As a student, things can get reeeeeeeeally stressful. The never ending assignments, presentations, and exams, on top of just making it to class on time can be extremely overwhelming. For myself, being in the arts requires coming up with creative ideas almost constantly. I find this to be extremely draining and challenging to my learning brain cells. There are so many resources to find different ways of coping with the stress and staying on top of the huge workload of school. Of course, each student has a completely different way of dealing with stress, but I thought I could put in my two cents and provide some ideas. Below are some of my favourite things to do during the school year that help keep the creative juices flowing and take a large amount of stress off my plate.
Fresh air helps tremendously with oxygen flow to the brain, which, in turn, is quite helpful to remain creative and be able to come back to work with a fresh mindset. In addition, exercise is never a bad thing, and your dog will also love you for it.
I find making a batch of chocolate chip cookies super relaxing, and definitely takes my mind off school for a couple hours. On top of giving me something different to do rather than coming up with a creative take on an assignment, I also end up with a delicious snack when I'm feeling like I need a pick-me-up.
Brain storming sessions are probably one of the most helpful things for me. Getting together with a group of people to bounce ideas off of each other is immensely productive. Talking about crazy ideas can inspire others to think outside the box and works as a never ending circle of creativity. Even if some ideas sound ridiculous and completely impractical, this can often be where the root of an amazing new plan can spark from.
Above and beyond everything, always making sure to set aside time for yourself is important. No matter how busy my week is, finding time to take a breath from school is essential and crucial to keep my creativeness in tacked.
Have an awesome week my friends!