By Danielle Graham
Although it’s the start of a new term, we students are already swamped with ten million and one assignments. All the clubs, activities, and just the mere action of coming to school can be a real drag. There are some things, however, that you can do to put a little pep in your step or to relax, so keep reading to find out!
- Power Naps
Sometimes all of those assignments, SBA’s and tests take up the whole night and rob you of valuable dream time. However, you can take short naps of 5 to 15 minutes to restore energy. Especially if you are taking on a tedious night of reading (History people and Literature people, I see you), this helps to rest your eyes and reduce the strain you put on them by reading for long periods of time. Take it from a sixth former – this works!
Growing up in Jamaica, you will often hear that tea cures everything, from gas to headaches to even bad luck. Even though some of the cures may just be fable, a multitude of teas creates a variety of the many kinds of relief that you can get from a quick brew. If you want a shot of energy, reach for classic black tea or green tea. If you want to relax, unwind, and soothe your sore body, take in a warm, inviting cup of mint tea or chamomile tea. Various brands carry invigorating flavours which are not only tasty, but relaxing as well.
I bet you heard this one over and over and rolled your eyes so far back that you could see your brain. But it is true! Not only is exercise great for your physique (hello summer body 2k17), but it improves your mood and relieves stress. Various studies have shown that exercise triggers the release of endorphins (‘happy hormones’) which boost your mood. Exercise can also trigger the release of adrenaline, which gives your brain a shot of energy. So when you feel tired and tense, stretch, go jogging, or do some jumping jacks. You’ll feel a little more pumped up and ready to go!
Hobbies are other good ways of giving yourself a little break. Whenever you are studying or doing homework, it is always good to take a 5-10 minute break to rest your eyes and hands. In that time, you can do a bit of your favourite hobby – colouring, sketching, or recreational reading. These things can at least lift your mood if you feel down, and make you relax – much like sinking into a plush pillow.
- Just Breathe!
As simple as it sounds, breathing exercises help to clear your mind. Put your hand on your belly, and take a deep breath by inhaling through your nose, and ensuring that your belly expands or pushes out. Hold this for 5 seconds. Then, exhale through your mouth. Repeat this another 4 or 5 times, or until you feel like your airways and mind are clear. This is great, especially if you feel anxious or as if you are about to have a breakdown.