The June Advice Column: Why it's Okay to Take a Break

Photo provided by Anna Tselevich

Photo provided by Anna Tselevich

This summer, I was originally supposed to take an internship in San Francisco.  I am not going to lie, I was pretty excited about it.  To be near the beach all the time, to have something mirroring an actual job, and to go somewhere new-- that all sounded beyond amazing and beyond anything I had ever dreamed for myself when I started my freshman year of college.  Then I got closer and closer to the end of the semester and something just didn’t feel okay.  I began to get extremely stressed out and eventually had my first anxiety attack in almost four months.  This made me really upset, as I felt all the progress I was making to combat my anxiety disorder had just been thrown out the window.  I was defeated, however, this made me realize maybe I needed a break.

If you know me, you know that I am someone who is always working and always has something to do.  I love to learn, I love to write, I love to read, and I relish getting new experiences.  There is nothing about my life I would change, however, I can say that my constant “doing” often leads to a crash when I have nothing to do.  This is what happened right around the time I began doubting my internship.  The show I was working on had ended, I quit my job, and school was in a lull before the panic of finals.  Being alone with myself let me reflect upon what had been going on in my life and led me to understand maybe I was pushing myself a little too hard.

I feel we all experience this same thing at some point in our lives, especially when we are in college.  We live in a fast-paced world where we are taught to constantly work and where we often forget that we need to take care of ourselves.  That is why I decided to come home for the summer and take a little time off from everything… and I feel great.  Having time to simply just be is amazing and we all deserve to have this.

That said, I have realized it is OKAY to take a break.  Whether it is from work, school, a relationship, the most important thing is your mental health.  Having time just for you can help you discover things you may have never known about yourself.  So, if any of you are feeling that you need a break, take it!