By: Nina Bidwai, IATG Contributor August 12, 2016
Lately I’ve been a little tense about the future, and it’s been affecting my sleep patterns. Since my MCAT studying began in the spring, I have had numerous sleepless nights. It didn’t matter how tired I was. Even if I slept at 8 P.M., I would wake up at 2 A.M. unable to fall asleep.
I realized that this was becoming an issue when I would have to get out of bed and start working to make myself feel sleepy again. I knew that the tension was getting to me and interfering with my sleep schedule.
Even though there’s always something I could be studying or could be working on, I’m learning to take time out for myself. This week, I spent the whole evening with a friend, ate food, and just got to chill out. I could have been studying, but the quality of studying would have been poor. The evening rejuvenated me, and I slept well that night.
I’m making sure that I spend time with people who remind me that life is fun even when the future is stressful and nearing.
It’s surreal, because I never knew how fast the “adult-ing” stage would come. My best friend gave me a book called “Girl Code,” which talked about female empowerment, believing in oneself, and how to turn your fears, insecurities, and worries into passions. It contained interviews from the author’s friends, which would discuss both their professional and personal life. I read the entire book in one day. It filled me with positive thoughts, ideas, and motivation.
The future seems scary, but it’s exciting. It’s important to remind ourselves that this life is a journey, and we should be enjoying it. If we’re not having fun, we’re missing a big puzzle piece. As I continue to surround myself with strong people, read great books, and push myself, I remind myself that there is nothing to be fearful of. I was convinced after reading “Girl Code,” that a lot of things seem far-fetched, but such limitations are created in our own mind. If we really believe we can do something and we eliminate fear, we can accomplish anything.
It’s time to let loose! No matter how crazy today is, take some time to have a little fun today. Whether it’s ten minutes or a few hours, you deserve to enjoy your day.
Nina is a third year biology student at West Virginia University and an IATG Chapter Leader. She loves to travel, explore coffee shops, take pictures, and write. She constantly reminds herself that “I Am That Girl,” during highs and lows. She is thankful to have gained many new perspectives through this organization and the amazing women that are a part of it. You can explore some of her travels and adventures on Instagram @nbidwai.