When I first found the Minimalists, I immediately went to work thinking about what my values are. At the time I was saying that my health and school were my main values. But I wasn’t living in that truth. If anyone were to look at my calendar, there was no time set for me to go to the gym or to study. But there I went continuing to say that my health and school were a priority. I would always justify that I didn’t need to set time into my calendar for them, I would just make it happen. But I never did.
Now that I’ve finished school and life is moving forward, I’ve realized that this is the perfect opportunity to start building a routine that focuses on the things that I value the most. And on the things that I determined that I will be challenging myself to accomplish. All of which fall under health.
More recently, I’ve realized how much my mental and physical health have really become interconnected. My best days are the ones that I do some sort of physical activity. My worst days are in the stretches of time that involve little to no physical movement with poor eating habits. Over the summer I’ve been cleaning up my eating habits and trying to cook more meals myself. Now, it’s a matter of being more physically active.
Like I said, before, health was a value that I didn’t really prioritize. Now, I am committed to making this my number one priority. One of the best things that I’ve done to commit myself to this goal is by signing up for the LA 5k Challenge with one of my sorority sisters. I now have to be accountable and make an effort.
Other than my physical health becoming a value that I am holding to a higher standard, I am also holding my emotional and mental health to a higher standard.
The easiest way to see what your values are is to really break down why you are doing in a day. Look at your calendar and pay close attention to the way you spend your time. From checking social media to complaining about people or not taking enough breaks. All of it sheds a little bit of light on what your values are.
From there, check if the things that you say are important to you are in your routine. If exercise is important are you going as often as you’d like? Or if family matters, do you make time for them in the week?
If not, why are the ways you can fit them into the life you are living? What can be cut out? Your life from here starts changing when you start actually giving time to the things that matter most to you. It’s just a matter of figuring out what is important to you.
I’m still figuring it out too and I don’t think that we ever stop.