I’m going to tell you a secret about being an adult learner, back in school long after graduating from high school or college. Are you ready?
Really, really ready?
It is okay to cut yourself some slack.
Give yourself a break already!
The paper from this class is due in three days!
The midterm from that class is due at the end of the week!
The paper from this other class is due tomorrow!
The homework assignment from class 2 is due in a week!
It is easy to get caught up in the assignments, and the reading, and the pressure to do it faster.
It is easy to get caught up in laundry, and dusting, and general chores that is life.
It is easy to get caught up in emails, and demands from your boss, and watercooler talk.
Put the three together and you have a maelstrom.
This is your friendly advice to schedule breaks into your week.
Breaks from school.
Breaks from housework.
Breaks from work.
The work will still be waiting for you if you take half a day to just breathe.
I tell my coworkers that doing all the things is good. A recipe for burnout, but good.
I know, pot meet kettle.
I just want people to realize that they can take a break.
And it will be okay.
The break can be 5 minutes to sit in silence.
Just turn off the phones, turn off the lights, turn off the television, turn off the music.
And sit in the silence.
Just a little restful pause in your busy, busy school/work/ life combo you’ve got going on.