The conflict of being a student, balancing our work lives, our social lives and the amount of sleep we get each night is difficult. The problem with the great balancing act is there is no choice in whether you take part in it or not––we don’t have a choice. Mastering this act is the key––and many of us fall short.
While our education is important, it takes up most of our day. Those unavoidable circumstance––which, I admit, can be enjoyable at times––is the base if our balancing act.
Having friends to hang out with in and out of school is what many people describe as a social life, but if you're like me, it's just watching Netflix and snapchatting. It is this constant interaction with people in our lives that makes us laugh and sometimes makes us cry––but still necessary.
However, our social lives are a constant time constraint, reducing our much needed time for our professional lives. Many students have expenses that need a steady supply of currency, from the constant need of coffee to stay awake, to sporting the latest fashion to stay on top of the game, (or perhaps simply keeping one’s car in working condition). Students need their own money without relying on their parents, thus we need jobs. However, with a job comes more stress and less time––time that many of us need for homework.
To have the energy and awareness for school work and play we need a recommended 9.5 hours of sleep each night. This may seem like an easy task, but with school, work, and an active social life, not many people have the time to just lie down and sleep.
Yet, without sleep, our lives fall apart. We will fall behind on our school work, have to go to work tired and perform poorly, and may create situations where our friends may not want to hang out any more.
Start to balance your life by focusing on sleep. Then, cut back on hours at work to focus on other things. Eliminate some expenses, and create a manageble budget. Also, establish a period of time each week to set aside for friends and family. This will improve your relationships and keep you in a better mood. Lastly, get your school work done as soon as you can. This will open up your time and allow for more relaxation and time to yourself.