I have officially finished my first week of school! Although classes are just getting started, and I haven't had to do too much, I'm pooped. The summer was full of relaxing days, and now that I have an actual schedule to keep up with, I find myself always in a rush to be somewhere or meet people.
After a long day (or couple days) of going to 5 back to back classes and getting home to do homework, I just want to spend some time pampering myself and de-stressing. Finding time to relax is tough in college, especially when it seems like everyone is always out doing something fun (but exhausting), or your teachers keep piling on the homework.
It's impossible to function without taking a couple hours, or minutes if you are that crunched for time, for yourself and doing something that makes you happy. Of course you can always involve friends who are also stressing out, but for me, I love my alone time once and a while.
One // Put on something comfy
I'm a firm believer that if you're comfortable in what you're wearing, you'll feel better. I try to take this view outside my apartment, but it's hard to follow through when a lot of cute clothes have a low comfort level. When I get back to my room I switch into my pajamas immediately (yes, even at 4 in the afternoon sometimes) and am instantly happier. There's just something so wonderful about getting into a big sweater or t-shirt and out of jeans into soft shorts or sweatpants.
Two // Drink something warm
Whether it be chai tea, hot chocolate, or whatever your hot beverage preference is, it will warm up your insides and help the stress leave your body. Your muscles will loosen up and you will end up much more relaxed than before.
Three // Wash your hair
I don't know about you, but I'm the least stressed when I'm in the shower. My muscles are relaxed, I'm daydreaming about something other than school and all the stuff I have to do, and it feels like I'm in a different world. Take a long shower and just clean yourself up, wash your face, your hair, and everything else. Pretend like you're literally scrubbing away your worries, and take the alone time to think about other things that aren't stressful.
Four // Give yourself a manicure
One of my favorite things to do when I feel like I'm stressed out is painting my nails. The concentration that I put into getting my nail as perfect as I can make it takes my mind off of whatever was bothering me in the first place. It's a solid 10-15 minutes (if you do designs like me, probably more) to have your mind focused on other things, and plus, you'll have wonderful nails to show off the next day. My favorite colors recently have been Sally Hansen's I Lilac You, Revlon's Urban, and Revlon's Copper Penny.
Five // Take a nap
The best advice I've ever had for de-stressing is to sleep it off. Now I'm not saying shrug off responsibilities by sleeping through whatever it is you're supposed to be doing, but if you find yourself with extra time, or if it's already late into the night, go to bed. You can't stress while you're asleep can you? (No, seriously, can you?) Grab a warm blanket, a soft pillow, and dream about the good things in your life.
How do you unwind?
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