Taking Care of Us

As overworked and tired college students the most important thing we can do is take care of ourselves. Exhaustion and stress can weaken the immune system, which makes life awful for us. You end up missing work, your campus nurse tells you to take a sick day, and you end up doing homework and sleeping.

I made a decision today. I currently go to school full time and work a part time job and do ministry on the side. But as I sat in my student health office for the fifth time since August, hearing my nurse tell me to take it easy for the next few days, I heard the sound of my doctor’s voice in my head. “It’s time to quit your job.”

Health issues slow us down. And sometimes it takes us stopping and taking care of ourselves in order to get better. It’s not something we want to do. It’s not something that is easy. And if you are like me you want nothing more than to help in every possible way you can. But, since I promised myself and others I would take care of myself this year, I made the choice to quit my part time job.

It’s going to make my life a little harder, but a whole lot easier as well. Not worrying about if other people did the thing I didn’t have time to get to. Not worrying about if I’m going to be swamped in the morning when I go in. Not worrying about if the customer that wasn’t specific is going to yell at me when they pick up their order. My doctor thinks it will help my anxiety, and I’m really hoping she is right.

This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done; quitting my job without having another retail outlet lined up. But since a week after I turned 16 I have had a job. I have taken maybe 4-6 months off in the last three and a half years. And I’m prepared to take the next 3-4 months off. It will be a change. It will be hard. But it’s something I need to do. For both my mental and physical health.

If you’re the overworked and tired person working and going to school while also chasing your dreams you understand running on empty. But it isn’t healthy for you. Take Spring Break off. And I mean really off. Lay around all week. Sleep until noon. Take time for you. Because your physical and mental well being depend on it.

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