Over the past week, I’ve been fighting some sort of sickness. I’ve had a cough, some sneezing, a slight fever, and definitely feeling fatigued. Instead of letting the cold control my life, I decided to fight back. This week I’m sharing my essentials to help you get through any cold this season!
Life is full of difficult choices. For most of my 22 years, I’ve been following what the majority of people around me have done. Recently, I’ve been finding it hard to separate myself from not doing what everyone else is doing. People have their own post-graduation goals, which is one of the greatest accomplishments you can have as a graduating senior. That hasn’t been my mindset this year. I’ve been comparing myself to other people and their goals, when clearly our life paths aren’t the same. For some reason, I can’t help but admire them while also put myself down because of my unclear aspirations.
About a month ago, I shared my challenge of taking time out of your day, for 7 days, to focus on your physical and mental health. My roommate Liv and I followed through with each day and journaled how we felt about the challenges we set for ourselves. Here are our results!
Day 1 : De-Clutter
On this day, we cleaned our living room and kitchen. Based on what Liv and I wrote in our journals, we agree that we just have to do these things to get them out-of-the-way. In Liv’s journal, she wrote, “we found that cleaning up took less effort than we originally thought, especially when done with friends and some good tunes,” which is true! Time passes so much quicker when you’re enjoying yourself.
Day 2 : Talk About Happiness
My friend and I stayed up really late and talked about some great old memories from high school and childhood. It was one of the best nights I’ve had in a while. We both could tell that we were pleasantly lost in the topic and before we knew it, it was 3am.
Day 3 : Meditate/Take Time to Think
Liv and I are both very familiar with meditation. This week we both set the goal to try to challenge ourselves to extend our meditation sessions. I had a very successful meditation session this day. Liv provided a link to the meditation she did and it made her feel more confident and energized for the day! Here’s the link –> Guided Morning Meditation
Day 4 : Water
This was a challenging one for me! I usually use my reusable container for coffee, and if I’m just slowly sipping on my coffee, I won’t refill my container with water until later in the day. For Liv, this was an easy one. She has a habit of drinking 2L a day, but challenged herself to sip it periodically throughout the day, instead of chugging it down. Water is really important and this challenge taught me how to be better at getting in my necessary amounts!
Day 5 : Music
Liv listed three albums she has been loving;
“CTRL– SZA ; Something about this album JUST gets to me. It documents well her transition into her twenty-something years. This album puts into words this evolution of self, in a relatable way.
Friday Night Lights– J. Cole ; I made a mix-tape of this album in high school, and would play it driving to and from school just about everyday. I love that feeling of putting on a song you haven’t listened to in years and still remembering all the words.
Hozier– Hozier; This is another one I rediscovered my love for. Every song off of the album takes me to a specific time, memory, and feeling. I love this one for walking around campus to some happy jams.”
I wrote down the 10 songs that always hit me right in the feels;
- The Girl // City and Colour
- Fallingforyou // The 1975
- Hallelujah // Paramore
- Daydreaming // Paramore
- Stay // Sugarland
- Move Together // James Bay
- Real Estate // Wild Child
- Airplanes // Local Natives
- Dave’s Song // Whitney
- Perfect Places // Lorde
Day 6 : Pamper Yourself
Liv and I have an obsession with face-masks so there’s no doubt that that’s how we pampered ourselves this day. Coming home after a long day of being on campus, hopping in the shower, putting on a face mask, watching some Netflix, is the way to treat yourself!
Day 7 : Bucket List
First one is Liv’s, second on is mine!
Overall, Liv and I had a really great experience with setting daily challenges. It made us think more about what we need to do for ourselves. We all have some time in our day to sit and take care of our health!
Thanks for reading.
This summer flew by and senior year is only a few weeks away! As I spend more and more time thinking about how exciting and sentimental this next year will be, I’ve been trying to set goals for myself. I want to make sure I create a positive atmosphere for myself and everyone I spend my time with!
The days where I’m not feeling myself have been consuming me the past month. I always try to stay focused on the positive, but sometimes I get easily overwhelmed. The stress can be caused by the smallest thing, which can be the most frustrating part. It can be triggered when I think about money, school, work, or anything in between. The stress doesn’t last all day, but it’s exhausting. During moments like these, I tend to stay in my own personal bubble to prevent involving others into my personal stress. It really bothers me when I get this way because that’s not how I truly feel. I would never want to project my stress onto other people. It has taken a lot of practice (and I’m still learning) to find ways to control my stress. This week, I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve been trying to use to ease my stress.
Ever since I started working, four years ago when I was 17, I have learned a lot while working in retail. Having a job means everything to me. Yes, the pay isn’t the most desirable, nor are the hours, but I discovered some reasons why working in retail has changed my outlook on life for the better!