Staying Healthy And Happy: A Road Towards New Beginnings Self-Care and Self-Discovery / How To Stay Balanced With New Changes

Written By: 2017-18 DREAM Program and Haydenettes Team Member, Eri Lee

I hope everyone has been having a productive and rejuvenating summer so far! My summer definitely has been, as I’ve been getting ready for my senior year and college applications, discovering new things about myself, working all summer as a skating camp counselor, and preparing my things to move out to Boston for a very exciting first season on the Haydenettes!

This summer I have been working on incorporating some new things into my summer schedule as I prepare for the new season and exciting events in my future. Being well rested while training has been one of my priorities this summer. Some things I have done to achieve this are: keeping a consistent sleep schedule, staying hydrated and eating healthy, and making sure to be well recovered after I train.

Since I’ve had such a busy schedule all summer, I made sure on the weekends that I was prepared for the week ahead. One helpful tip for this is meal prep. I made sure that all the snack foods I needed were in a convenient place for me to grab in the morning, and I cooked easy lunch meals (such as roasted vegetables and chicken, vegetable fried rice, or pasta) and stored them in the fridge. I also made sure that I was going to bed at a reasonable time every night, especially the nights where I had an early morning the next day. I also love to take naps if I’m especially tired and have the time!

After workouts I focused on extending my recovery routine, taking more time rolling out and stretching, drinking lots of water, and having healthy recovery meals/snacks that are high in protein.

Having downtime with friends and family is another way to recover after a long week of practice and work. I tried my best to have dinner with my family as often as I could, and made sure to hang out with friends on the weekends or when I had some time off. Being around people I care about has helped me stay positive and grounded as all the exciting changes in my life were beginning.

Another thing I have been working on is my college search and preparing for my applications! This was incredibly important to me, because this current chapter of my life is coming to an end and I really wanted to take the time to get to know myself a little better so I knew how to make the right choices about my future.

Getting a job has been one of the major changes I’ve made that has benefited my journey towards looking at colleges and knowing what kind of a person I am and who I want to become. One of my long-term goals for my career and academics outside of skating is to pursue my passion for education reform/advocacy and social justice. Getting a job as a Learn-To-Skate instructor has helped me a lot in understanding how I work with other people and furthering my love for learning. Teaching young kids and discovering how different people learn in different ways has solidified my aspirations to create learning environments that fit a variety of different learners.

These are just a few of the things I have learned about myself and my passions, but they have helped me to recognize the aspects of a college that are the most important to me; these things including diversity, efforts in social justice work, and innovative and interesting course selections that can eventually lead me in the directions I want to pursue in my future. Getting a job is just one of several things someone can do to find a passion or learn more about themselves. Volunteering, joining a new sports team or club, or simply being adventurous in life are all things that can guide a new path in self-discovery, which is something that I feel is very important and is extremely fun and rewarding! I definitely have been trying to include more new and exciting things into my routine. Whether they are small changes or dramatic changes, they have all made a very positive impact in my life.

I hope this article has inspired you to try new things while staying smart and healthy while you all embark on any new journeys you have up ahead. Good luck to everyone this season and have a happy rest of summer!

-Eri

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Eri (front row left) with Haydenettes teammates at summer boot camp
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