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Relax

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Too often, we feel that we can only relax when we have time. When there’s a billion tasks on our to-do list, we think that we can’t stop or take a break. However, as Sydney J. Harris states, “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” When you’re stressing out and your schedule is maxed out, remember to take a break.

 

Do something you enjoy and take it easy. Take a walk outside, watch some television, eat some cake, take a nap, play your favorite song, or dance. Without breaks, you can easily get stressed out and that’s never good.

 

When I have 3 hours to do 6 hours worth of work, I get really stressed out. I start feeling overwhelmed and I hate not being in control. I feel the need to squeeze the life out of my stress ball and type out gibberish in some soon-to-be-deleted documents. I’m sure many people have felt stressed like this before.

Instead of quickly running back into my pile of essays and tasks, I should take a quick breather. The break I spend eating some food, taking a walk outside, or listening to music will recharge me and help me function normally again. If I just keep trying to work, I would only stress myself out more and end up in a bad state. Breaks are needed!

How to make this summer memorable

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  • Be with the ones you love. I get it, you need to be alone sometimes, I’m like that too, but humans are very social animals, so a little interaction is just what you need. Be with family and friends a lot during summer because you know that during the school year, you’re too busy to spend time with them. It’s also a nice way to relax because the pleasant company of those you love can help you unwind from all of your stress. Have lots of fun with them so you can look back on those times when school starts again, and have the next summer when you can make more memories to look forward to.
  • Go places to create new experiences, even if you have to dish out a little bit of money. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Experiences are more important than physical objects,” and it’s true. I like to think that experiences are priceless. Experiencing new things, especially with others, is really important because of the new ideas that you’ll have about people and places, and about yourself. It can create plenty of new, pleasant memories. It’s also a great way to relax.
  • Live in the moment. I talked about this yesterday, but I’m going to say it again. It’s so important to leave behind stress because even though something may seem awful and difficult to handle, you can’t worry about it forever. You need to let go of that stress sometimes, and focus on what matters at the time: having fun and being with others.

 

 

How to stay less anxious during summer

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  • Try to find a balance between working and relaxing–Summer should be all about relaxing; it is a short period of time where we are given time to take a break from the intensity of the school year. That being said, it is important to work on whatever you have to do, without waiting for the very last minute.
  • Go outside–With the warm and relaxing weather, now is a perfect time to go outside for a break. Go jogging, read a book, do something that will help  take your mind off whatever you are stressed about, but will also keep you healthy.
  • Talk to your friends–Your friends are always going to be there for you, so if there ever is a time where you are feeling anxious, give them a call and talk to them.

 

Exercise–It is scientifically proven that exercise decreases stress and anxiety, so try going to the gym or a 30-day challenge in your own house.

Reflect

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Relax, Don’t Worry

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Relax, Don’t Worry

 

Let every moment be

what it’s going to be.

What’s meant to be

will come your way.

What’s not will fall away.

 

– Mandy Hale

Tips on “how to relax”

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  1. Go outside!! It’s not good for your mind or your body to stay pent up inside all day. Go outside and get some fresh air, and just feel the stress blowing away!!
  2. Listen to your favorite music. Whether it be classical, rock, pop, or country, listening to your favorite genre or your favorite artist will be sure to bring up your mood and help you forget the stress in your life.
  3. Do some Yoga. Even if you have no idea how to do yoga, no biggie. Search up some moves online and try it out, because it helps to calm the mind and the body in times of extreme stress and tension. Or if you’re not into yoga, at least exercise 🙂 It’ll make you feel much better and happier!

Quiet mind is the best cure for the body

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“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I sometimes believe that I don’t have the time or the option to relax. If you’re like me, and you go to a school where competition is so high you just can’t get enough rest, you’ll understand what I mean. Or if you’re in a situation where your life is in disarray, things aren’t going as planned, and your stress levels are at all-time highs, you’ll be able to relate. Every day, I stay up till past midnight, sometimes even till 5 to get my homework done. Even if I don’t procrastinate, it still happens because that is the environment I live in. I can’t do anything about it except continue losing sleep in order to get grades which in the end don’t even make me happy, because I feel depressed and stressed out inside.

Many people constantly work too hard every day in order for a better future, but you can’t have a bright future if you aren’t happy in the present. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take some time out for yourself in order to keep a calm mind and make sure things don’t get out of hand. And you probably won’t take this advice from me hearing my sleep schedule, but believe me, I’ve started to change that and take my own advice. Even if it’s just sleeping a few hours earlier, or hanging out with friends, or even having some sweet alone time, I’ve started to loosen up. And I’ve noticed that even though my life is still hectic, I’m feeling better as time goes by. By getting my much needed relaxation, I’m finally realizing that I can control my life better and do things with more effort than I was before. So I hope you take the chance to calm yourself and get some peace, because it’s worth it in the end.