I believe in the power of the pause. Taking time to catch your breath, recoup, and then push forward can do a world of good. Meditations in any form, whether it is in prayer, in silent thought, sitting with a clear mind, etc, are all ways of not only releasing tension, but also ways to allow yourself to step back and look at the big picture.
In high school, many times I felt overwhelmed and stretched too thin between mountains of schoolwork, dancing fifteen hours a week, volunteering every Sunday, working, along with other activities, that all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and cry. Time was escaping me when I needed it most, and lingered on when all I wanted was for that horrible day to end. My junior year of high school was academically and emotionally a challenging and stressful year. I was taking advanced placement classes, dancing sometimes more than I wanted, and beginning to seriously look into colleges. As the first few weeks of school passed by, I was finding myself more frequently in tears rather than with a smile on my face. I was stressed, stretched perhaps too far, and as a result, found myself getting too emotional, and at times, physically ill.