School Work – Life Balance

School Work – Life Balance



Join us as we share with you the first blog post in our newest series, “You Asked For It”. High School freshman Kelsie Ballantyne shares with us her knowledge as she answers common peer-centered questions.




Have you ever found yourself unable to sleep in anticipation of the next day? I often do. Whether I feel excitement or dread about what is to come, I frequently find myself overthinking my currently busy schedule, and realize that the thing that was originally due in a month is now due in a week. While schoolwork is very important, it is also important to have fun. It is extremely easy to accidently over work yourself, and find that you have little time to do what you enjoy.


One way to help harness overwhelming activities is to prioritize. Which is more important right now- that thing that’s due, or that after school activity. If you really want to play that game or read that book, just think how much more satisfying it will be if you finish all of your homestudy first! Not only will it feel more rewarding, but you will also be able to focus on it instead of dreading the unfinished work you will have to do after you stop.


The other thing to remember is that no matter what people say, quitters are NOT losers! God wants us to give our all in everything we do. We can’t do that if we are too stressed about all of the other activities on our plates. I was recently in a situation in which I had to choose between having absolutely no free time or quit an extracurricular.


Don’t be afraid to quit doing something that is taking too much out of you. As an introvert, I personally need to have some alone time to recharge. Extroverts find their energy in social activities. Whichever you are, don’t forget to take some time to do what you enjoy.


What are some activities that you enjoy that help you recharge??


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Kelsie is in ninth grade at HOPE Academy. She enjoys reading and watching Netflix in her free time. Read more of Elise’s posts by checking out our High School blog category.

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