We’ve all heard it: “All work and no play…” This seemingly unassuming phrase holds much more wisdom than we may have ever thought.
With summer finally in full swing, many college students find themselves struggling to enjoy the sunny days due to jobs and internships. But everyone knows, whether from old sayings or just life experiences, that balancing work and play is important for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Knowing how to achieve this equilibrium is often easier said than done.
If you are overwhelmed about your hectic summer schedule, the first thing to do is to use a calendar, to keep your professional, social and personal time balanced. Lauren Goodman, junior in LAS, says it’s important to “write everything down on a calendar so you’re able to lay everything out.” This is one of the best pieces of advice because it allows you to visually see which activities are taking up time during your day.
Balance can also be achieved due to one’s mindset. According to WebMD, it is important to learn to relax in order to avoid stress. This can be done by mentally preparing yourself to stop “working” and start “playing.”
Once you have established personal relaxing time for yourself, turn off your phone and put away your laptop. Don’t ever bring your work in to your relaxation time. This way, you allow your mind the chance to unwind and take a step back from your internship or job.
Personal time is just as important as social time with others. “Balance is definitely important, especially with friends because they are a great support system,” says Goodman.
To ensure that you keep up with your relationships during your time off school, plan in advance. Talk to your friends a few days before you want to hang out. This way, you won’t be stressed with trying to make time for some much-needed girl talk.
Planning a Friday night out with your friends is also a great incentive during the workweek. Having something to look forward to makes the week go by much more quickly and can be great motivation to get your tasks accomplished!
Placing too much time on your summer work can be hazardous to your health. A lack of relaxation or “playtime” can lead to chronic stress or exhaustion.
WebMd lists anger, sadness, and mood swings as symptoms of stress. Any of these or other symptoms can hinder your ability to work productively. Attempting to equalize time spent at your job and having fun will eliminate stress and make you a better, happier worker.