Our work, often, consumes us. We give it all we’ve got, often to the detriment of our own health. I guess it’s a sign of passion, or even dedication to your work. Like an engine, the harder you push, the quicker you’re going to run out of fuel. A flat battery is no good to anyone! In my experience, the first thing that is compromised is sleep. We’ve all been there, right? The late nights, staring coldly at a computer screen, eyes painfully screaming out for sleep. No one works well under these conditions. I know, I know, there are university students out there who right now would argue this sentiment. Don’t tell me you’ve never read your assignments the night after. Your quality pearls of wisdom don’t stand up in the light of day. I know I’ve probably touched on this topic before, specifically the importance of balance, and I think it is especially important remember this at this time of year. Please prioritise your mental health too – super important. It’s one of those things that doesn’t top the list of things you think of when you hear, “unwell” but it is equally as important. Look after you; your work will thank you.
We are flesh and bone, not machines. Don’t feel guilty about making sure you’re in tip-top shape mentally and physically!