Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! We are just six short days away from Spring Break, but there’s just one little thing standing in our way: finals. That’s right! It’s finally finals week, which probably means lots of coffee, studying, and sleepless nights. So often we decide to pull all night study sessions instead of getting a restful night’s sleep because we need to cram it all in, but what if I told you that limited sleep negatively impacts your learning and performance? Sleep deprivation only further increases your stress levels and decreases your memory, focus, safety, and overall mood, which makes it more difficult to learn and perform at an optimal level.
Red, puffy eyes. Uncontrollable yawns. Broken alarm clocks. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me! We’re approaching the end of our first month of the school year, and I don’t know about you, but students (and faculty) are already pooped! #tgif
In just a few short weeks, I’ve heard a number of moans, groans, and petitions for required nap time, and so I find myself wondering from where such lethargy comes? In such a busy world as boarding school life is, students and faculty are required to juggle adequate sleep, work, sports, clubs, extracurricular activities, meetings, three healthy meals, class, and personal downtime. Are there even enough hours in each day to devote time and energy to every single commitment without forgetting what matters most: YOU? In the midst of reflecting on such feelings, a student recently approached me wondering the very same thing. With an air of curiosity, she asked me how I take time for myself?