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Finding Work-Life Balance (for STUDENTS!)

It is interesting to see so many articles online talking about work-life balance for working adults. However, the more I feel pressure to do so many extracurricular activities, work, and study, it makes me wonder why we do not talk to teens about this skill.

It seems a student's day is never over. We wake up early in the morning to go to class, think critically for hours at a time, then after school, we begin our second shift. We do sports, clubs, and study. After all this, we're expected to come home and hang out with the family. But it isn't over yet! Then we have homework! If a student's life was put down on a timesheet it might look a little something like this:

 

School: 6 hours

+

Clubs/Sports: 2 hours

+

Homework: 4 hours

_____________________

Total 12 hours

 

12 hour days? That seems quite steep. Not to mention that weekends are completely for ourselves, either. But how do we avoid having such stressful schedules? I don't think I have an answer yet. Does anyone?

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Comment by Veronica Porras on September 16, 2012 at 2:05pm

I certainly don't. I am working twenty four hours during the week and panicking during the rest of the time. I guess it's all time management and a matter of how much you want things. I try to exercise as well because it helps with the stress and keeps me fit. I'm guessing the stress levels will change a little once we all have our great careers and can focus on changing the world from there.


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