So I officially survived my third week at college. Although the preassure is slowly mounting and the tests are piling up, I’m getting more and more used to the whole university “deal”. I don’t feel nearly as panicked or lost anymore, and I’m actually getting much better at time managment. I even managed to go out running twice this week! And I felt so amazing afterwards, and even though I had to sacrifice an hour of study time – it was so worth it.
I’m realizing more and more how important balance is in the overall scope of things. It’s really the key to being happy and healthy. So here are some main things I’ve learned about balance during my collage experience so far.
– Don’t give up a good habits just because it doesn’t work the way you’ve always done it – change, modify, adapt and keep on rolling.
(After realizing just how important a filling breakfast to start off the day was, I set off trying to find one that was both filling and not time consuming. Hot oats take forever to cook on my junky, electric stove. But before ditching the idea completely remembered overnight oats – and they’re perfect!)
(Lenna style overnight oats made with water, flax, oats and a splash of soy milk. Topped with banana’s and almonds)
(Overnight oats made with kefir, 1/2 a smashed banans topped with almonds, bran cereal and cherry jam – sorry for the bad lighting 6:00 AM dorm room lighting isn’t the best)
– Sticking to old classics is good – but don’t be afraid to try new things.
– Taking time to enjoy the simple things in life makes the day to day routine so much more enjoyable.
– It’s good to be health concious but sometimes you’ve just gotta live a little and enjoy a few treats now and again.
– It’s good to be productive, but sometimes taking care of yourself is the most productive things you can do.
(A spinach, bean salad with a hummus, cheese tomatoe sandwhich on the side. This was the one lunch this week I managed to sit down and eat. I desperately wanted to grab a bowl of cereal and keep studying – but investing a bit of time into this meal was well worth it – it kept me full and focused for a good long time.)
–When life hands you a tricky situation, make the best with what you’ve got
(What to eat when all you have left in the fridge is cheese and tomatoes. Cheese toast with LOTS of tomatoes)
– Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is not black or white – all work and no play. It’s a mixture of both – so enjoy it while it lasts.
What does balance mean to you?