By: Kylie Widseth
Sometimes there really just isn’t enough time in a single day, and we really have to come to terms with the idea that we actually need 25 hours in a day and not just 24. But 24 hours is what we have, so it’s what we have to work with. I’m guilty of overworking myself too; my agenda literally says, “I am very busy.”
Here are just a few tips to help you cope with the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day.
Tip #1: Take breaks
I know, I know. This seems quite obvious, but we often forget to take time for ourselves. All of a sudden it’s 4 o’clock, and you realize that you haven’t eaten lunch yet. It happens, we’ve all been there and done that. Take some time to read a book or eat a snack, it can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as an hour. I understand the hesitancy to take a break, but I promise that if you don’t your work will suffer because you’re so burned out.
Tip #2: Learn to say no
You don’t have to be involved in a million clubs and activities, but being involved is still good. It’s all about finding a balance. If you start finding yourself overwhelmed with the amount you see on your calendar, then you already know that it’s time to start saying “no” to things. You don’t want to become the person that everyone asks to do things because you don’t know how to say “no.”
Tip #3: Meditate
Meditating can be an amazing form of stress relief if you can really sit down and focus on it. Although I’ve only meditated a handful of times, it really, really helped me calm down and focus on what was really important. In today’s world, it’s really hard to just have a few moments of quiet without any distraction, but if you fit this into your schedule, it really works wonders. If you’re interested in learning more about meditation, check out our book, The Young Adult’s Guide to Meditation!
Tip #4: Set boundaries
This ties back into learning how to say no, but set boundaries for yourself. You also have to learn how to say no to yourself. Set a bedtime for yourself; it sounds really childish, but stick with it. Tell yourself that no matter what is happening you will go to bed at that time. Sleep is incredibly important especially as a teenager. It’s the time in your life when you should be getting the most amount of sleep, but we all know we really get the least amount of sleep because there is always so much to do in any one given day.
Tip #5: Talk it out
Sometimes it’s nice to talk to someone, to either just vent to them or to have them give you some advice after you’ve vented. An outside perspective might give you some guidance on activities in your life that you probably don’t need to devote as much time to. They can help you understand what activities are benefitting you and what activities are just taking up time in your life that could be used for other things.
We all strive to be the best that we can be in our everyday lives, but that doesn’t mean that you have to work until you drop. It’s better to learn how to balance your schedule earlier rather than later before it’s too late and you don’t even know where to begin.