Summer’s officially here. Some students have plenty of plans, while some have no plans at all. Regardless of which student you are, summer is crucial to getting the rest you need. But how exactly do you rest? Today, we’ll be talking about how to rest so that you feel fresh for the new academic year as opposed to feeling burnt out or bored.
Burnout: A Dangerous Summer Trend
Rather than seeing summer as a time to rest, many prioritize padding their college-bound resumes. It’s no surprise, when over the past few summers, students and parents alike have been driving themselves mad for summer programs and SAT boot camps. This leaves most students forgetting to take a break at all.
While it’s important to remain productive, it’s equally important to get rest. So before we talk about how to rest, let this be a reminder to rest in the first place. Here’s an easy way to determine if you’re overdoing it this summer: chart out your weekly schedule for each week of the summer, and determine how many hours of “work” you have. If on average, you have more than 30-40 hours of work each week, this usually means you’re not getting enough time for rest.
Boredom: The Result of The Lack of Challenge
We all get bored, but boredom over the summer is a unique one. It tends to result from things being too easy, and then repeating that same easy process over and over. Think repeatedly binging Netflix, online gaming, or just sleeping. Relaxing, yes. But boring if you do too much of it.
Hence, we recommend avoiding the boredom trap by introducing mild challenges along a student’s interests. By challenging oneself along a personal interest, students become engaged and discover more about a topic they already like. For example, a student who’s interested in basketball can enroll in weekly training or drills to improve his or her skills. Furthermore, a student who’s interested in engineering can experiment with Arduino DIY projects found online. Lastly, just be careful not to over-challenge, as doing so can really spoil the fun.
Too often, students spend summer doing “nothing”. Fix that by doing something that’s both interesting and mildly challenging.
Rest by Relaxing AND Recharging
Too often, we equate rest with sleep or watching television – forms of Relaxation that hold us idle for hours on end. However, this often leads to students feeling sluggish and sometimes feeling like they “wasted all of summer”.
The other form of Rest is Recharging: identifying the activities that give you energy. Sitting idle doesn’t give you energy; it usually just saps it. So what gives you energy? Is it spending time with friends? Reading over a cup of coffee? Trying a new sport?
Whatever gives you energy and makes you feel recharged, make sure to do plenty of it over the summer. Because by the time summer is over, it’s best to feel recharged and rested rather than bored from overrelaxation or burnt out from being too productive.
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