Lately I've been definitely feeling the pressures of senior year and it seems as though I am always go-go-going and barely have a second to slow down. With college applications, homework, recovering from the plague going around my school (seriously, everyone is home sick), tennis, blogging, a social life... Every day seems to go by so quickly, especially the weekends. On top of it, I haven't been getting as much sleep and exercise as I need and want to so I've been running on low steam. Sooo, I have made a list of things to incorporate into my daily routine to make sure I am taking the time to breathe and reflect (sounds cheesy, but I'm guessing other people are probably feeling the same way too :). Check out my tips to de-stress below!
+ Wake up 7 minutes earlier
As annoying as this sounds, waking up just a few minutes earlier gives you a lot more time than you would think, and really helps you feel more ready for the day. When I wake up and have to drag myself out of bed a few minutes later than I should be, I am a lot more stressed out than I need to be. It's amazing how much having just a few more minutes in the morning can really boost your mood!
+ Get at least 25 minutes of physical activity
Yesterday I was so tired during the middle of the day at school, something that has been happening a bit too frequently lately. I had tennis practice right after my last class and the sunlight and exercise immediately woke me up. It turns out that Elle Woods saying is true after all! Getting a little sunlight and blood flowing is essential to de-stressing, and if you can fit in a big workout you'll definitely thank yourself later.
+ Put together a playlist that makes you happy
If I'm feeling really overwhelmed and need to calm myself down a bit, listening to music I love always makes a difference. Happy, upbeat songs do the trick for me and are sometimes all I need to boost my mood.
+ Take a warm shower or bath
Whenever I need a break from homework, I take a shower or bath to get my mind off of things. I like to play music, zone out and the enjoy the warm water rather than stress out about everything I need to accomplish. Take just a few minutes to reflect on the day and you'll instantly feel better.
+ Turn off your phone
8 times out of 10 my phone is what is causing me to feel so distracted because I always go on it to avoid my tasks at hand (then again who doesn't :). As painful as it might be, turn off your phone and put it in another room for a few hours - the bright light and notifications over-stimulate your brain and usually will make you a lot more overwhelmed. I can't even tell you how much more focused and relaxed I am without checking my phone every few minutes!
I hope these tips help and that you are able to incorporate them into your everyday routine! What do you do during the day to de-stress? Please help this busy senior out!