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When You Need To Escape

Adventure and try new things to clear your mind.

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When You Need To Escape

Lots of us live hectic, overwhelming, and busy lives. It is hard to relax sometimes, or to even find an escape from constantly being surrounded by technology and responsibilities. For most of us, our idea of relaxing is a night binge watching Netflix shows--there's nothing wrong with this! Nonetheless, it is vital to remember that there are other ways to escape: make the most of your surroundings.

My dad reminded me the importance of returning to "basic instincts" to relax--sometimes we can find more peace in nature and through hobbies, rather than laying around and watching TV. Here are some ways:

1. Go on a run.

Not only is it nice to get fresh air and a workout in, but running can also lead you to discovering new, beautiful places. Especially when you run on trails--depending on where you're located--you can find wonders like creeks or abandoned bridges. Running helps clear your mind; it can help you recharge and focus for when you need to return home and get work done.

2. Learn how to cook.

Especially if you're living in an apartment or a place with a kitchen, cooking new recipes is a fun way to relax--not to mention you get some delicious food out of it. Instead of cuddling up with Netflix and EasyMac, turn on the cooking channel and make a yummy stir fry! (and then cuddle up with some Netflix).

3. Take advantage of surroundings available to you...go adventure.

Go to a school where it snows? Try skiing or snowboarding. Located near the ocean? Learn how to surf. Pretty mountains or canyons on the horizon? Go on a hike. Living in a bustling city? Discover some of its histories and monuments. There are so many wonderful things you can uncover, especially if you're not local to your where your college is. You're usually only there for about four years--why not explore all of the surrounding beauty while you can?

4. Work out.

Those extra endorphins can boost your mood, allowing for a nice escape from your busy life and responsibilities. It can feel good to push yourself and work hard, while positively benefiting your body at the same time. Do yoga, go to the gym, lift weights, push your limits.


5. Meet up with friends and try something new.

Take a trip to the best burrito place in the area, play a funny card game, or go explore together. Building friendships is one of the best ways you can allow yourself to escape from your stresses. Sometimes it's nice to take some time and be alone, but nothing is better than bonding and adventuring with others by your side--make new memories.

You'll hear it many times in your life. I'll write it in a lot of my articles--but this is only because it is so valuable: life is short. As Mr. Keating would say, "Carpe Diem"--seize the day. Don't spend your years laying around in boredom. Stay active, stay curious, and stay full of life. It's the best thing you can do for yourself.

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