Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well! I just want to take a second to appreciate your continuous work hard to meet academic demands and challenges during these tough times. I would like each and every one of you to know that you are doing AMAZING despite school stress and midterms season! I hope this blog encourages you to maintain a healthy lifestyle with self-care along with balancing work so we can continue to thrive.
Let’s face it, we all know that dealing with stress is a constant internal battle, but it does not have to be a losing battle! Recognizing the various imbalances in life can help cope with stress. Simple activities such as putting your phone down for 5 minutes to gather your thoughts can help with mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness allows us to direct our attention from negative thinking to a more focused thinking that increases our attention span, decrease burnout and improve productivity in our daily life activities.
Another technique to deal with imbalances is positive thinking. Studies show that positive thinking/ attitude correlate with better relationships and greater health. Therefore, working on developing positive thinking is crucial for dealing with imbalances in life. According to Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can increase lifespan, decrease depression and offer a stronger psychological wellbeing. Positive thinking can start with self-talk! Telling ourselves that we are smart and capable of achieving our goals. This small gesture provides us reassurance in our capabilities and can make the biggest difference when we are stressed out and feel lost in thoughts.
Lastly, making sure that we have a balanced diet with enough proteins, fats, carbs, vitamins along with plenty of exercise is significant! This is not an easy task but planning and prepping for meals ahead of time along with maintaining a systematic food journal can make this task a little easier. Personally speaking, I tend to skip meals because I am always so busy, but these days I am realizing that I am missing an important part of myself because I am not taking care of myself. I want to make a change and I urge all of to take on this challenge and fight against stress and imbalances along with me.
Self-care is brushed off as something that is not important because we have other things to worry about. —school, work, studying, chores, etc. However, active engagement in creating a
healthy lifestyle will pay off in the strengthening of our mindset and body!
Thank you so much for taking time to read this blog! I hope that this blog gives you some motivation and strength to continue fighting for a healthy and balanced lifestyle!