It is Saturday night an I'm alone in a flat that I have now lived in for almost two months. It's nights like these where I can only begin to process how much has happened in these past weeks. I started university and am now about to write my first exam. I moved in with my boyfriend and am now happier than I've ever been, but am I really?
Right now I feel like my life consists of two things: education and love. And while I'm incredibly grateful for both, I do feel like something is missing, and that is to do something for myself.
In these eventful last weeks I did not once find time to do that - whatever it may be. What I miss most is feeling healthy and balanced, and I know that the key to change that, for me, is being active.
Don't get me wrong, I'd be down for a relaxed night in anytime, but since my life has always been influenced by sports since me and my boyfriend have both been competitive rowers, and I really do miss it. Sports have always been a way to get me to feel good.
So, on this Saturday night, I choose to listen to myself and make my own well being a priority.
How? I don't know yet. I am trying to work it out and have collected a few motivational tips for you and me.
1. Listen to what your body tells you
Getting back into working out regularly (or just starting out) is not going to work if you set unrealistic goals. Listen to your body - if you feel like being active, great, get out there and do it! However, if you're exhausted, don't force yourself to still get a workout in. Nothing good ever comes out of things that you do with a lack of motivation.
2. Do it for yourself
If you want to get fit and healthy, do it for yourself. Doing it to look like someone you look up to or to impress boys is not going to work. You have to be in it for yourself.
3. Plan your "Me-Time"
Try sparing at least 30 Minutes of your day for yourself only. What you do with them is up to you - you can use them to workout, or even just to go on a walk, cook yourself your favorite meal or watch the latest episode of your favorite series.
Don't forget, the person that is most responsible for your happiness is yourself! I am going to try and accept this responsibility - and I'm going to take you along for the ride and keep you posted.
Lots of love,