One thing that every college student knows, no matter what point they’re at, is that it’s really easy to get so wrapped up in homework and extracurriculars that time to unwind and relax often gets pushed to the wayside. There’s usually no shortage of things to do, the problem is remembering to make time in the first place. This leads to annoying stress and breakouts that nobody has time for, so I figured I’d share some of the ways that I force myself to relax here at Hope.
Something that really helps me make time for fun is finding an hour-long weekly TV show or two to watch religiously. The two shows I’ve watched since they started are The Walking Dead on Sundays at 9:00PM on AMC, and Agents of SHIELD which airs Tuesdays at 9:00PM on ABC. One issue I used to run into is that I can’t always make time at the time the show airs. Thanks to the Internet though, many of the bigger TV channels put their shows online the next day to watch for free. I usually watch SHIELD on Thursdays so that I have a spread out hour where I have nothing to do.
During these breaks from life, one of the most important things I do is that I turn off notifications on my MacBook, and I put my iPhone into Do Not Disturb mode. Your friends will survive if they can’t reach you for two hours a week, and being on your phone generally isn’t very relaxing.
The main thing to take away from this post is that college is stressful and you have to make time to unwind. Holding in stress doesn’t help anyone, and that’s just a fact. How do you relax after a tough week? Let me know in the comments!