During my freshman year, I constantly sacrificed my own wellness to do well in school and other jobs on campus. Sacrificing wellness is a slow process and doesn’t just happen all at once. I started with not getting enough sleep, and gradually affected my social and mental health. The first thing I did to sacrifice my wellness is my sleep schedule. I would say I need to get this assignment done or need to study for this test to get the grade I wanted. I went from 7 hours to 4 hours. The second thing I did was skipping meals. I would make the excuse, I can eat tomorrow or skip this meal to get my work done. It got to the point where I would eat nothing all day or just snack on things within my room because I was too stressed out to eat. The last thing was to sacrifice my social life. I would constantly say no to people or make up an excuse to not hang out with people because I wanted to have the desired grade. Sacrificing those three things would cause me to not be able to focus in class or to burn out faster.
I quickly learned that sacrificing your well-being is not okay in the long run and will cause harm to your health. The second thing I learned is that you will not always be perfect about putting your own wellness over the work. It is a learning curve and I hope that I can provide some tips to help put your wellness first:
- Choose one day out of the week to participate in Sabbath.
- Take 30 minutes out of your day to be in solitude.
- Plan something fun to do by yourself (watch Netflix, do a facemask, or learn a TikTok dance) or with others (go to the beach, Zoom party or go eat at a restaurant).
- Go on a walk or do a workout.
Sleep Week is this week and the Theme is Rest in the Mess. Last year, I wasn’t able to take advantage of sleep week and planned on taking advantage of it this year. I recommend everyone to take some time during the week to get extra sleep and try one of the listed above activities out to help you put your wellness first.