When I was still in school, I always make sure that I maintain high grades or high enough based on my standards. So when I get lower grades in a subject for one grading I always bounce back and get a higher grade in the next grading.
It isn’t as simple as it seemed. When I was in junior year of high school, my grade in English lowered by 3 points. I was devastated. Due to my frustration, I studied so hard in all of my subjects especially in English from 6pm-11pm then wake up at 3am to study again. I didn’t eat much during recess in school and so after a couple of days, I got sick. I had fever and a very terrible headache. In fact, it’s my first time to experience a headache. I can’t focus on what I’m doing. I feel nauseous from time to time and I feel dizzy while walking.
I visited the doctor and recommended us to visit an ophthalmologist. Result, I have an astigmatism. The doctor had me wear eyeglasses (my 1st one). After a few days my brain stabilize to some degree but before I got any better, I experience some short moments of hallucination. I sometimes feel itchy or see ants in my bed (it’s quite impossible to have ants since my mom just cleaned my bed and she’s such a clean-freak). And there were other moments that felt too dreamy.
What I learned from my super extra efforts? That I should never stretch myself too much unless I’m also taking care of myself at the same time. After what happened, I realized I needed to be more balanced. And so is my new philosophy, if I want to stay up late and work/study harder, I need to eat and eat and eat. =)