Being a student at university means you get to meet a lot of people. Meeting a lot of people means there’s plenty of conversation (unless you don’t like the person you’re talking to…). I can guarantee you that the phrase ‘I’ve been so busy’ gets tossed about like it’s a volley ball a few times. Everyone is racing in their own marathon to get as many things done in the time that has been allotted to them. With only eight Saturdays until Christmas (crazy isn’t it?!) everyone seems to be full steam ahead until they come to the days where it is acceptable to stay in pyjamas all day and watch Love Actually and Home Alone on repeat with a hot chocolate in one hand and a candy cane in the other. Mmmmmmmmmm.
With the end of this year looming closer and closer, and the realisation that I am already a third of the way through my degree, there has been a sense of dread that I really do have a ton of things to do with time is that quite literally slipping through my fingers. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do all I want and that, ladies and gentlemen, is what really piles on the stress. Stress that, in fact, we could all do without. The solution? Take time out for yourself…
Sometimes we really just need to hit the pause button and have a little refresh and really to look after ourselves. In this past week I came home for reading week and let me tell you those lie ins have been glorious! But, its time to get back on track and I’ve tried to change little bits and bobs in my every day routine to shake off the stress and relax.
As much as I LOVE lie-ins, I’ve come to face the harsh reality that too much of this good thing can sometimes make me feel pretty lethargic and far too unproductive for the rest of the day. This wont mean you’ll find me up at the crack of dawn but it does mean that I have tried to get up around 7am everyday and I find that I get so much more done in the end. At the end of the night snuggling up in my bed with a hot water bottle seems like a pretty good reward to me!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love love love being lazy. I like to call it selective participation. But even I can admit that I find being productive far more satisfactory than laying in my bed doing nothing. I feel better for leaving the house and getting some fresh air. Exercise is also key. I used to HATE gyms. Still do! But after a good work out session I can grudgingly admit that IT FEELS GOOD!
Turn It Off:
Now this has been hard. I’m ashamed to admit that I can sometimes be glued to my phone. I have tried to have a few hours in the day where I don’t go anywhere near my phone and this is where books are my best friends. I also find that the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ rule works pretty well too! If I don’t have my phone on me, chances are I probably wont get up to go get it. Lazy, remember? Leave it in the other room kids!
The People We Love:
One of the things that’s always put me at ease and something that drives the stress away is spending time with the people I love. Friends, family, boyfriends, girlfriends or pets, what have you, make time to see them. Believe me, a good hug and a juicy conversation makes a world of difference. And hopefully next time we see our loved ones, we’ll be able to say to them we haven’t been that busy. The dream lives on…