In everyday life, it can be hard to relax and feel productive at the same time. In many situations, relaxing and working effectively can seem like complete opposites! Upon closer inspection, I found that the two may be related. Here are eight helpful tips for relaxing while finishing the school year strong.
1. Participate in a school activity that interests you
School activities often come with opportunities, such as the potential for scholarships and the chance to meet new friends who share the same interests. For example, joining a club that fulfills your passions can be beneficial while giving you the space to decompress and talk with others.
Not all school activities will be productive. Dancing at reunions or watching a dodgeball game can be exciting, but often tires you out afterwards. Although it is always recommended to attend school parties and recreational events, be sure not to overdo it in order to allow yourself time to study.
2. Find a topic you want to learn more about
Instead of surfing the web or scrolling through Instagram, researching topics that interest you can relieve the academic pressure of learning. Did you hear an interesting fact in your class that resonated with you? By doing some research, you could use the information you gathered for an upcoming prompt in that same class. Maybe you could even earn some extra credit points! Knowledge is power.
3. Read a book!
Think about that book you wanted to read but couldn’t find the time to read. Perhaps there are several stories waiting to be uncovered, gathering dust on your neglected shelf. It’s time to dive into the world of reading! There are countless twists in novels that can apply to real life. By reading for pleasure, you could improve your critical thinking skills and expand your vocabulary while easing the stress of the day. If possible, it is better to read on paper rather than on screen. Exposure to blue light from modern devices can cause headaches and eye strain.
4. Set times to take a break
It’s understandable that you need to lie down or lay still to relax after an exhausting day. However, doing it regularly can become a habit. In some cases, you might plan to rest for ten minutes and fall asleep, waking up after two or more hours. This cycle can be hard to break, so it’s best to start setting times early. On your phone or alarm clock, set the desired duration to recharge your batteries.
The break shouldn’t be longer than thirty minutes, but the time you need can vary depending on how stressed you are. Avoid using social media apps during this silent session. Try meditating instead!
5. Go for a gentle jog to lift your spirits
Jogging, even for five to ten minutes, can help spark your creativity and improve your mood. Not everyone feels energized or refreshed after exercise, so a short walk can also work. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and warm up beforehand! This is productive as it increases your blood circulation and improves your physical health.
6. Invite a friend to study
Staying productive can be difficult when there are multiple distractions: a text message on your phone, a howling TV in the living room, or your dog barking in the yard. Inviting a friend to your home or library can help you stay focused and inspired to get your work done. Make sure you’re collaborating with a companion that won’t distract you or distract you. Save energy for the summer season! You can always have a coffee together afterwards.
7. Clean up and personalize your workspace
Working in a disorganized and cluttered environment can leave you feeling uninspired to work. The disorder increases the stress hormones released in your body. This can make focusing difficult! Turn on your favorite music, open the windows to breathe in the fresh air, and start getting organized. Nothing better than feeling fresh after making your workspace perfect.
Once your desk or office is free of clutter, start adding decorations that are meaningful to you. Just placing a potted plant in a corner can give you a sense of renewal. Avoid adding too many decorations, as they can eventually overwhelm your workspace.
We tend to experience lack of productivity, brain fog, and gloom when our thoughts become confused. You may even ask yourself, “How can I get back on track? Journaling is a great way to embark on a journey of self-discovery and reflection. By understanding the stresses and habits in your life that lead to mental fatigue, you can begin to feel empowered again. Believe and realize!
No matter how everyone unwinds in their free time, we can all agree that there is a need for tranquility in this fast-paced world. Trying new ways to relax can change your perspective on everyday life and guide you through these difficult times. Best wishes! May peace be with you.