In college, you have freedom and independence like never before, seemingly able to do whatever you want. Unfortunately, you can’t do whatever you want. You have a job, class, homework, events for clubs, and a social life you’re trying to maintain. It is overwhelming but here are some tips whenever you need a night to relax.
- Read a book
Picking up your favorite book for a couple of hours is a great way to forget about the stress in your life. Turn off your phone and choose a book that won’t make you think of school, work, or any other responsibility. Sit down in your favorite chair and forget about the stressors for a night.
- Watch TV
The best thing about the start of the semester is all your favorite shows also start back up. You have your shows back and movies on Netflix. Go make some popcorn, lay in your bed, and binge-watch your favorite movies or shows. Distracting your brain, television and movies help you shift from work-mode to rest as the night winds down.
- Visit Your Favorite Coffee Shop
There will be nights at college where you unfortunately can’t afford a break. Instead of studying in your normal spot, though, try going to your favorite coffee shop. The new environment can help calm your nerves and make your studying more effective while the social atmosphere puts things into perspective in a way that rows of dusty tomes can’t.
I know, this doesn’t seem very relaxing. Why go out and do more work? However, exercising takes your mind off of other things you have going on and is good for your body. Studies show that exercise gives you more energy, better sleep, and helps relieve stress. After exercising for a while, your body will feel better and so will you. You will be more confident and relaxed when you are walking around campus.
- Girls/Guys Night
No matter how hectic things get, an active social life is crucial to mental health. Grab a few friends and watch a movie, play video games, or go to dinner. While social activities are seeming luxury in the face of mounting obligations, friends are sometimes the only people who can get you through your most stressful times.
College is tough. There will be days where you feel like you can’t do it anymore. Don’t be afraid to take a break when you need too. You do your best when you feel your best. Whenever you get overwhelmed, take a breath and take some time for yourself.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.