With my college move literally a few days away, I’ve decided to share a few of my thoughts about the importance of taking care of myself holistically. For a long time, I only devoted myself to more ‘intellectual’ pursuits; meaning I worked hard in school, read all the time, and that was the extent of which I took care of myself. In short, in the equation ‘mind, body, soul’, I was caught up in the ‘mind’ category only.
But what started as a decision to lose weight soon became the understanding that I can’t completely be my best self unless I also take care of my body. Now, I’m not perfect; I certainly have my fair share of cheat days and I don’t always eat what I should (I’m a work in progress when it comes to trying new foods- especially when they are green, leafy, and look like they could be growing in my back yard), BUT I’ve come to appreciate the efforts that I do make to monitor what and how much goes in my body.
And that’s why, while transitioning to school, I’ve made a series of small goals and challenges for myself, to try and give myself a head start to becoming the best version of me. While I can honestly say I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been, in all facets of my life, I know that it’s all about getting better and better.
I try little tips and tricks every day that seem to help me, which I’ll share here:
- Meditating; a few quick minutes every morning and evening can completely bring the focus inward and change my whole outlook for the day.
- Read more, Netflix less; I’ll admit, this is an incredibly tall order. I often throw this practice out of the window in favor of watching another episode of the Office or of Gilmore Girls, but what’s important for me to realize is I always feel my best when I’ve read right before bed the night before. Reading has always been a soothing activity and gives me the chance to prepare myself for the next day.
- Finding exercise that I like; I HATE exercising. A lot of people talk about the mid-exercise glow, but I have never found it. So, I’ve been looking for more creative ways of burning calories. My two favorites are Zumba, which mom and I have been doing every Wednesday, and swimming laps in the pool (regardless of my horrible form and technique). I try not to pay attention to how I look while doing it, or get embarrassed about how I look while dancing in public (it’s not great to say the least…), because as long as I’m being active and having fun, that’s all that counts.
Those are just a few of my lifestyle goals that I try to stick by in order to live a better life. If you have any other tips for how to live a more holistic life, please pass them along in the comments below!