School is stressful and tough, and sometimes it’s difficult to step away from it all and focus on yourself. I know that “free-time” is often an imaginary concept in college, but it is so important to take a step back every once in awhile and take the afternoon off to spend some time treating yourself. Your body is not a machine, it requires rest and relaxation in order to rejuvenate itself and stay in shape. So, I challenge you to close the textbook, power down your laptop, and take some time to focus on yourself. You’ll be so glad you did. Here are 5 ways to cope with stress, and help put you in a better mood:
Whether it be going for a walk with friends, or simply just to go outside to get some fresh air, leaving your dorm room is a great way to refresh yourself. I am guilty of this myself. Sometimes I spend all day in my room without even noticing. Sometimes I barely leave my desk. It is so important to just go outside and breathe some fresh air and feel the sunshine. This will help to not only relieve some stress, but it also has physical benefits. Breathing clean, fresh air will help keep you from getting sick this winter, and relieve you from being cooped up in your room all the time. Also, getting up and walking will do wonders for your body. Sitting stationary for long periods of time isn’t good for your back. Going for a walk will help your neck and back feel better too.
Catch up with friends
Everyone is busy balancing class, work, homework, and extracurricular activities, but try to get everyone together one afternoon just to hang out and grab lunch. This will give you the opportunity to see your friends, and it is a great way to catch up on other things going on in life, and not just what is going on in the classroom. Finding the time to see some old friends is not only good for you, but it shows your friends that you’re still thinking of them. I’m sure they will appreciate the opportunity to get away from homework as well.
Go on an adventure
No matter where you are, or where your school is, I guarantee that there is an adventure waiting somewhere nearby. Grab some friends and hop on the train to someplace new. Go downtown and visit a new restaurant or check out a new clothing store. An adventure doesn’t have to consist of traveling to some faraway place that costs a lot of money. An adventure could be anything that’s new and exciting. This is a great way to learn more about where you’re living. It can open you up to new opportunities and experiences you never thought possible.
Read a book
Not a textbook. Find a subject that you’re passionate about, and learn more about it. Whether you love fiction or non-fiction, picking up a book just for yourself seems a lot better than picking up a book because it is an assignment. I understand, sometimes it’s hard to find the leisure time to read for fun, but think of all the time in a day that you waste endlessly scrolling through Facebook or Twitter. Instead of those few minutes here, few minutes there, block off a small chunk of time to sit down and read for yourself. Not only will you enjoy it, but you’ll be learning something new for yourself, and not because it was required reading.
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