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Balancing Study and Leisure in Germany

Are you a student in Germany struggling to find the perfect balance between your studies and leisure time? In this article, I share my experiences and strategies for managing the challenges of the German education system while still making time for relaxation, exploration, and personal growth. Keep in mind that you can achieve academic success and personal fulfilment, all while enjoying life in Germany.

Importance of balance

As a student, I’ve learned firsthand the importance of creating a healthy balance between study and leisure. I find it crucial not only for academic success but also for maintaining my mental and emotional well-being. The German education system can be demanding at times, but I’ve come to appreciate the value of finding ways to unwind and recharge. In this article, I’ll share some of my personal experiences and strategies for achieving that balance. First, it’s essential to have a clear idea of what my academic goals are, considering that we all have different rhythms. I usually start by creating a study schedule that considers all my classes, assignments, and exams. I try to assign a specific amount of time for each task and ensure that I spread my workload equally throughout the week. This way, I can stay on track with my studies without getting overwhelmed.

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Roberta sits relaxed in a kitchen and laughs at the camera.© Roberta

Studying AND leisure

Once I have a solid study plan in place, I make sure to include breaks and leisure activities in my daily life. I find that taking short but active breaks during study sessions helps me stay focused and prevents burnout. These breaks remind me how important it is to stop and rest and how this can improve and make the study process more enjoyable. Beyond study breaks, it’s important to dedicate time to activities that help me relax and unwind. For me, this includes sports, spending time with friends, and exploring the city I live in. In Germany, there’s a rich variety of leisure activities to choose from depending on your interests and taking time off for the things I enjoy doing makes me feel more at home and connected with my friends.

You see a small kitchenette with a window, the view outside shows the blue sky.
You see a small kitchenette with a window, the view outside shows the blue sky.© Roberta

Enjoying your time and company

One aspect of German culture I’ve come to appreciate is the emphasis on work-life balance. Here, it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying time in the parks when the sun is shining, socializing in cute and cosy cafes, or participating in sports and hobbies after a day’s work. This cultural value has inspired me to prioritize my well-being, and I’ve found that when I make time for personal time, I return to my studies feeling refreshed and motivated. In conclusion, finding the right balance between study and leisure as a student is a personal journey that requires self-awareness, discipline, and commitment. Surely, it’s important to prioritize academic goals but it’s also crucial to make time for relaxation and self-care.

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