By Taylor Mead, Regular ContributorOctober 5, 2015
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned throughout college is the importance of finding balance in your everyday life. While this may seem like a very obvious piece of advice or something you’ve heard a thousand times, it's much easier said than done.
Even this year, as a senior, I have struggled to find the balance between what is expected of me and what I want to do in order to stay physically healthy.
Between classes, my internship, extra-curriculars, and an excessive workload, my time to go to the gym and take the spin class I love, see my friends and watch the movie we’ve been dying to see, or even take that nap I haven’t been able to take, is very limited.
Finding that balance, though, is key. And through some trial and error (i.e. procrastination, oops), I’ve managed to get there. Because what’s just as important as everything else you are doing is happiness.
Happiness comes from being healthy, both mentally and physically, and that comes from balance.
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In order to keep my life balanced, here are 3 things I try to do:
1. Set aside 20-30 minutes a day to relax.
Every day I try to set aside twenty to thirty minutes to relax. During this time, which normally comes before bed to help me unwind, I make a cup of tea, put away all electronics, and just breathe.
2. Stay organized.
With everything that makes your schedule so hectic, it’s important to stay organized in the chaos. While a clean room does help, I'm guilty of being very messy in that department, but an organized planner keeps everything else on track so you never forget what you have to do.
Get my body moving. For most of the day I am either stuck to my desk in a classroom or glued to a computer at my internship, and neither of those things require movement. When I'm in a regimented workout schedule, I feel great about myself and am determined to keep going. I try to set aside one hour, a few days a week so I can go to the gym without having anything else to worry about.
I have found that finding time to do these three things, along with everything else in my schedule, is very important. While not every day has to follow the same strict schedule, knowing I have some time for myself makes a crazy schedule a little less hectic.
How do you balance your hectic schedule? What do you always try and make time to do? Tell us below!
Taylor is a rising senior at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York where she is studying Communication & Media Studies with a Journalism concentration and a Spanish minor. When she's not writing or editing for class and extracurriculars, you can find her spending time with friends and family, participating in activities with the Smart Girls Group at Fordham University, or eating. Her passions include writing, volunteering, and empowering young women to be their best, most confident selves.
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