Have you ever had a moment (or maybe several moments) where you’ve realized you’re not quite taking care of yourself as you should? I don’t just mean that you’re not eating enough salad or working out several times a week. I mean that holistically, you’ve realized you’re not getting enough sleep, taking time out of your day for yourself, and so on. Well, I have. In fact, I have several times over the course of my college career and it came as a result of many mental breakdowns. Fortunately, I now know myself well enough to sense when I need to really nurture myself over anything else in order to avoid any breakdowns.
Lately, I’ve made a few very small but important changes to be a better me overall because I’ve realized I’m worth taking care of. Some of these “changes” or actions are small and common sense and others are things I’ve been telling myself I’d do for years. Well, now I’m finally doing them and I’m here to share. Check it out below!
Meditate more (or learn how to)
Like I was saying, this is one of those things a lot of people tell themselves they’ll do but they never do. Many say they don’t have the time for it or they’re too fidgety, but meditation only takes up a mere 5 minutes of your day and does wonders for your mental health. I recently starting using the popular meditation guiding app, Headspace, to learn how to do it and I already feel more positive and stress-free in my everyday life. It’s amazing to me how 5 powerful minutes can make you feel restored and completely change your day and outlook.
If you’re new to meditation, much like myself, I would really recommend the Headspace app. Even if you’re fidgety during it or your mind wanders off (which it inevitably will), it’s easy to train yourself with the sessions the app provides. I’m looking forward to seeing the long term effects of meditation and how it helps alleviate my anxiety and stress!
Pack your lunches
From January through the end of May, I was interning 3 days a week 9-5 and since June, I’ve been interning full-time. Both situations meant I needed to either pack or buy lunch and I quickly realized as a poor student/recent grad, I can’t afford the latter (at least not more often than once a week). Lately, I’ve been bringing my own lunches to work and though they’re not anything special, I’m saving at least $7-8 a day which is enough to make me eat whatever I brought. Not only will you save money by packing your lunches, but you will most likely eat healthier if you’re avoiding eating out. Try to pack lunches that are balanced with fruits, veggies, protein, and carbs!
Take vitamins and supplements
I always thought vitamins and supplements were bogus until I started taking them myself. I’ve been taking a multivitamin for a while now because I simply don’t get enough nutrients from what I eat. The Vitafusion women’s one I take is great because it has biotin in it, meaning I don’t have to take a separate vitamin for my hair, skin, and nails. I also signed up for Care Of Vitamins which is a personalized vitamin subscription service. Definitely look into it if you don’t already have an established vitamin regimen!
As for supplements, before I work out, I love to have two or three scoops of Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy. It’s a caffeine supplement but acts as a pre-workout for me and many of the flavors taste great (cafe vanilla, blue raspberry, cotton candy). It especially helps with cardio and on days where I don’t exactly feel motivated to go to the gym. Afterward, I typically make a yummy protein smoothie! Lately, I’ve been adding a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen peptides, which also helps with my hair, skin, nails, joints, and bones. For protein, I prefer Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein in vanilla or chocolate.
Make time for self-care and the things you love
It’s really cheesy but life is too short to not do the things you enjoy! Whether that’s taking a bath every night, reading an inspiring book during your commute, or putting on a silly looking face mask, you should do it but don’t just do it, make time for it and really enjoy it. I don’t care if you have to schedule it in, just make yourself do things you like until it becomes second nature. I know how easy it is to work yourself into the ground without setting time aside to just be alone and breathe. Trust me, but you’re going to end up in a deep, dark, lonely hole if you don’t prioritize yourself and your overall health too. Self-care is crucial.
Have you made any quick and easy changes to your life lately? Let me know in the comments below! I could always use some more tips. Have a great weekend, everyone!