This week has honestly been a rollercoaster for me. For those of you who haven’t read my previous blog, or for those of you that forgot, my ILP is all about Personal Growth. My goal throughout the next few weeks is to be a happier me! In order to do this, I’ve been working on positive thinking, gratefulness, exercise, and drinking more water, among other things. Like I said, this week was full of highs and lows. Summer in general is a very busy time for me between school, work, traveling, etc. Although this week wasn’t as busy as others, I found myself faced with a lot of mental “busyness.”
Because of this, as much as I hate to admit it, my personal growth for the week was not as high as I had hoped it would be by now. This isn’t to say that I didn’t have any progress this week. One of the things that I am really bad about is staying hydrated throughout the day. When I was doing research on what makes a “happy” person, one of the tips that I kept coming across was “stay hydrated.” When you drink a lot of water throughout the day, your body feels better, your mind functions better, and therefore you are happier. This week I really tried to focus on drinking lots of water and found that it really helped with the amount of energy I had. I also tend to suffer from headaches. This week I didn’t have any and I feel that an increase in water intake contributed to that!
In addition, I made sure to get out and get at least half an hour of physical activity each day. Exercise releases endorphins such as dopamine that make you feel happier! Even though half an hour might not seem like much, it was enough to get my heartrate up, release some “happy” endorphins, and help with stress reduction (something I REALLY needed this week).
The area that I struggled with the most this week was my positive thinking. Drinking more water and forcing myself to exercise are easily controllable for me. When I have a rough week like this week though, my positive thinking tends to diminish. It’s easy to be happy when things are going well, but much harder to do when you face adversities. Since I did tell my parents about this project, they did a really good job of reminding me to be positive and to look at the silver-lining of all the situations I faced this week.
While the time I spent focusing on exercise, my attitude, and hydration covered the four hours of ILP time this week, I also spent a fair amount of time online looking for things to make me happy. I am a huge quote person. I could spend my entire life looking at quotes and be perfectly content. The pictures seen throughout this post were all happiness quotes that I found this week! I found that spending even 15-30 minutes a day looking at funny or inspirational videos, helped my attitude a lot. This time provided small distractions that allowed me to take a step back and realize that the trials I was facing throughout the week, weren’t as bad as they seemed. In addition to the pictures, I’ve linked two of these videos below for those who are interested. Of course, one of them is a TED Talk. 🙂
Though I am disappointed with my progress this week, my motivation to continue and do better next week has only grown. My goal next week is to not only continue staying hydrated and exercising, but to also focus on being more grateful for the things I have, and choosing a better attitude when things aren’t going well.