A new semester is starting and it's time to become the best version of ourselves. Here are six helpful tips on how to successfully accomplish that.
1. Allocate a place to write down your goals and track your daily progress toward achieving these goals.
Whether you want to start a bullet journal or you would rather utilize the notes section on your phone, writing down goals is critical. The visible reminder of your desires helps hold you accountable and can also become a motivator! Bullet journals can be a great aid with time management and with manifestation and gratitude practices.
2. Make time for enjoyable exercise at least 4-5 days a week.
My tip for those of you who are stressed about finding the time to incorporate a good workout in your day is to focus on finding a workout routine that you take pleasure in doing. If you hate jogging, don’t jog. Maybe don’t skip cardio altogether, though, and opt for the bike or StairMaster instead. I would also recommend including weights in your workout if you want optimal results. Listen to your body and don’t go to the gym when you are sick! Alternate your routine for proper rest days. Drink plenty of water and get your protein. If you go with a friend, wear an outfit that you feel your best in, and plan on making healthy shakes after your workout; I guarantee that it will be easier.
3. Health is wealth. Don't forget to eat your greens!
Take advantage of the salad bar! Dark, leafy greens provide key micronutrients that your body needs. If you are conscious of your plate size and only put food on that you know has certain health benefits, you will most likely leave the dining hall feeling happier, less bloated and more energized. Try balancing your plate with a good portion of vegetables, a source of protein and a smaller sized portion of healthy fats (avocado, nuts, eggs). Fruits actually are nature’s candy; healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bitter.
Extra tip: If you keep chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds and other small healthy toppings in your room, you can bring them to the dining hall and add them to your salads, yogurt or oatmeal!
4. Make time to make a difference.
I truly believe that those who find the deepest happiness on this earth are those who appreciate the beauty in those around them and make service to those with less resources a priority. For people who are given much, to give back wholeheartedly is a duty. When we give of ourselves with an open heart and make time to discover how we can better the world around us with compassion, we can make great change and find deeper peace within. Ultimately, no matter our creed, color or identity, we are all one in the universe and are equal. To understand the power that we as individuals have to positively affect our world unleashes our highest potential. Research organizations on campus and find a group that resonates with you! Make time to go to meetings and consistently show up. Community partnerships require dedication, patience and most importantly, selfless compassion.
5. Tell the people that you love and care about what they mean to you.
Communicating your love, admiration or care for someone in your life opens the door for more positive energy to enter into your life and can strengthen relationships immensely. You can make another person's day just by taking the time to thank them for their kindness, honesty and presence. It is easy to become distracted with the minutiae of social media, the stress of deadlines and other woes of our egos. If we dedicate moments every single day to recognizing those in our lives who help lift us up and inspire us, we can find happiness and pleasure in the current moment.
6. Read a book of your own choice when you have a moment.
I know that it can be hard to finish required reading for courses, let alone find the time to read a book on your personal list. However, if you can find the space in your day to make a cup of a tea or sit outside with a book that you meant to read for even just 10 minutes, it will be worth it.