With finals quickly approaching, it can be easy to get sucked into a constant state of worry and panic. While in this state, it is difficult to give yourself even just 15 minutes to sit down and take a break from studying, practicing, or writing.
Even though you might want to just keep going, it is beneficial to take a break every now and then. Although I have not mastered the art of stress relief, I have discovered several little things I can do to help myself relax not only during finals week, but during the whole school year.
1. Keep a Journal
I know it feels so middle school to write in a “diary,” but even just taking 10 minutes to write about your life once a week can be very beneficial. Not only can you remember everything that you did when you look through it years later, but you can also help rationalize all of your fears and doubts about life.
2. Listen to a Good Playlist
Music is the center of my entire world. I can’t go a few hours without listening to music, so I created playlists for a lot of different moods and vibes. Something helpful to de-stress could even just be a playlist of your favorite songs or bands to put you in a good mood (check mine out here).
3. Read a Bookhere.
4. Call Your Parents
5. Make a “Like List”
Sometimes it can be easy to think about everything you don’t like about what your doing and just life in general, so some of my friends and I decided to make lists of everything we like. If you like to organize things like me, you can even color code your list by food, people, entertainment, objects, etc.