Taking time for yourself can be tough, but when you do savor that time. That is something I’m having to force myself to do, the savoring part that is. I have the free time and fill it, but the time goes by so fast I don’t take the opportunity to take a moment just for me. It may sound silly but taking that small moment can really revitalize the body and mind. Some do Yoga, others exercise, I play video games. But in whatever you’re doing, make sure to take that moment, it can make the difference between being exhausted and having boundless energy.
Energize your work, be it school or a job. Make games out of those monotonous moments to make them more engaging and thus less tiring. It’s impossible to do this all the time, let’s face it, those last minute homework rushes aren’t going to fun (although they might be avoidable), but when you have time to inject a little fun into work or your project. It will not only make you feel better, but maybe inject something extra into your project and get you a better mark. A spoonful of sugar as the saying goes.
As for social life experiences, try and make it out to CSA events or other events that are scheduled and that you can preplan for. Spur of the moment get togethers might not be possible, but be sure to seize those moments when they do arise and you can take the opportunity; just remember not to forgo doing something in order to hang out, because that’ll obviously just cause you more stress related issues down the road. Planning ahead for events can also help you get stuff done in a timely manner, knowing that you’re rewarding yourself at the end of it. And don’t think that looking at your outings as a reward is childish or weird in any way, we’re never too old for that metaphorical stickers that we used to get in school (and in all honestly I'm never too old for stickers).
When it comes to sleep remember it’s not always about the number of hours you sleep (sometimes too much can be a bad thing), but the quality of sleep that you get. Make sure to cover standby lights on electronic are covered as the light pollution in your own room can cause you to have a more restless sleep. Also watching a screen before bed is suggested against, although I'm guilty of this almost every night. I've found that it does take me more time to get to sleep after watching a visually striking movie or show. Some of my best sleeps have only been five hours long and that’s because I've had time to relax before sleeping and clear my mind.
If you have your own advice to give or stuff you do to relax let us know here at The Bolt by emailing us. We're closing in on that half way stretch Concordia so keep up the good work and make sure to take time out of the day to take a moment for yourself.