Like most typical American teens, I am busy. Everywhere I go I hear how busy my friends and family are. I see them work and work and work and sometimes without regard for taking care of themselves. Am I the only one who thinks this is insane? Bragging about pulling all nighters and skipping meals because you have a meeting sounds radically far from respecting yourself or your body.
I’m equally guilty of this. Throughout high school, I was in sports, taking extra classes, in theatre, and in other activities with leadership roles and community service. All of this on top of seven hours of school and additional homework. Now in college, I continue to find myself taking on more and more. I like being busy. I like having things to fill up my days and keep me out of trouble. That being said, having no free time and no flexibility does not work for me. I crave time to let my mind wander and explore, or maybe a few extra minutes to sleep. Whatever it is, I know the limits of my health and continue to push them anyway. And for what?
One thing I’ve noticed though is that many people try to make being busy into a contest. Who can overextend themselves to the point of a breakdown or illness the first, fastest, and most effectively? Ready, set, go. Of course there is nothing wrong with this over exertion (or quite the opposite of extreme laziness) once in a great while, but making this a daily occurrence as so many people do frankly seems detrimental to the health of individuals and relationships.
I’m absolutely not telling anyone to quit their job, quit school, and watch tv all day. That also isn’t good for anyone. Some people need more relaxation and some more work. It is all about finding a balance that works for you without hurting yourself. This is no easy task by any means. With the whole wide world bombarding you with new thoughts, ideas, activities, friends, etc, it is hard to make the choices of what to cut and what is allowed to occupy your precious mind.
For the sake of your emotional, mental, and physical well-being, I beg you to ask yourself why you do what you do and how you can be taking care of yourself in the best way possible.