At this point in my life, I know the feeling when I’m approaching burn out; that feeling you get when you open your Google Calendar and only see a sea of colors with no free time for the next three weeks; or when a friend asks to go see a movie with you and you agree until you look at the long to do list sitting in your planner; or when you realize you haven’t talked to your parents in two weeks because life has been so hectic; or when you juggle writing an article, doing internship tasks, emailing your friend who is in a study abroad, and studying for a midterm all at once (but maybe that’s just me). But the moment that it really hit me that I may have too much on my plate and it was becoming an actual issue was when I was on the phone with my friend Sam and she explained, “Macey, you can’t be an energizer bunny all the time.”
While no one likes burning out, it’s college culture to overwhelm yourself with an unimaginable amount of extracurriculars, school, and work just to become burnt out after a few weeks. I know that I’m guilty of telling everyone I’m “extremely busy” and then adding four more things to my week just to have them look at me in disappointment.
However after having a solid four breakdowns in one week and thoughtful words from Sam, I’ve realized that I’m no longer okay with being burnt out. To the busy-body college student I am, being burnt out always seemed an inevitable wall that I would hit after a couple weeks of the quarter. I’m taking this quarter as a learning moment that I should have had a couple months (or years) ago to learn how to incorporate real self-care into my daily life. Whether it be meeting up with a friend (like in Michelle’s article), scheduling actual “nothing” time into my Google Calendar (yes it works), or setting an alarm to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, I am taking the time to learn how to take care of myself this quarter, and you should be too.
Whether you’re reading this article as a way to procrastinate from the million things you have to do (no judgment) or as a way to relate to someone experiencing burnout, take a moment to reflect on the self-care you experience.