Welcome to the NEW AND IMPROVED web page for Everything Alexandra! It has been FOREVER since I’ve published a post on my blog, and I’ve been itching to create and share some new content. Since I’ve returned to Boston for school, I’ve been juggling my full-time education studying Chemical Engineering, work, and extracurriculars. Unfortunately, the Everything Alexandra blog has taken a backseat as I’ve focused most of my energy on my classes, and my priorities have felt soooo out of balance.
After I created the new Instagram page for Everything Alexandra, I noticed that the majority of my posts were about vegan food. Although I think that food and nutrition are a super important part of wellness, there is so much more that goes along with wellness, including mental health, that go unspoken about. Wellness is so much more than just nutrition and exercise (although I do believe that these are still super important), and it’s easy to get so caught up in the “physical” aspects of health that we forget to take care of ourselves on the inside.
I think one flawed perception of “wellness” is that people assume in order to be “healthy” you have to be happy all the time. But just like anything, life is a constant cycle of high and low moments. For every day that I drink a green smoothie for breakfast, do my cardio, get a full night’s sleep, etc., I’m bound to have a day (or night) where I don’t have energy because I’m lacking in sleep, or I decide not to go to the gym because I’m not feeling up for it. These highs and lows are bound to happen, because that’s life. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up over one cheat meal or one missed workout or one bad day. But if you start to notice that the “good” days are few and far between, maybe it’s time to re-balance your priorities if you can, focusing your time and energy into things that are going to make you happier.
That being said, you should never underestimate the power of a mental day. I repeat: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A MENTAL DAY. We all need a day, or two, or even just an hour, to relax and give our brains and bodies a break. Take some time to go for a walk, take a nap, or read that book you’ve been meaning to get around to but never had the time. We all deserve a break from the constant go-go-go of school or work. You’re listening to the master of spreading themselves too thin. Trust me, I know how it feels to be burnt out, and it’s unbelievably draining.
And I’m not alone. Many of my close friends and peers spread themselves unbelievably thin so they can “stand out” and have an impressive resume. I was one of them. I’m still trying to break that mindset, actually. But here’s the thing: by cutting back on all of the endless responsibilities, and choosing one or two really important things in your life to devote your time and energy to, not only will you feel less stressed, but your work will most likely improve and you will feel so much better. Remember, wellness starts from within, so we must take care of our mental selves just as much as we take care of our physical selves.
As we enter the Spring season, be mindful of maintaining balance in all aspects of your life. Maybe we can all try to leave the long, unnecessarily stressful days behind!