The importance of rest
It’s been another huge year. We’ve all been through a lot, and it’s understandable if you’re feeling a bit worn down.
Thankfully, the holidays are here, and it’s a great time to wind down and catch up on some much-needed rest.
The benefits of rest
We all know that being over-stressed and working yourself too hard can have some pretty bad side effects. This can lead to things like:
- Being unable to sleep
- Getting headaches
- Poor mental health
- Becoming irritable
So when we’ve been under pressure for a while, it’s important to let our bodies and minds rest and recover. Getting a healthy balance of down time has lots of great benefits, such as:
- Reducing anxiety and tension
- Improving your mood
- Feeling more energetic
Striking the right balance
While you’ll be getting some time off from school, Christmas can be a pretty hectic time. You might be rushing around visiting relatives, stressing over buying the best presents, and trying to cram as many fun activities into your holiday as possible.
While it’s great to stay active and make the most of your holidays, you don’t want to burn yourself out either. Try and remember to schedule some time to wind down – spend a day reading a book, relaxing by the pool, or just having some quiet time on your own.
Tips for winding down
If you’re ready to put 2021 behind you, we’ve got some things you might like to try.
Put away the books
Say goodbye and pack your schoolbooks up! If you have any textbooks you don’t need anymore, you might like to hand them down to younger siblings or friends, or even donate them to a library. If you’ve got books full of notes you don’t need anymore, find a way to recycle them.
Clean your uniform
You won’t be needing it until next year, so wash your uniform and store it somewhere safe and dry, ready to go in the new year. If you’ve outgrown it or are getting a new one, you could hand it down to your younger sibling, or donate back to the school.
Do some file organisation
Get your PC or tablet out and do a thorough clean of your files. Delete any old files you won’t be needing anymore, or archive them onto an external disk or hard drive so they’re not wasting space.
Schedule some “me time”
Take some time to spend a day doing…nothing at all. Binge your favourite Netflix series, catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read, or just sleep in and enjoy – there’s nothing wrong with taking some time off to relax every now and then.
Do something fun
Plan a no-pressure day out with friends (or even just alone). Spend the day at the beach, go for a hike, catch up for brunch – do something you won’t need to spend heaps of time planning for.
Remember, you shouldn’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want to. If you want a lazy holiday, that’s ok – and if you want to get out there and do as much as possible, that’s ok too.
As long as you’re having fun and staying safe, there’s no “wrong” way to enjoy your holiday.
If you want some more rest and relaxation tips, or want some ideas for things to do over the holidays, you might like to check out these blogs: