Editorial: Everyone deserves a break

Well, we did it. We are finally in week eight of the semester. Who thought we would make it this far?

I don’t know about you, but the Student Media staff is certainly ready for fall break. This break is well deserved for everyone on campus: students, faculty, staff and the family and friends that support us.

College is stressful, simple as that. Maybe you just failed a midterm or your rent is overdue. Maybe you’re going to break down crying when that one student decides to turn in one more late assignment. Whatever it may be, we all can agree on one thing – we need a break.

I hope that you can use this time to take a nap, go see a movie or unwind for a bit. Think of these two days as a university-imposed timeout. Take it.

I know we all have more midterms to cram for, more bills to pay and more worries to face. However, your mental and physical health are vitally important.

According to healthline.com, “chronic psychological stress prevents the body from properly regulating the inflammatory response.”

We can all list at least five people currently struggling with a cold or some sort of pesky sickness. It is important that our bodies have time to catch up with our busy lives, and the best time is when we are asleep.

If you absolutely must work or do your homework, try to schedule it out. Plan to do as much as you can at the beginning of the break rather than at the end. Get your work done sooner and don’t procrastinate so you can take some time off before classes start again.

If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, counseling services offers free and/or reduced cost services. Remember to talk about your mental health. Counseling services will be reduced in staff this week but plans to be fully-staffed again after Fall Break.

Take these two days off to re-center yourself and unplug. You have been working hard for eight weeks straight. Now is your chance to take the break you deserve.

The Washburn Review will not be releasing an issue of the paper on Oct. 16, but we will resume production on Oct. 23 for homecoming week.

Edited by Jason Morrison, Adam White, Wesley Tabor, Jessica Galvin