5 Things You Can Do to Relax and Destress While Also Getting Work Done

5 Things You Can Do to Relax and Destress While Also Getting Work Done

Procrastination hits us all at some point in the semester. Here are a few ways to avoid it.

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Your good friend procrastination will always creep up on you at some point during the semester – unless you're some sort of superhuman being. However, there are techniques to tackle it and work around it, all the while making sure you get rest and you destress from all the work you have to.

1. Listen to music.

Writing notes after your lecture or doing tedious, repetitive homework becomes a nuisance pretty early in the semester. It's boring and time-consuming in the most monotonous ways possible. Thus, any minimal effort you make to spice things up will make a difference! Having music play in the background while you do your work is a simple yet effective way of adding an element of "excitement" and taking out some of the monotony associated with tedious homework.

2. Take "Netflix breaks".

If you plan on pulling an all-nighter at the library or studying/doing homework all evening, think about incorporating "Netflix breaks." Rather than pausing every five minutes to check Instagram for twice as long as you've been doing work (yes, we all do it), commit yourself to certain, more prolonged break times that will allow you to clear your mind and decompress more thoroughly than a five-minute social media break. Stopping for half an hour after two or two and a half hours of thorough studying will do you more good than the letter.

3. Go on a walk or take a jog.

This method is pretty awesome because, if you love to exercise and get a breath of fresh air before or in between long periods of studying or homework, this is a great option. Devoting ten minutes before, twenty or thirty minutes in-between, and a few minutes after your study session is really refreshing.

4. Talk to a friend.

Study groups or "study sessions" with your best friend are fun. Everyone loves company, especially when they're doing dreadful work. The unfortunate reality is that many times we find ourselves spending more time talking with the people around us and distracting from our work. Instead of spending twice as much time at the library with a friend, consider going by yourself and instead of taking reasonable breaks to text or call a friend. It can even be established into a "study system" everyone in your friend group can benefit from.

5. Acknowledge your weaknesses.

The best possible way to deal with procrastination is by getting to the root of why it is a problem for you in the first place. However, it is the matter of fact that simple human nature tends to avoid the acknowledgment of weakness.

Take time to list weaknesses and things that affect your productivity and your ability to fully concentrate. Do you tend to work with friends who encourage procrastination? Are you maybe not taking time to relax in other instances during the day and so it becomes a problem when you have to study and do homework? Ask yourself questions that might help you better assess why you're procrastinating.

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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority

Sorority girls seem to be getting more and more backlash, but why?
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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority,

I buy my friends? Wow. First time I’ve ever gotten that, good one.

Do you feel better now? Was it all you hoped for?

I doubt it.

I’m not the “typical” sorority girl but I’ve also come to the realization that there isn’t a “typical” sorority girl. We are all different and believe it or not we are all just like you. The letters I wear on my chest don’t make me stupid. They don’t make me a bitch. They don’t make me spoiled. They don’t make me an alcoholic. They don’t make me fake. They don’t make me a slut. And they sure as heck don’t make me any better than you.

What my letters made me is better than I was before.

Some sorority stereotypes are inevitable. Yes, I love my Big. Yes, my Littles are my life. I’m guilty of being a master with a glue gun, and I’ll admit that new letter shirts make me giddy as a 5-year-old on Christmas morning.

But here’s what you don’t know — before I joined my sorority I couldn’t speak to a group of five people without turning red. Now I help run meetings in front of 45 women. Before, I would never have had the courage to go up to a group of girls and sit with them for lunch. Now I’m actually invited (crazy, I know). Before, I struggled with my grades. Now I have sisters in my major offering help. Before, my resume was empty. Now, it's full of leadership positions and community service hours. Before, I didn’t quite feel accepted. Now, I’m welcomed lovingly into an extremely diverse group. What’s so bad about all of that?

I get it. Sororities aren’t for everyone. I’ll even go as far to say that some of us sorority girls can be a little much. But what’s the point of dissing something that you don’t understand? Next time you’re about to make a cruel stereotypical joke, think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. Instead of making fun of sorority girls, sit down with one and find out why it’s so important to her.

Sincerely,

A Proud Sorority Girl

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If A Girl Is Too Drunk To Consent, That Is Rape, Not An Excuse For Men To Validate Their Actions

Sexual violence shouldn't be taken any less seriously just because alcohol was consumed.

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Sexual violence on college campuses is a prevalent issue. Most instances of sexual violence are done while either one or both of the individuals involved are intoxicated.

Let's be honest, all of us college students who drink, probably have had a day(s) or night(s) when we drink too much. Binge drinking is a college norm– even though it is dangerous, unhealthy, and an abuse of a substance– it is still a normalized activity within college culture.

However, just because drinking is a normalized deviant activity for a majority of college students, that doesn't mean the deviant behaviors done while intoxicated should be normalized too. Accepting responsibility for one's actions always needs to be done– whether it is sober or intoxicated.

When drinking, alcohol saturates your brain, impairing neurotransmitters and changing chemical reactions. This can influence us to act in ways we may or may not act when sober– however, there still have to be consequences for all of our actions.

For some reason though, when instances of sexual violence are reported– alcohol being involved is emphasized as an important variable that has a tendency to lessen the consequence of the interaction(s) against the perpetrator.

Whether it is questioning the validity of the reported interaction– or the reliability of the victim's statement– the fact that alcohol is involved plays a major role, when it really shouldn't.

Alcohol shouldn't be used as an excuse. Regardless of the individuals involved were intoxicated or not, unwanted advances– that requires a decision of: "Is this right or is this wrong?"– was made. The perpetrator chose to make that advance. Alcohol should never be an excuse for emotionally and/or physically harming someone else.

With that being said, it is never is okay to say that it is the victim's fault because they were "too this" or "too that". If a person of any identity is assaulted, harassed, stalked, or attacked, because they were drinking– it is the perpetrator's fault, not the victims.

I am so tired of listening to the news and hearing about the debate relating intoxication and the validity of actions committed while intoxicated.

If a person chooses to drive while intoxicated and is caught, they are given a DUI or OWI, and they have to deal with those consequences. Same should be the case if someone chooses to forcibly VIOLATE another human-being while drinking. Alcohol is still a variable in both situations, so what is the difference?

The fact is, when unwanted advances, harassment, assaults, or attacks are committed, there is harm done. This harm can create detrimental effects for the victim(s). These effects may follow he or she for the rest of their lives. It is unfair for the victim to have to live with the consequences, while the perpetrator may not have to, just because they were "too drunk" to know better.

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