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10 Ways to Practice Self-Care this Summer and Not Break the Bank

Written and photographed by Makaia Smith

Photographs edited by Nick Sullivan

With the spring semester at a close, it’s time to sit back and relax…except we can’t! There’s a tweet where someone said they woke up at 11:59 p.m. thinking they had an assignment due, yet classes were well over. For some reason it’s like spring semester beats us all to a pulp and once it’s over, we can’t seem to recover. And for some people, they have classes to take over the summer. But don’t worry, RAW’s got you covered - here are ten ways to enjoy your summer without breaking the bank.

1. Binge watch a series. If you’re looking for something creepy, check out Bates Motel. Or if you’re not into thrillers, Chewing Gum is a hilarious timekiller.

2. Make a playlist and go for a walk. Apple Music and Spotify has a lot of premade playlists. From hip-hop to R&B, there’s something for everyone to vibe to.

3. Take a day trip with some friends! Pick a couple locations an hour or less away, put them in a bowl, and choose where to take a day trip. Explore some places you and your friends have never been. Lake Geneva is a cheap place on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. It’s sunny and has a lot of cool things to do on the weekends.

4. Have a water gun or water balloon fight. For some people this might be really corny, but this made us smile and laugh as kids, right? Head to Walmart or the dollar store and pick up a pack of water balloons and some water guns. If you or your friends don’t have a large enough backyard, try the local park!

5. Do an at-home spa day. Take a hot bath or shower, try a facial, paint your nails, or whatever makes you feel good. You can either find some great DIY face mask recipes on Pinterest, or purchase some affordable face masks from Target or Walmart.

6. Go thrift shopping. Since we’re all trying to save money this summer, thrift shopping is a great way to buy clothes and repurpose them. You’ll feel accomplished after finishing a project, but also have enough money at the end of the season to pay for your books in the fall.

7. Work out! For all the people who only know how to release stress through physical activity, exercise! It releases endorphins and you’ll also get the best night’s sleep of your life. If you’re not good at coming up with a workout regimen, try apps like NIKE+ Training Club and MyFitnessPal. Both apps are available for iOS and Android.

8. Take. A. Nap. After all the late nights studying and long days of work and classes, we all deserve a nap...or two...or three.

9. Go on a picnic. But not just any picnic: if you have or know anyone that has an SUV or crossover, put all of the back seats down, get a bunch of blankets, and pack some food. Drive to a park, lake, or pond and just chill.

10. Read a good book. Reading is great, but a lot college students lose their love for it because of all the material they have to memorize and regurgitate. For all of the hopeless romantics, From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer; a story about an adventure that ends in romance. If you’re not the romantic type, Anthem by Ayn Rand is a great tale about a dystopian future where common people are forced to live by a government-planned schedule.

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