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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hannah Kanyuh Group 1-H01

Hannah Kanyuh
Group 1-H01

This I Believe: Caring for Your Self

I believe in taking care of your self. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you be expected to take care of anyone else? This time of our lives is likely the busiest we will ever be. School, work, homework, friends, family, clubs, sleep, food, it seems like we have to squeeze everything in at the last minute and our schedules are booked for months. Throughout these busy days, we often sacrifice sleep, eating healthy, and exercising so that we have more time for other activities. However, I believe that these things should be the last things we decide we don’t have time for. No matter how overwhelmed we may feel, we have enough time to take care of ourselves. As college students, we constantly feel sleep deprived and stressed. Our first instinct to fix this is to cut out things we think we don’t have time for. An even better solution would be to eat healthier and take care of our bodies. Simply making a few healthier decisions with your diet, like choosing water instead of soda, can have numerous benefits for your body. Sometimes we think that exercise just takes too much time and isn’t worth the trouble, but the time spent is completely worth it.
Working out releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Working out relieves stress and eliminates harmful toxins (like the ones we consume with our unhealthy diets). So why would we forfeit something so beneficial? Since I stopped dancing 6 years ago, I have struggled finding a way to exercise that I actually enjoy. I walk my dog when it’s nice outside, and I swim during the summer, but I never had anything to do during winter. I hate the treadmill because I get bored and I don’t like going to the gym because I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. This winter I decided I would try hot yoga, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. Sure I have to sacrifice some time and money for it, but the benefits are so worth it. Going to class allows me to unplug from the crazy world around me and only focus on one thing: yoga. Any stress I have is relieved, my body feels stronger, and I have more energy when I leave. I may be sweaty and disgusting, but I’m much happier when I leave than I was when I got there. And the best part, there’s someone teaching the class so I have instructions to follow instead of just trying to motivate myself to come up with something to do. Yoga may not be for everyone, but I believe in putting forth the time and effort to do something good for your body. Treating your body well has immediate and long-term rewards and you’ll wish you had started sooner. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)


  1. Anonymous9:47 AM CDT

    In the wise words of Elle Woods, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands..."

  2. "This time of our lives is likely the busiest we will ever be." Hate to burst your bubble...

    But if you mean the busiest you'll ever be happy to be, that's probably right!

    And you're right, too, that every other good depends on sustaining your physical and emotional health. If hot yoga does that for you, keep it up.

    Oh, and try this inversion. Instead of "I walk my dog when it’s nice outside"... When I walk my dog, it's nice outside.