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College life can be challenging and stressful. Homework, tests, presentations, quizzes, and even being involved on campus can take up a majority of your time. But what if you took thirty minutes out of your day, every day, to discover a new hobby that can give you the opportunity to escape the stress of being a college student? We all have pastimes that can include watching Netflix or eating for fun, but why not swap those out for fun activates not only for the mind but also for the body? Who knows, after reading this you might just find something you never knew you loved!
When was the last time you actually picked up a novel and read simply for the enjoyment of reading? Reading is a skill that can be used not only for the ideas of learning, but also to engage your creative side. We have a wonderful library on campus that you can check out all different kinds of books, journals, poetry and even some interesting biographies. There is always something for everyone to explore.
Yoga is not only an activity of stretching, it is also an easily accessible practice for the mind, body, and soul. There are plenty of yoga instructors on Youtube who have free lessons you can follow along with. Do some research on certain poses that you enjoy the most.
One inexpensive way to pass time is picking up a pencil or pen and just drawing whatever comes to mind. During this time, you could also turn on your favorite music playlist and sketch something you’ve never tried to sketch before.
Believe it or not, exercise is not only healthy for your body but also allows for you to release mental stresses. If you have been studying for a few hours, take a break and maybe go run a mile, or even just hit the weight room. If you don’t know how to properly use the equipment, take some time to research it.
Ladies and Gents, when was the last time you went out and spoiled yourself? Have you seen something online from your favorite store that you have held off on purchasing? Buy it! Why not? Treat yourself for all of your hard work during your time so far in college. Running low on cash? Hit up some of the local thrift stores that have designer brands for half the price!
Visit sites around you
Forest park, downtown St. Louis, art, museums, the zoo, the loop and so much more. Take a day to explore the amazing sites around you. When exploring these amazing spots, you might find your new favorite place to study or just visit.
Have you ever thought about what silence can do for the mind, body, and soul? Meditation is a way to achieve full relaxation in only a few minutes. When meditating, set a timer for 2-5 minutes and allow yourself to focus on breathing. This is such a peaceful way to be present in the moment and get rid of stresses.
Journal keeping is a way to reflect on your day, as well as release unhappy feelings and voice happy ones. Writing can allow your brain to let go of stresses you have in a creative and fun way. Run to your local Walmart and pick up your journal today!
Binge watch a new show
Most of us most likely have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. Why not find a new TV series to binge watch? Rewarding yourself after long days by watching an episode or two of your new favorite show. This can give you an escape from the real world.
When was the last time you and your friends took the time to have a board game night? Why not whip out Monopoly or even Clue! Having a competitive but also fun evening could be much needed for you all.
Hobbies are a great way to explore new options and ideas that could potentially add to your everyday routine. When was the last time you de-stressed from school and actually did something that you personally enjoy? Now’s the time. Give yourself a break and enjoy your college life.