Have you ever gotten to the point where you are completely overwhelmed with work, classes, extracurriculars or whatever family situation is happening? Me too.
What I have come to realize is that the more things piled on your plate, the less motivation you actually have to complete them. It feels as if the pile will fall if you even begin to touch it; you stand no chance against it.
I want to tell you something though — you do stand a chance. That pile of tasks is only a small part of your life as a whole; don’t let it ruin your day, or your week, or your month. (We all know those people that complain about every little thing, so don’t be one of them.) If you think about all the homework assignments, chores and favors you have done throughout the course of your lifetime, you have achieved quite a bit. The only trick to tackling that stacked plate of yours is to take a breath.
If your brain is overwhelmed with your thoughts going a mile a minute in a hundred different directions, chances are you are not going to get much accomplished. Taking a break is OK and that is something everyone needs to get used to. As humans we cannot be expected to be productive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; it is normal and natural to want and to need a break.
A break could mean stepping away from your desk and cuddling up on your bed for one or two episodes of your favorite show on Netflix, or going to get ice cream with your friends (my personal favorite). Whatever definition of a break you have is OK to identify with and partake in. As college students, we have to allow ourselves time to rest from our constantly moving schedule and sit back and enjoy the reason we came to Pepperdine: the beautiful Pacific coastline.
So turn off your desk lamp and go do something that will give your hardworking brain a nap. Watch the sunset, turn on Netflix, indulge on your favorite dessert, scout some celebrities or flip to a page on that journal you have been meaning to write in for months now.
Once you’ve taken a breath, stride right on over to your desk and conquer that pile; it won’t seem so overwhelming anymore.
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