2020 Wellness Scholarship Essays
This blog displays the essay submissions from our Health & Wellness Scholarship Program. Applicants write 1000 words or more on the topic: "Taking Better Care of Yourself In Todays World". The $500 scholarship award goes to one deserving post-secondary student who desires a career in the Health & Wellness field. These essays are particularly interesting in that they provide insight into how the current college-age generation perceives the world in which they live.
One thing we all need to keep in mind is that Self-Care is not a one-time deal. The journey to becoming the best version of yourself takes time, time that is dedicated solely to you.
Taking care of your mental health in college is critical to your overall wellbeing. Going from high school to college is a drastic change and you will have to learn how to take care of yourself in this new environment.
Along with my experience as an Advanced EMT I had the wonderful opportunity to work for the University of Utah Healthcare at their Pain Management Clinic. Which meant I also knew the ins and outs of the clinic and more long-term care of medical conditions.
What surprises you the most about mankind? Is it our capacity for both audacious acts of kindness and cold-hearted cruelty? Or rather our architectural feats, such as the seven wonders of the world like the Great pyramids of Giza, or the Colossus of Rhodes? When asked this question about humanity, the figurehead of the Buddhist religion, the Dalai Lama simply remarked: "he [man] sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health."1 The true surprise to him was how shortsighted we are as a species.
Webster defines a relationship as "the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other." That definition is too broad and open to interpretation to hold any real meaning to me.
Over the history of time the importance of being healthy and taking care of oneself has substantially grown. There are various ways to taking better care of oneself, in today's world, but two ways that I find to be the most effective for me are exercising, by playing a sport, and maintaining a stable diet by eating healthy.
As we all seem to struggle through the days of high stress, unhealthy fads, and pressure to be our best selves, taking care of ourselves has brought on a whole new meaning in today's world.
So many college students are in the same boat: struggling to maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule, and find time to exercise, all while trying to stay afloat in the amount of classwork and homework they are assigned. I have learned through experience that in order to stay physically and mentally healthy, I have to abide by these three simple guidelines: eat healthy throughout the day, get enough sleep and exercise throughout the week.
In today's generation, there is an enormous level of stress on individuals to feel content and happy in life. In addition, the concept of social media has created a false perception that everyone is "living their best life". In reality, the number of individuals taking prescription medications for depression and anxiety has tremendously escalated over the years.
Mental Health usually refers to an individual's psychological and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, it is uncommon for some people to be educated and understand the importance of having stable mental health. Instead, we are encouraged not to express our emotions because it might motivate our peers to view us "too sensitive".
Today, the importance of taking care of ourselves is essential to prevent a large percentage of diseases that are often caused by leading a life of excess, diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular, stress, obesity, diabetes and many others.