As the semester comes to a close it inevitably gets harder to hunker down and hit the books. The weather is gorgeous and the spring fever is tangible. In one day, I saw 3 girls doing P90x from a laptop, a girl cutting a guy’s hair while he wore a trashbag over him like a teepee, and guys frolicking in grass playing frisbee, all out in the lawn outside my dorm in the space of about thirty minutes. When studying while people are literally frolicking 100 feet from your window becomes unbearable, try these tips.
String up a hammock. Back home in south Texas, everyone has a porch swing and a hammock (a little “tex” and a little “mex” I suppose). Something about the motion and a tall glass of water with lemon in it feels like an instant vacation. Eno hammocks are a little on the pricy side but they last and are super portable. http://hammockcompany.com/detail.php?id=ENO-DD002
Just looking at a hammock makes me feel more relaxed, happy, and recharged. You get all the benefits of the outdoors with none of the sun’s rays. Prop up a book and you can be in the action but still get work done!
Do some easy cardio with a book. High-intensity workouts may be good for burning calories, but some time on the elliptical at a moderate pace, one that still allows you to read, can bring some relief when you’re feeling cooped up with the books. Finding time for exercise and studying can be challenging when you’re trying to have a life, too, so knocking them both out at once every now and then feels great. It may sound like a hassle (and I definitely wouldn’t bring my stats homework) but when you get out you will feel doubly accomplished, and that’s a feeling that can get you through the toughest day.
Take a study break with a friend you don’t see very often. Call that person up you’ve been meaning to get to know better (I feel like we all have one of those) and invite them to get a frappaccino and plop down under a tree. Aside from the usual fun of getting to know a new person, the added benefit is if you’ve been dealing with the same stresses for a while (i.e., job, school, break up), your usual group of friends has heard it all before.
Spring can be a blessing and a curse, when you can’t go out and enjoy it, but balance your time right and keep that brain refreshed and you’ll be out there in no time!