I've recently gotten into a habit of getting home from school only to work, work, and then work some more. I have a hard time allowing myself any free time because I feel like I'm cheating myself by not doing work. I've been sticking to a schedule of starting blog work, school work, and college application work as soon as I get home, and not allowing myself any breaks (except for the quick Instagram check) until everything is done. This is not good.
Most of the time, I'll feel super tired while working and I'll realize that it's because I haven't eaten. This generally causes me to be impatient, making it so my work is not as good as it could be. But, eating a meal constitutes a break so I try to snack while I work, but that's never substantial enough.
The other day, I took 15 minutes to sit down with an actual meal when I got home from school and it changed so much for me. I immediately regained energy, and I felt great while doing my homework. (Well, as good as you can feel doing homework.) 15 minutes allowed me to refocus my energy and actually relax for a change, rather than jumping from one activity to the next.
The lesson here is that you have to allow yourself time now and then to just do nothing. I've had a hard time balancing everything lately, so doing nothing, or taking a break, rather, gives me a bit of anxiety. Now, I just need to start following my own advice...
How do you all make time for breaks?