It’s not that students don’t want to relax or don’t have the time, it’s that when people think of relaxing, they often thing of taking a few days off or going away on a vacation – feats students can’t exactly pull off all the time.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to relax without falling behind or breaking the bank. Here are five often-forgotten ways to unwind that will cost you less than the price of a dinner.
Renting a movie (from an actual store) Nowadays, choosing a movie to watch online isn’t always as fun a time as it seems. In fact, we often find ourselves stressed out at the idea of having to choose from all the titles provided by a streaming service, especially when they don’t carry the movie or director you want to see. Instead, go back to the roots of movie renting by finding a movie store near you where you can go in, browse physical movies, and come home with a set choice.
Duck-feeding The local pond is a place you’ll rarely find students. But if you ever do see a student at a nearby pond feeding ducks, you’ll probably notice they look incredibly relaxed. Try this age-old pastime to ease your mind this holiday.
Candles/incenses In small apartments or studios, students rarely get to experience the therapy that a crackling flame can provide. And while your candle or incense may not exactly crackle, finding the right scent can warm your apartment or room and help you relax just like a fireplace or bonfire does.
Comfort food Return to your childhood snacks while watching a movie or doing some reading. Buying a few of your favorite candies or foods after not having them for years can bring back great memories and, not to mention, provide an inexpensive escape every now and then.
Jog or walk Going out to jog or walk is a free activity that naturally releases endorphins. You can make walking less of a chore and more of a fun activity by going somewhere you enjoy like your local smoothie shop or café. Running or walking during a quiet, low-traffic time like an early Saturday morning can also help you feel like you’re getting away.