The last several months have been difficult, especially on my mental health, and I know I’m not alone in it.
Recently, I have realized that I need to prioritize myself; my physical, mental and spiritual health are vital to success.
Previous to making health a priority, I couldn’t function; focusing on class or work felt impossible and I couldn’t even do the little things. Eating and sleeping well, exercising and being mindful has made such a big difference in my daily life.
Personally, I was either choosing mental health over physical health or vice versa. I would either sit at home all day, feeling guilty for not doing as much, but whenever I went out, I felt good about my productivity but was risking physical health. There are some other students who I’m sure are doing the same.
The only response I have to this is that productivity doesn’t determine your wealth and sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is take care of yourself.
We cannot sustain a routine of getting up and working for 18 hours a day. Resting or taking a day to go do something fun you’ve been putting off is still a form of productivity; even though it may not appear to be pushing you in work or school, it makes all the difference in this marathon we call life.
Things are a little fuzzy right now with the uncertainty that surrounds our daily lives, but such small things like calling my mom or eating a healthy dinner, has given me so much clarity. So, I would like to remind you to write, take a walk, call a loved one, do whatever makes you happy.
The difference between a good day and a bad day can be as simple as that.
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Ariel Hall is a writer for The Alabamian. She is a senior communication studies major and enjoys reading and photography in her free time. Previously, Zoe has acted as editor in chief, lifestyles editor and advice columnist.