How to Simp for Yourself – Physical Awareness Blog

By Winter Robinson and Summer Brooks

We are young people trying to stay healthy during a time of isolation and change. In some circumstances, food deserts can make it difficult to sustain a healthy diet in certain areas. Staying active can also be a struggle during this time of isolation. Keeping a stable mind and a balanced view of yourself and others can prove to be a challenge as well. Our names are Summer and Winter and we are sharing our personal experiences and advice.

Winter – Eating 

I live in a food desert where good resources are hard to find, and the grocery stores marketed as “healthy” (Whole Foods, Marionos, Trader Joes, etc) are either hard to come by or too far for me to go by myself. There is always a way to find what you are looking for, it just takes a little more effort. The key is to educate yourself on the ingredients for things and know what to look for. Eating for nutrition can be confusing. An easy rule of thumb is to have 3 different colors of fruits and vegetables in your meal. An example could be eating spinach, eggs, and meat, like bacon. Doing this doesn’t take much time or thought, but it can add more variety to a meal without sacrificing nutrition.

I understand how hard it is to keep a balanced mindset on eating, for me it was hard because I ate just because I was bored. It could also be the opposite, you stop eating in fear of becoming overweight. Eating can be for pleasure, but it’s important to recognize that eating is also for nutrition and helps to keep us alive. It’s good to remember that just because you live by a certain diet (plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc) does not mean that you eat well. If you choose a diet and are not well-educated on it, you could be potentially neglecting the necessary nutrients you need. In order to reap the benefits of healthy eating it must become a lifestyle.

Summer Self-perception and goals

We have more input from social media than ever before, and it has a big influence on how we think. It’s easy to compare yourself to the people on social media and doing so can warp your view of yourself. Many teenagers struggle with body image. Something I always tell myself is to love and embrace the person I am now, and to work hard to become the person I want to be both physically and mentally. Viewing yourself in a positive light is easier said than done and takes a lot of practice. We place a lot of value on appearance and one thing that helped me was to give appearance less value in my life. Obviously to a certain extent I still care about my appearance, but it wasn’t until I just let go a little, that I started to actually love what I saw in the mirror. 

As I mentioned earlier, I try to love who I am now and work hard to become the person I want to be. This means putting in the effort and holding myself accountable for my goals. Some days, the last thing I want to do is work out or even take a walk. This is where “hard work” comes into play. You really have to push yourself in order to accomplish your goals. Remember, you reap what you sow. Try to set small and realistic goals. Doing so will prevent you from becoming discouraged and will excite and motivate you to keep going. Sometimes we fall into a slump called a Plateau Period. It is easy to become stagnant in your progress. It can be a struggle to get over this, but remember to be patient while slowly getting back into a routine. With all that said, try not to be so hard on yourself.

In the End            

All in all, it may take time, but with patience and perseverance you can achieve a healthy lifestyle. Remember to properly fuel yourself, and stay active. Setting realistic goals and putting appearance in its place, will motivate and help you view yourself in a positive light.