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How I Became a Happier, Healthier Version of Myself

And Perhaps More Importantly, How You Can Too

It’s no secret that being a teenager is an overwhelming time, especially with the added pressure of others, and even ourselves. But the secret to making it easier, is actually no secret at all. 

I was in freshman year of high school. Rarely worked out, overstressed about things I had no control over, and was dealing with the breakup of a friendship that I had held so close to my heart for so many years. I went through almost the whole year feeling weighed down, tired, and unhappy, which is why when the summer break came, I knew things needed to change. 

I started by going out a buying a good pair of compression workout pants, and believe me, they were vital to my journey. (They’re still my favorite pair to this day.) From there, I figured I should probably figure out what the hell I was doing. I started by doing a lot of cardio, I think as most workout rookies do, but after about a month of that, I decided that I was miserable and that something needed to change. 

That was when I found about about weight-lifting. As a small, young girl, heavily influenced by the media, I always thought that if I picked up a set of weights, I would suddenly turn into something that looked a lot like He-Man. 

THAT IS NOT TRUE. 

I did some research, found a few trainers to follow on Instagram (which I highly recommend, it’s fantastic for motivation), and I started working out on a semi-regularly routine. This change was just the first domino in the series, and after I started, I already felt so much lighter. 

So here I am today, a junior in high school, a much happier, much healthier version of my previous self. So what can you do? 

There are three things you can do today to make a difference in your life.

1. Make a small change.

It doesn’t have to be drastic or overwhelming, in fact, it can be as simple as taking a different route home from work or school. Making a small change to your normal routine will prepare your brain and your body for bigger changes later on. Start small. 

2. Get moving.

I get it, none of us have time to work out. Maybe you’re a mom who works all day and then has to go home to her kids, or maybe you’re a high school/college student who feels like they’re drowning in homework. (My life.) Either way, doing something small to get your body moving will make a big difference. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a longer route to your locker, or do some pushups on commercials of your favorite show. The important thing here is to get moving, it will add up in the end. 

3. Be sneaky with your diet.

Sigh, I know we all love a good cheesy pizza, but unfortunately, to balance that out, we need to get in some vegetables and good-for-you foods, too. I am NOT a nutritionist, so I am not going to go into specifics of what to eat and when to eat it, because I am simply not educated in that department. My only advice to you is that if you hate vegetables, be sneaky with where you put them. You can hide plenty of veggies in a smoothie, and barely even taste it at all. Find ways for you to still get your greens in without wanting to jab your eye out with a fork because you hate them so much. 

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