You might expect me to join the chorus urging you to “quit social media” or “go have real-life interactions.” Those are important messages, but today, let’s focus on something equally critical: balance.
This season often finds students, particularly in college, buried in books as they prepare for finals. The library becomes their second home, and pots of coffee become their best friends. These students emerge on exam day like vampires catching the first rays of morning sun.
Being an advocate for academic excellence, I support investing time and effort in studies. Your grades today can shape your opportunities in the workforce. However, there’s a need for balance. Here are three ways to achieve it:
1. Prioritize Restful Study Breaks
It may seem counterintuitive, but pausing to rest can improve your academic performance. Research supports the idea that our brains need downtime to function optimally. Overloading your brain with information can actually impair your test recall.
As the Apostle Paul advocates for moderation in everything (Philippians 4:5, NLT), so should you aim for balance in your studies. When you feel words blurring into meaningless gray shapes on the page, it’s time for a break. Interact with friends or engage in physical activity, but be diligent about returning to your studies afterward.
2. Learn to Collaborate Effectively
College isn’t just a pathway to a degree; it’s a training ground for real-world interactions. You’ll eventually work on projects with people you might not know or even like. Learning to put personal biases aside and work as a team is an invaluable life skill.
Utilize study groups to learn from different perspectives and gain human interaction. Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT) reminds us that “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.”
3. Don’t Neglect Your Spiritual Life
Amid the academic hustle, it’s easy to sideline your spiritual commitments. It’s alarming how church attendance dwindles among students as finals approach. Missing these sessions means missing out on spiritual nourishment, which is crucial for maintaining focus and balance.
Make time for church services and spiritual development. Lean on your faith community for support, and listen attentively to God’s word. These moments can recharge your spiritual battery, giving you the endurance to face life’s challenges.
These ideas may not be revolutionary, but they’re worth repeating. We often find ourselves stuck in routines that are detrimental to our well-being. Just as Jesus took time away from the crowds to pray and recharge (Luke 5:16, NLT), we too need balanced lives to become the best versions of ourselves.