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Welcome! BREATHE TO SUCCEED is an interactive storytelling platform that allows your choices to decide the path of your story! This storytelling episode revolves around the online school setup, where you will be deciding how to go about a hectic online workday as a student. You'll take on the role of a student juggling multiple responsibilities in an online work-from-home environment.It's up to you to decide how to finish your chores for the day, but keep in mind that each decision has consequences! Good luck and make the most out of your day! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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Snooze for 15 minutes! 😫

Time to rise and grind! β˜€οΈ

It's 7:20 a.m. already. I'm still sleepy because I slept late last night after accomplishing a weighty assessment for a major class. I'm still feeling a bit lethargic but I still have a lot of deadlines for today. I just hope I can finish them quickly. 😴

The day has just started and I'm already feeling unmotivated to do anything. πŸ˜ͺ *chuckles* I haven't even done anything yet other than wake up, but I'm already looking forward to calling it a day. Well, I gotta hype myself up! Wooh! Let's get this bread! 🍞 Uh oh! I just remembered I also have dues today for my orgs and internship! 😱 Looks like it's gonna be a long day ahead...

Begin working on my first task for the day βœ”οΈ

*sigh* That 15-minute sleep went by as fast as lightning. ☹️ It's just the morning but I really don't feel motivated to do anything today. I still want to sleep more but oh no! I just remembered I also have tasks for my orgs and internship!

Begin working on my first task for the day βœ”οΈ

Brush off the thought and resume with my org work πŸ’»

Only an hour has passed, and wow, I'm halfway through my org work. Well done! *pats self on the back while yawning* I'm getting kinda drowsy... Speaking of feeling drowsy, I've noticed that the duration of my sleep these days is so variable. I sleep extremely long on some evenings and struggle to fall asleep on others. Hmmm, I guess that's just part of college life. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ignore the pain and continue on with my org work πŸ€“

Agh! My head and entire body are both aching. I'm not sure about my body, but I'm sure I got enough sleep last night so I shouldn't be suffering from a headache. What a pain in the neck! 🀧

Go out to buy some medicine to drink with plenty of water πŸ’ŠπŸ’§

Let's do it! ✊🏻

I feel so much better now! 😌 Thanks to the medicine I can now bid goodbye to the discomfort and concentrate on my work!

Start doing my internship work πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Take a 20-minutes power nap and risk being scolded 😴

I'm starting to feel physically fatigued after working for three hours straight. πŸ˜ͺ Hmmm should I get some rest first? But I still have more things to do. I am now done with my org work but my internship boss just gave me a task that I must deliver immediately! ⏳

Let's get back to work! 😁

I definitely made a good choice in taking some rest to ease my head and body pain! After all, I already started with some work and I deserve to take a short break! Thankfully, my boss hasn't asked for the completed task yet so I still have enough time to do it. πŸ˜‹

Don't mind it and continue with my internship work πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Grab my phone and get a quick check πŸ“±

*beep beep* Oh, it seems that I received a message. Hmmm, should I check it? I might just get distracted and be tempted to mindlessly scroll through social media, and that would be a waste of time. ⏱

Oh, it's just my friends asking me how I'm doing! They must have noticed that I haven't checked in on them in quite a while and were worried about me.πŸ₯Ί I also just read my email and saw that our guidance office is offering counseling services.

I don't have enough time for this! I'll have to continue with my internship work πŸ’»

Book a session with a counselor and follow my friend's advice to take a rest πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€βš•οΈ

Let's get back to work! ⚑️

That consultation reassured me that rest is part and parcel of a productive lifestyle. I shouldn't feel guilty to take breaks! Now that I feel relieved, it's time to work again!

Push myself to continue so I finish early ✊🏻

Pause and buy myself some of my favorite food 🍟 πŸ₯›

Finally, I'm done with my internship work. I started working on my academic homeworks, but I can't take this anymore! I'm taking too much time with one assignment. I give up! πŸ˜ͺ

Let's get back to work! ✊🏻

Yum, the milk tea and fries that I ordered were so scrumptious! 🀀 Definitely one of my favorite food combos. It was nice to reward myself by taking a break from my responsibilities! I just realized the importance of getting a midday reset before continuing to grind! I should do this more often! 😌

Slam the door on my mom and continue on with what I was doing.

I'll just go out for a walk and take a breather. Maybe I'll feel better when I come back.

My mom is asking me to help her prepare dinner. Grrr, can't she just ask my sister to help? Why does it always have to be me? I already have a lot on my plate. I've been arguing with my family a lot lately because of all of my household responsibilities. No one understands my situation. They think I'm just playing around with my laptop when I'm actually loaded with deadlines.


I feel more relaxed now! I think I can now openly express myself to my family and tell them what I'm going through... After telling them my current situation, they said that they did notice that I've been acting rather odd lately and that they've been concerned about me. 😭

After opening up to my family, I feel like a lot of weight has been taken off my shoulder! Now, it's time to get right back to work.

Let's get back to work! ✊🏻

I'll watch a portion of my favorite series to destress and reboot before continuing πŸ’»

I'll just rush everything. I don't even care anymore. πŸ™ƒ

I feel like I've been working myself out all day and yet I still have a mountain of backlogs and responsibilities to deal with that doesn't seem to end. I'm so fed up with this dull and monotonous student lifestyle. I don't even have anybody to talk to at home because I just recently quarreled with them. I feel so hopeless... I don't wanna study anymore! Will things ever get better? πŸ˜ͺ

I'm really exhausted, but I don't think I have the right to be sad because everyone seems to be doing perfectly fine. I know I'm not depressed. Maybe, I'm just being dramatic. *Sigh* how nice would it be to not have existed at all so that I won't have to grit my teeth enduring this meaningless life I didn't even ask for...

Suck it up. Just one last push before I cry myself to sleep.

My oh my! I feel super energized and motivated. Let's start working again and finish these tasks!

Let's get back to work!

Yipee, I finished my requirements already! Wow, I was able to rest and finish my work... I could incorporate rest into my daily schedule afterall.

Call it a day!

Congratulations on finally finishing all your responsibilities for the day! βœ… However, this is just a reminder to consider your health and to not neglect the value of taking breaks. If you haven't noticed, your refusal to take breaks contributes to the signs of mental exhaustion that you may have been experiencing. You may have been feeling easily irritable lately or feeling easily unmotivated and tired. You should remember to remain attentive to your own feelings and behavior to respond to what your health needs. πŸ’†πŸ»β€β™€οΈTry to integrate the value of rest into your daily routine, even if it's just taking short breaks and making time for yourself in between your tasks. You do not have to feel bad about resting because it will actually make your mind feel refreshed and more motivated to get through your busy day! After all, we all deserve to treat ourselves well! πŸ₯°

Love, Balolong | Chen | Garcia | Tan

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Kudos to you for not antagonizing the value of disconnecting from time to time. πŸ”Œ Thank you for not letting society's expectation of a hustle culture encroach on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. There's nothing wrong with striving for above and beyond, but we all need to take a breather every now and then to replenish and fuel our minds and bodies! Don't settle for a lifestyle surrounded on simply getting through! Find meaning and joy in permitting yourself to relax so you can better thrive and grow! You deserve it! ❀️

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Love, Balolong | Chen | Garcia | Tan