How to Take a Break When You Don't Have Time

I have the tendency to overwhelm myself with work every school quarter. On top of school, I am always doing things on the side to update my resume and LinkedIn. Last fall quarter, along with school, I was working my fashion internship remotely and became a campus brand ambassador for two other companies. This quarter, I have pushed myself to take 18 units (the most I have ever taken so far at Davis) whilst still working my internship remotely and doing multiple interviews for potential summer internships. While many people are impressed to see how active I am in my academic and professional career, they do not see what it is like trying to balance everything. I sometimes go weeks without talking to my friends and family and feel overworked and frustrated. You can really feel the stress hit you physically and mentally. Here are a few things that I have learned to do to lift a bit of pressure off of my mental and physical health.

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Exercise

No matter how busy I am, I always make time to workout for at least 30 minutes. I can either put out all my frustration into my workout, or forget everything that is going on in my life during that half hour.

Go on a coffee date with yourself

Before I get down and do work at a coffee shop, I sometimes take a moment for myself and really enjoy my drink. Knowing that I am spending just five minutes to enjoy my drink really puts me at ease and allows me to take a much-needed break.

Reading online articles

Reading online articles can not only be informative and take your mind off of things, but it doesn't take up too much of your time. My go-to websites are refinery29.com and businessinsider.com.

Get a massage

Although this activity takes a bit longer than the one mentioned above, getting a massage can really change your mood. Massages are not for everyone, but it could also be a new thing you can try.