If you are anything like me right now you are feeling extremely stressed, overworked, and achy all over. A nice relaxing vacation of some sort that will provide you with some of the me time that your little heart desires. Even if that vacation is as simple as you going home for a nice relaxing weekend. There are so many different opportunities to take advantage of while at College or in High School which make it easy for your calendar to quickly fill-up with various activities. Not only are you responsible for doing well in all of your classes, you are expected to participate in extra curricular activities, all while maintaining a healthy social life. Being engrossed in daily tasks can cause you to fall into a monotonous routine and forget about a very important person. No I am not talking about your parents, significant other, or close friend. I am talking about YOU, silly! Always being on the go and meeting the demands of a strict schedule can cause you to neglect your mental and physical well-being. It is extremely important that you take time out daily to make sure that your needs are being met. College and High School have the ability of sucking the life out of you. Don’t allow that to happen. Remember how important it is to take care of you. Below I list a few tips that can help anyone preserve their mental sanity and manage their physical health.
- Practice Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are known to help calm and relax any individual. Since breathing is a force that is in your immediate control it helps reduce stress and tension. Focusing on your breathing allows you to clear your mind and forget about things even for a moment. Most breathing exercises can be practiced anywhere and are extremely easy to learn. You can practice your breathing in meetings, while at your desk, while your walking, or driving. I found a great website created my M.D. Andrew Weil that highlights three awesome breathing exercises.
2. Practice Silence
You maybe reading this thinking: Girl, did you just tell me to practice silence? The answer is: Yes I did! College, High School, work, and home are all capable of being noisy places. If you are anything like me, then you talk A LOT. I am always talking whether it is because I am participating in class, running a meeting, answering questions at work, or catching up on the latest gossip. It seems as if my upper and bottom lip never touch. To practice silence you must first find a quite space. Do not bring your cellphone, music, or any other type of distracting materials. Just sit in that quiet space and self reflect. Relax, focus on your breathing, and allow yourself to fully experience this mental break from the noisy world that we live in. Practice silence.
3. Remember To Eat Healthy Foods and Get A Good Night’s Rest
This is a no brainer that doesn’t need much explanation. You have read this or heard it all before. In order to sustain those long days it is very important that you eat well and get a good night of sleep. Do not try to conquer your 12-hour day on 4-hours of sleep. Not to say that it isn’t possible, because I have done it about 2 times. That does not make it okay! Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should, its bad for you! You need to get the appropriate amount of sleep. Anywhere from 7-9 hours. I once had it explained to me this way before: if you put foods that are only a little healthy into your body its only going to produce a little fuel. In other words if you eat healthy foods it will give you the proper fuel that is necessary to help get you through your day. I know how hard it is to eat healthy meals when you are chained to a busy schedule. Try to pack your lunch or drink meal worthy smoothies. There is a website called WNYC Sleep that allows you to clock your sleep. Not only does this website allow you to clock your sleep it provides you with statistics so that you are able to improve your sleeping patterns.
4. Slow Down and Prioritize
Do not try to conquer the world! Slow down and take time to smell the roses. There are only 24-hours in each day. Which means you can’t do everything that you want or need to do in those 24-hours. Relax and Prioritize. Some things are more pressing than others and call for your immediate attention. Do not try to attend every meeting, be a member of every group, or make promises that you cannot keep. All you are going to do is tire yourself out. Do not jam-pack your schedule and DO NOT DOUBLE BOOK YOURSELF. Double booking means you have two events that you are responsible for attending occurring at the same time. Remember that you are a student first! With that being said do not procrastinate either!
5. Have Fun!
Enjoy yourself! Go out! Watch a movie. Watch your favorite television show. Go see one of your school’s sporting events. Catch dinner with a friend at your favorite restaurant. Remember to laugh. Everyone has a lot of responsibilities, but you have a responsibility to keep yourself happy! So do just that!