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Women Living Well: Mind/Body Connection - 2002
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Wellness and its Importance

Kate Lenahan

It has always been my experience that wellness is an important part of my life, yet many times I have found myself putting it aside for more important matters such as work or simply wanting to have fun. For example, going out the night before you know you have to get up at 6am the next morning is not exactly the definition of wellness, but the sacrifice is made in order to have a good time. Once in a while, this is alright. However, college is a time when staying up all hours of the night and then having to wake up for early classes becomes quite common. Also common is skipping meals in order to get work done or because classes do not allow you the time to eat. This can result in fatigue, headaches, and depression. Generally it is wise to incorporate exercise and balanced meals into your schedule as well as to find a good sleep pattern, however difficult that may be to accomplish sometimes.
However hard finding the time to eat right, sleep, and exercise is, I feel that at Bryn Mawr it is almost nearly impossible. It takes a great effort to be able to sleep for more than eight hours here, and I am only able to eat lunch two days of the week. Since Bryn Mawr is such a stressful place, I have often found myself becoming depressed and at points I thought it was a serious problem. Yet when I began to sleep better and exercise again, I was amazed at how better I felt. It did make me feel a bit foolish that I had envisioned deep psychiatric problems and a little sleep and exercise cured it, but I did feel relieved. I am a strong believer that what is most important is how you are feeling, and if you are stressing yourself out to the point of depression or anxiety, it is really not worth it. By balancing your life, you can maintain a healthier, happier lifestyle which will enhance all your activities. The only problem is finding the time to do it.

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