By Megan Wordsworth, Guest BloggerJune 30, 2015
I don’t know about you, but I am physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. I feel like everyone around this time of the year gets this way to some extent. It’s June, so it's the end of classes, exams, last minute papers and group projects, and the beginning of weddings, graduations, family reunions, and so much more. While most of these events are happy occasions, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that they are also draining events. Sometimes I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!
When life gets hectic it's important to take care of yourself. This means feeding your body whole foods, exercising, resting properly, and fueling yourself spiritually. I know, I know you have heard this spiel one too many times, but how many times have you actually taken the time to do this? If you are like me, the answer is probably never. As the summer season officially begins, I propose that you take advantage of this beautiful season and spend sometime with yourself. I know I often feel the best when I get out in the sunshine. For you it could be the exact opposite. It could be finally sitting on your couch and reading a new book or an old favorite. You don’t have to take extreme measures, like jet off to an exotic island (but if you can, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt!). It can be as simple as taking a walk on the beach.
It's important to take care of ourselves, because we only get one body and it's a beautiful vessel that needs to be cared for.
If you have read the I AM THAT GIRL book, you might remember Alexis describing the time she was put in the hospital for exhaustion. As humans, especially as women, we often feel the need to be superwoman, but we aren’t! Our bodies can give out.
I propose that we take this time to take care of ourselves. Whatever this might look like for you, do it! This proposition does not mean that you do it once and then you go back to running around. Take time out of every week, every day if you can, to do something for you. It can be five minutes just to breathe. Just do it! The Indian teacher, Sri Sri Ravi Shanker put it best when he said, “Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other - activity in rest and rest in activity - is the ultimate freedom.”
Do you ever become exhausted around this time of year? How do you take time for yourself? What are your favorite ways to vacation from vacationing? Tell us below!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.
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