The importance of rest and relaxation among university students has become vital because of the stress they are prone to facing. Before getting to the things students do to relax on weekends, we might want to mention the causes of stress in college students. Stress faced by students mainly occurs due to studying, submitting assignments, finals, and choosing future career paths.
To loosen up well on weekends, students tent to engage in some relaxing weekend activities. So here are some stress management tips for college students to relax on the weekends:
1- Take Care of Yourself:
Avoid relaxing with alcohol, instead, try exercising, whether through jogging, Zumba dancing, cycling, or hiking. Do any of these activities regularly but not too near bedtime. If you prefer doing your activities before bedtime, try practising some Yoga and/or Meditation. Taking a hot long bath or shower before bed will leave you stress-free and relaxed too. Use some vanilla or lavender scents. Avoid any unnatural energy boosters; just give it time and make it a habit. Eventually, energy will naturally kick in!
Also, in short, sleep well and eat healthily. Make sure you are getting enough hours of sleep and maintain regular sleep and wake up times. Contrary to the widespread belief, sleeping more than you should on weekends will not make up for lack of sleep during the week. Try learning to cook healthy recipes. Cooking is proved by psychologists to be a mood booster along with gardening and hiking.
Bonus Tip: Use ear-plugs to block out sounds while sleeping.
2- Schedule Your Week Ahead:
Scheduling doesn’t mean that you have to fill every minute of your weekday or weekends. Three interesting things that you can do on weekends are volunteering at a local food bank, having dinner with friends and go grocery shopping. Make these activities as breaks between your already set studying schedule.
Helping others via volunteering, laughing your heart out with your friends and buying your grocery in advance will boost your mood and make you feel more relaxed throughout the week.
More ways to reduce stress for students?
We live in a world full of technology and learning to disconnect is challenging with all the social media platforms that students are used to using on daily basis. Turn off your phone and spend quality time with friends or solo. Call home and vent it out or vent to a friend. It, rest assured, helps!
4- Get Creative:
It is a bit problematic if your major is not naturally creative. Even students with creative-oriented majors miss not following the academic rules. Play sloppy music or listen to some good ones or read a book or a collection of articles about a topic you are seriously interested in. Try writing, drawing or doodling. Creating something new, even if not perfect, will give you a sense of belonging and essentiality. Do not give up on your passions.
YES! Studying well is one of the things that will get you to relax. HOW? Most students get overly stressed because they are not studying well enough or think they are wasting time. Stretch while studying every half an hour and take outdoor short breaks often and connect to nature through short walks and breathing the fresh air in.
How to avoid stress while studying? Schedule the fun too on your weekdays after your university lectures and plan some funny breaks.