If I’m being honest, sometimes living in this strange city so far from home, so far from my family and friends and all the people and places I grew up with; it can be a bit hard to cope. And going to this big university with thousands of students and a rigorous course load (that sometimes everyone but me seems to understand!) I find myself feeling like the tiniest fish in this great big Pacific Ocean. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my school and wouldn’t trade out this experience for the world! But with all the combined circumstances of my current life situation (both mentioned and unmentioned) I often find myself unable to enjoy the things that make me happiest because I let my mind be clouded by all my worries and fears and stresses.
This week I struggled a lot with my stress levels and despite my best efforts and prior planning to make sure I would get done everything I needed to do, I still felt desperately overwhelmed (procrastination just always seems to win me over…sigh). And it’s certainly not the first time this has happened to me and I doubt it will be my last, but at some point I had to admit to myself that what I was doing wasn’t working because I just ended up being both physically and mentally exhausted.
So I did the best thing for myself this week: I quit! Now don’t freak out, I didn’t quit permanently, just for a temporary bit of time ;). Long enough to clear my head, reorganize my thoughts, and release some of the stress I’d been holding onto for no good reason.
So I joined up with an outdoors club I’m a member of on campus, packed a bag with a few of my favorite things, and headed to the beach (because in LA I can do that in November)!
Sitting there listening to waves was a much-needed moment of relaxation. It was so nice to leave behind all my stresses and all the little things that just get you down during the week and enjoy a really peaceful afternoon on the warm sand :).
I had the opportunity to lie on the beach and read a book to distract my thoughts. I got to spend time journaling (something I recommend everyone to try!) and reflecting on life and just enjoying the calm environment away from the chaos of the busy city.
And at the end I got to participate in yoga at sunset led by one of the club guides. And even though I’m not the greatest at yoga, it was still so much fun and very effective at loosening tension! It couldn’t have been a more perfect way to unwind and reset for the week ahead!
So I encourage everyone to take a moment this weekend and evaluate your own personal well-being. Because even with our cars we realize we can’t run on fumes forever and we pull over and stop to refuel. So don’t our bodies deserve the same courtesy?
Take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy a little “me” time! Because I promise that all your work will wait patiently for you to come back and finish it, but your body could definitely use a little time off. And I can personally attest that it was the best decision I made for myself this month :).
Because the truth is, sometimes we just deserve a break.