8 Ways to Relax After a Long Day of Classes

College is a whirlwind of emotions—one minute you are super excited to move into your new dorm so you can decorate it to match the Pinterest board you created over the summer and the next minute you are drowning in homework assignments, papers, and group projects.

With all these commitments taking up space in your day-to-day life, it can be easy for us, college students, to feel overwhelmed and that’s not okay. Why? Because the feeling of being overwhelmed can lead to a lack of self-care and this is EXTREMELY important for every college student to practice.

Maintaining good grades in your classes, spending time with your friends, and preparing for your future career is hard work, so YOU deserve to take a little time out of your day to treat yo’ self. Below I have compiled a list of 8 ways you can relax after a long day of classes.

Change into comfier cloths.

I don’t know about you, but I find it extremely hard to lay on my bed and relax with restricting skinny jeans on, so I suggest switching your jeans for a comfortable, loose-fitting pair of sweatpants or even leggings if you prefer those over sweatpants.

To complete your comfy look, you can pop on a hoodie or sweatshirt for maximum comfort. Now you can relax comfortably!

Listen to your fave Spotify/Apple Playlist.

If you’re ever low on energy and need something to add a little “pep to your step”, I suggest playing your favorite playlists to re-energize you after a long day of classes.

If you’re aiming for a more relaxed vibe, I would suggest listening to a playlist that features calming music to help put your mind at ease.

Read a book.

When was the last time you read a book for pure enjoyment and not because it was required reading for a class?

If it has been a while, taking time after your classes to sit down and read a book that you WANT to read is a great way to calm your mind and you don’t have to worry about sticky-noting your pages in preparation to write a book report for a class.

Go on a walk.

When you’re in school, you’re in a building/classroom for most of your day, so why not spend some time outside soaking in the warm sun rays and enjoying the beauty of nature.

Get out of your dorm. Get active. And fill your lungs with fresh air!

Take a power nap.

For me personally, I know I am mentally drained after spending hours in a classroom, so every now and then I like to take a power nap. Now a power nap is NOT sleeping!

It’s simply you lying down, closing your eyes, and resting your body for 20 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to be still for a moment after being active all day.

Watch Netflix/YouTube.

Can I be honest with you? I barely watch TV anymore. Why? Because of Netflix and YouTube—these two platforms are the main places I go to for entertainment.

This is a great way to relax after your classes because it’s an activity that involves little “brain power” since it’s a passive activity that mainly provides enjoyment.

Color, draw, or write.

+Have you ever had an adult coloring book? These things are amazing!

+Coloring, drawing, or writing, in general, are therapeutic because they allow you to engage in activities that showcase your fun, creative side and it’s something you can do while listening to music or a podcast. Who says you can’t multitask?

Declutter your space.

+I am a strong believer that a messy space reflects a messy mind a.k.a if you’re juggling a ton of things in your mind, then your physical space like your room or desk will tend to be cluttered like your mind.

+How do you combat this? Clean up your space (organize your desk or take out the trash) and trust me, you’ll feel more at ease!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my first blog post for College Candy and I hope you stick around for more blog posts I’ll be writing in the future. And if you are interested in watching a visual version of this destress list, here is a link to the YouTube video I made about this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alPkHZ5L4xk&t=177s. See you next time! 🙂

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