Summer is a great time for students. It’s supposed to mean no work for six weeks, sunshine and sleep. AKA: heaven.

However, with six weeks to kill, sometimes summer seems a bit of a drag and for the workaholics among us, relaxing is an alien concept. Sometimes we could do with someone to teach us how to relax. So, as someone who doesn’t know how to relax but is learning fast, I thought I’d help out my fellow strugglers.

1. Binge watch on Netflix

‘House of Cards’ in 65 hours. It took me a week, but, boy, was it the best week I’ve had in a long time.

Binge-watching literally takes your mind off of everything that’s going on. Allow yourself to get lost completely in the show you’re watching. It’s quite therapeutic when you’ve worked all year long.

2. Have some good lie-ins

It’s no secret that we’re awake until 2 am in the summer because we don’t have to be up the next day.

So make sure that your six alarms are switched off and nobody in the house wakes you up by being noisy at 7 am. You deserve some lovely lie-ins, so have some. Let your body sleep for as long as it needs to.

3. Cook or bake something

Now I’m no Nigella Lawson and my culinary accomplishments include pancakes, bacon sandwiches and pasta only, but cooking and/or baking is a great way to relax in the summer.

Even if it is just pancakes, you’re doing something different. At least I am, anyway. It’s good fun to try it out.

Check out the BBC Food website for some recipes.

4. Take your dog for a walk

Taking your dog for a good walk in the sun is a great idea if you want to relax. If you live in a rural area, try not to take your headphones and just take in the quiet atmosphere and the birds singing.

If you don’t have a dog, that’s no excuse. You can still go for a walk I’m afraid.

5. Have a social media detox

This is probably going to be the most unpopular on my list, isn’t it? But it’s a good one and one that I’ve tested and approve of.

Strip away the Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, even if it’s just for a day, so that you can live with yourself and your own thoughts and company for a while.

Social media clouds everything and sometimes it’s like you can’t do anything other than check every page you’re on, so it’s good to get away and clear your mind.

Happy summer!