Nowadays resumes seem to be top priority to students. Therefore, it’s important to do a lot of other activities next to your study program. In times where you are expected to be online on social apps 24/7, it is necessary to create a proper work-life balance! But how do you manage that? With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to fully relax when you’re ‘off duty’

1. Only you decide when you’re ‘off duty’

First of all, only you can decide that you are ‘off duty’, by switching off your phone or by not responding to any more requests no longer. Tomorrow is another day! It is important to think about the energy you will get out of doing certain activities. If you do not look forward to doing something or you are not enjoying participating in a certain activity, then don’t do it! It will only make you more stressed and you will have less time to enjoy the things you do get energetic from! It is therefore important to be able to say no sometimes.

2. Close your eyes for a couple of minutes

Now that you’ve learned to be off duty, take advantage of this time to close your eyes for a couple of minutes each day and think about things you value. There are certain useful apps that can help you with that, like the app HeadSpace. This app allows you to concentrate on yourself for about 5 to 10 minutes every day.

3. Do not arrive in a messy home

If you have a tight schedule and come home late, it is important to make sure you do not arrive in a messy home. Having a tidy home can be helpful to reduce the chaos in your head. Therefore, it helps to make sure your home is organized and tidy, so that you are not reminded of all the things you still have to do when you get home!

4. Exercise will help you relax

Last but not least, exercise is an important aspect of relaxing. It keeps you healthy and makes you focus on your physical instead of cognitive skills. If you don’t have enough time to go to the gym, there are certain exercises you can do behind your desk to make sure you will burn some calories. Or just walk the extra steps to the toilet on the other side of the building!

If you would like to know more about lifestyle, stay tuned for next week’s tips on optimal concentration!