Finding time in college is tough. Now, add a job or two to that, maybe a social life, and if you’re lucky, a worthwhile hobby. It’s a circus itself to juggle several responsibilities, but still taking time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate is an entirely new act, worthy of attention.
I know what you’re thinking: there’s not enough hours in the day. It seems like we’re either scrounging for more time, barely hanging on, or completely restless searching for something to do. It’s a funny place to be, but there’s something you can do about that extra time you could be spending scrolling endlessly on Facebook.
Senior year has blessed me with 1pm classes most days. I tumble out of disheveled sheets anywhere between 9:30 and 10 a.m. I usually try to incorporate some kind of intention for the day, either to be patient or kind, try to speak less and listen more, or simply that I will be completely present in everything I do that day. It may seem like a small act, but it helps me feel purposeful throughout the day. I’m on a quest in an 8-bit game and no one will stop me.
Setting intentions, practicing yoga in the morning, reading for pleasure; these are the things I bring into my slice of the universe. When I say that, what I mean is that I have found a space that is mine that brings me bliss. Besides snacks, I have books, art, my yoga mat, and a copious amount of journals in this space. I also make sure the lighting is bright enough I can read, but dim enough to feel comfortable. Here, I escape when I need a breather, when I need to pause briefly.
8 AMs may be unfair, but you, too, can reserve a corner of the universe where you can relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. First, designate somewhere you can retreat to whenever: a place in your room or a spot outside works well. Secondly, find what you like to do. I already gave my examples, but anything that you can find that you enjoy doing is fine. Music really helps: find the jams that lift your spirits and play them. Thirdly, try to go there when you feel it necessary. Stressed, tired, needing a break; it is entirely up to you when and why you go there.