Managing Work and Play

By Allison Miller

As the school season has officially started back up, the stress of tests, quizzes, and homework that come with it are back in session. Many students throughout the year become so focused on their classwork that they will turn away from the things that they are passionate about and that truly make them happy. There are children all around the world who will entirely stop doing something that relaxes them, whether it be acting in a play, drawing, or practicing music, just because of the stress of school. Essentially, more and more students are losing the few passions they have and never returning to them for long periods of time.

However, this is something that should not be happening. We all know that burnout is real in school, and if an individual does not have the proper de-stressing capabilities away from the stress factor in their lives, they can only go so far. Eventually, they will run out of, not only motivation, but also the ability to keep doing whatever they are required to.

Though it would be uplifting to say that schoolwork is not so important and that a person could blow it off whenever the need arises, that isn’t the case. On the flip side of that though, a single assignment is certainly nowhere near as important as a person developing habits that will keep them going in the real world in spite of stress. This is not to say that a person should just give up every time they feel stressed. On the other hand, what should be happening is that each individual needs to understand what works for them in the long run.

A person can choose to take an insane number of classes, work three jobs, and never have time to sit down and watch an episode of his or her favorite television show and claim to be totally okay with it. When the time comes down the road that they realize that that is not true, it is far more likely that they will just give up entirely rather than try to formulate a better plan at first.

To find out what works for you, you can not rely on what others tell you to do. While some of their experiences may certainly be helpful, none of them have walked around in your mind. You are the only person who can tell what is and what is not going to work for you. Don’t force yourself to make someone else’s plan work for you. Be okay with the fact that it might take some time before you find the perfect fit because once you do you will be significantly happier.

If you are able to find time to accommodate your work while also leaving time for the things you love, not only will you be more relaxed, you will also be far less likely to burn out. In conclusion, leave time for the things that you love, but don’t forget that the work you are doing is important as well.