10 reasons why it’s okay to hibernate sometimes

1) It’s perfectly viable to become a bit of a scrooge when you’re a student. Staying in saves money! A drunken night out can sometimes come with a price and is always guaranteed to include a literal one.

2) Your brain needs a little TLC from time to time. After an hour of cardio, we understand that it’s imperative to take a break and let our muscles relax. We should consider our brain in the same way – it’s our most complex organ and therefore deserves a well-earned rest!

3) Whilst social media is an excellent tool for communication, it also provides you with a great deal of unnecessary information. Is it imperative that you know Sam just poached an egg? Take a break from the banal ins and outs of other people’s lives. Sign out of Twitter!

4) Escaping reality can be productive. Read a new novel and expand your literary knowledge – this can only ever be beneficial (although arguably, I’m just a biased English student).

5) The Dalai Lama states ‘understand yourself in order to better understand others’. It’s impossible to achieve this if you don’t incorporate short bouts of hibernation into your schedule.

6) It will allow you to become less dependent on others. It’s important to be comfortable in your own company – life is, of course, unpredictable. You never know when you might be forced to fend for yourself.

7) You’ll become one baby step closer to eradicating your FOMO. Saying no to that over priced club night might be tough to begin with, but once you realise that the Instagram pictures had to be heavily edited in order to make the venue look vaguely presentable, you won’t regret your decision. More importantly, you’ll be presented with the chance to discover how interesting you are as a person, rather than focusing on an illusory presentation of other people’s lives.

8) Sometimes it’s ok to simply do nothing. You don’t always have to justify your actions – or lack of them – to everyone all of the time. It’s liberating to occasionally do whatever you want whenever you want.

9) Doing nothing can actually lead to you being extremely productive. A paradox, I know, but it doesn’t take a genius to work this out. Once you’ve re-charged your batteries, you’ll be rearing to go!

10) Sometimes YOU are simply enough to make yourself content.

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