I always grew up with the belief that the harder someone worked, the greater their success will be. Yet, as we work harder, we get so caught up with it that we forget to make time for those things that are important to our well-being. As I got older, it became more important for me to pay attention to aspects of my health that got in the way of my ability to be at my best as a supervisor, leader, partner, friend, and citizen. As you start to come into your own as a leader, it is important to remember that you are not just students and entrepreneurs, you are people, and you deserve to be healthy, happy, and fulfilled in various aspects of your lives. So, before your education gets the best of you, take moments to make time for you so that you can continue to thrive and be successful.
- Make time to get connected socially with your friends. Grab dinner with them, go out to a museum or fun attraction, or go see a movie together. When you spend time with them, make it a point to be present with them. One way to do this would be to create a “no phone” rule where phones are either put at the center of the table or away.
- Make time for your own physical well-being. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity daily, whether it’s going for a walk, run or visiting BRAC. And if you’re wondering whether or not you have time for physical activities, remember that 30 minutes is only 1/48th of your whole day. In addition, be mindful of what you put inside your body—the food and beverages you consume should provide you with the energy you need to sustain yourself. Consider healthier options over tempting junk food.
- Focus on your emotional and mental well-being. It is important to check in with yourself about how you are doing. There are many ways you can center yourself emotionally or mentally, including journaling, meditation, prayer, and seeing a counselor. Whatever your method, make time to work on building a positive relationship with yourself.
As you continue your time at Babson, remember that in order for you to be happy, healthy, and the best at what you do, you need to be well. Having balance is key, so as you think about how you spend your time, use it to care for yourself in ways that will bring you closer to the best version of yourself.