We just narrowly survived midterms week and it’s been a hectic semester. Making sure that you are mentally healthy is so important, trying to eliminate stress will make you much happier in the long run. So take some time for yourself to breathe or do an activity you enjoy. If you are tired of the same schedule, try switching things up a bit. I have a list of things to try and perhaps you can start to be a little less over-whelmed this semester.
Here is a quick list of things to do if you’re stressed and need to unwind a bit:
- Spend a few minutes to be thankful
- Go on a nature walk (I recommend Bird Watching!)
- Watch a sunrise (Unless you are short on sleep, but maybe go to bed a bit earlier, chances are you’ll have more energy for the rest of the day)
- Water coloring
- Apply to volunteer at the humane society
- Play some board games with roommates or friends
- Watch your favorite childhood cartoons
- Write poetry
- Find a scenic route and go on a long drive. Roll the windows down and breathe fresh air this area has some lovely sights.
- Play on a park playground (while it’s still open, please don’t get kicked out at late hours)
- Turn off technology, don’t let people demand your time
- Go to a beach, it is too cold to swim most likely, but not too cold for a bon fire.
- Color a Mandala (a circular figure which represents the universe)
- Go to Keane Hill and go star gazing (there is a bit of light pollution, but it is so fun with friends)
- Donate old clothes (it is actually quite freeing)
- Take a nap in a hammock
- If you’re sick, take the time to go to the health center
Not all of these may be for you, however, finding that activity that helps you to unwind and let go of the busy, stressful things that occupy your mind can help you be a bit happier. If you need some you time, you should take it. Don’t forget that YOU are important and your health comes first.