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5 Things You Should Always Make Time For

So without a doubt, 2017 has kicked into full gear and for many of us, we’re either still chugging through our “New Year’s Resolution” phase or awkwardly in the gray area of barely even starting. Nevertheless, the year is just about a fourth of the way done (yay!) and the busy-ness and/or time commitment to other priorities in our life isn’t getting any easier. In times like this, it’s tempting to lose focus or sideline people and things that are (on the surface level) deemed insignificant. However, see below just how staying in check with these underrated aspects is actually the true key to achieving social, emotional, and overall good mental health and balance. Good luck!

1. Spontaneous adventures

Unless you’re on your death bed, spontaneity should definitely have an open spot in your agenda. Take on every opportunity with the mindset that this experience will never happen again. And technically, if you think about it, it most likely won’t.

2. Quality time with the fam

Whether you see your family once a week, month, or year, put in the effort to come home more often. There’s nothing like being in the comfort of home-cooked meals and a room full of people who literally love you no matter what.

3. Early A.M. convos with the bestie

These can easily become the deepest and most challenging conversations that you will ever have with anyone in your life. You both grow as individuals and as a pair the later into the night these go.

4. Lazy weekend mornings

Work hard 5/7 days of the week, sleep like the rock for the last two. You deserve an extra hour or three just lounging under the covers—so do it. Take advantage of these quiet, peaceful moments. The world is your oyster when you have the energy for it.

5. Self-reflection

This goes without saying, but be sure to prioritize your well-being. In order to make moves from your current situation, take the time to clear your mind and think before you act. Trust me, it helps a lot in the long-run.

Monica is a lifestyle, beauty, and travel blogger for Her Campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a full-time, Dean's List student studying elementary education with a concentration in English. Before joining the editorial team, she dedicated countless hours of volunteer work as the Community Service Chair for Chi Sigma Omega sorority. When she graduates, she plans to teach and volunteer in underprivileged communities overseas. Her hobbies include running, binge-watching Friends, baking, and traveling.
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