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Taking a Mental Break

We all know it's around that time of year where life just seems to be getting in the way again. Everything we do is wrong, nothing is working out in our favor, and it feels like the world is going to come crashing down. As Kylie Jenner once said, “I'm getting the bug again, where I just want to run away.” With the seasons changing and the days getting shorter, I've found myself bummed out, stressed out, and everything in between. That's why I decided to take a mental break for the weekend and go home to my parents. 

Now, I know you all may be thinking that being around your parents for a whole weekend doesn't sound like a mental break but let me let you in on a little secret. At some point in your life, you have to give in and admit that although your parents may not always know what's best for you, they will always want what is best for you. When life gets crazy, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and the reality is that not everyone around you always wants what is best for you. Recently, I have found myself washed up in everyone else's drama and so overwhelmed by everyone's baggage that I lost a little bit of myself along the way. Going back home for a couple of days really helped me get clarity on what it is that I want to do with my life while also getting to spend quality time with my family. I love going home because it is easy. I can turn on auto pilot and let my mind wander in the background, reflecting on what I have accomplished so far and where I want to go from here. Plus, I just feel so comfortable at home, in the bedroom I grew up in. Being at school can be overwhelming with all of our responsibilities, committmentments, and relationships. Trying to figure out how to be an adult and live on your own but also have a healthy social life seems impossible at times. The world can be a scary place, so it is important to remember that it is okay to go running back home every once in awhile. Beg mom or dad to do your laundry and just shut yourself in your room and reflect on life. Even have an intellectual conversation with your parents, you would be surprised what you have to learn from each other. Just when you think the world has forsure turned against you, try to remember that familiar faces and genuine company can change your entire perspective.