As you may have noticed, my blog has had quite a makeover. While Amanda (me) is still a caffeinated panda at heart, she’s also a fitness fanatic and personal trainer. There will still be plenty of posts about things going on in DC and my ongoing quarter-life
crises adventures, but now you can look forward to even more posts on wellness, health, and fitness.
With my blog makeover, I wanted to get back to the basics. If we aren’t feeling healthy and well, then we can’t fully enjoy everything life has to offer. Mental, emotional, and physical well-being are important pillars we need to stand on, but they’re not always easy to find or maintain. We’re all on a journey of some sort. We may be looking for different things, but I think it’s fair to say that nobody wants to be unhealthy or sick. We seek wellness, health, and fitness.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget to really listen to our bodies and take care of ourselves. There are deadlines to meet, groceries to buy, bills to pay. There are some days where it doesn’t feel like there are enough hours to get everything done. So when life seems hectic and out of control, I want you to try something. Take some time for yourself. Set aside one hour for yourself and your well-being. That’s only 4% of your day.
That hour is for you and only you. Maybe you go for a walk, read a book, draw a picture, or listen to music. Do whatever is going to recharge you and clear your mind. If you already do this, great! Try to do it everyday. Try to include some sort of exercise in that hour. The other thing I recommend is to turn of technology. I’m not great at remembering to do this, but I’m trying to get better at it. Stop checking your computer or phone one hour before bedtime. Now that may seem like a tall order, but you’ll get a better night’s sleep for doing it. If you need to, start out with just 15 minutes, then 30. We all need time for our brains to gradually get ready for sleep, but in today’s world, we tend to expect things to happen instantly.
Okay, so maybe I’m asking you for two hours of your day, but that’s still only 8% of your day. If you want to be really efficient, you can set that hour to yourself one hour before bedtime and kill two birds with one stone. What I’m trying to say is: time is a valuable thing. Use it wisely, and that means using some of it to take care of yourself. After all, nobody else is going to do it for you.