If life feels like it’s going too fast for you to catch up or there’s a point where you feel all the problems in your life are just consuming all of you, it’s best to take a step back and take a breath. Thankfully, most of the times I’ve felt this way is during the mid-semester break, so here’s some things I do to help get myself together again! 

1. Watch Your Favourite Movies/Shows

I find that watching shows or movies really helps you get away from reality for a while, they’re short moments that make you forget all the problems in the real world (or sometimes remind you the horrors of it, depends on what you watch) and calms your mind at times.

Especially if it’s the weekends, just take a day to binge watch your favourite series. Make yourself laugh or cry or scare yourself, whatever makes you happy, watch that. Rewatch old shows you used to watch as a kid or try discovering new movies that you could rewatch and never get bored of it. 

A short escape from reality doesn’t hurt anyone, you live most days surrounded by people and see struggles. A few hours of a made up world is always recommended if you feel like taking a breather. 

Personally, I watch horror or thriller movies. One of my favourites is IT and since IT Chapter 2 came out, I was extremely happy to be able to see it when I was on the verge of breaking down from reality. 

2. Write your heart out 

As a writing major, one of my ‘way out’s is writing my troubles away. Just grab a piece of paper and a pen, then write your heart out. Pour all your troubles and thoughts onto it. 

If you’re in love and don’t know what to say to them, write about how much you adore the person. Maybe a few years down the road, after you graduate and start working, you’ll look back at it and have a nice laugh. 

If you’re having troubles that you feel are taking over your mind, write about how much your heart or mind hurts. A month or a year later, maybe when you’re cleaning up your room, you’ll stumble upon it and smile, accepting that you’ve overcome the troubles that shaped you into who you are. 

If you never want to look at it ever again, after you write, you can just burn it. Write it out and turn it into a pile of ashes, I know some people who find relief in doing so, and maybe it’ll help you too. 

Or if you don’t like writing, the next best thing is to read. Grab a random poetry book from the nearest book store, read a few pages and maybe even bookmark those that resonate with you the most. 

If you don’t want to use up money on physical books, there’s always the option of finding poets on instagram. Those I would recommend are @tmwritings and @xsywritesx, they’re short poems and really help me get through the day. 

3. Listen to Music

Well this is a thing that everyone does everyday but you’ve got to admit, listening to songs that fit your situation helps a lot. 

It’s more fun when you’re just shuffling through random songs on youtube and find a hidden gem. That’s what happens to me a lot, just click on those random recommendations on Youtube, who knows, maybe you’ll end up liking it or like the next recommended song on it. 

Or there’s the other option of finding songs that make you want to cry, which is fine too. 

4. Cry till You Run Out of Tears

Crying is a great way to help you get some weight off your shoulders. 

Cry all you want, cry till your throat hurts and your eyes become puffy the next day, till your head hurts and your body feels exhausted. 

A lot of people hold back their tears and if you’re someone who’s like that, who’s to stop you. But I’ve always found it best to just let go every once in a while. You don’t have to keep your held high all the time, it’s healthy to become vulnerable every once in a while. 

As long as you look back and see how far you’ve come and all the past troubles you’ve been through. Cry till you feel brand new. 

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