Successful university students are those who typically demonstrate
the capacity to balance their lives. Too much time devoted
to one area of life at the expense of other areas can build
up stress and throw us off kilter. Four important aspects of
self that need lots of TLC (tender loving care) are our mental,
emotional, physical and spiritual well being. How are you doing
in these areas?
The classroom challenges us mentally. Research papers and exams
allow us to discover more about ourselves and the world and stretch
our boundaries of understanding and knowledge. Developing good
time-management skills allows us to complete tasks efficiently
and well, which adds to our self-confidence and competence.
Our emotional side is nurtured through time spent developing
relationships and participating in co-curricular activities.
These discharge stress and recharge our mental batteries. That’s
right: spending time having fun makes us more efficient when
we return to our mental tasks.
Physical exercise releases chemicals in the brain called
endorphins. These are some of the best medicine we can
take for clearing
the mind and feeling more in control.
Finally, we nurture our spiritual side, including our relationship
with God. Through our faith we connect to this other source
of strength, direction and purpose and give meaning to all