Being a college student is basically a full time job. Between lectures, homework, and group project meetings, I sometimes feel like I have no time to do anything fun! As I try to keep anxiety at bay and not be all business all the time, I think I’ve finally found a decent balance of activities that works well for me. I thought I’d share them with you all, in case you can relate or need some new ideas!
As is the case with probably most college students, I spend most of my free time watching videos or TV online. Currently, I’m keeping up to date with Riverdale and America’s Next Top Model (Tyra is back!!). Whenever they make their rounds, I also like watching The Voice, Survivor, and Project Runway, among other things. Lately I’ve also been getting into a few series on Buzzfeed YouTube channels like The Try Guys, Ladylike, Buzzfeed Unsolved, and Worth It. I’m sure you can tell now that I’m a sucker for reality shows! I’m not ashamed!
A newer hobby for me that I’m really enjoying has been going to the gym. I had heard time and again that exercising is a great way to supplement anxiety management strategies, so I decided to commit to that over the summer and I’ve been doing it ever since! I usually just do 30 minutes on the elliptical (with Netflix running on my phone, it’s a great distraction) followed by some push-ups, crunches, and a few exercises to help prevent my awful knees from falling apart on me. In just the past few weeks I’ve also been adding in some weights to my routine. In general, it’s been a great way for me to practice self care. I get to take care of some of my anxiety, take care of my body, and just have fun! My boyfriend usually comes with me as well, and sometimes we decide to play racquetball instead of our usual routines, which ends up being a surprisingly intense workout and much more fun than elliptical-ing to nowhere.
Over the summer, I had a few health issues that left me on a restrictive diet for a couple of months, in addition to figuring out that I’m lactose intolerant. As awful as that was, it did bring on another new hobby: cooking and baking! I used to avoid cooking if I could, because the commitment to having organized grocery store trips and doing mounds of dishes was never very appealing. But after having to cook if I wanted anything more exciting than PB&J’s, I really grew to love it. I think it’s fun to try new recipes, and also experiment and see what you can get away with. Baking has especially become a favorite for me. I get to show my sweet-tooth some love, while also being able to give things to friends to make them happy (if I don’t eat it all first – I have a problem).
While I truly enjoy all of those activities, I honestly think that running this blog is my favorite thing to do in my free time. I have always loved to write, but I don’t have much reason to do it with my Computer Science major. It’s also a great way for me to share my thoughts on some topics that are important to me. I tend not to have deep conversations with people, unless they’re very close to me. Writing about things like body positivity and anxiety on here gives me the chance to express my feelings in a way that I hope will reach more people and provide some sort of inspiration to them!
I’m always interested in trying new things, so let me know what your hobbies are! And feel free to share recipe or TV show recommendations with me! I’m thinking I may start blogging a bit about my cooking adventures in the future – so stay tuned!