As a perpetual overachiever and devout perfectionist, I've always had a difficult time letting myself relax. I worried about my massive to-do lists that were inevitably increasing with every minute I spent ignoring them. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to finish my homework on time, or that I would fall behind on my responsibilities.
Of course, this incessant worrying didn't help my stress levels. To be as productive as possible, I did too much homework on the weekends during high school and stayed up too late in college. I realized my mistake during my sophomore year of college, when I found myself wracked with anxiety from balancing classes, homework, weekly meetings, internship/job applications, extracurricular activities, and having a social life.
The change from excessive working to a more balanced schedule wasn't easy for me. I felt guilty going to the gym when I had a project, and I would sometimes work on internship applications with my boyfriend when we should've been binge-watching Arrested Development on Netflix (we are unwavering fans of Tobias). Slowly, though, I started to allow myself to relax more.
If you have a Type A personality like me and feel the need to work constantly, I recommend taking a breather and allowing some relaxation into your schedule. The mental and physical benefits are unbelievable.