By Adrienne Credo, Regular ContributorOctober 1, 2015
For most of us, we have a lot on our plate at all times. There's something about being busy all the time that gives us the satisfaction of being productive and knowing that we aren't wasting our time twiddling our thumbs. However, being too busy can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. I know for myself, I reserve my Sundays to plan out my schedule for the week and then relax for the rest of the day by watching TV shows with my roommates or getting out of the house to take my mind off things. Practicing the art of letting go for a few hours and letting ourselves relax is crucial to keeping us grounded. And, anything that gets us to breathe easier is most ideal in the crazy, busy world we continuously build.
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In the upcoming months, I will be applying to graduate schools and fellowships in the hopes of continuing my education and working towards my career. This is some scary stuff. Many of us are struggling to figure out what classes to take next year, if this extra-curricular activity is better than that one, what we should major in, etc. With so many of these things weighing in on our psyche, we have to remember to take care of ourselves and relax.
Life happens very quickly and decisions are made even more quickly, but in order to stay level-headed in times like these, we must step back and relax, thereby rejuvenating our mind, body, and soul.
Other ways I try to get myself to unwind and not think too much about the future is to surround myself with women who seek to empower and encourage each other to be the best versions of themselves, while also knowing when to say, “Hey, you look like you need a break, let’s do this instead.” Those are the kind of friends we need to surround ourselves with because they know us and understand how to deal with our frazzled selves. I am eternally grateful for friends like these, because they make me realize that living in the moment and relaxing is far better and more fruitful than stressing out and worrying about what comes next.
Overall, we all must remember to take a break and breathe in order to be more objectively aware of the world around us.
When we are stressed out, we tend to make more rash decisions than when we are in a better and calmer mindset. The next time you feel overwhelmed by school, work, or anything else life throws at you, remember to lean on your friends for support and let yourself breathe.
How do you unwind and relax after a tough day? Who do you lean on when times get rough? Tell us below!
Adrienne is an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine studying Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in International Studies. She is also a passionate photographer (you can check out her work below!). She loves watching TV shows like Chicago PD (shout out to Sophia Bush!) and Law & Order: SVU with her roommates and creates funny videos with her friends.
Check out some of her photographs on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/123906482@N03/
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