As I think has been evident from a few recent posts, it has been a crazy few weeks. Each day has been non-stop, and I haven’t had [or given myself] the chance to relax, breathe, and take a step back. When I feel this way – and being in law school, it is pretty often – I take time to do a few things that I know will calm my nerves, and allow my mind to sort of re-set itself. If you are feeling similarly, then I hope that one [or all!] of the following will help you to de-stress this week:
- Get outside. Put the books down, and go for a 15 minute walk. Walking around my neighborhood always clears my mind, and helps me to appreciate the little things. What better time to do this than at the start of fall?! There is something so calming about walking through leaves when there is a slight chill in the air.
- Cook dinner. If you’re thinking ‘Sarah, I don’t like to cook!’ then let me tell you – I didn’t either up until recently! A few years ago, I would have been happy microwaving my dinner every single night. Now, I find that putting together a dinner, whether it be something simple like a salad, or more elaborate like a chicken and pasta, really helps to relax my mind. It gives me something else to focus on for at least a few minutes, as well as something to look forward to once I’m done.
- Write it down. When I feel not only stressed, but also just “bleh,” writing down a list of 5 things I am grateful for always, without fail, puts me in a better mood.
- Get social. By this, I mean do an activity or go to a place where you will be around other people. Heck, you can combine two de-stressers into one by checking out a new workout class! For me, being around people just makes me feel better than if I am cooped up in my apartment on my couch doing work [especially on the weekends].
- Drop everything. Seriously. Sometimes, this is necessary. Even if you have a lot on your plate, your health still comes first – don’t wear yourself too thin to the point of being overcome by a full-blown panic attack [has happened to me]. Put the books away for the night, pour a glass of wine or heat up a mug of tea, and throw on a classic chick flick – Mean Girls usually does it form me.
How do you de-stress?