Do you know what ‘moment de respiro’ is? Let’s imagine the following situation: you have 3 exams, 2 deadlines, 1 group project, and, probably, a lot of stressful thoughts. In this situation that becomes all so real for every student, that ‘moment de respiro’ is a well-deserved break you give to your mind in between these tense moments. Therefore, here are some tips on how to get rid of some stress and keep your mind ‘happy’.

As cliché as it sounds, don’t do everything on the last minute. This is probably the first thing we’re blaming ourselves for when we come face to face with our exams. One thing that can prevent this from happening is having clean notes prepared beforehand. After your lectures or seminars, go to the library and spend an hour giving shape to your rough notes while the information is still fresh in your mind. You will therefore be left with a clearer view upon what you’ve learnt and what you need to ask. This method is just a matter of scheduling your time and it can prove extremely efficient for time management. If, however, you feel you’re still overwhelmed, there are a few more reasons why the library is the place to go.

If you are an animal lover, then you shouldn’t miss Pets as Therapy dogs. Volunteers are coming at the library with their furry little friends so as for you to…well, as the title goes, pet them. In those minutes, you will feel how all the stress you’ve accumulated is just getting off your shoulders. Don’t worry if you will tear out of happiness because I’ll be there doing the same. It’s all part of the effect the dogs are having over you, that probably few other methods are going to have.

And one of those few others is the Language exchange. I would describe in three words: casual, enjoyable, addictive. ‘Casual’ because all you need to do is come along, take a cup of coffee or tea the stuff is offering you, and relax. ‘Enjoyable’ because you will engage yourself in conversations about various cultures and the languages they embrace. You don’t need to have prior knowledge about a specific language before attending the event, but you certainly need to have curiosity so as to become addicted by it. Once you see how easy it is to meet new people with whom to share the passion for languages, it’s more likely that you will show up to the next session as well, just like I did.

If, however, you want to change environments, but still find some ways to relax, then the Sports Center might just be the answer to it. Even if you’re not part of a sport society, it doesn’t mean than you can’t enjoy practicing a sport from time to time. What I’m doing, for instance, is attending the Women’s Basketball Open Session, which runs every week and it’s open to anyone who just wants to get their mind off their daily routine and have a casual game. There are many societies which run open sessions, so just keep an eye on them and don’t miss the opportunities.

There are lots of other ways in which you can take ‘un moment de respiro’ and manage your time and work, but so far, these were my favorite. If they also work for you, there is only one way of finding out, so why not give it a try?