She will not worry. She will be just fine. She will be brave. She will brave this new season one day at a time.” – Morgan Harper Nichols
With it being the start of a new year, one of my resolutions was to take better care of myself – physically and mentally.
I am now in my 20’s (I turned 20 a few months ago!) and its about time I started to take “adulting” a little bit more seriously. (Since turning 20 I have also discovered that I actually love the heck out of HGTV and now I can’t stop taking trips to Home Goods and daydreaming about my future home and all my future dinner parties, hence making me realize I need to start acting like an adult and manifest my own dreams TBH.) Living in socal while the rest of my family is in norcal has given me the freedom and independence I needed to really adjust into becoming an adult. For the past 3 years, I have had so much freedom in my choices. I choose/get my own groceries, make my own dinner, create my own schedules, do my own laundry, etc. I’m also halfway through my third-year of college and really getting more serious about my major. I’m a staff writer for my school’s newspaper and I’m totally beginning to feel like a real journalist.
But with having all of this freedom and being the sole person in charge of my schedule, of what I eat, and of how I take care of my body, it’s easy to be reckless with my self care.
Which is why this year I want to prioritize my well-being over everything else, despite how selfish that may sound.
Here’s a few ways I am trying to take better care of myself this year:
- Drink more water. I’ve started increasing my water intake by carrying a hydroflask with me everywhere I go. I can actually finish a bottle, which is huge progress for me!
- Remember to take my vitamins. I now set a daily reminder to take my vitamins when I eat lunch or dinner. It sounds simple, but do you always remember to take your daily vitamins?
- Wake up earlier and have a productive morning routine. By productive, I mean wake up at 8am, throw on a podcast, do my full skincare routine, my makeup and my hair, wear a cute outfit and make an actual filling breakfast. Mornings like these definitely make me feel much more ready for the day. It feels much better than rushing to get ready, skipping breakfast and showing up to class in a hoodie and leggings (something I’ve done far too many times!).
- Eat at home more. This is a big goal. I am a bare minimum chef. By bare miniumum, I mean I can barely function my stove. My skills are limited to instant ramen, quesadillas and just-boil pastas. Because of this, I get really tempted to Postmates food or eat on campus. However, I’m forcing myself to learn to cook this year and thankfully I have a boyfriend willing to help me out and eat at home with.
- Shop cleaner. I realized that junk food, like salty chips and chocolate, was causing me break out. This was an obvious sign that I need to eat cleaner and make better decisions when I shop for snacks at the grocery store. I’ve already started doing this by buying more organic/vegan products and snacking on nuts or fruit that is easy to take with me to class, like Cuties and bananas, instead of gorging on kettle chips.
- Bullet journal! I love buying planners, but I felt like I needed a planner that is customizable and has the space for everything I need to write and take note of. I’ve been wanting to start bullet journalling for a while and I’m so thankful I did! It keeps me organized, allows me a space to be as creative as I want, and is a great stress reliever. I like to carve space in my day, especially if its been super stressful, to just doodle in my bullet journal and check in with how I’m feeling.
That’s all I’ve got so far! I’m hoping to build the list and strive to treat myself better as the year goes on.