Being a student in college is most definitely a privilege. Here at UCSC, we have so many opportunities and things to get involved in all around us! While it is amazing and exciting to try new things, study hard, and volunteer our time to important causes, we must also remember how to say no sometimes. Read more about Peer Educator, Jorge’s advice for taking a step back.
by Jorge Roque
Often times as college students we are taking up more than we can handle. While yes we do not want to be missing great opportunities, it is also important to take care of ourselves. While in college we are often running around trying to make the most of our time, and still wishing that we had more hours in the day. It is important to know when you are doing too much, and when it is necessary to step back.
One of the first things to be on the lookout for is when it is time to step back because of your sleeping habits. When you begin to take on more responsibilities in your life, your workload and your sleeping schedule changes. You may find yourself sleeping less, while working for longer hours. While meeting deadlines is important, your sleep is also important. If you are not sleeping a good amount of hours you won’t be performing to the best of your ability.
Something else to be on the lookout for is the way your body feels. Are you starting to get headaches, an upset stomach, drowsy, jitters, or anything else that may seem abnormal?All signs that you may be going through stress and that you need to take a step back from the demands of life. Once you begin to feel differently, it may be your body telling you that it cannot handle everything being thrown at you.
Not being productive is another way of knowing it is time to step back from all of life’s demands. When things begin to pile up, you may begin to feel overwhelmed. When you begin to feel overwhelmed your productivity starts to decrease. Eventually you do not end up doing anything you are suppose to do because you do not know where to begin. Stepping back may be a good way to get your mind sorted out and creating a plan to get through your workload.
As we grow older the demands of life get larger, and we are hit with more responsibilities. While sometimes we are able to juggle each thing in our life, there may be times when we cannot juggle it all around. And that is okay. By stepping back you are allowing yourself to not only pick yourself back up, but also coming back even stronger. Stepping back may seem scary, you may not want to miss opportunities, but be assured, there may be more amazing opportunities to come. Stepping back from life’s demands is necessary sometimes.