Are Our Schedules Harming Us?
College can be a time of high stress. Juggling multiple jobs, a full course load, extra-curriculars, a social life, and still attempting to find time to sleep can sometimes seem like an impossible feat. While you may want to prove that you can do it all and make that resume look impressive to future employers, you have to know when to say ‘no’. As students we generally bite off more than we can chew. You could have a ten page essay due, but if your boss calls you in for a last minute shift, or a friend drops by unannounced asking for advice, chances are you’ll take on the extra responsibility. As students, we are taught to do all that we can do because one day it will all pay off. But at what cost? The increased stress that college students are experiencing can lead to comprised mental health. High levels of stress can often lead to anxiety, which is closely linked to depression. Having depression and anxiety can lead to insomnia, decreased energy and motivation, and feelings of worthlessness. Studies have shown that more than half of the students who drop out of college do so for mental health reasons. With the incredibly hectic schedules that all college students lead, we rarely have time to focus on ourselves. We tend to put ourselves on the back burner and after a while our mental health takes a toll. When is enough enough? Is having the perfect resume worth harming yourself in the long run? Knowing when to say ‘no’ to certain things in your schedule can be the greatest gift you can give yourself. You have to be able to take time to decompress and check in with yourself. Maybe curl up and watch some Netflix in your pajamas for an hour a night. Having the perfect resume should never be worth sacrificing your mental health. So clear a day on your calendar, put everything else on hold for 24 hours, and pamper yourself. You deserve it! We all do.