Learning How to Rest Again



Hello everyone! My name is Eleanor and I’m in year 13, trying to relearn what it means to rest. My school no longer sets work and any work I do complete will not influence my grades, so I’m trying to slow down!

As a study-enthusiast, I am still finding ways to engage with my passion (Modern Languages) in preparation for university and for my own pleasure. However, something which is proving to be much more challenging for me is rest. Pretty odd, considering all I have dreamt about this past year is relaxation and time off, right? The unusual circumstances have been an abrupt disturbance to our lives to say the least, and I think that mentally, many of us are struggling to adjust to the change of routine. I am sure many of you can relate when I say that it feels scary and disorientating to be thrown off track, with big goals in sight.

So, how am I getting through this? Well, I’ve been trying to disconnect from social media a bit. The media is great during these difficult times, but right now, many of us don’t need to see people’s tips on ‘extreme productivity’ - what we need is a chance to recharge! I’ve been trying to do all the things I wanted to do when I was bombarded with homework and essays, such as watching some new shows on Netflix (despite the stigma, there’s nothing wrong or ‘lazy’ about watching something!), getting into art, baking, playing board games, reading, walking in the fresh air, or simply sitting and listening to music. I am still learning, but trying to take one day at a time. I think people definitely underestimate the difficulty of winding down as a student- it takes time!

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