There are three things we do alone: we are born, we die, and if we’re a college student trying to swing good grades for the semester, we take exams.
While studying every single day for exams might seem ghastly, it means saving yourself the turmoil that accompanies those who opt in for a however-many-hours-long cram session seconds before scantrons are distributed.
However, with exam season (whether it be midterms or finals), comes the mastery of more than just the curricula.
And that, my friends, is what I like to call: the art of taking breaks.
If you’re that person that finds themselves continuously falling into the trap of studying for hours and calling it quits at 6 a.m., then this article is for you.
While this isn’t an instructional write-up on how to take study breaks during exam season, it is an article that might help you appreciate lengthy breaks if the concept is one foreign to you.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the popularized catchphrase: “Saturdays are for the boys.”
And, that might be well and true for all our male pals on deck. But what, might one ask, is the aftermath of a killer Saturday?
And not only is Sunday for the girls but it’s also for the mind as well.
It is no secret that Sundays are, quite possibly, the saddest time of the week to most. It’s the preface for the beginning of yet another riveting week of school and it’s the last hoorah of the weekend. Yeah we’ve tried to reclaim it (#SundayFunday), but when keeping it real, we’re usually left with nothing but aggravation and anxiety when the day arrives.
Luckily for you, I’ve got the best I-Hate-Sundays cure and it comes in the form of 5 reasons.
- Breakfast is brunch, and it comes with bottomless mimosas, a dress code and our closest girl gang.
- Bells are ringing, and no, not the ones that are positioned at the top of Century Tower. Church bells.Bail on your textbooks and battle with the Bible for a change. Sundays are for pews. They’re for sanctuaries. They’re for deep breaths. They’re for prayer and for peace. They’re also for my “Praise and Worship” Spotify playlist, if that’s your cup of tea.If it’s not, then meditate.
Focus on some intentions to encourage a positive day ahead. Speak things into existence and manifest the type of day you want to have.
- Dare yourself to be bare, and yes, it goes a bit deeper than just not wearing makeup.It’s Sunday and officially your one chance in all seven days of the week to be lazy and not be condemned for it.Lay in bed.Apply your favorite face mask or do yourself one better and make a face mask for yourself.
Watch that movie you’ve been wanting to watch on Netflix or swap it out for a few episodes of whatever show you’re watching on Hulu/Amazon Prime.
Read a book.
Or, my favorite option, simply go back to sleep.
- Spend time with your family.If you’re like me, a student attending college far from home, then this option might feel a bit too difficult for you. But who says it has to be?In our modern age, quality time usually consists of quality reception on a smart-phone. So pick it up, or maybe it’s already in your hand, and dial your family. A FaceTime might not be as good as the real thing but sometimes, second best becomes the best by default.Near or far, your family is your family and they will always make time for you (immediate and extended).
- Get a jumpstart on that homework.Remember when I told you to bail on the textbook?You’re in luck. Sometimes, the textbook route might be the best way to go.Sundays can be productive if you devote a bit of time to plan out the upcoming week and knock out a few assignments. Just because school isn’t in session doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.
If reading this made you realize why Sundays are worthy of some love, welcome to the club! And if this all seemed foreign to you (in the way any math class is to me) it’s safe to say that you’re totally doing your Sundays wrong.