Lifestyle & Mindset

If You Feel Overwhelmed

Oh, the college life. You know, people used to tell me I should get more involved in school activties – that I should make more friends, be on campus more often, show my face around more, etc. Well, here I am: president of the creative writing club, editor of our school magazine, employee at four different jobs, all-around social butterfly (or at least I like to think so), and where has all of this gotten me?

I’m tired, I’m stressed, I’m emotionally drained, and I feel like I hardly ever get to spend true quality time with the people I care about. It’s so overwhelming. People told me it would be difficult, taking an overload of classes and working so much. And I did believe them. I just… didn’t expect to feel so drained because of it. I knew it would be difficult. I just didn’t know it would be this difficult.

But you know what? I let myself take a break yesterday. For the entire afternoon, I just spent time by myself doing what I wanted to do – not what I had to do. It was so great. I felt so rested after that. Sometimes, all any of us really need is a break from everything. It helps. Trust me. Even if there are a million things on that to-do list, set some time aside for yourself.

I have a tendency to worry a lot about responsibilities, classes, homework, my job, my friends, and whatever else is going on in my life. I get so overwhelmed, because my focus is constantly on the things that need to get done and the people I need to talk to. But sometimes, all I want is a little “me” time.

And that’s okay. It’s okay to want to be alone. It’s okay to want to sit in silence. It’s okay to want to get away from everything and everyone.

My suggestion: If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything, it’s okay to take a step back and catch your breath. You don’t need to take the entire day off, but you shouldn’t consistently feel overwhelmed. Make time for periodic breaks. You’ll feel reenergized because of it.

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