By Léonie Sonderegger
Taking 30 minutes for yourself every day may not sound like much, but in the frequent frenzy of uni, social life and adult stuff, finding 30 minutes for yourself is HARD.
There are several ways on how you can do it though: and yes, don’t worry, I’ll give you some ideas on how, where and when.
For example: your morning routine
You get up, make your bed (oh try that, it will help your mindset for the rest of the day), and make your morning beverage and breakfast. Sit down, put on some of your favourite music (I highly recommend Cat Power), and just take that time for yourself, I don’t know, watch some clouds or something.
Another morning thing that might help is to tidy up your room and desk, and do any dishes left in there, maybe even vacuum clean. You will feel so much better coming back from after classes into a clean room and it will help your general mental health.
Or: go for a walk outside
The university parks, Christ Church meadows or Port meadow are beautiful places to air out your mind. It doesn’t have to be there though, the back quad of your college will do just fine. You might want to go grab a coffee in town, do your grocery shop or just stroll around the city centre, it doesn’t really matter. As long as you’re outside.
Or: meet or call a friend
DISCLAIMER: This might take longer than 30 minutes, but it’s definitely going to do the trick. Talk about anything but the impending deadlines of your assignments, and you’ll notice how well the mental break will affect your concentration.
These are just some ideas, you don’t have to listen to me.
You should though. Maybe just give it a try and see what happens. Maybe you’ll do better. You just might…