Gaps – take a breather (includes suggestions for relaxation)

I got out of bed, opened the curtains, and quickly shut them again. Ooh, what a horrible day it was, all rainy and grey. I’m not one to love really hot weather (especially when it’s humid), but I do like a bit of warmth and sunshine, especially in spring! ~~~actually wrote this last week when it was wet and rainy, although this week it’s been lovely for most of it. I love short sleeved t-shirts!

Anyway, I’m going to apologise for the time that I haven’t posted anything because, well, I’ve been a bit busy. I’ve come to a time in my life when everyone has to take exams and this is not a great feeling – I am now just over half way through my exams, had over 20 to begin with!! :/ The day before an exam I feel on-edge and know at the back of my mind that I’ll be doing one the next day, and then go to bed usually feeling not-too-bad as I know I’ve done some revision and will just have to try my best. Despite this, in the morning I often feel terrible and nervous and just can’t wait for it to be over. And then as soon as I walk into the exam hall I feel more calm again. I think this is how most people will feel about taking tests and exams, and it isn’t half tiring! Everyone in my year is so tired and worn out; I think it’s the mental effort of working hard to remember a lot of things for the exam, and also the pressure and stress and worry and anticipation etc.etc. that we have beforehand.

The weekend has come as a blessing for me and a time to relax, and what’s even better is that now it is the holiday. This means that I have a week off to do my own study, and have a bit of ‘me’ time before going back into the time of exams. This year we’re being kept at school with no exam leave, which annoys me a bit as it means I can’t choose what I want to revise in school hours, although it means that we have a structured day with teachers around us giving us more useful advice, and who are there if we have any questions to ask…

I think that’s enough about exams – if I write any more I’ll probably start to make you feel as if you have one tomorrow (and by the way, if you do, I wish you the best as it’s not nice having an exam on a Saturday – or any day for that matter! πŸ™‚ )

The title of this post is gaps, mainly because it popped into my head when I sat down here and looked at when I’d last posted a ‘proper’ post, which was, like, weeks ago. I’ve already made my excuses for that though…

I think gaps, especially to give yourself a break from something are important. If you are in a busy period in your life, whether with work or school or family or EVERYTHING you may start to feel a bit worn down and tired. If this happens, you need to know that it is totally normal, and you just need to find a way to take a little time out to relax and calm down. I find that a ‘little nap’ helps rejuvenate me if I’m feeling run down, but others outlet their feelings through drawing, sport or socialising with friends. I think it is very important to let yourself have a break from time to time and give yourself chance to refocus and think about the really important things to you and what matters in your life. Sometimes, ‘one thing’ can seem to override everything else and it seems that all you are doing is only about that ‘one thing’. Whilst that ‘one thing’ may be necessary, you need to keep things in perspective and not let your feelings, whatever they are get the better of you. I thought it may be useful for you to have some suggestions of ways you could chill and take a breather, whether long or short. This is by no means an exhaustive list (you could do anything!) but it may help you – and if you have any other suggestions I’d be happy to hear them!

1. Make yourself a drink – whether hot or cold, soft or fizzy (though try not to be heaped with sugar all the time), have something that you enjoy ~~~I like a cup of tea or coffee (see my ‘drinks’ post) or a glass of ice cold water does it for me!

2. Read a book – just have 5 or 10 mins if that’s all you can spare. Try to turn off social media and contact with other people and try to purely relax and ‘get into’ the book for a little while ~~~having a way of escaping ‘real’ life can really help.

3. Go for a run or walk, do some stretching or even play a game of catch against the wall ~~~exercise releases endorphins which are ‘happy hormones’ into your blood, making you feel more energised and alert. Even if you don’t run very far, it’ll be better than nothing, and the fresh air revitalises your body and brain anyway! (If you can’t go outside, open the window to let the natural air in.)

4. Pick up a notebook or piece of paper (whatever you can find) and do some drawing, even if it’s just a few little doodles ~~~I find that doing something different is just the break my brain needs, and you may enjoy channeling your energies into something a bit different. It’s also nice to see something that you have created (and even if you hate it and throw it in the bin at least you’ve had a change of actions for a bit!)

5. If you have a bit more time, you could go for a 20 minute nap ~~~scientists have found that by having a sleep for less that half an hour helps to brain to rest, and wake up. I have done this for over half a year when I get home in the afternoons, and it enables me to work later into the evenings without dropping asleep at my desk! Make sure to set an alarm clock and get up when it goes off, or else you may wake up and feel groggy! You could also do some baking, which is said by many to be theraputic in itself – apart from the fact that you then have something delicious to eat at the end of it!

Well, this has been rather a long post, but I really needed to make up for the lost ones, and I’ve quite enjoyed writing this anyway! Don’t expect regular posts, I don’t know when my next one will be but I’ll try my best for a couple of weeks time…

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Have a lovely evening and weekend!



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