Lately I’ve been realizing the importance of taking care of myself. I have a tendency to stress myself out. I commit to too much and overwhelm myself to the point of exhaustion. Working two jobs plus taking a full course load has caused me to put some things on the back burner that shouldn’t necessarily be there. My room has been a mess for weeks, I’m sleep deprived, I never have time to make a lunch and going to the gym has become a thing of the past.
A friend once called me an “opportunity junkie,” which I sort of took as a compliment at the time, but I’m starting to reconsider.
When I’m trying to do everything, I’m not able to do any of it very well. It’s important to step back and evaluate whether taking on that new job or project will really help me advance in the long run or just consume any free time I might have left. Our professors and employers constantly encourage us to give 110% to our careers and never stops working, but what good is that if your life outside of work is suffering because of it?
I used to get antsy if I didn’t have something to do, but the past few busy years have made me relish in these rare moments. There’s something to be said for allowing your mind and soul to have a little bit of breathing space and down time. Without it, we’ll burn ourselves out before we can say the word “paycheck.” I told my manager I need one day off a week that I don’t have class or work or internship. It’s allowed me to recuperate, spend more time with friends and family and do the things I enjoy doing.
Oh, and I have since organized my room and starting taking the time to feed myself properly and get more sleep. Turns out it makes a world of difference. Who would have thought?!