With a heavy first term nearly over, looming deadlines and impending essays (that I am yet to write), it’s easy to get bogged down and forget there does indeed exist a whole world outside the perimeters of university and work! Too often we forget to let ourselves take a break and take the time to do things we love. Having first hand experience of stress induced library sessions, where I practically started to live, I decided it was time for an intervention. And so, I grabbed a sorry friend and set off on a little adventure to explore the uni lake. And in doing so I realised that fresh air is actually magical. But that’s a story for another day…
I realised that we need to take more time just to remind ourselves that there is more to life than analysing Chaucer or reading medieval plays, as enjoyable as they are. As we walked/pranced around the lake, giggles ensued, an effect of the fresh air I assure you! And for just those twenty minutes or so I felt like myself again; I felt refreshed and energised and like I was ready to take on the world (until I had to hit the books again of course…).
Taking breaks every now and then is not only good for the well being of our mental health, but also for our creativity and helping us feel more engaged with life. Taking a break doesn’t mean that you need to drive hundred of miles to be by the sea (although you can do that if you fancy it!), you could bake, you take a bike ride,or read a good book, or catch up on that favourite tv show, or go for a walk, or you could even go for a run (good luck in this weather!). But whatever you choose to do, take a break and do the things that will make you the happiest and you’ll see what I mean when I say it gives you that little bit of extra boost to keep on going, whether it be with work or studying. I have to say though, I must practice more of what I preach! But, like I said, fresh air is magical, so make sure you get plenty of it!
Ps: Thank you oodles to Molly Laban for taking these beautiful photos xxx