How to Make Time for Yourself in High School

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Happy Wednesday y'all! I'm so excited for today's post as I'll be talking about how to make more time for yourself in high school. One of the things that is tricky about high school is that you're in class for 7 hours every day and when you get home, you typically have lots of homework to do in addition to sports, extracurriculars, and work. All of this typically does not leave a lot of time for yourself, which can be pretty draining.

As a senior, I feel like I've learned a few tips for a better balance between school and life so I figured it would be helpful for me to share those with y'all today!

Schedule in workouts
I talked about this more in last week's blog post but one of my saving graces this year has been my Pure Barre classes. I try to go 3 to 5 times a week and I love that the class is a hour just for me, no distractions. It is sometimes hard to squeeze a class into my schedule but it is so good for my mood and health as well. My studio requires that you sign up for class before hand, which is really helpful for me as since it's in my calendar, I have to go and can't bail out at the last minute.

Learn to say no
It sucks saying no whether it's to a coffee date with a friend, a babysitting job, or to tutoring another student but if you say yes to everything, you'll find yourself stretched out way too thin. Saying no is a good thing in keeping a good balance and having a bit more me time as well.

Plan ahead
Over the weekend, I try to sit down and plan out my week in my agenda (see how I organize my agenda here). I can usually see what days will be crazy and what days won't so I can plan my week around that, creating a bit of extra time for myself.

Do at least one fun thing each weekend
I am definitely an extrovert so I recharge by spending time with my family and friends. Lately, I've been trying to make sure that I do at least one thing each weekend whether that is going shopping, grabbing coffee with a friend, or going out to dinner with friends. Having a good balance between school work and "life" is really important and making sure you do at least one fun thing every weekend ensures that your weekend is a bit more balanced.

Get to bed early
If I don't get enough sleep, I am a grumpy person. Unfortunately in high school, you don't have too much control over what time you have to get up in the morning but you do have control over what time you get to bed. I try to get to bed as early as possible and even though I could use that time to watch Netflix or do whatever, I know the extra sleep is so helpful!

You can't take out water from an empty well
I remember hearing this quote from somewhere and I absolutely love it as you can't give yourself fully and do your best if you're emotionally or physically drained. Even though it is hard to tell others no or waiting to do something, if it will "drain your well dry" you won't be able to put your full effort it. Reminding myself this is helpful in deciding to have a relaxing weekend or night in and refilling up your well for yourself.

Know when you need a break
Around this time of the school year, I always get to the point where I just need a break from the drama  and workload of school. Recognizing this need for a break is so important as you are then able to say "okay, this weekend I need to make a little more time for me time". You can't run on full speed forever so it's so important to see when you need a break and then take one.

Anything you would add? Let me know in the comments!

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