The habits we cultivate now are habits that will make all the difference as we get older. When I was teen I wish I was thinking about my overall wellness the way I think about it and prioritize it now. It took me being really unwell to see how some habits of mine had to change, mainly my diet.
I remember the days of being okay with my lunch being a bag of chips and three white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. A Gatorade every now and then was included. I was okay with rushing out the door for school without making my bed in the morning or even taking 5 minutes to meditate and breath without any distractions. Did you brush your teeth in a rush or did you take the extra 50 seconds to get the back of your tongue and floss? Do you ever think about how a piece of fresh fruit and a warm herbal tea will do more good for you than a Poptart? Did you wake up to a loud alarm that negatively set the tone for your day? These are honest questions I wish I would have been asking myself when I was younger. But truth is, back then I didn't understand how any of this was impacting me.
There is a saying that when you know better, you do better. I want to be the one to tell you that having a morning and night routine has really set me up for success! I love the feeling of coming home after a long day and seeing my space tidy with my bed made to promote mental clarity. I love knowing in the morning's I am not putting processed sugar in my body to break my fast literally "breakfast". I love knowing I am doing something meaningful surrounding my self care! Think of a couple habits that would improve your life! I encourage you to put yourself first. Create habits that will help you in the long run. Make sure your hygiene is on point, your attitude is great and you carry calmness with you throughout your day. Take a few deep breaths during the day. Eat well, sleep well and spread love always. Keep being amazing.
So much love and light your way.
- Nadine Mensah