It is really easy to get caught up when you have a busy schedule and be overwhelmed by all the things you have to do, that sometimes you forget what relaxing feels like. Living the student life is really fun and exciting but can be extremely tiring as well. Being constantly on the go with tonnes of things to do and with deadlines piling up can soon become stressful and take up a lot of energies without even realising. Whether it’s work, lectures, friends, sports or holidays there is always something that will keep you busy and distracted. Some people love it because it makes them feel as if they are in control of their life, whether others find it rather overwhelming.
ere is a common misconception that being highly organised and busy will make you a better and more successful person because you have your “life together”. Planning everything ahead can be helpful sometimes and for some people but not when it turns into an obsession. Everyone is different and with di erent lifestyles and forcing yourself to t into a box which doesn’t’ belong to us is wrong and can reveal itself stressful.
A couple of months ago I came across a magazine called Flow, which promotes a slow way of life by encouraging its readers to take a break from their daily routine and to connect with their inner self. It was really good, and as cliché as it sounds, very inspiring as well.
It emphasises the importance of taking time o and of how crucial it is to do so as it allows you to take a break from everything, it helps you understand who you are and enriches you as a person. In the least philosophical way possible, it is true, especially when getting caught up with everyday life and forgetting to take time to yourself is so easy. e magazine suggests to take at least half an hour o every day to do whatever you feel like you usually don’t have enough time to do, and to appreciate the small things. ere are in nite options to what you can do in your spare time, such as: reading, writing, singing, drawing, going for a walk, baking a cake or maybe just calling a friend. Take your pick!
Once you will enter in the routine of doing so and understand its importance, your mental health will flourish and you will feel much more relaxed; and last but not least you might also finally find the time to read the book that has been lying on your shelf for the past three months!