During the semester, there will be times when emotions are running high, assignments are coming due, and your brain is quite simply going to explode from all the stress. But we don’t want that. Pushing yourself to get things done is great, but without making time to relax, you can run into some serious mental and physical problems. And while there may not be ample time to recoup, here are some simple ways to sneak in some “me” time during those busy weeks of uni.
This is probably a no-brainer. Give yourself a break by spending a couple extra hours on a Sunday morning snuggled up in bed, and re-energizing your body. Dreamland is the best place to relieve your mind of stress, and will help you feel well-rested and ready to take on your responsibilities for the upcoming week.
Bake or cook
Focus on a new recipe instead of your textbook, and create something new and delicious. It doesn’t even have to be super complicated or time consuming. There are plenty of recipes that take, like, ten minutes! Not only are you taking your mind off of school, you can also look forward to enjoying ha yummy meal or dessert, which will hopefully make studying or finishing an assignment a lot more bearable.
Have a night in with friends
Taking the time to choose a nice outfit, apply makeup and/or do your hair just right, go out for three or four hours, trek all the way home, and then get undressed and ready for bed can take a LOT of time. That’s why, when your at the height of the semester, but still need socialization and human interaction to keep you sane, inviting a couple friends over to watch a movie or simply talk about your lives is usually much quicker, and even more therapeutic.
Hit up the gym or the living room to do a 30-45 minute workout to release endorphins and feel good about yourself. Knowing you just whipped your body into shape (at least temporarily) will help your brain refocus. Not to mention the amazing shower that comes after working out that is 100% worth the pain.
I have been reading much more lately. There’s just something relaxing about stepping out of this world, and entering one that you’ve created in your mind. This is especially true when school is putting all kinds of pressure on you. Read a couple chapters and enjoy that time living vicariously through an exciting character or charismatic non-fiction author (have you read Mindy Kaling’s books???).
Write in your journal
Writing your thoughts and feelings down is the ultimate form of me-time because it allows you to dig deeper into your subconscious, and let things out that you didn’t even know were there. You’re also able to vent about anything and everything without feeling guilty, and at the same time, write down some goals for keeping both your school life and personal life healthy and on track.
Listen to music
Because music is the key, and listening to your favourite playlist is bound to make you feel much better.
How do you sneak in some “me” time?