Mental Health

Focusing On The Things That Matter


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My brain is full.

I’m not necessarily stressed, I’m not worried, and I’m not panicking. Not to make those who are still dealing with midterms and stress feel like their emotions are for naught, but I’m really not feeling it. That being said, my brain is actually full. What is it that I mean by full? I mean I have all of these things swimming around in my head that really do not need to be there. They just are.

This morning, while sitting with a friend of mine, I drew a very nice picture of my brain at the moment. When asked what I was doing, I simply stated that my brain was full and I emptied it. By putting all of the “brain items” down on the paper, I effectively removed them from my brain.

So there it was a little drawing of a brain, all partitioned and neatly labeled with my brain items. And yes, I coloured it… with crayons. After I finished my work of art, I sat back to admire it and noticed something somewhat troubling. Subconsciously, or maybe consciously, I partitioned my brain into uneven portions and then labeled them according to how much energy I was devoting to my thoughts on each of those items.

What I noticed was that the items that I should be spending lots of energy on, was only getting a small amount of energy. These were things like my schoolwork, spending time with my family, and my education and career focus. Instead of focusing on these important things, my energy was devoted to a game in my history class, laundry, my hair, and well, boys. That is what I would consider absolutely backward!

Yes, I understand that we are all very busy people, with very busy lives, and very busy social schedules. But, are we spending our time and energy on the right things? I’m not trying to say that social events, clothing, hair, or relationship concerns are not worth our time and energy, but I am saying that those things certainly do not take precedence over the more important things in life. I’m going to try and rearrange my priorities, and maybe my brain drawing will be different next week.

Taylor writes on relationships, depression, and general mental health.


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