Work, class, study, maybe eat, maybe sleep. Repeat.

Sound familiar?

Such is the life of a college student. It seems my last semester has spared me nothing. Breathing has me feeling guilty at times, much less taking a few minutes for myself.

There are finances to worry about, meetings to schedule and attend, what to do about life after graduation, one project after another flying my way. It's the most stressful game of dodgeball I've ever played.

Each week consists of a million things, and I have most certainly forgotten to eat more than a few times. It seems the only moments of peace are in my car listening to some laid back music or at night when my cat finally gets to see me.

When life gets so hectic that you don't know up from down, or when your health starts declining, that's when you know you've surpassed your breaking point.

It's called the burnout.

You know those scenes in films when everything just whirls and is going, going, going nonstop until it just freezes? There comes a point when you need to do the same.

Freeze.

Sometimes you need to set everything down and think about yourself for a change. I don't mean this selfishly, either. If you aren't mentally healthy, how can you fully give back to the people you care about? How do you expect to live your life with purpose when you're completely drained?

Newsflash, you can't.

Whether it's allowing yourself a movie night alone or simply spending time with loved ones, you need to prioritize on keeping your stress low so you can focus on your goals.

Treat yourself! Go to bed early, spend time alone with your thoughts and God, watch some Netflix, and buy that chocolate cake you've been eyeing. Just relax. It's way too easy to forget who we are in the whirlwind of our lives.

The past few months, I've been so busy all the time that I don't know what to do with myself when I'm alone. If I'm honest, I feel a little lost and empty. There's that nagging voice in the back of my head telling me how inadequate I am for not getting everything done, and at times, the stress gets the better of me.

It's high time we learn how to silence that nagging voice and be content to just be. God knows we're dealing with enough clutter in our minds already.