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It is important to take time from the busyness of life for rest and reflection.

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Here are some tips stay healthy during the course of the semester.

Hannah Dilanchyan, Staff Writer

The blaring alarm jolts me out of bed. 6:45 a.m. Shower. Class. Breakfast. Chapel. Class. Lunch. Homework. Class. Dinner. Gym. Hangout with friends. Call Mom. Bed. Repeat. As university students, we are constantly busy. We always have more on our plate than merely homework and classes. According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, approximately 70-80% of college students maintain a job while enrolled as a full-time student. In addition to working, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that more than half of students are involved in extracurriculars, such as clubs, athletics and volunteer work. 

In this busy season of life, students must remember to carve out a few moments for quiet time—a time to reflect and rest and a time to turn our focus toward God. When we do, we will find life more enjoyable and more fulfilling, with a feeling of peace that we are exactly where God wants us to be. 

DANGERS OF BEING TOO BUSY

By the end of last semester, I found myself burnt out. It was difficult for me to balance my part-time job with my schoolwork. After working until 11 p.m. one day, I realized I had forgotten about a paper due for my Bible class at midnight. As soon as my shift ended, I arrived home to finish the paper—and submitted it exactly at 11:59 p.m. I wanted to use my energy to serve and honor God, but I wasn’t sure how to anymore. I barely had time to get enough rest.

With the start of a new year and decade, I determined to make better use of my time. While it’s only been a week, this semester has started off strong because I have carved out time for rest. 

God calls students to strive for excellence, but sometimes we don’t realize the toll busyness has taken until it’s too late. How can we balance a high G.P.A. and job while learning to care for our physical and spiritual health? Here are some ways to help discern between diligence and being a busy bee. 

Relevant Magazine explains that one danger which results from being too busy is illness. Students often become sick during midterm and finals seasons. Being overwhelmed with homework, a job and the overall strain of life can weaken our bodies to the point where our immune systems grow weak and tired. If you often find yourself feeling tired or under the weather, that may be a sign that you’re pushing yourself too hard and neglecting basic self-care. 

Another danger that can come from being too busy is neglecting time with God. Spiritual health is often the first thing busy students ignore, which makes it harder to sense the purpose behind everything we do in our lives—to serve and glorify God. Ligonier Ministries argues that while many people claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, private devotions and time spent with God are truly the most valuable. 

A FEW TIPS

One way to ditch the busyness in our lives is to focus on essentials. Sometimes it is necessary to drop some things from your schedule so you can thrive in what is most valuable. Psychology Today recommends carving out the time for what is most important to you. What are some things that you want to prioritize in your life? Spending time with the Lord? Volunteering at a local food bank? Attain better grades? Students often devote the most time to what we believe is most important. What is that for you?

It’s important for college students to set aside time for restful breaks. Purdue University recommends going for a hike, reading a non-class related novel or laying down for 15 minutes. Taking a break can often lead to a more productive and efficient day, one full of accomplishment and contentment.  

Self-care is vital for young people, but it is not something that is easily learned. It is just as necessary to stay on top of your own well-being as it is to stay on top of your homework and grades. While dedication and hard work is to be applauded, so is having the wisdom to know your own body, mind and soul, and understanding when it needs a break. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells His disciples to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” When we do this, our busy lives will be purposeful and driven. It’s a new year and a new decade. Make it your goal to carve out time to rest and reflect on the goodness of God every day.

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