Finding Your Balance from A to Chi: The Importance of “Me Time”

College is supposed to be the best for years of your life, so why not love every minute of it?

Do you ever feel that there are just not enough hours in the day? As college students, we become overly involved in extracurricular activities and expend countless hours doing homework, writing papers, and studying for tests in preparation for the “real world.” While working hard is necessary for a bright future, giving yourself time off to relax and recharge is equally important. The key to staying happy and healthy is allowing yourself “me time” every day. And I mean every day.

Especially now that we have hit mid-semester, it seems as though there is not enough time to breathe. How often do you find yourself saying, “I just need Wednesday to be over, and then I finally get a break after these awful two weeks!” But then even after Wednesday is over, you still feel trapped in the endless cycle of work. Before taking on your next set of tasks, give yourself time to unwind. “Me time” is all about you, so make a point to allow yourself time to mentally, emotionally, and physically regroup from your seemingly unbearable workload.

To make “me time” the ultimate get-away, pinpoint exactly what helps you relax. Whether its going for a run, reading a good book, or catching up on your favorite TV series, “me time” is all about taking your mind off of work, even if it’s only for half an hour. After allowing your body to recharge, you will feel ready to take on any task that lies ahead.

Because of all the looming deadlines, it can sometimes seem impossible to relax. While you may initially feel guilty for taking time away from work, your body will thank you later. Trust me. Not only will you feel re-energized, but you will also be able to re-evaluate how best to complete all of your work.

Always remember: a healthy mind is a healthy body. By giving yourself that well deserved time off, you will be able to strike perfect harmony between the two.

By Eva Zymaris