I found the final two years of my four year degree very difficult. I struggled to find a work-life balance, and take time out to have fun. One of the main things that bothered me in those two years was the amount of time I spent indoors, alone, working. I was always a very outdoorsy child; I have so many memories of time spent on walks with my family and playing in the village with friends. I had amazing friends at University who I value immensely (even if I don’t express it). But I didn’t allow myself to enjoy their company frequently enough. It was largely self-inflicted, but I still felt profoundly trapped, isolated and miserable.
It’s nearly 2 months since I graduated, and getting out in the fresh air (in the sun and rain – this is England after all) is having a profound effect on my state of mind. As I spent day after day as a slave to the library and to my routine, I was aware of my desire to spend more time outside. But I was so strict with myself, and so scared of wasting time, that I didn’t do anything about it. But now I see how important it is.
Getting out and doing at least a little bit of exercise every single day massively lifts my mood. So if you’re feeling a bit grotty or tired, try going for a walk around the block and see what happens!