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From the Editor’s Desk: Why You Should Take Care of Yourself, From Someone Who Fails At It Miserably

Austin Hojdar | The PhoenixEditor-in-Chief Nicky Andrews wants to be sure readers of The Phoenix take time for themselves during busy college life.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m undeniably horrible at caring for myself. As the youngest sibling of three as well as an enneagram three, self-care often takes the backseat while my work life chaotically takes the wheel. 

These past two weeks have been no different. Jumping into a new 15 hour a week internship as well as being a full-time student and adapting to my role as editor-in-chief of The Phoenix, my body is internally screaming at me for a big home cooked meal and eight full hours of sleep.

I’ve caught my mind racing time and again in moments of scheduled rest (falling asleep or taking a shower) about what I still have to do. After talking to some Loyola friends about these struggles, I’ve been able to see they’ve felt the same sense of constant urgency. 

As an age group close to entering our careers, class competitiveness seems to be at an all-time high. But when I think of how I’ll feel 20 years from now, looking back on my college experience, I can already feel a sense of regret. 

For those in the same boat as me, I encourage you all to make time to care for yourselves this year. Let this be a reminder to us that no professional or educational growth is worth the sacrifice of your own health and wellness.

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