Autumn is always great because the leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and there is pumpkin flavored everything. On the contrary, autumn also always brings stress, homework, and deadlines. With the chaos of your job, homework, internships, and all your other extracurricular activities, the day can seem never ending. When all is said and done, taking a bit of time for yourself to relax and distress can actually help you to become more productive, sleep better, and be more focused on your tasks. Here are five ways to distress after a long day.
Before going to bed, try making a cup of caffeine-free tea. This helps to relax the body, and the chamomile can help to calm you down before heading to bed. Often, when you have a million things going on, it can become difficult to quiet your mind and sleep. Next time your mind is buzzing before bed, try some tea.
Try reading a novel for pleasure, and see how that shifts your mindset. Often, taking just 10-15 minutes to read for fun before bed can be very relaxing, and a lot of fun. This is a good way to keep your creative mind active after spending all day thinking critically and analyzing facts and data.
Call your parents
While you’re having the time of your life in college, living in your first apartment, or killing it at your job, your parents are thinking about you. They worry, and they want to know about your day. Carve out a few minutes and talk to them. Texts are nice, but a phone call is so much better. This gives you a chance to catch up. It also brings you a little piece of home. Calling your parents also allows you to reflect on your day, and talk about the high points and the lows. This is important to do because it really helps put things in perspective.