The Importance Of Downtime

The Importance Of Downtime

Leaving your phone behind is the best rest

Downtime: a time of reduced activity or inactivity. We are all like phones that overheat in the sun, only we need to prevent ourselves from wearing down and becoming so exhausted or over exerted. In this era, our entire day if not our entire week revolves around our technology whether we realize that or not. Our phones are our main source of communication and information which makes leaving it behind practically impossible. But, since we are like phones that get overheated, we desperately need downtime. If you want to plead that you can simply go without it- be my guest, but this isn’t an article to tell you that you’re wrong but to encourage you to put the phone down; unplug and unwind.

Unwinding is a great way to look at the world without the view off of your phone screen and to enjoy the people sitting right next to you. Often our technology drains us from hours of social media and web surfing, and it is so re-energizing to put down your devices and forget about the whole other world in your device. Downtime is a way to rest. Not where you sit inside on a nice day for a break and tweet your every thought but a time to rest and not worry about being left out in the social media realm. Worry less about being left out, and focus more on being a part of what is happening in the real world right in front of you!

Give yourself time to relax and not worry if your selfie will get enough likes or if someone is subtweeting you. Relax because we need time to ourselves! Downtime can be fun! It can be an exhilarating book, laying by the pool, or even floating down a lazy river! Use your breaks for real down time from school to give yourself true rest from the technological world we live in! In fact be wise in your weekend time and use that for maximum rest and relaxation so you start the week feeling fresh and feeling rejuvenated not tuckered out from hours of web searching and selfies.

Sometimes downtime doesn’t just apply to the point of resting because you’ve had a long day, it doesn’t always mean to take a nap. Maybe we should be looking at the word downtime totally different. Maybe we should see it as downtime from our crazy busy technological lives; taking time to be in the realm with our friends at a baseball game, rather than in the stands Snapchatting everyone in our contacts and playing games. Maybe downtime should mean that we are unplugging and spending the day with our family or being connected with those around us without the use of technology that can distract us from the relationships and rest time right in front of us.

Downtime is so important to our minds to keep ourselves refreshed and to keep ourselves connected with those in the same room as us. This week I encourage you to take some downtime whether that’s a nap, personal time, time to chat with a friend without distractions, or to even just lay by the pool; notice how much easier it is to disconnect after you’ve done it a few times. I promise by the end you will be so happy you put your phone down and you will want to do it more often!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Not Only Does Lack Of Sleep Make You Cranky, But It Also Affects Your Relationships

In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships.


When I'm sleep deprived, I feel like the world is almost coming to an end. I'm the most cranky and irritable when I experience a lack of sleep. I'm sure many of you can relate to this and the struggles of it. It is one of the worst feelings to have because most of your actions get affected by it.

Sleep is an essential component in our lives because it provides us with the energy and resilience required to tackle memories and obstacles during the day. Usually, people who are sleep deprived will end up forgetting to complete simple tasks such as putting salt while cooking or picking something up from the patio. The inability to forget to do simple tasks stems from the lack of sleep experienced by many young adults like me.

As college students, we tend to underestimate the paramount importance of getting that target "8 hours" of sleep. Feeling sleepy while at a lecture is the eye-catching symptom for most sleep-deprived students and it is something that happens to me. In the same manner, sleep is closely tied to your relationships as well.

Recent studies have highlighted the fact that the amount of sleep you get does indeed affect your relationships. In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships. You will most likely end up not reciprocating to what your significant other expects from you and that will end up straining the relationship even more. For instance, imagine if your S.O. wants to speak to you about something extremely important i.e. a life-changing decision. If you or your S.O. are sleep deprived, the conversation will go nowhere and chances are both of you will end up fighting.

Hence, sleep is crucial for the longevity of relationships as well as for your mental peace. Establishing a common bedtime is key towards developing a more closer bond with each other. In addition, mutual respect for each other's sleep patterns and work schedules plays a huge role in strengthening a couple's relationship. If both partners are able to balance their respective schedules, then they will still be able to spend some quality time together. Keep in mind, the cliché "8 hours" of sleep is extremely vital for a well-rested mind and body! You will end up becoming more productive throughout the day if you are not sleep deprived.

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