10 Simple Ways to Relax Before School Starts

10 Simple Ways to Relax Before School Starts

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Relaxation doesn’t require hours of planning, nor does it mean going far away. It’s as simple or complex as you make it. It also doesn’t need to be expensive! Here are 10 simple ways to kick back and relax before school starts on a college budget:

1. Don’t set an alarm

Have a day off work? Don’t set your alarm and relax by sleeping in and taking a break from your regular schedule. Sleep can be hard to come by on a college schedule, so use summertime as an opportunity to establish a relaxing, healthy sleep schedule.

2. Read a book

If you’re not taking classes this summer, now is the perfect time to sit down and read a book you actually enjoy instead of a textbook! Put on some sweatpants, curl up in a comfy chair, and lose yourself in the pages of a good book.

3. Geocaching

Geocaching is like a global scavenger hunt and a great way to spend some time outside. Download a geocaching app and let the adventure begin!

4. Go swimming

Whether you’re near the beach or a wading pool, cool off in the water and soak in the sun. Personalize the experience with a big floaty to lounge on, and a picnic to eat by the water.

5. Go shopping

No, not the stressful kind of shopping, the fun kind! Explore thrift stores, test out couches in a furniture store, or visit themed stores (e.g., Disney store, antique store).

6. Movie marathon

Put on your pajamas, pop some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie series! Depending on the series, this could take an entire day!

7. Meditation

In my opinion, meditation is waaay underrated. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy; simply take time to think and reflect on life. Find a quiet place to be alone and allow yourself to completely relax. If you’re not sure how to let your mind go, download a meditation app. Namaste.

8. Go for a drive

Visiting home for the summer? Go for a drive around your favorite places. Pay a visit to your old schools, houses, or local monuments. If you live in the country, go exploring. Take some pictures of animals, birds, and wildflowers. This is a great opportunity to unplug.

9. Go stargazing

This may require a bit of travel if you live in the city, but find a rooftop, an open field, or somewhere with a good view. Try to find constellations or simply admire the astronomical sight, and the vastness of space.

10. Do exactly what you want!

During the college years, summer is often reserved as a time for work, work, and - yep, you guessed it - more work as students desperately save for those expensive textbooks and tuition. Amidst a busy schedule, make time to do something you genuinely enjoy. Whether it be a hobby, a trip, or a movie, don’t forget to make some time for yourself before school starts!

Related: 5 Books You Won’t Want to Put Down on the Beach This Summer

 

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