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Rotting reverses my routine

Aria ’24

While it might just be my Marlborough mindset, too much rest results in stress. On weekends, I prefer enjoyable productivity over staying in bed watching movies all day (unless I am severely ill). A routine allows me to feel refreshed, whereas lying down all day promotes an ongoing pattern of feeling lazy.

I can certainly respect the need to rot on a sick day. However, going on my phone for hours after school or spending the weekend on the internet does not feel restful, especially given that my entire school day is primarily spent on screens. Therefore, to feel rejuvenated, I have a certain go-to routine that ensures I will be able to relax, while still feeling productive.

As soon as I wake up in a slump, I recommend getting up and making your bed, depleting the desire to lounge all day. Then, I love a long walk with music to feel revived or a casual morning pilates class to stimulate energy. After taking a shower and getting dressed in a put-together, yet practical outfit, you should feel ready to take on the day.

Similarly, I suggest baking as a restorative activity. You could challenge yourself and make homemade pastries (almond croissants are my favorite), or even take the simple route of chocolate chip cookies. Both are delicious options and make you feel incredibly accomplished once you’re done.

If you’re now feeling up to it, I’d propose trying to tackle some homework but would start with something lighter, such as taking notes or reading a book. This way, you can slowly build your confidence to complete more challenging tasks. Take your time and don’t push yourself beyond your limits, which could further your desire to rot.

In between assignments, I give myself 15 minutes or so to take a stroll, steam some tea or grab a snack to provide myself a reward after each task. Sometimes I’ll take a nap, and although that is somewhat controversial, it contributes to feeling far more rested and ready to complete another task on my to-do list.

Finally, when it is time to unwind for bed, I prefer to curate an atmosphere full of tranquility. Whether it’s with the help of white noise, gentle aroma of fresh-scented incense or candles that evoke feelings of coziness, I ensure my room is also at the perfect temperature with blinds down in order to produce the most profound rest.

In embracing the balance between productivity and individual wellbeing, this routine of mine has transformed into my reliable source for revitalization. My casual productivity provides me with the determination to take time for myself, without the use of screens for entertainment.

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