All of us are in this together. If you are struggling with your mental health, talk to your loved ones or reach out to a therapist. You might feel like you are all alone at times, but there is a support system out there for you.
Be yourself, except when you can be You 2.0, then definitely be You 2.0. Your upgraded version comes with unique features like taking healthy risks, being brave, cutting ties with toxic people, working on self-growth, and loving yourself.
Clean up your to-do list! Do not overcommit. Lazy to-dos like ‘wake up’ and ‘drink coffee’ do not count. Put no more than six conquerable things on your list, and tackle them like a boss.
Define your goals. Make a vision board or create a list. Maintain a log or journal about the progress you make and the problems you face. Note the details of what works and what does not. Work on improving the process, and your goal will slowly but surely become a reality.
Embrace struggles and failures. Randy Pausch, the author of The Last Lecture cleverly remarked, “experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted, and experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” If doing something noble for your self-growth comes with the fear of failing, go ahead and absolutely do it.
Friends are like family. Keep them close, and treasure the moments you spend with them.
Get a library card! They are a gateway to aisles and aisles of endless magical worlds within each book.
Highs and lows are part of the journey. If you have a bad day, keep your head up, because you have made it this far.
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” — Nelson Mandela. When you’re at the precipice of starting a new chapter of your life, take the leap and give it your best shot.
Join a club or organization that makes you feel like you are part of something bigger. Social integration is one of the leading factors for living a long and healthy life.
Keep on keeping on, especially when things get difficult. You will come out stronger.
Learn something new everyday — be it cooking your favorite meal or finally figuring out the KU bus system.
Make mistakes, because they are the best way to learn and become better.
Never compromise on food and healthy meals!
Open yourself up to having difficult conversations. Anxiety, burnout, and depression are issues that a lot of people face. Empower one another by talking about how it is okay to not feel okay.
Prioritize yourself! You come first in all aspects of your life.
Quit shaming your insecurities, and give your fears a voice. If you feel like you are not good enough, there is a fire in you to do better and be better. Fuel that fire.
Routines can be monotonous. Go outside for a walk in the middle of a long study session if it will help you work better.
Scroll a little less on social media. Turn off notifications. Getting stuff done will be easier when the bait of inefficiency isn’t a swipe away.
Treat the people in your life how you would like to be treated. Give them as much love, kindness and respect as you would like in your life. If they do not reciprocate, reevaluate the role they play in your life and its necessity.
Unravel all the unique possibilities of self-care. Journalling, therapy, support groups, meditation — find what is best for you!
Vent when you feel low. Talking it out helps.
Water! Drink it, and when you are done, drink some more. Staying hydrated is extremely important.
‘X‘ out of all of the unnecessary tabs that you have open on your life’s browser.
Yawning after 11 p.m. is the drum roll to your grand performance of sleeping. Go to bed at a reasonable hour. You will be much more productive when your body and mind are well rested.
Zoom in on your blessings, and zoom out on complaining. A good year and a good life will follow.
Borrowed this from an article I wrote for my college newspaper in January 2019 🙂 A for apple is great but A for acceptance, affirmations and all of the self love you can create for yourself is the best.
6 days to New Year’s Day