As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself coming across more and more challenges each day, and I struggled with them to no end.
I’m a teenager now, and around middle school I really started to become a lot more introspective and working to actually figure out who I am. I’m still not there completely. And that’s okay.
Over time, I’ve discovered what I really want to be: happy.
For me, that means paying attention to my feelings and priorities.
I try to balance my life in 3 areas: mind, body, and spirit.
(I talk about this a bit with my Wellness Mini Hauls.)
I really feel that I really like the person I am today, and I am working to get better every day.
But don’t get me wrong, this hasn’t been easy.
Discovering your passions and learning to take care of yourself are two important steps towards personal wellness, but they can be extremely hard.
One of the biggest struggles for me was finding where to start!
You can say “I want to make myself better” as many times as you want, but that’s not going to make it happen.
But, as they say, the journey of 1,000 steps begins with just 1.
Here are 5 steps to get you started on your personal wellness journey.
Vitamins are really good for you, and they are a simple way to start getting into a routine, or help continue one you already have. I take a teen girls multivitamin every morning
Even if you don’t take a vitamin, I would suggest taking Vitamin D.
It’s awesome for increasing your energy and can help prevent seasonal depression (ever notice you become a little down in the winter? This happened to me)
Please note, this is not medical advice, and all treatments should be discussed with a doctor beforehand
Making lists is the best way to ease a racing mind. It’s no surprise that the internet community is obsessed with them!
I’m not saying you have to start a full time Bullet Journal, but start writing down what’s on your mind each day.
Keep a notepad nearby, and write down tasks you have to take care of as they come to mind.
I keep a notepad for things I need to buy, because I can never seem to remember everything when I actually go out shopping.
If notepads or a planner aren’t your thing, consider doing a nightly brain dump. Each night, pour out all the things you thought about or that worried you that day.
Do it right before bed, and allow yourself not to act on any of the issues immediately. Allow yourself to rest.
Then, the next day, review your list and see what you could take care of, what you can’t control, and what has already passed. Pick 1 thing you can work on today and go from there!
It could be on a sticky note, a piece of paper, or even a Google Doc, but getting it written down can really lift a weight off your shoulders.
indulge in one thing every day
This is one of the best ways to improve your mental wellness.
This doesn’t have to mean food, but take time out of each day to do something you really enjoy.
This might include lighting your favorite candle, doing your nails, watching an episode of your favorite show, or coloring one of those beautiful adult coloring books.
Sometimes I will keep myself from doing something like this because I would feel like I am wasting time.
It’s important to remember that time invested in taking care of yourself is never wasted.
You will start to feel so much better when you take time each day to do something that makes you happy.
learn something every day
This can sound like a daunting task, but there are tons of websites that will do this for you!
Here are 4 that I get everyday:
- Dictionary Word of the Day
- Today I Found Out
- Spanish Word of the Day (or any language you might want to learn!)
- the Skimm
They come right to your email!
Car ride? Waiting in line? Laying in bed at night?
Take 5 minutes (or less) to read one and boom! You’ve learned something new today!
Reading not for you? See this great article by Life Goals Mag on Podcasts!
Getting themselves to exercise is hard for a lot of people, myself included.
It’s important to remember that we don’t have to go run 5 miles or do 1000 sit-ups to do a worthwhile workout.
Set a small daily goal for yourself, for example, doing 10 pushups. You might be motivated to do even more after you start.
It’s starting that’s the hardest part.
Here’s a fun way to workout: watch your favorite show!
Here’s an awesome list of TV show workouts.
So there you go!
If you were looking for a place to start with your personal wellness, I hope you’ve found it!
These are the ways that I’ve changed my life, and I feel so much better than I have in other years.
Keep smiling, and remember to always believe in yourself.