When responsibilities pile on me, I find it hard to focus and go about my daily chores. Thinking too far in advance causes me to lose sight of my day-to-day tasks and, ironically, I end up accomplishing very little. I stress out, a lot. I've learned that about myself and I try to ease myself out of panic mode.
There are many ways to enhance my mood and help me find happiness that I wanted to share with you all.
Lately I've found that meditation and mindfulness are helpful ways to get me back on track. I discovered mindbodygreen in June, a wonderful website for channeling inner peace and promoting productivity. Some of my favorite articles discuss how to find happiness, summer smoothie recipes, and yoga poses for a great night's sleep. This website is a wonderful tool for helping me cultivate my own spirituality.
After graduating from high school, I found that I was still anticipating an assignment even over the summer. Being in a constant state of productivity and unfortunately, stress, has taken a toll on my mindset and body. I'm generally tired and my body feels worn out. I'm sure I'm not the only teenager who feels beat most of the time, but there are easy fixes to this problem!
Meditating for two to three minutes in the morning when I wake up has helped me focus. It's a natural reflex, but how often are we actually conscious of our breathing? Closing your eyes and listening to the morning sounds outside your window is a beautiful ritual to partake in.
If meditation isn't your thing, there are other ways to ease the summer blues. Pay attention to your diet. Are you eating junk food or other unhealthy snacks regularly? Fruits enhance my mood in ways I never imagined. I try to have as much fruit as possible in any given day, and will actively seek it out if it's not in the dining hall! I try to put strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes, or whatever is available on my plate for the day.
In addition to healthy dietary habits, being with nature is one of the best remedies for me. I encourage you all to spend time outside every day. My campus has lush greenery with many areas to sit out in the open and reflect. Not only does the sun give you a healthy amount of Vitamin D, but being with nature is proven to have positive benefits. Spending less time indoors is a great way to improve my mood.
These are just a few ways I've altered my mood. The transition from high school to college has been emotionally draining, and the only person I can rely on is myself. Learning how to take care of yourself is an important skill and I encourage you all to take some time out of your day to seek happiness as well.