Context: I have a week left of classes and then finals. Two huge papers and a lab report due next week and then five finals to worry about. I’m not a drinker, really. I do go out but I’ve never been the twice in a weekend, every weekend sorta partier. It’s not my scene and I just can’t handle the lack of sleep and work load I have as a science student – lots of people can and do OK but I can’t.
So normally this would have been the last weekend I’d decide to go out, and get loaded. Too much to get done. But miraculously I had the night off (I work as an RA on campus) and the campus bar was having a school spirit themed event and I happened to have the perfect dress I was dying to wear. So I decided yesterday morning that I was going out and that was that.
It worked out better than okay. I had a great time, spending fun time with my boyfriend even in a group setting for most of the night relieved a lot of the tension we’ve been feeling due to school stress and even though we didn’t crash until about 4 we were up and at ’em by 11 and I had a great day.
Because I knew I was going out I worked my butt off through the day yesterday and got more than I would have done if I stayed in. Today was mostly a write off – I don’t get hungover just sleepy and lazy from being up late – but my mood is worth it.
Socialization has the power to keep me smiling for days, and a happy Hazel is a productive Hazel.
Just a little note to myself and to you, it’s okay to let loose once in a while and even if it seems counter productive it might just be the best thing you can do for yourself.