Happy Sunday! The weeks seem to be going by quicker and quicker and how we are already almost through the month of February is beyond me. My spring break is right around the corner and we are in the midst midterms as I speak. SO much to think about and prepare for and keep on top of. Life is hard enough, but college. Man, college is hard. We all need to unwind every once in a while. These are 10 of my favorite ways to relax when life just becomes a lot sometimes.
One of my favorite things to do is going on a walk. I might walk to the lake, around campus, or even just to the mailroom. Just something that gets me moving and my mind off of responsibilities. I usually pop in my headphones and listen to some playlists or my favorite podcasts. The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard is my personal favorite at the moment!!
If this isn’t obvious by this point I LOVE pamper nights. Take a shower, moisturize your body, apply a hair or face mask and paint your nails. I find that making myself feel my best helps me do my best, in all things.
Disconnect for a while. Light a candle, grab a cup of tea and read a book. Sometimes it’s nice to escape your world and enter someone else’s reality. I have a few with me here at school and it’s a nice distraction. I also love Audible for listening to books when I am on the go and walking to class or taking the shuttle downtown.
Start your day by writing down your thoughts and what you need to accomplish. It helps to lay out everything in front of you so you can tackle one thing at a time. Aside from making a to-do list, I also find that making a gratitude list is super beneficial to my day. It puts me in the right head space and brings me back to what’s important.
This isn’t something I usually gravitate towards but it really does help. My favorite is coloring in those incredible adult coloring books. Anything to stimulate your mind in a more creative way than school does.
Experiment in the kitchen. Try a new recipe from your Pinterest board. Bake something. Mug cakes have been a recent find of mine and there are COUNTLESS recipes, even “healthy” ones! But also cookies are always a good option.
Make a playlist with your current favorite songs so that you can be ready to face the week. Music can actually influence your mood, so why not make a playlist with happy and upbeat songs to listen to on your journey to school or work?
I know more than anyone sometimes I just need my alone time. Especially when I have a lot going on this is a crucial part in getting me through. BUT it does help to see some familiar faces and focus on other people
It sounds great to read and switch off, but we can’t stay away from the Internet for too long, am I right? The weather is still cold, so there’s few things better than to snuggle up on the couch binge-watching a tv show. Netflix, Hulu, HBO go, go crazy.
I need so much sleep. I always have and probably always will. I seriously get at least 8 hours a night, even in college. I can’t function without it. Sometimes that’s all our body needs is a little extra rest. SO let it have it so you can conquer the time you’re awake!!!