Well Deserved Fall Break

Well Deserved Fall Break

As we head into our much-anticipated fall break, the distraction and procrastination that accompanies it is just an arm’s reach away. However, I’m not here to guilt you. I think we could all benefit from some time off to just sit back and relax.

Between reviewing lectures, countless readings and assignments, we’re constantly bombarded with a plethora of deadlines and responsibilities. I’m not saying that we should have fewer responsibilities, but I do think that if you aren’t taking some time for yourself during the fall break, you’re doing it all wrong.

When we think about success in university, we can easily attribute it to our ability to focus. Focus, in principle, is almost like paradox- it has distraction built into it. No one can ever have perfect focus because eventually, you will lose it. Its human nature and the ability to have perfect focus all the time would go against how our brains operate. If we constantly subject ourselves to a state of “go-go-go,” our brains will eventually take a well-deserved break- it’s inevitable.

So, what’s the problem? If our brains eventually force us to take a break when we “need” it, why should we voluntarily break and risk a dip in productivity? Well, it’s best put like this… if we only break when our brain forces us to, then we are taking a break due to things such as chronic stress and fatigue, which, to most students, manifests as Netflix binging. In my opinion, it’s much better to take a break whenever you begin to lose focus, rather than when it’s kind of forced upon you in a wave of stress mid-semester.

I understand all too well that there are midterms and assignments to worry about, but mental health should be a top priority. So, here’s what I plan on doing this fall break, instead of spending 100% my time studying or procrastinating. I’m going to allow myself to be a bit distracted and do some of the things I don’t usually have the time for or prioritize in my regular, everyday school life. I encourage you to do the same- you’ll surprised at how refreshed and focused you feel by the end of the week.

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