This was a pivotal step to altering my attitude. The week of my One-Month Slump, I spent a lot of time being reclusive. Just to make things clear, I’m 100 percent extroverted. However, I find it taxing to keep a happy exterior when inside I'm all knots and tangles. Due to my highly emotional nature, I feel it's best to try to keep that to my self.
In order to get myself on track, I decided to give myself 'me' time. I watched Netflix (for those of you who know me, this is seriously big). I gave myself permission to laugh, cry and live vicariously through the unrealistic but endearing characters on the screen.
I also loosened up. I was so determined to be the ‘perfect study abroad student,' that I was hurting myself in the process. I realized it’s okay possible to skim sections of homework on nights you feel tired or busy or sad. It's okay to prioritize relationships over school, like cooking with your host father rather than spend hours reading a text you probably don't even understand. There's no such thing as a 'perfect study abroad student.'
This isn't a post about how I lowered the bar. This is a post about how it is often times necessary to reevaluate your priorities as you go through this messy adventure called life. You may want to give 100 percent every second of the day, but God has shown time and time again how important rest is to the body and the mind. Don't feel ashamed if you have a night of Netflix binging, just make sure you don't make it a practice. Life is a balancing act: strive for the best, but also take time to rest.