Learn to Relax as an Undergrad!

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Learn to Relax as an Undergrad!

This is a guest blog by our Intern Queen campus ambassador Jessica Strassman. Jessica is a junior at UC Santa Cruz, and is a Sociology Major.

Being a college student is more stressful than most people think.  School can become especially stressful when you take extra classes and also have a job or internship at the same time.  So how can a busy college student take a break and relax, without getting behind?

I go to school in California, where the weather is temperate all year long.  If you’re lucky enough to go to a school where you can walk around outside without freezing, you should try to do your homework outside.  If you can’t do work outside of your normal work environment, try taking a break from work and going on a walk around campus.  By just taking a break from your work and absorbing your natural surroundings, you will feel more relaxed and calm about your piles of work.  When I feel overwhelmed by how much work I have, I go for a walk and think about how all of the work I’m doing will pay off in the long run.  If you don’t take a break every so often and realize how great you’re doing, you will surely overwork yourself and feel burned out.

But, don’t fret- even if you don’t go to a school where you can freely roam around campus at this time of year, you can still take a break from work to clear your mind!  You can easily take a break while still staying warm.  Why not read a book, listen to music, or watch TV for 30 minutes before cramming in more studying or work?  By allowing yourself to mentally relax before doing more work, you’ll feel refreshed and prepared to study!

No matter where you go to school, don’t forget to take a break once in awhile.  Without factoring in time to relax from your work, you will easily lose a sense of balance in your work life.  So go ahead and take a break, and always remind yourself that you’re doing a great job!