Being lazy is generally quite uncharacteristic of me; I’m one of those annoying people that has a multitude of cute ‘list books’ from Paperchase and gains satisfaction from each completed task. This past weekend, however, I’ve been particularly lazy because I spent most of it relaxing at Y Spa, Wyboston Lakes. You could say that I was practicing for when I get really stressed over my dissertation and essays this year, which is why I’ve constructed a guide of my favourite ways to relax- tried and tested.
Granted, not many of us students have a private pool that we can casually swim away all our stress in. I do find swimming to be majorly relaxing though because I’m a bit of a fish myself! At the spa, I spent a lot of time in the pool but I’m sure that the university’s swimming pools will suffice. I plan to get a gym membership this year and go early in the mornings… we shall see if I can stay disciplined!
Again, a makeshift facial doesn’t quite compare to a massage at a spa, but even just a simple bedtime routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising is relaxing. If you have really good friends, you could bribe them into doing it for you with the lights out and soothing whale noises in the background (this part is not tried and tested). Similarly, I have this weird metal thing which claims to massage your head that I like to use occasionally (they sell them in Tiger).
Candles are great: scented candles, tea lights, Yankee candles, wax melts, basically everything candle-esque. Of course, you can relax in the bath with them, but I tend to use them to accompany me whilst I do my course reading at night. They help me feel cosy whilst I unleash my inner nerd.
At the spa I visited, there was a special room designated purely for reading; it had low lighting and sphere chairs like individual pods that you could sink into and escape into your book opposite a flickering fire. If there’s a room at a spa, it must be good for you! Personally, I just like any excuse to read a fictional novel for fun- but it can definitely help anyone unwind after a busy day of writing essays and/or dissertations.
So basically, just remember that when (or if) you’re really overwhelmed or stressed at university, you deserve to treat yourself. Find your own ways of relaxing that are tailored to what you enjoy. If you work hard, you deserve it!