The past 5 weeks all of the topics we have covered have helped further my understanding of living a healthy life. We learned about improving personal health by being mindful of personal habits, such as sleeping, eating, exercising, as well as the importance of having a positive identity. We also explored the different aspects that contribute to healthy relationships. Much of how we view and take care of ourselves reflects in our relationships to those around us. According to Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build theory, having a positive identity and cultivating positive emotions have long term benefits for dealing with adverse situations.
Over the past 5 weeks I have become more aware of my own personal habits. Especially seeing how poor my sleeping habits are after doing the sleeping journal exercise, I have put an active effort into sleeping earlier and achieving a more restful sleep. The Trockel, Barnes, and Egget reading made clear time the impact of sleeping on not just academic performance, but on every other aspect of life. While I aim to eventually incorporate yoga into my daily life I still struggle to fit it into my schedule more than twice a week. Over the past year I have made significant changes to my diet and I’m currently satisfied with my nutrition. Now I need to focus my energies on improving my sleeping and exercising.
Another change I have implemented has been trying to use active listening as often as possible. It is amazing to me how much more those around me have opened up and begun seeking me out to disclose more often. After Dr. Salvatore’s lecture, practicing active listening in class with other students felt almost uncomfortable because I was not used to such a high level of attention being put on me. However, using this technique on friends and family, it was clear how much they appreciated my undivided attention and thoughtful questions. Active listening has also helped improve the way I view myself in my ability to create a comfort for those around me and then see them reflect the same attention back to me.