All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I know you’ve been hearing this a lot. So does all play and no work make Jack any better a person?
I have boundless enthusiasm for health. It’s just so amazing how our bodies can be a great microcosm of life. I will therefore draw an analogy and comparison from this.
Take an example of sugar levels in the body. For the body to work well sugar levels must be at optimum. Either side, beyond and below, will cause dysfunction and decreased coordination between systems in the body. Hyperglycemia refers to chronically high blood glucose in the body. Persistent hyperglycemia can cause a wide range of chronic complications that affect almost every system in the body. When large blood vessels are affected, stroke, heart attack and circulation disorders among others occur. On the other hand hypoglycemia refers to dangerously low blood glucose levels. It can cause severe confusion and disorientation, unconsciousness, seizures, coma and even death. The pivot between hyper and hypoglycemia is where the body should be to function properly.
Similarly in academic life, a student must have discipline and maintain a routine that includes proper balance between serious studying and leisure. Psychology should be employed to make sure a clear mindset or attitude is put in place as this is what distinguishes successful students from failures. If any one of these components is missing or out of balance then a student will not perform well and their careers may be at stake.
For most campus students the era when intelligence was a “tourist” attraction is long over. Partying is the new cool. They want to be the most happening people and many want to be linked or associated with such. As a result gangs, crews and cliques are formed. Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. The whole semester is intoxicated and rules flaunted. I guess that’s the motto. Towards the end of four months information is forced into the brain in the quest of acquiring content for final exams. They are high up in the social ladder (hyperglycemic) while their studious behaviour is under sea level (hypoglycemic).
On the other hand there are book worms. These ones work themselves out studying all day and night everyday. Their goal is to have the best of grades in all their units. They let the social world pass them by while their noses are stuck in a book. I bet for them there’s nothing like the smell of books both old and new.
Well both extremes have their own limitations.
I’m afraid we tend to underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully and productively. If you study too much without giving yourself sometime to replenish your brain, you may go into what’s called a nervous breakdown and you’ll expose yourself to the audacious risk of losing mental agility. I’m of the opinion that yes we only live once and we should live life to the fullest. However, everything has its boundaries. When you step over the line then it becomes poison. You may become a maniac! And it goes without say; the biggest betrayer is a man’s mania. Balance is learning to keep one’s mania within bounds.
Our lives can be regimented at times so it’s a good idea to do something out of the ordinary every now and then and learn to give our daily routines a break. Don’t focus too much on either extreme because this will cause problems in the neglected areas. Life is all about working smart and having fun. You are your greatest asset therefore, enhancing and improving yourself by maintaining a clear balance physically, mentally and spiritually will ensure your career continues to develop at its best.
Aristotle once said; “it is better to rise from life as from a banquet- neither thirsty nor drunken”.