I’ve always struggled with waking up in the morning for as long as I can remember. Like a lot of people growing up, especially in high school, I had to get up at 5:30am everyday in order to get ready and make it to school on time. I also lived between 45 minutes and an hour from school from the time I was in 4th grade until I graduated high school, so a lot of that time before the 8am school bell was devoted to driving to school. If I wasn’t up by 5:30am everyday I was going to be late.
We all hold great value in the brain; understandably, considering it is the source of all our decision making and our personality. It controls all of our bodies' functions, from the smallest cells to the heart. The one thing that really differentiates humans from other animals is how complex our brains are. So it's no surprise that we hold such a high value in reason, analytical thinking, and logic. We all learn how important the scientific method is in school right? We got the scientific method because our brains were advanced enough to come up with it as a logical process.
Over the last couple of years, I've really started noticing a trend in the influencer community of self-care, especially since 2016. Seeing a few photos of people in bath tubs with a glass of wine for "Self-Care Sundays" or tagging #selfcare in their recent beach pictures has become common on Instagram. Not only that, but many online publications and blogs have posted articles and how-to's on self-care. Everywhere I look in the online space, it seems to be there. And this got me thinking: what is self-care? I wanted to know if it means more than having a glass of wine and trying out a spin class (though there is nothing wrong with either of those things in moderation, wine and exercise are great).
Since May is the first month of my 3 months of wellness, I think one of the first things that I need to work on is my diet. Now, I'm not saying that my diet is bad; for a college student without extra money to spend on extra food, especially since I have a food plan with my sorority, my diet is decently healthy. But I have had a hard time sticking to the diet that I really want to be on. And what is that diet?
Now that school is coming to an end for the year and summer is about to begin, I decided that I wanted to start my "summer of wellness" (at least that's what I'm calling it. Of course, these 3 months could be taken out of any time of the year, but since I've been so busy with university and other work (like trying to effectively run this blog) it's hard for me to find time to focus completely on my well-being.
Since about September of 2017, I really started to think about if there was a way (or ways) that I could prevent future disease, while also being my healthiest self in the present. I've been a vegan/vegetarian for the last 3 years, depending on whether I was at university or not, but I still felt like there was something more that I could be doing.
This week I'm going to keep it simple when it comes to my post because I've been super busy with midterms over the last two weeks and working on my freelance jobs. I didn't want to leave y'all hanging though! So here is a quick and easy bullet journal update for March (& today's the 1st, which is crazy!). Let me know what y'all think about this month's layout and comment below on your own designs for this month!