All of us are busy doing something, whether that be working, studying, running your own business or chasing a passion. we’re busy people and sometimes, we forget to take a break and balanced is the last thing we feel.
I personally study at university, work part time and run this blog and juggling it all and finding balance can be difficult sometimes. I’m sure you guys are like me- always struggling to juggle commitments so here are some tips from me to you about finding balance and learning to take a break.
- ITS OKAY TO TAKE A TIME OUT.
If you’re at uni like me- taking breaks is honestly the key to studying. When I have to study for long periods of time, I reward myself with frequent breaks. I generally study for an hour and then stop for ten minutes and then continue for an hour, stop for ten minutes and so on. If I start to feel like my brain is getting a bit foggy, I’ll take myself away from the task for about half an hour. Although this works for me with studying, it can also be applicable to those of you who work as well. I often have to do this 1 hour work, ten minute break strategy when brainstorming for Cruelty Free Health as well.
- SET A DATE WITH YOURSELF
I am one of those people who have to pencil every important event into my diary otherwise I won’t rock up- whether that be lunch with a friend or an important due date for uni. I have found it really beneficial to pencil into my diary or my daily to do list, a time slot designated for ‘me time’. This could be something like ‘ten minutes of meditation’ or even ’30 minutes to watch this tv show’. Whatever is going to help your brain relax for a little while and refresh, pencil it in and have some time for you. Unless you want to take an entire afternoon off of being productive with your responsibilities then I don’t recommend giving yourself more than an hour of down time, otherwise, you might just demotivate yourself and end up binging Netflix all night.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE A DAY OFF
If you feel like you can’t be productive that day or you feel like you have total brain fog then remember: it’s okay to relax and get to it tomorrow. Obviously, if you have an assignment due in 12 hours, I’m not suggesting to say ‘oh sorry I had some brain fog, I’ll finish it tomorrow’ because obviously, it doesn’t work when you have a deadline. It’s your responsibility to organise yourself so that if you do need to take a day or even just an evening off to relax and unwind, then you can do so and pick up where you left off the following day.
- GET OUTSIDE.
Being outside will allow your mind to relax and enjoy your surroundings. If you’re feeling stressed, get outside and go for a walk for ten minutes, you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel afterwards. If you don’t feel like you need a break, but need some extra mental clarity- don’t be afraid to bring your work outside. You’ll often catch me out with my laptop laid out on the lawn, eating some fruit or ditching university for half an hour to go and explore the Botanic Gardens. Get some sunshine and breathe in the fresh air, it will calm all your racing thoughts.
How do you expect to feel balanced if you haven’t even scheduled out your time?GET A DIARY.
PENCIL IN EVERYTHING- ASSIGNMENTS, SHIFTS AT WORK, LUNCH DATES WITH FRIENDS, GROCERY LISTS, TIME SLOTS FOR YOU TO WORK OUT, TIME SLOTS FOR YOU TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES.
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