By Amanda Aller
Every semester there comes a time when schoolwork, jobs and extracurriculars need to be pushed aside in order to make room for simple and yet essential relaxation time. Studies from the American Institute of Stress have shown that in the workplace, stress is closely linked to lost hours due to absenteeism, worker’s compensation benefits and reduced productivity. CCM students can stop the detrimental effects of stress by making time now for the things that they enjoy.
Megan Daniel, freshman at CCM says, “After school and work all week I like to hang out with my friends and boyfriend, and go out and do something fun! I also like to hang at home but definitely with the company of others because that’s the best way to get your mind off of all that schoolwork!”
Finding the right balance between school, work, peers and other activities can be very difficult which is why it’s so important to develop sharp time management skills. Managing time involves allowing yourself to take vacations, if only for a brief period. Susan Whitbourne from psychologytoday.com says, “Vacations have the potential to break into the stress cycle. We emerge from a successful vacation feeling ready to take on the world again.”
Andrea Doucette, sophomore at CCM said, “I do a few self-improving activities like practicing yoga at home, finding a healthy recipe and making a home cooked meal, reading a book, taking a walk at the nearest park, or writing in a journal to reflect on all of my experiences throughout the week. After working diligently all week, I have learned that it is extremely important to take care of my mind and body by unwinding at the end of every week.”
Though methods of relaxation may differ, the effect is the same.
Chris Cuervo, sophomore at CCM said, “One of the main things I do is sleep because that’s something I seem to never get enough of. Other ways to help me relax include watching
my favorite TV show called Shameless, sitting by the pool, or even editing some videos which is something I love to do in my free time.”
According to Lissa Rankin, M.D. and author of “Mind Over Medicine: Scientific evidence that you can heal yourself”, while diet and exercise are important, they’re not at the top of the list when it comes to de stressors. Instead, things like spending time with close friends, healthy relationships, laughter and engaging in activities that genuinely excite and fulfill you are the most essential to leading a long, healthy life.