With Spring well on its way, I wanted to take today's post to talk about ways to refresh and revitalize one's life during this time of rebirth in nature. Below I have discussed a few of my ideas for you to de-clutter, de-stress, and truly enjoy one of the best seasons of the year.
Sorry I've been quite absent for a bit, but I have been very busy in the midst of second semester! I have started my independent study and it really is going exactly the way I wanted. We are delving into the philosophy of food which I discuss below. I am so excited because this class will be such a great foundation for my ultimate goal of creating a well-being company. I also cannot wait for my presentation at the end of the year to students at my school and at our local health center. I was speaking to a woman last week about mindful eating, which I wrote an article about a while back, and she gave me this great idea to incorporate it into my speech. I think giving each person a bag of raw almonds would be the perfect way to start out my speech. Have them look at the almond, then pick it up and feel it in their hands, then chew it slowly-- thinking of nothing and staying present-- enjoying each sensation and chewing for at least twenty bites. This would be such a great way to get people into the mindset of my speech and to remind them what a proper food relationship looks like, because we have forgotten.
I cannot believe today is New Year's Eve. Another year has gone by so, so fast. It truly is unbelievable that next year at this time I will be home from college. This winter break has been so relaxing and needed. During this time, I reconnected with family, friends, and myself. I have gotten a lot of work done, but there is still more with finals coming up.
When many people make a new year resolution, it is usually taking something out of their life, maybe junk food or alcohol. But this year, I've decided to focus on adding in wellness to my life. Specifically, I have developed a personal resolution that this next year will be devoted to mindfulness. Throughout this break I have been going to yoga everday and I feel so much better. Cleansed, purified, detoxed. I feel more flexible and I feel strong. And best of all, I feel present. I can hear my breathe and all my smiles and laughs come from a genuine place within my heart. I want this feeling to continue through the New Year. And although I am going to make an effort to keep attending yoga, my mindfulness doesn't just have to stem from that. It will also be meditation at home, focusing more on my relationships, and even staying present when I cook and eat. My goal is to try to stay as mindful as possible in all areas of my life as I finish out my senior year so that I am not focusing on my mistakes of the past or the indefinite future. Sometimes being mindful is hard. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning super tired with no energy to get out of bed. But then I feel that extra motivation, that inspiration of all the incredible people who push them selves that extra mile in a race or work-out and I think to myself that I can do it too. And we all can. It all comes down to the power of the mind, an entity I will harness and improve through this next year. Happy New Year Everyone.
What's your New Years resolution?
Let's talk well-being, travel, fitness, whatever comes to mind! And while we're at it, I'll throw in a few tidbits about my own life and philosophies. There is an infinite amount of scientific health, mind, and wellness topics to explore!