“The internet has inflated people’s expectations about what success looks like — any achievement that doesn’t go viral can seem skimpy. By changing our perspective and appreciating human-size, human-scale achievements, we can move towards our goals,” says educator Mehrnaz Bassiri. Check out this article about “How to Make Your Small Wins Work for You.”
During times of stress, make sure to take care of your yourself – your mind, heart, and soul. Deep breathing is a good way to start and will enable you to increase relaxation. Remember to breathe deep to the bottom of your lungs and release your stress as you exhale. Take a look at this post from the Association of University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO).
Breathe along with this animation! Art by @colormehappii
Continuous self-improvement and self-development are likely things we all strive for as members of the Michigan Tech community. As you go through this summer, I encourage you to come up with some specific ways that you can become a better version of yourself. Summer is often a time of renewal and it can also be a time to reflect on what you may want to improve upon. Take a look at this article for some great tips. “21 Examples of Personal Development Goals for a Better You.”
Summer can be a time to let loose and relax. It can be a time to let out all that stress that has been building up over the school year and take some time to unwind. For most of us, there is definitely a change of pace and rhythm in the summer months. But how do you feel like you are making the most out of your summer, while still taking the time to have fun?
Maybe you created some goals that you want to accomplish over the summer, but you are finding that the time is just getting away from you. Or maybe you are wanting to make some healthy changes in your life, but are finding yourself staying up late playing video games with friends consistently. Whatever your plans are for the summer, you can take the time to relax and rejuvenate, while still making time to meet your goals before the summer flies by. The trick is to be intentional with your time. Here are some tips to be that happier, healthier version of yourself.
- Find new passions and incorporate them into your summer routine
- Stay social and keep connected with friends and family
- Take the time to disconnect from social media and other things that can eat up your time
- Stay on a consistent sleep schedule, eat healthy consistent meals, and exercise regularly
- Make time for self-care in your routine as well as setting aside time toward meeting your summer goals – Often these can be goals that you are more invested in personally and will give you a sense of accomplishment.