It has become that time of year again. That time where anything and everything is overwhelming and you forget what it feels like to be on summer vacation (classes haven’t even been in session for a month… are you kidding?!)
This week has been the week of exams, office hours, review sessions, and study guides. Even on a good week, I hardly spend any time at home and, when I do, it’s spent working on something I’d rather not be doing. While I don’t condone closing those books and just forgetting about school completely, I think it is important to take some time for yourself to “de-stress”. I’ve been super bad at this lately. Side note: why is it always so hard to follow your own advice?
This weekend is Pope-pocalypse for us Philly peeps (AKA: the Pope is visiting and the whole city is shutting down and there’s really no getting in OR out) so I’m definitely going to take this weekend to de-stress and enjoy myself by doing some (if not all) of these things
Things to Do When You’re Stressed
1. Take a long shower
Nothing is better than taking a nice long shower to collect your thoughts. Yes, I do some of my most serious thinking and planning in the shower, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be relaxing. Bonus tip: make it a bubble bath. I’ve always been wanting to try those bath bombs!
2. Paint your nails
Fingers, toes, both?! It’s completely up to you. Take some time to make yourself feel pretty. Something as mindless as painting my nails is such an easy way to take some stress out of your life. Bonus tip: buy a new polish color just for the occasion!
3. Pop in your favorite movie
I don’t know about y’all, but I definitely feel more relaxed when I have my favorite movie in. Even if I’ve seen it 1,000 times, it always makes me feel better. Bonus tip: put the movie on before you paint your nails and invite your roomies to join!
4. Write it all down
I know it’s very hard to get your mind to cooperate (especially if you’re freaking out about exams like I was) but it can help to get all those feelings/stresses/worries down on paper. I bought myself a journal over the summer (and I still haven’t touched it, go me!) and I think I’d really benefit from writing at least SOMETHING down every day to reflect. Bonus tip: find a website with prompts to help get some thoughts and feelings flowing!
5. Get some sleep
SLEEP is so important and, as college students, we definitely don’t get enough of it. I encourage you to go to bed early and see for yourself what a difference it makes! After a good night’s sleep, you can take on anything. Bonus tip: before falling asleep, how about picking up a good old-fashioned book? Put down those electronics and get your read on!