Whether we realize it or not, our college years are some of the most stressful periods of time in our lives. There is so much going on at once, and we are viewed as both adults and children at the same time. It’s especially difficult to juggle these conflicting ideas because of the fact that we could have no responsibilities one day and way too many responsibilities the next.
College is often the last line of defense for people before entering the professional world. Because of this, we often fill up our schedules in an attempt to fluff up our resumes and appear more marketable to potential employers. We’re still trying to figure our lives out, and it’s more stressful than people make it seem.
Having many different commitments means that our day-to-day lives are often changing, and, as a result, we tend to push our health to the back burner and overlook the importance of taking care of ourselves. Instead, we focus more on overworking and overwhelming ourselves with things that probably won’t matter more than our well-being in the long run.
With that being said, we need to stop letting older generations tell us that, because we’re still young, we don’t need to take self-care seriously and that we should focus on our work instead. That mentality will only end up hurting us, as many of us are already burning out before we can even get our careers established.
Obviously, it is not bad to be so focused on our goals and commitments, and, quite frankly, it’s a great quality to have. But, it can also take courage to recognize when we need to take a step back.
It’s time for us to stop feeling sorry about putting ourselves first. It’s easy for us to feel guilty for being worn out and to believe this idea that we shouldn’t feel stressed while we’re young. The world is so different than it used to be, and working towards our careers now is more stressful than it has ever been.
Take your well-deserved time off, and never feel the need to answer to anybody when doing so.