17 Sep The Art of Balance
School can be an incredibly stressful time for all of us, especially in term one as we try to get into the rhythm of 2021, with lockdowns and school events all trying to disrupt our routines. It is important to focus on your learning and put your best foot forward when it comes to your education, however this doesn’t mean you have to put school first. When it comes down to it, your mental health is the most important aspect of your life. Assessments will come and go, there will be deadlines you need to meet and topics to study. Prioritise your time and be realistic, work to the best of your ability, don’t ever doubt your intelligence. You can do it.
There will also be off days where it’s all too much. These days you need to just focus on yourself. Never feel guilty about these days, moments of weakness are what make you stronger. Whether it be deep breaths, a hug from a friend, a cold glass of water, find something to regain your calm. Steady yourself before you start moving forward, as a wobbly path is much harder to follow. Often taking a break and looking at something with fresh eyes makes all the difference. When it comes to your personal life it is okay to sometimes let others down, because if you don’t you end up letting yourself down. You can say no to your boss about the extra shifts, you can say no to hanging out with your friends. Even if you just need that extra time to relax, as it’s a vital part of our day which we often forget to schedule. In a fast pace world, I find this is something we are all guilty of.
Sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at the scales of your life and see what you need to do to balance them again. So study hard, party, exercise, drink water, eat food and keep on giving it your all. Life is yours to create. Write a story with fun and focus that’s full of joy.
by Kaley Rawlinson – Year 12