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Illness can cause you to fall behind in coursework. Stress can make you feel overwhelmed. If you want to do well in all areas of your life, you must make your wellness a priority. You don’t have to be an ultra-marathoner or eat special super berries imported from the Amazon to feel your best. Healthy living is simple and can be achieved where you are with what you have.

Stress is something most of us deal with on a common basis—but common is not necessarily good or healthy. Though stress is increasingly viewed as “just a fact of life,” there are some very real (and harmful) cumulative effects of too much stress. Want to get rid of them? Yes, we all want to. We’re big fans of practicing gratitude for its many mental and physical health benefits—and stress relief is one of those. The practice of keeping a daily gratitude journal and listing things you’re grateful for each morning and/or evening can have a profound impact on overall stress levels (and can help you sleep better too!). A mindful breathing technique involves paying attention to your breath without changing it. Even though this might sound easy, focusing your attention on a simple thing like your breath can take some discipline and practice. Your mind will probably wander off. Many times.

Motherhood. Family life. School. Relationships. Health and wellness and…. everything else in life at large. That’s a lotta stuff to handle. A lot to… balance. Balance is a tricky word. We’re given such a narrow window of what it’s “supposed” to look like, aren’t we? When you pull images of balance you see equal scales, you see people spinning multiple plates equally at once, ballerinas on pointe, evenly stacked piles of stones, and other similar imagery. Please don’t judge yourself or your level of balance by how equally you’re spending your time in each life area. If you feel off balance, you simply must reset your definitions and act accordingly. Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.

We all have that one song that can shift our mood in seconds. And research has proven the link between music and mood, which can cause dopamine-release and help fend off depression. Make a playlist of your favorite songs so the next time you feel low, you have some mood-boosters in your back pocket. Bonus points if you sing along or dance to the music — it encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s ‘happy’ chemical. Having a strong inner foundation is an important part of intentional living because it helps you make decisions that shape your future for the better. If your foundation isn’t solid, you might feel like life is constantly knocking you down just when things seem to be getting back on track. We hope this post has encouraged you to become mindful of your own foundation. Think of how you can use your thoughts, values, habits, strengths, and relationships to keep you grounded and reduce the pressure of daily life.

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