I have some news for you: your mental health is more important than good grades. This week, I challenge you to do something for yourself. Since you are probably in a very academic mindset, I took some time to think of a few things you could do to help yourself unwind, and forget about your to-do list for a little while.
If you are the kind of person who likes to exercise, make time for it. Plan out a short, efficient workout. Even 20-30 minutes of exercise will surely clear your mind. The Glendon forest paths are perfect for running, while the Glendon Athletic Centre offers Yoga and Zumba, and even has a beautiful pool with big windows that let in loads of natural light.
Go to a library, but leave your textbooks at home. Choose a book you’ve wanted to read for a while, and stay there a few hours to read for your own pleasure. You could also walk into the new coffee shop that recently opened in your neighborhood, and stay there to drink your coffee. Bring a notebook or a novel, or simply people watch. You don’t have to stay long; I find that spending five or ten minutes spent in a cozy coffee shop puts me in a better mood.
If you like to have something to nibble on while you study, taking some time to bake or make a decent snack instead of throwing together a PB&J can actually be quite therapeutic. Find an easy recipe you like to make and satisfy your sweet tooth. You deserve it. Check out the recipe for Nutella balls in the Health in Wellness section!
Instead of turning on Netflix when you need a study break, go to the movies! A change of scenery is always nice. Don’t feel like going anywhere? Put on your favourite music, pick up a pen and paper, and doodle away.
If you are looking for more of a release, I invite you to come to our Paint lounge, Tuesday, November 15th at Lunik! We will be providing all the materials, as well as examples to inspire you and artists to guide you, so as to avoid any frustrations you might have. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Remember, we accept all forms of visual art and creative writing for our Expressions section. If you write fiction or poetry to unwind, I challenge you to write one piece this month. You owe it to yourself to do things for the sole purpose of relaxation and enjoyment.