into your calendar, but us motivated, on-the-go young adults tend to be so busy we’d probably forget to breathe if it wasn’t a basic function keeping us alive. So whether your rejuvenation period includes sitting on the couch watching bad TV or getting a massage, any kind of pampering is a nice, and most likely needed way to de-stress. It’s also a great bonding activity to share with friends.
If chilling out at a spa is your relaxation method of choice, then just use a little forethought in your planning to avoid spending too much money. Going to the spa doesn’t have to be a harrowing financial experience any longer with student discounts and savings all over New York and other cities. For instance, Floris Salon on 5th Avenue is offering students free manicures with the purchase of a pedicure. While pedicures aren’t a necessity, it cannot be denied that when the weather gets warm, everyone wants to trade in their boots and sneakers for a pair of sandals or peep-toes. And there are few things more annoying than having to cover up your feet in embarrassment because they’ve gotten a bit gnarly from lack of grooming over the winter. If your toes need a makeover, a pedicure could be the perfect weekend activity for you and your friends. Combine relaxation and socialization with functionality. You can label the experience “Productive Pampering” or “Pampering with Purpose!”
So this summer, between block parties, barbecues, internships, and summer classes, don’t forget that everyone deserves to be a little indulgent. Not only is it good for your mental health, your nails, back, and feet will feel better, too. And thankfully for students, an indulgent outing doesn’t have to mean you’ll be going home with an empty wallet.
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