I used to want to be the girl who had it all together. I wanted to be the girl with a 4.0 GPA, who worked out every day, involved herself in 12 different clubs, and managed to look flawless while doing it all. Yes, I used to want to be that girl, but lately, I’ve been pretty damn proud of who I’ve actually been. That might sound a little strange to say, because people don’t say kind words about themselves very often, but I think I have this whole Junior year of college thing down. Regardless of your grade level, you can be proud of the person you actually are too, and find the balance you’ve been searching for. Here’s how!
For the first week of school, I was an absolute mess. I didn’t know where I was going, what I was doing, or what time I was doing it at. I was used to my laid- back summer routine, where I only had one major commitment per day. I needed an adjustment period, and that is common for most people. My first tip to find balance in your life is to find a routine that works for you. At first, your plans may seem intense, but once you do them a few times, it will come naturally!
My next tip may bring some of you guys to tears. No napping! If you told me Freshman year that I would have said this, I would have laughed in your face! I used to nap every day, and didn’t even feel guilty about it. Of course, if your body is in serious need of a nap, it is important to listen, but if you are just kind of sleepy, keep yourself moving, and your body will naturally wake itself up. A day without naps is always a productive day, and your sleep schedule will be a lot more regular, causing less stress in your life.
Just because your day is busy, doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to interact with other people. It is so important to take time out of your day to have some kind of interaction with a least one person. Whether it’s stopping to get lunch with your best friend, talking with your roommate before bed, or even bumping into an acquaintance in the Starbucks line and asking them how their day is going, these interactions will make you feel like you’re not missing out, creating balance in your life.
Lastly, just like it’s important to interact with others, it is equally as important to take time for yourself. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I have been keeping a journal lately, and use this time to focus on myself and reflect on each day. You don’t have to keep a journal, obviously, but by doing small things alone like listening to music, working out, or watching a TV or YouTube series, you are relaxing your mind, and letting yourself unwind for the day.
I know this post wasn’t super detailed, but I have really been feeling like I have my life together lately, and I wanted to share what I feel like has been working for me. As always, thank you for supporting My Loquacity. I love your comments, so please be sure to leave your favorite tips on keeping your life balanced down below!