Last week, I got to the point where I was so stressed out that I couldn’t do any of my work. The point where you’re like, “Okay! I need to finish this entire list of things by tomorrow!” but you just can’t do it because you have no idea where to start.
I was honestly just disappointed in myself because I couldn’t get the motivation to start working through my SAT book, the end of junior year is no time to be taking breaks. But, that is exactly what I did. After three weeks of getting less than 6 hours of sleep every night and spending my weekends working, studying, and at dance competitions, I decided to stay home for one day.
I had the complete intention of getting my life together in that one day that I stayed home from school. I did sleep in, but I ended up getting so much work done that I didn’t feel like I was behind in school that day. That’s why I think taking mental health break days is so important.
High school can be hard sometimes, especially when you’re in pre-AP/AP classes, extracurriculars, clubs, and have a job. I encourage the student body, especially juniors and seniors, to take a break at some point. Of course, If you know you have an important test or event at school that day, you shouldn’t miss it, but your mental health and happiness is way more important than your math homework that you don’t understand.
We only have a few months of school, 86 days (from March 7th) to be exact (including weekends.) If you feel like there is no possible way you can make it through, take a break to reevaluate your life and watch some Netflix, you’ll feel much, much better.
Written by Rylee Matousek