Learning to Stop at Green Lights
Go. Our lives are like traffic lights stuck on green, with no signal for us to slow down. We follow the traffic, hurry along, and do as much as we can as quickly as we can. This is my life. My job is intense, and I keep busy at night and on the weekends. My mom jokes that I don’t know how to relax, and in many ways she’s right. But a few years ago I learned the importance of not overworking myself.
During my freshman year of college, I tried to do everything. I took six classes, joined lots of clubs, and had two jobs. I was always on the go. But I eventually broke down. I was sick, exhausted, and my body was angry at me. Everything and everyone was telling me to “slow down.” My first reaction was I am not going to give up anything, I love it all too much! Yet, I realized that by not finding balance in my life, I was giving up something much more precious–my health and well-being. For many of you, this may sound all too familiar.
Finding balance in daily life is important. Being healthy requires moderation; balance keeps us happy and decreases unnecessary stress. After all, stress is normal, but too much of it can be toxic. To achieve this everyone needs to find their own methods. Here are some ideas for achieving balance and decreasing stress:
- Spend 30 minutes alone every day
- Go for a run or bike ride regularly
- Spend time with friends just because you can
- Take up a new hobby
- Sleep in on the weekends
- Write in a journal
Whatever the method, and the possibilities are endless, it’s important that it be about you.
So, here’s your challenge. To start, for an hour each day for the next week turn off your phone, stay off of the Internet, and do something that is entirely your decision. Whether it be reading that book that is collecting dust on your shelf, watching a Buffy episode, or dancing around your house, make sure it’s your choice and that it makes you happy. This is the first step to finding your daily balance. Let us know know in the comments what your method is. Go!