Take a mental health break: ways to destress


There are many different ways to destress, and the key to making the most effective use of mental health breaks is to find the most suitable method for yourself. [LAURA HSU/THE BLUE & GOLD]

As exam season approaches, students become increasingly stressed about schoolwork and semester grades. Amidst this stressful period of time, it is important to be more aware of your own mental health condition and to take care of yourself.

Some ways to approach self care is to take mental health breaks. Instead of having long periods of study time, it is a better practice to integrate a break period in between study sessions. A to do this is to follow the pomodoro technique, which is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. This method consists of having 25 minute study periods, with short breaks in between. 

Another way to destress is to find things that you enjoy doing when you have free time. If you are able to find something that you are passionate about doing, it will allow you to become happier when you spend some time pursuing that passion. Even though this is a busy period, taking a few short breaks while doing something you are passionate about, such as sketching on your iPad, may be an even more effective way to destress.

One way to become more effective in your studies and reduce your stress levels is to find your own way of studying. You will have to experiment with different study methods and find the one that works best for you. Even though you might find it difficult to navigate different studying techniques, this will be an efficient way to approach the material you are studying and reduce unnecessary stress. 

The key to taking mental health breaks is to make the most use out of the time that you have for resting. If you spend your time on mindless activities that do not bring joy into your life, you will never truly be able to find a way to relax and destress in a short period of time.