Sadie Underwood, Writer

With the school year nearing to an end, stress levels among students are bound to skyrocket. It’s hard to put the work down and take a break. Sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer screen, and forcing your brain to work is exhausting. However, one tip I have learned that helps is walking. 

Everyday I try to walk 2-4 miles. I take a break at some point in my day to help boost both my physical and mental health, and trust me it works! I feel so refreshed and focused after. Even if it’s to the end of your street and back, a little goes a long way. I first started with 1 mile during quarantine and have worked myself up to 4 everyday no problem. It has become my favorite part of the day. I can just listen to music and be alone in my thoughts. I also tend to get inspired as I think about ideas for projects and poems. 

In addition to the mental health benefits, it has also kept me in shape throughout all four seasons. If I’m feeling up to it, some days I’ll run. This well prepared me for volleyball season since my body was already used to cardio. My route consists of uphills, downhills, dirt roads, and straight paths. I have noticed more strength in my legs as well as my core. 

My advice is to set a specific goal and time for yourself during your day. Set an alarm if you have to as a reminder. It could be just as little as 15 minutes a day. One of my favorite parts of the day to do it is an hour before sunset. It is a great way to unwind from the day as you can watch the sunset and stretch your legs from sitting all day. In addition, consistency is key. Once you get used to it, time goes faster and you start to enjoy it. In the beginning, I had to force myself to throw on my sneakers and go. Now it’s routine and I love every minute of it. It can be every day, every other day, or even twice a week. It all depends on what works best for you.