If you are like me, someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, you know that you also need time to unwind. Between class, work, and friends, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. In order to care for myself, I do a few things to keep me balanced.
- Make Mornings Yours
I am not a morning person, but I have two 8:00 am classes every week. The day before class, I try to go to bed earlier so that I can wake up early enough for breakfast. I have learned that it helps me not only get something in my stomach, but have time for myself before my day begins and fully wake up. It is my coffee and meditation time. I hope to make it a habit, not only on the days I have early classes, but every day to carve out time in the morning for myself.
- Take a Weekend Off
Don’t worry, if you prioritize and get work done during the week, you can afford to take a weekend off here and there. I like to at least take a Saturday or Sunday off once in a while (or even the entire weekend) to not do any work and have time for myself and hang out with friends. It helps me relax and refocus for the upcoming week.
- Take a Walk
Take a walk around campus, into town, or by the river. Wander and explore. If you don’t want to be outdoors, go to a coffee shop or the local library. Sometimes I enjoy taking a walk to clear my head, think, and have time to myself. The other night, I took my time walking back to the dorm from the library. I quieted myself and took in how beautiful the night was.
Honestly, sometimes a nap is the greatest gift you can give yourself when you have a gap in your schedule (even if it is for fifteen minutes). Allow yourself to unplug and relax. You will thank yourself.
- Carve Out Time to Do Something You Love
Dedicate time to your interests. If you love to read or write, keep a book or notebook in your backpack for gaps in your schedule. It is important to focus on what makes you happy. I am a classically trained ballerina, so the best way for me to clear my head is to dance. Dancing allows me to recharge and channel my energy into the rhythm of the music. Whatever you love or enjoy doing, pursue it. It will make a difference in your day.