I Need to Relax!

Our lives are full of stress, so when we get a break it is important we take advantage of the time. I asked nine college students about their relaxation routines and what these activities do for them.

Peculiar: What do you do when you want to relax? Why do you do it? What do you gain from doing it? 

Jenesky Baez: When I want to relax, I love to binge watch TV shows and movies. I also love to cook too. Doing this makes me relax my mind and get away from stress and anxiety of any kind. 

Cooking can be a beautiful way of relaxation too. Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels.

Jecinta Ameh: Most times I sleep. I know a lot of people watch movies as their form of relaxation, but personally, I love to sleep as a hobby. Secondly, I believe that sleep helps me relax my whole body from daily stress.

This illustrates one of the common ways college students relax, because it is refreshing. Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA from Pexels.

Amina Ali: I watch movies mostly in my free time when I have nothing to do and no deadlines to meet, so it is a form of relaxation for me. When I am very tired after a long day, I sleep and it works for me because I wake up more energetic and restful. 

Doreen Oriahi: As far as relaxation is concerned, I sleep because I gain peace of mind from it and I eat because it makes me happy. 

Seun Kolade: I read stories when I need to relax because  it slows down my thoughts and concentrates my mind on the story, so all other problems just go out the window for that time.

People read books as a form of relaxation, entertainment and reading is just basically a way to get out of this chaotic world. Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels.

Timmy Adesote: I play video games because it helps me relax and probably forget my problems for a while. It also calms me down. Playing video games is just fun.

Representation of people playing video games which is another form of relaxation. Photo by Yan Krukov from Pexels.

Precious Usoro: I sleep because I’m actually usually very tired. I sleep because I gain energy to do more work.

Funke Ogunleye: I either listen to music, read a book or just lie on my bed with my eyes closed. They don’t require so much energy and they are calming too. I usually get to relax when I do them.  

Listening to music is another way to wind down from the day. Photo by blocks on Unsplash.

Chris Agene: I basically just watch a movie or sleep. I’m someone who believes in self development, so the movies I watch when I relax are actually movies I have found that can teach me something meaningful. I don’t watch them for fun, basically to learn to be a better decision maker and so much more. I sleep about three to four hours a day. Sleeping, on its own, basically occurs for the human mind and body system to rest, so when I sleep I am a little relieved of troubles and any time I wake up, it is always like a new start for me.

This picture illustrates a common way of relaxation for college students showing a twin-sized bed and a movie ready to be watched on the laptop. Photo by Atul Vinayak on Unsplash.

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