I am not the fittest person I always understand that there is need for on physical activity in my life. Throughout my high school I’ve continuously engaged in many types of sports to maintain my physical well being, along with my mental well-being because I personally find that exercising helps me clear my mind. Firstly in my 9th, 10th and 12 grade I have been apart of the high school tennis team and it’s been really beneficial for my physical wellness. The team practices for about two hours per day, twice a week and once in the weekends for games and matches against other schools. This let me have a break from my schoolwork and just sitting at my desk constantly. Along with that, I was playing doubles meaning which improved my social wellness because I had to work with others in times of high tension.
Another physical activity I did outside of school was hip-hop dance. This was once a week in Jiyugaoka, and everything was taught Japanese. Dance class was constructed into three parts: first the stretching, then core exercise which involved sit-ups, push-ups, and then a plank for more than one minute – all to Daft Punk! Then the class was focused on body isolation and rhythm practice. After a short break, the rest of the class was dedicated to working on a dance routine. Most of the times, I would end the class absolutely drenched in sweat, which while gross, also made me feel good because it’s a sense of detoxing. Along with this, working on a dance routine gives a great sense of satisfaction to me because getting a certain move and being in sync with everyone else is always impressive, so being a part of it is always so fun for me.
And lastly, a more recent sport that I’ve started is rock bouldering. This as well as for its that I had no previous experiences in so I was quite nervous about starting. However it is actually something that I enjoy now because not only does it focus on physical strength a lot more of it is mental strength. The main reason why I wanted to start bouldering how way I enjoyed the most right now, is because it allows you to focus solely on yourself, and you are competing meanly against yourself. In my bouldering gym each route has a colour which represents a level. No one tells you what level you’re on, or when you should move onto the next level. I quite enjoy this, as it allows me to not feel pressure, and to take things at my own pace. Along with this, when you’re climbing, sometimes you need that mental strength to take you to the goal. You also need more mental strength in order to figure out where you should place your hands and feet.
In a time where I’m always on technology or sitting down, I’ve come to realise the importance of exercise. Even though I often feel exhausted after doing these activities, I also feel great and good about myself, and I’m definitely going to continue doing these activities in the future.
In order to prepare for university, I took a series of tests to further understand my self-knowledge. Through this, I have discovered my MBTI, and my VIA Stregnths. Firstly, my MBTI is INFJ, standing for introversion, intuition, feeling, and judgement. Understanding my MBTI has allowed me to realise the way that I react in situations, and why I clash with some types of people in terms of ideas and how to deal with situations. Firstly, looking at my introversion, has told me that sometimes when I’m feeling cranky and tired, it’s probably because I was around too many people, and spent too much of my day around them. Then, with my intuition, I’ve learned to understand the way I see situations – as the whole, as opposed to the small details. I see this when I think about what I want to do in the future – focusing on the outcome as opposed to the small details about how I will reach that outcome. Then for feeling, this is where I feel I clash most with other people. I often focus on the emotions and feelings of other that I can’t view some situations objectively. This has often occurred in student council where I would focus on how the student body would feel, while others would focus on more logical aspects like how much money would be spent. Then lastly, judgement, meaning that I like to know things in advance. I hate chaos, and because of this, I’ve learned to prepare things in advance, especially with studying. While I feel that I can do well under pressure, it is much healthier for me to plan it out.
As for my VIA Strengths, my top 5 are: appreciation of beauty and excellence, love, humour, teamwork, and gratitude. These strengths show me what I’m good at, and these are quite accurate. These show the kind of person I am, but also aim to be. Becoming aware of my strengths allow me to use them in class, or around friends, depending in situation.
Lastly, for my mental health, one thing that I’m proud of is knowing when to talk to someone about my problems. Several times over the past couple of years I’ve talked to my school councilor, about problems that I felt like were overwhelming me and completely out of my control. I know myself well enough to know that the best way to talk about my problems is to talk it out with others – not for advice, but because it is a way of getting everything out of my system. Because of now understanding this, I know how to deal with similar problems in the future, and it is a skill that I greatly cherish.