By Eliana Taylor, Regular Contributor August 8, 2015
If you are at all like me, I have to plan my weeks in colors and spaces dedicated to what I must do throughout the day and week. As I start my calendar, I put my class schedule first, then my first job, then my second job, then my debate schedule, then I Am That Girl meetings, then intramural sport games and practices, then study time, then gym time...the list continues on. Before I know it my calendar is a colorful array of lists and mixed schedules. This is when I typically get overwhelmed and think I’ll never be able to make it through the week.
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So many times we make ourselves ridiculously busy. We think we have to do everything and get as far as we can.
I won’t deny that life takes hard work and dedication to get where we want to be, but there is a real importance in making sure to take time for yourself.
I have found that almost every semester I get my calendar planned out with all my activities, and by the end of the 2nd or 3rd week, I’m already burned out. I find myself in tears usually calling my parents telling them that I’m overwhelmed and that I don’t want to be involved or doing activities and sports anymore. This is where they step in and tell me that I need to take a second to breath. There is so much importance in just taking that second to stop and breath. One of the acronyms that I learned through researching mental health was STOPP.
S- Stop and Step back
T- Take a Breath
P-Pull back and put in some Perspective
P- Practice what works and then Proceed
This acronym has taught me so much. A lot of times people get over worked to the point where they don’t know what to do. Getting to this point is really hard, and it’s not a fun place to be. I have found that taking these simple steps helps me calm down and realize what’s important and the things I can accomplish.
Also, I have found that sometimes amidst all the colors of busy time I need to plan some white time. A space filled with nothing but me time. A space not designated to just me and the nothingness in that box. In this space I am not allowed to work on any school or work business. I get to work on me. Whether that be some Netflix or some meditation time, it doesn’t matter as long as I am taking that time to just breathe and be myself.
That white space is extremely important in maintaining a positive and healthy mental state.
Even though a lot of you guys probably don’t plan your week's out to a T like some of us crazy organized people do, it’s still important to make sure throughout the day that you are taking some time to yourself. Yes, some weeks will be crazy and it won’t always happen and you’ll push yourself to a point where you passed overwhelmed and exhausted 2 miles ago, but this is where you can remember to STOPP. Give yourself some time and then continue on. Remember you’re the most helpful and productive when YOU’RE healthy, not when everything is done.
Do you plan your weeks and months out? How do you make sure you get "you" time? What do you like to do when spending time with yourself? Tell us below!
Eliana (pronounced Ee-lee-ah-nuh) has been all over the United States and is now studying at Colorado State University Pueblo. She started off her undergraduate studying to be an Elementary Education teacher and is now an English major with minors in Political Science, Communication and Rhetoric and Honors. She competes on her universities Speech and Debate team and loves every second of it. She also loves to travel, write poetry and is all about “you being you because nothing else will do.”
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