The best time in graduate school is between semesters. This allows the brain to cool down, the body to get a little rest, and for you to become reacquainted with family and welcome any new additions to the family group.
For me, this time is usually spent trying to find something to take my mind off school. Unfortunately, this library science thing has me hooked and I find it incredibly hard to disconnect. Thankfully I have a couple of life tools that keep me going and help me to relax: Catharsis and Serendipity.
The Value of Catharsis
For me, I love catharsis! Whether it be rolling on the floor laughing to “Blazing Saddles” or my face in my hands crying at the end of “Rudy”, having a way to let it all go is great for the spirit. So if you find yourself in need of a good cathartic moment check out these videos (caution: tears may flow):
The Value of Serendipity
Serendipity rules! Embrace it. Let it happen to you.
I am sure we are all the beneficiaries of serendipity in one way or another. You can’t really create moments of serendipity like you can cathartic moments, but you can start to open your mind to the idea of letting serendipitous moments occur. Relax, smile, take a deep breath, go for a walk, let the mind wander, go “left” instead of “right”, etc.