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February 13, 2013

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Living at Clark: Staying Healthy in University: Relaxation

Introduction: This isn’t something most people focus on when they focus on being “healthy”, but I think that it’s a very important aspect to doing well and staying healthy in University. In life, really. 

University is high pressure. You’re doing a lot. If you’re like me or Becca you do a fair amount. I’m sure you’re used to it, High School isn’t easy either. But you likely won’t have your usual channels of communication in University. You have new friends, friends that haven’t seen you go through everything. Your parents aren’t around. And everything is new. It’s important to find something that you absolutely love to do that relaxes you.

For me, it’s photography and working out.

Relaxation:

I’m not a professional. I really can’t say much on the subject of mental health itself, I just know that if I don’t want to go completely stir crazy and start to do poorly, I need to focus on myself and my own needs as well as on school and work. There have been too many times where I’ve let everything come before my own peace and relaxation.

Last semester I spent almost a month and a half waking up at 8 or 9am every morning, I would then stay up until 2am working on homework, studying, or working. I got into such a habit of working nonstop that literally the second finals were over I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself. I was lost without excess work and concerned that Winter Break would be painful without a lot to do. I had forgotten how important it was to take time for myself to just relax, to read a book, or to work out. That’s right, I spent months without working out.

It was absolutely killer.

So yes, there is a lot to do. There’s a lot to focus on. But it’s important to know how to prioritise and how to spend your time doing the things you need to do; both for school, work, clubs, and for yourself.

When I’m feeling particularly stressed, I like to plug into my music, grab my camera, and run around taking photos. It helps me to find beauty in the world and to reevaluate just how busy I am.

If you aren’t getting anywhere on what you’re doing, take a break. Staring at it any longer won’t help you. You have to know when to give up and when to ask for help.

As much as we teens like to think we’re supermen and women, we really aren’t. We can’t run 8am-2am every day for a month or more and still survive — still do well.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Read a book
  • Take pictures
  • DANCE!
  • Exercise
  • Chat with friends
  • Watch television
  • Go for a walk around Worcester
  • Cook
  • Write
  • Journal
  • Read a magazine
  • Create a blog
  • Create a vlog
  • 100 jumping jacks
  • Sing aloud
  • Act silly
  • LAUGH!
  • GRIN!
  • Take silly pictures with friends
  • Boardgames
  • Card games

What do you do to relax?

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