When someone says, “What do you think, the world revolves around you?” or “It’s not all about you!” it's usually not a compliment. I am here to tell you, "It should be."
This last weekend I left town to spend the night in Sedona, Ariz., leaving responsibilities behind. I had a free night's stay at a hotel, and I needed to relieve stress, especially knowing I have so much on my shoulders for the next three weeks:
With everything due in the next three weeks and people relying on me to get this stuff done, the pressure on me is getting intense. So walking away from it all for a day may not sound like the best idea, and going off the grid without my cell phone or laptop--well I must be crazy. Right?
Actually, it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Why? Because taking care of me is sometimes more important than doing for others. I'm not trying to sound conceited or mean, but the truth is I can’t help others and be on top of my game if I am stressed and tired----just like students can’t do their best if they're exhausted.
With the holidays approaching, remember to take time for you. This doesn't mean you need to take off a whole weekend, or spend money you don’t have. It could mean just moments in the day or week that you do something that makes you feel grounded, whether it's taking a hot bath, reading a great book, walking the dog in the park, or doing whatever you find to fill your soul.
School is important, but you can’t do your best when you are stressed out. So, just stop for a minute and give back to you. You will thank yourself later.
As the Associate Director of Student and Alumni Outreach at Bryan University, Patrick Hanson has served hundreds of students on their paths to professional success. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan University offers degrees in personal training and exercise science, court reporting, healthcare informatics and the legal e-discovery process. More information is available atwww.bryanuniversity.edu.