10 Ways to Reward Yourself After Studying

Joyce N. Sun Mar 22 2020

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Congratulations! You finally finished studying for the semester or year. Not only was it hard, you almost gave up several times along the way. Now you need a way to unwind and get rid of the accumulated stress. Here are a few rewards you can give yourself to that end:

1)     Sleep.

If you’ve been studying then you’ve probably skipped out on several hours of sleep. This is harmful to both your physical and mental well-being. Weight gain, increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, compromised immunity, increased irritability and mood swings; these are some of the things you expose yourself to as you give it your all to study for a brighter future. Now that you are done, the first thing you should reward yourself with is some deep, uninterrupted sleep. This will help mitigate the damage you’ve done over the past few days or weeks, in addition to giving you benefits such as better moods and a nice complexion.

2)     Go shopping.

This is a unique form of reward, and might not be your kind of thing. There are some people however who find this to be a form of therapy. If you are one of them and have money to spare, then go on a shopping spree. Even if you don’t have any shopping to do, accompanying your best friend as she does her own is just as good.

3)     Vacation.

If you are of majority age and you have the means, going on a vacation is one of the best ways to unwind and kick back. After weeks or possibly months of spending day after day in a classroom, nothing could be better than treating yourself to new scenery in the company of friends or family. You don’t have to go several thousand miles away, nor do you have to go for a month. If your budget cannot allow it, a short, simple weekend retreat within your means might suffice. There is no need to break the bank and spend your well-earned retreat worrying how you’ll survive once you get back.

4)     Video games.

If video games are your cup of tea, then there is no better excuse to indulge in your favorite title. When you want to study seriously then video games are one of the things you have to temporarily deny yourself. While definitely a good way to pass time, they are also infamous for being fairly addictive. So while you probably needed to take a hiatus from your favorite title to improve your productivity, Reward yourself with a few days of video game madness, then go back to your normal schedule once your FIFA or Call of Duty cravings have been satisfied.

5)     Movies or Series.

Maybe video games are not your thing; that’s okay. A fair share of them require quite some level of active participation. After using your mental faculties for quite some time for your studies, maybe you don’t want something active. Then catching up with your favorite TV series might just be what you need. With a century old history, there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter your tastes or mood. So if you wish to reward yourself without spending a dime, this is right up your alley.

6)     Eat.

Ii you are on a diet you might want to skip this. If you are not, then you should definitely try this one. Everybody, right from when they are toddlers, knows how good it feels when you get to eat your favorite food. Unfortunately, the most unhealthy foods often taste way better than their healthy counterparts. If our tongues had the last say, then the sweeter and greasier, the better. Most health conscious adults however tend to avoid junk food, which is a good thing. If you are one of them, then treating yourself to some fish n’ chips and some soda after an exhausting study period can feel like manna from heaven. Just remember not to overdo it.

7)     Go out for drinks

Few things feel better than hanging out with like-minded people. Throw in a few drinks, and it doesn’t get any better than this. Few legal substances help you relax and let your hair down like alcohol. This is especially important for you since you are looking to unwind after studying hard. Reduced stress, reduced risk of diabetes, decrease in blood pressure, these are some of the benefits to moderate alcohol drinking. It doesn’t hurt that you are having a good time in the process. Just remember, moderation is key. Moderate drinking may help improve your quality of life; heavy drinking will destroy it.

8)     Go to a concert

If you love music and are in a position to attend your favorite bands’ live performance, then this is the best time to do it. This will help you relax and forget the stress of the past few months, while at the same time invigorating you with the energy of the hundreds or thousands of fellow fans singing along to their favorite tunes. If you have some more studying to do in a few weeks or months time, this is what you might need to renew your energy for what’s to come.

9)     Play your favorite sport

It is a well-documented fact that exercise or playing sports releases endorphins, leading to a feeling of well-being. Reward yourself by working up a sweat. Your body and soul will both thank you for it. As a bonus, it is free.

10)  Go on a date.

While hanging out with friends is all well and good, going on a date is even better. Your body releases feel good hormones when you spend time with someone you are attracted to. After the stress of studying, this is one of my favorite rewards.

What’s your favorite reward? Let us know.

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