This semester has been a bit more exciting than I thought it would be, so I have not been as up to date with this blog as I should. However, I am here now, and ready to discuss the third part of this series: health/wellness.
Here are a few more things that I found helpful last semester, and plan to continue throughout my academic journey:
Quiet time: This is not the same as isolation. Setting aside time in my day/week for quiet time helps me to re-focus and stay balanced. I am constantly surrounded by people and whenever I can get a few moments alone, especially in nature, I enjoy it very much. This is one of my favorite spots for quiet time.
Yoga/Meditation: Honestly, I do not know what my life would be like if I did not have yoga and meditation time. These things help me to really reconnect with myself and it provides a break from the constant thinking and doing. It’s just my time to be free of responsibilities and stressors. I find it much easier to engage in mantra meditation as I can decide on a word or phrase that I want to be mindful of throughout the day.
Healthy eating: I have discovered how important it is to be mindful of what I eat. I try to eat healthy, balanced meals and drink a lot of water. I admit that there are days when all I want to do is eat ice cream and junk food, and that’s when I have to think about the long-term effects, not short-term gratification. I do slip with my eating sometimes, but for the most part, I am attentive to what I feed my body. In addition to healthy eating, engaging in some type of exercise is important to keep those brain cells healthy and active!
“Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the same framework in which they were created” ~ Albert Einstein