How to take a break during a busy weekend
for nontraditional students
I know, many nontraditional students are totally busy this weekend. And pretty much every weekend. Maybe classes are not in session this weekend, but there are many things to do, like catch up on housework, do projects, assignments, cook something, and use that Round Tuit.
But it is very healthy to also take some time for yourself. It can be very hard to do this. If you do not do that at all, you can try incorporating "You Time" into your weekend slowly.
Everyone has their own personal tips that work for them. I have seven here that have worked for me. Here they are:
#1. Start exercising once a day or every other day for at least 15 minutes. Try out those exercise routines you used to do. Take it easy on yourself, because you might not be in shape yet. If you are older or think you may have a medical condition, consult your doctor first for their pointers and advice.
#2. Meditate - have you tried meditation or meditation using yoga?
#3. Write in a journal or diary. You can do this every night before you go to bed. You can write as much or as little as you want. You may find this practice relaxing AND revealing, as you sort through your day and activities. It will also provide you with quiet time as you do it!
#4. Window-shop. Have you ever looked around a store and just loved the newness of it? You don't have to spend money to relax this way. Of course, generally women love this more, but some men also find this activity very relaxing.
#5. Pamper yourself. When is the last time you enjoyed a wonderful bath or pamper treatment?
Use those face masks, bath oils, good-for-you lotions and take the time to feel really good. While you are at it, put your feet up!
#6. Read a good book. Are you the short story type? Scheduling some reading time that is NOT part of your assignments can be very relaxing. I try to read every day before bed. It is fun, relaxing, and educational too.
#7. Encounter nature. Take a walk or just go outside and sit to watch animals or hear the birds (if posssible) in your neighborhood. If you do not have much nature in your neighborhood, go to the nearest park for a little while. Being around nature is very healthy and revitalizing.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Let's add to this list! Tell me your ideas for relaxing on the weekend too. Thanks!
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