I cannot remember the number of times someone would say, “do you ever stop”, because I was always on the go. Or so they thought. The truth is I made sure I allowed myself to relax and always took a break. Breaks are important regardless of how short it is.
I would do simple things like taking a bath before bed instead of a shower. Research and websites like the Huffpost agree that baths are a great way for unwinding and soaking away the stresses of the day.
During warmer weather, I would sit in the garden, literally sit down and do nothing for 10-15 minutes and log off from my daily routine. This moment of stillness always had a positive effect because afterwards I felt energised and studied more effectively.
Going for walks is a good way to relax too. I personally liked running a few miles during the middle of the day. This always gave me a boost in the afternoon while at work and it stopped me from feeling drained in the evenings.
Don’t get me wrong, there were days I felt tired and occasionally I felt I was missing out, by fulfilling my responsibility as a mother, an employee and a student, determined to fulfil all my roles to the best of my ability. But I had to make sure I did not overdo things. This was done by having the occasional girlie activity, taking a break and recharging my brain and body.
Attending the 2014 Caribbean Weekender at Southport with my Bestie Aisha was an occasion when I decided to take the weekend off. I pre-booked the weekend, but hadn’t quite finished reading my thesis. So, I took it with me. It was my first draft and I had set myself a deadline I had no intention of missing. I read the sections during the 4-hour journey on the coach. The revellers around me thought I was weird, others thought I was studious. I had a chapter to read and did not care what anyone thought. I put my headphones on and zoned everything and everyone out. Aisha, was accustomed to me reading on our long journeys so she socialised with the other revellers and let me do my thing. The weekend was great, I could party hard without thinking about my studies. It was a well-deserved break.
Remember, take regular breaks and be good to yourself.
 RMP Southport Caribbean Weekender https://m.facebook.com/events/229809967384232/#_=_