Although a semester only lasts several months, it can sometimes feel like ages. When you combine all of your classes and lectures with the homework and the endless hours in the library, it’s no wonder that you’re completely drained by the time it’s all over. This is why it’s essential to take some time after a busy semester to lose some of that piled-up stress. Here are five great ways to do it.
Get some fresh air
All the time you spent studying has left you stressed out and tired. The solution might lie in changing the scenery. Instead of being confined to one closed space or another, you now have the time and opportunity to step outside and enjoy the fresh air. Take long walks, explore the parts of the campus that you haven’t had time for till now, or take your pet to the park. Fresh air can energize you and improve your immune system, while the smell of flowers, freshly cut grass and rain can boost your mood and calm you down. The benefits are many, so forget the stale indoors and breathe in as much fresh air as you possibly can.
If the time you spent sitting down at your desk left you nervous and stressed, try balancing it with some workout. Walking is the easiest option, but if it’s too slow for you, go jogging, cycling or even skateboarding. You can join a gym, or find an indoor pool and go swimming. Pilates, yoga or tai-chi might be something you’d like, and if they aren’t your cup of tea, find a dance studio nearby or opt for Zumba instead. It doesn’t matter what your preferred workout is. Any type of physical activity can improve your self-esteem, make you feel better and help you focus on the here-and-now, which is a good way to forget your troubles and loosen up.
Once you get the weight of the academic commitments off your shoulders, you might need somebody to take care of you for a while. One option is to go home and let your family do their magic. The smell of your favourite biscuits, the laughter of your siblings and the comfort of your own home can help you unwind in no time. Another option is to get pampered in a spa salon. You can spend your day relaxing, getting a massage, a beauty treatment or any other kind of therapeutic spa treatments for a reasonable price. Having somebody else do the thinking and worrying for a while is an excellent way to do your body and mind good and help them relax after a demanding semester.
Enjoy good company
Pursuing academic success requires devoting yourself to books and studying. This means you probably had to cut back on a lot of social activities. However, now you can spend as much time as you want with other people. Visit some of your friends, invite them over, or go out and have a cup of coffee somewhere. Go to concerts, parties and see a film at the cinema. Talk to people you trust and tell them about your problems and feelings. Once you have a nice chat and a good laugh with somebody, you’ll inevitably feel better.
Too much work and not enough rest can wreak havoc on your health. So, use your time off to get some quality sleep. Try creating a good sleeping routine, so that you go to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day. This way you’ll fall asleep easier and wake up fresher. Your sleep should be uninterrupted and restful, so make sure that the room you sleep in is dark and quiet and that your bed is comfortable. Switch off your phone during the night, since even when there’s no sound, the light of your screen can cause you to wake up. Once you are rested, you’ll be calmer and the stress will wear off.
Your semester might have been overwhelming, but now it’s over, you can focus on yourself more. Follow these tips, have some fun and you’ll de-stress sooner than you think.
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