Most of us are done settling into the new school year which means that stress starts to settle in as well. Homework, tests and quizzes are a thing now, and we don’t have as much time to sleep in our beds like we used to. Since a lot of students this year will be doing school online, stress is definitely something to expect. In order to keep myself from going insane, I try to do certain things to unwind and relax. Here are three strategies that I use to destress.
Writing everything down and just ranting about your day in a notebook or journal is so calming! When you journal, you can tell everything about what went wrong or right in your life without someone judging you. When you just wanna throw something out your window and scream, picking up a pen and a piece of paper is a much calmer way of doing so. At this point, journaling is the only reason why I haven’t dropped out of high school yet.
I know this one is kind of obvious, but a lot of people including myself forget to take breaks! When you come back to schoolwork after taking a break, you will have a better chance of retaining information. It’s also more manageable to do work when you are wide awake and comfortable rather than being half asleep and stressed. Remember that a break (in some cases) doesn’t mean going on Tik Tok for 5 hours and then rushing to do your science project 30 minutes before it’s due (I learned that the hard way). As long as you keep track of your time and keep yourself from procrastinating, any type of activity that doesn’t have to do with schoolwork is fine!
Exercise is so important now that school will be online for some students. Being on your laptop all day and staying indoors can cause a lot of stress to build up mentally and physically. Doing a light workout or simply walking outside can make a great difference in your everyday life. After school I take time to go outside and walk my dog to get some fresh air and take a break from looking at my laptop. If you aren’t able to go outside then opening a window, doing a light jog in place, and visualizing the great outdoors is a good alternative. If that’s not an option for you, I would suggest searching up “the sounds of nature” on YouTube and doing what you can with that information.
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