It’s Friday but you’re still reeling over how annoying this past week was. Two exams, a presentation, and at least a hundred pages of reading. Your brain, along with the rest of your body feels fried and you’re in a little need of some self-care. So go ahead of act like a queen this weekend. And when you do, keep some of these relaxation ideas in mind!
There is nothing more relaxing to me than just going back to my room, curling up in bed with some snacks and watching some movies or a tv show. It allows your mind to escape from the events of the past week and just be focused on a plotline instead. Now I know for those who have a hard time sitting still, you may feel as though your being unproductive. So maybe educate yourself in the process and chose to watch a documentary or the news. Those who say that you cannot learn anything through watching something are mistaken, as there is some very insightful material out there. But for those who want to fully turn your brains off, choose something fictional for sure.
We all know the famous Elle Woods quote, “Exercise gives endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” But have you ever thought about the truth behind the words? It is absolutely correct in saying that working out makes you happy, as those endorphins act as mood boosters when released. The process of doing any physical activity helps one let go of anger from the past week and focus on doing something beneficial for themselves. So while going to the gym may have not been your first thought when you though of relaxing this weekend. you really should reconsider.
Go To A Yoga Class
Yoga does wonders for the mind, body, and spirit. The process of turning off your brain and just being in the moment allows you to let go of that stress you may have been feeling for the past week. You are able to stretch out your core in a comfortable environment, allowing those tense points to loosen. Even if you’re not the most flexible person, you should still consider going to a class if you can. There are always beginner courses for those less experienced, so you don’t have to worry about being a novice.
Treat yourself this weekend! No seriously take care of yourself first and foremost. A little TLC to your hair, skin, and nails will make you feel better about the worrisome times from the past week. When you look better, you automatically feel better. So turn your brain off for a few hours and just hang out with the girls and take turns taking care of one another!
Take A Drive
Depending on your age or where you go to college this may not be an option for everyone but if you can you should. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, hoping in my car and taking a drive somewhere makes me feel better. Instead of thinking of my mistakes and regrets from the week, I’m focused on the road ahead of me and where I’m going. Also, you can sing at the top of your lungs, free from judgment if you’re the only one in the vehicle. If you live in a highly urban area, I suggest driving to the countryside and taking a few backroads to get there!
Sit Outside And Listen To Some Music
Two things I love are nature and listening to music. Combined together and you get to experience one of the most relaxing scenarios imaginable. The thought of just sitting staring out at the water and having some chill tunes on in the background makes me feel calm. It allows one to think about the lyrics and have a beautiful sight to look out at in the process. I suggest putting on some songs that are lyrically beautiful and just really put you in an existential mood!
Pet Some Furry Friends
There is a reason why your college includes therapy dogs during finals season. Pets are proven stress relievers, as they provide a source of calm energy and just make you smile. I know it can be hard in college to have access to these animals but even if you see one on campus or in a park, ask the owner if you can pet the animal. It might even be worth taking a trip home to see your furry loved ones if you live close enough!