Often times we go through our days in a hurry to get through the day. Especially in college, students can quickly be overwhelmed and stressed with the never-ending expectations. However, I've learned five ways to stay positive throughout the rough days so you can focus on the better days to come.
1. Set aside an hour to relax.
I know, sometimes our schedules demand us to be focused on work 24/7, but I've learned over time that allotting an hour or so to myself will allow me to me so much more productive in the long run. Watch a documentary on being Happy, grab some coffee with your friends, or listen to music. You'll be able to accomplish your work with more productivity knowing that in the end you'll get some free time.
Exercising is chemically essential for your body. Exercising initiates the release of endorphins, thus giving you a positive feeling. You will sleep better at night and feel accomplished knowing that you're healthy. Exercising is a way to release tension and benefit your mental and overall physical health.
3. Treat Yo' Self.
Life's too short. You should do what makes you happy, and that means treating your self. If you want to have ice cream, go for it. If you like to dance in your room after your Biology exam, then why not? This is your life, and it's only what you make of it.
4. Find a hobby or passion of yours and embrace it.
I am awful at drawing, but I still like drawing on the back of placemats at restaurants. Even if you're not Picasso, Beethoven, or the next prodigy, finding a hobby that makes you happy will bring fulfillment and purpose to your life. A hobby is meant solely for your enjoyment.
5. Appreciate the small things.
Acing your midterm, a beautiful day outside, or seeing your best friend after a long time... little moments that make you smile all the time. If you focus on the negative parts of your life, you'll miss out loving the parts of your life that make every day worth living.