Pressured to finish school, participate in after-school activities, work in clubs, and exercise after school, students currently have no time for themselves. Not to mention spending time with other people. This is very detrimental to their growth as a whole, not only academically but also as a socially adjusted person. Finding balance and priority is absolutely necessary. But balance is not easy to achieve. Especially in a highly competitive environment such as that offered by the Tokyo school. Just trying to catch up in this fast-paced world is hard for adults. Why do we put so much stress and pressure on our children so early when they are just learning what life is?
Here are some ways you can find balance in your school and social life –
Plan your day or week ahead and try not to procrastinate. As you make this list, keep your priorities in mind. Do the most important things first, then move on to the smaller tasks.
Mental exhaustion is real
Even though most of your work is non-physical, your brain is working all the time. With so many additional coursework, exams, and research, your mind is bound to be stressed. Make it a point to plan your vacation plans and find ways to relieve your stress. Do what’s best for you.
Be a high achiever not a perfectionist
I can understand the need for a perfect job as a high school student. But perfection is not a necessary element for success. Perfection can also be something that is never achieved, as most perfectionists have their own standard of excellence. In fact, research shows that such perfection-seeking behavior can sometimes actually prevent you from doing well on projects and assignments.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Eat, sleep and exercise. Even with a busy schedule, it’s important to make time to eat well, exercise, and get the recommended hours of sleep. Your mind needs fuel to function at its best, and exercise, food, and sleep give your brain that much-needed fuel. Don’t skimp on this.
Take a mental health break
If you feel tired and mentally drained, take a day off. Mental health breaks are normal, and you don’t have to feel small if you feel the need to take a break. Talk to your high school teacher and let him know. Any good teacher will be very helpful and will understand your needs.
Ask help when you need it
When you are determined to do an excellent job in competition with others, it may not be natural to ask for help. But believe me, your ability to grow and learn depends on your ability to seek help at the right time. You’ll be more likely to do your job better once your doubts are cleared and you’ve found the right kind of help. Never be afraid to ask.
Develop a strong support system
Never underestimate the power of a strong group of friends and family. They will always accompany you when you are down. Studies show that having a strong group of loved ones you can trust and spend time with increases your resistance to stress, boosts your self-esteem, and also improves your overall health and well-being. Take the time and effort to make and maintain new friendships. Give as you receive.
Be in the moment
This advice should be followed by everyone, not just children. Don’t worry about what you didn’t do. Focus on the task or while you are. If you’re constantly worrying about one thing while you’re doing something else, you won’t be able to concentrate and you won’t be able to do it well either. Don’t let your future job interfere with the quality time you spend with loved ones.
Even though balance can be very difficult at times, I want to end this article by saying that you shouldn’t try to achieve true balance right now. There will be days that should be devoted solely to schoolwork, and some only to family and friends. The answer lies in your priorities.