2022 HBCU Careers Magazine

HBCU Careers Magazine

When is the last time you had a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, for the proper number of hours all in a row? *Sometimes what’s on your Mind prevents this important aspect of your life. *Try to clear your mind of disturbing issues before your head hits that pillow. Make sure you sleep when your body tells you it’s time -we have learned that “all-nighter’s” last way longer than that one night and we should be cognizant of those effects. Are you moving enough? So many of us spend hours in front of a screen or slumped over a keyboard or phone; what kind of real exercise are you getting? Sometimes a small walk around your campus (if onsite) or your neighborhood – apartment – can get your senses moving and rejuvenate you when you feel sluggish. Some of the most successful speakers and salespeople boast about their “standing up” conversations – can you walk around the next time you’re speaking on the phone? When is the last time you blasted a song and danced to it? Go ahead. No one is watching. The Body also likes happy things like comfortable clothing and shoes, it usually likes to look presentable and clean -and there is nothing wrong with a little splurge on an interesting soap, crazy pair of socks, or a fresh haircut. Your Spirit is probably one of the most interesting ways you can help improve your mental wellbeing. When I think of Spirit, I think of creativity, joy, your inner essence that defines the ‘you’ in you. The dictionary actually defines it as “the nonphysical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character, the soul”. What do you enjoy doing, what makes you happy and fulfilled? Can you do more of those things and on a more consistent and intentional basis? Some people are able to grab a few moments in their week, month, to create some music, work on a painting, write a story. The lucky ones are able to do this more than sporadically and can be considered among the few with a true “work-life balance”. What about those hobbies? Can you schedule some time each day to engage in them? And, can you add something new to that mix? If you’re a writer who specializes in plays – have you tried your hand at non-fiction? What about your art – have you tried a new medium? Who can you Zoom/collaborate sing with that might add an extra dimension to your voice? I have always found that those who can play a musical instrument can usually excel at another one – have you found that as well? Spirit can also be encouraged through meditation, scented candles, and avoiding toxic relationships. Spirit can be encouraged by a fresh work or study space that is lively and friendly. Remember that your Spirit is everything you are – take good care of it. Your mental wellbeing is the first step to your success. How you approach your day, your world, your future begins with the space you live in. Treat your Mind, your Body, and your Spirit with the respect it deserves and watch the magic that happens.


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