If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you’ll find one thing very apparent: I have a lot of things going on in my life at the same time. I may be juggling studying for my exams, my SAT, an external exam, a blog, my Instagram endorsements, a job and perhaps learning a new skill.
A lot of my friends will tell you that I can do everything at once, new people seem to think I’m involved everywhere and my family will always be seen telling me to ‘take it easy’. But the truth is – I probably physically cannot.
I’ve always felt the need to be on my toes. To have something going. To do more. To be MORE. But I’ve come to realize, that isn’t the best. Sure, it’s great for college applications and my résumé, but not so much so for myself and my mental health.
For the most part, I’m great at time-management and juggling different things. But it means I’m burned out by the time I hit my pillow at night. A lot of people that know me joke that I can sleep anywhere in any place at any time. And it’s true! If I want to sleep, I could fall asleep anywhere. But that’s not just because I love sleeping (don’t get me wrong, I very much do!), it’s often because I’m almost always exhausted after everything I do that I take any chance I can get to rest.
But I’ve learnt to control that urge. I’ve learnt, or maybe am still learning, to give myself a break. I still partake in things I love, and I intend to make use of my ability to multitask and manage my time effectively, but just because I can doesn’t mean I have to.
I’ve decided to only throw myself into things I feel strongly about. I’ve decided to binge on Netflix and reward myself after completing all my work. And I’ve learnt to pass up on some opportunities that I don’t necessarily need to be doing at that point in time.
It’s a process I’m still getting used to, but I’m getting there. I preach so much about taking care of one’s mental health, so I figured it’s time I followed my own advice.
Here’s to stopping to rest, bingeing on Netflix and having time for myself.