Greetings, readers and welcome back! As I write this post, I am on my way home from the great state of Michigan. My good friend and I decided to head up to East Lansing to visit a mutual friend at Michigan State, and it was a great time. After my experience, I can’t help but think how soothing it was to step away from the comforts of my daily routine and recharge before coming back home. This semester is going by insanely quick and we are only a few weeks away from winter break, which means the workload is likely to increase, which could cause stress to also increase. I’ve spoken before on the many ways to distress, but after this weekend, I find it appropriate to tell everyone a new way to help make their life just a little more peaceful.
I have lived in Merrionette Park for 15 years, and I love it. The South Side is full of delicious food, friendly people and endless things to do with friends and family. I know the area so well, I can probably get around blindfolded (maybe not that well). However, going to Michigan was a unique experience for me. It was the first time in a long time that I had actually left Illinois and everything I was familiar with. East Lansing itself was an experience but even the road trip had me in awe. I was able to step away from the cars and buildings and enter a rural, more peaceful atmosphere. Michigan is beautiful in the fall. The leaves of trees turned into cooling fall colors and cows and horses grazed on the farms. Now for me, this was somewhat a culture shock. I rarely leave Chicago. Seeing a rural environment allowed me to see how beautiful this country really is. It almost made me forget about all my worries back home. Then, I began to think about the woes of other people. Most Americans are in the same routine every day – wake up, go to work/school, come home, work some more, eat and sleep. It not only drives people crazy but being stuck in the same loop for years can also affect someone’s mood. They may lack energy and motivation to continue doing what they are supposed to do. Nobody wants to fall behind at work or in school, as it can be costly to your career. Taking a trip somewhere away from home is just what everybody needs.
This little trip allowed me to step away from the things that I am used to. I was able to leave my woes at home and clear my mind for the first time in a while, and it felt refreshing. I also became less stressed about the school year and was able to just let go and have fun. I think that it is essential that all everyone take an opportunity like I did to get away from everything, even if it is for a day or two. Taking a break from your usual routine can be very beneficial to your health, whether you are a student or an adult. It is almost like hitting the reset button! I also feel more determined to do my best in school after taking a break from the daily norms of my life. In general, it just feels good to “get away” for a little bit. Of course, Michigan isn’t the only place to go to recharge. There are many places you can go to in order to feel comfortable and relaxed, such as a forest preserve. You can even go somewhere in which you feel the most comfortable, such as a friend or family member’s house. It is all about going to a place where you know you can swim in your own thoughts and just relax. There are many places to help clear your head. It is just up to you to find them.