Reading Break is meant for you to kick back and relax. However, many students use this time as an opportunity to study and hit the books extra hard. While this may be valuable time to get caught up on homework, we definitely think some of your efforts should go towards to having a chill break. When you go back to class on Thursday, you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to take on school.
Take this time to catch up on some well needed rest. You’ve probably pulled a couple (or a lot) of really late nights already this semester, so use these few extra days to catch up on sleep and reset your internal clock. Sleep deprivation has been proven to cause stress, and this is exactly what you need to avoid this break! Sleep in, take a nap, go to bed a decent time – we guarantee you’ll feel more refreshed and rejuvenated.
Give your mind a break with meditation. Taking a moment in your every day life to let your body and mind calm down will allow you to relax and reduce stress. There are even a ton of amazing apps that will guide you through sessions, even ones for people who are skeptical to whole idea of meditation.
Read a Book
It IS reading week sooooo like, maybe find a book that isn’t a textbook and read it. Why you ask? Well, it turns out reading books for fun is a real thing that people do and we think you should give it a try. Throw on a pair of your most comfortable sweats, curl up on the couch with a hot mug of [insert favourite hot beverage here] and let your mind and imagination wander for a few hours.
Get a Massage
Is there really anything more relaxing than a massage? We think not. It’s also great for your health and can help alleviate pain along with your stress. And good news – your student benefits cover massage therapists! Visit MyStudentPlan’s website to make sure the therapist you’re visiting is covered.
Much like meditation, journaling forces you to step away from the craziness that is your life and allows you to enjoy some much needed “you” time. Studies show that journaling can help reduce stress, while gratitude journaling can improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.