Rising up in strength begins with getting grounded in hope. We are told, “But those who hope in the lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31
We as students often romantiscise overexertion. Exhaustion is not the new chic, COFFEE (though) a delicious necessity is not a food group and running on fumes is not admirable. Why do we hold pedestals for sleepless nights, breakdowns and inner turmoil? Are those things REALLY to aspire to? Self care, balance and the ability to know when our body and mind needs to take a step back. Those are the things we SHOULD admire. We have to stop blurring the line between ‘commitments’ and self-endangerment because too many students are burning out before they have a chance to truly shine.
I could come on this account and pretend that I’m a perfect student that never burnout. But that would be a total lie and I truly want to stay authentic. 😊 I recently figured out that I do well with highly structured days that keeps me busy from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. It also keeps me productive, happy and feeling great about myself. However, this does not work for everyone. I know it isn’t easy to always stay positive. But I urge you to try! When you learn to love yourself and be confident in your ability, you are able to fulfill your true potential.
The magic of SELF-CARE is vital to figure out what you can do to keep yourself healthy and happy or you will burnout before you even leave undergrad. Today I choose to be ME-SPONSIBLE. If you’re not there for yourself, who will be there? Its not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness your priority. It’s necessary.
ME-SPONSIBLE – Nourish your body with wholesome foods. Hydrate with abundance of water. Replenish your brain with restful sleep. Reinvigorate your muscles with exercise. Take an hour to do something you love. Be the reason you’re dancing in the mirror and singing in the shower. Treat yourself to a cup full of love.☕ A little self-love can go a long way. So take a minute of your day, and write a note of five things that you love of yourself, or simply look in the mirror and remind yourself of one quality you’re truly proud of. Repeat this cycle day in and day out, just like walking one foot in front of the other.
Be kind and recognise how incredible you are! Very few can embark on this journey and succeed, so don’t forget to pat yourself on the back and celebrate your small victories too. Sure this path is difficult and may wear you down. Understand that there will be hiccups along the way and you will fail. (Probably more than once) but you will rise. Its all part of the process. Its a long haul and you’re going to rely on yourself for strength. You are smart. And because of your your intelligence you must outwit the journey and make it easier for yourself…
💡By creating a mental movie of how your success will look and when doubts or fear flood your mind play your movie so loud that it drowns out all of your negative noise. You can do this! Remember you can’t be successful if your mind and body isn’t healthy.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.😉
Blessings and Love….