10 Things To Defeat Stress

10 Things To Defeat Stress

My personal top 10 to beating overwhelming stress.

Let's face it. Whether you have mental health issues or not, college is a stressful point in every student's life. So, to keep this week's post light, I have decided to give a list of 10 things to do when stressed. You can use as many or as little as you would like. Learning how to conquer stress takes time, and it really is a long journey.

1. Breathe.

Breathing and taking the time to breath is a great way to relax. Just by noticing your breath, you can asses how stressed out you are. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I won't even realize that I am taking a lot of short, shallow breaths. By taking time to stop and evaluate your breathing, it can not only help relax you, but it can also shed light on how you are feeling at that moment.

Here is a way to practice breathing. Just follow along!

2. Make tea or coffee.

The trick is to do this one-minded. That means when you are making your favorite warm drink, only focus on making the drink itself. Do not check your phone, don't sing along to the radio, don't watch "The Office" during it. Just focus on your drink. This is actually not as easy as you may think. Often, when I am trying to do something one-minded, I forget half way through and start checking emails. Give it a try and see if you can actually do it.

3. Go for a walk.

One thing that I absolutely love about my campus is the fact that I can walk around Pittsburgh at any time of the day. For some reason, when I'm stressed out, taking time to just step away and enjoy fresh air is so calming. When walking, try to notice everything. You will feel weird at first if you have never done this before, but keep trying. Notice things like your feet hitting the ground, your muscles and how they feel when you are moving and your breathing. Do you have a harder time going up or down hills? If you walk in a busy city, do you quicken your breath when a car or a bus approaches you? By taking the extra moments to observe the little details, not only will you enjoy walking more, but you will also notice things about yourself you had not before.

4. Read a book you want to read.

When I have classes, I almost never take the time to read a book that was not assigned to me. Even though I love to read, it is hard to take the time out of a busy schedule to do so. So, my number four tip is to read.

5. Watch a funny movie.

It can be anything from "Dumb and Dumber" to "Napoleon Dynamite." Watch something that you won't have to think about and just veg out.

6. Talk with friends.

Most likely, they are stressed out, too. Hang out with them or call them up if they go to a different school. Sometimes just hearing a friendly, familiar voice is just the trick to helping ease some anxiety.

7. Call your parents and family.

Family members usually understand that you are in a stressful place. Like friends, if you have a close relationship with your family then it can be really relaxing having your mom tell you everything is going to be okay.

8. Watch Bob Ross paint.

Thankfully, Netflix just added a bunch of Bob Ross videos. For some reason, watching him paint is so soothing. I'm not sure if it's the peaceful way he speaks or the sounds of his brushes hitting the canvas, but there is some type of magic that happens when he paints. Watch just one episode and you will be hooked.

9. Do pointless online quizzes.

What type of pizza am I? I don't know, but I definitely want to find out. Sometimes, it's the silly things that will get us out of a funk. Answering questions about what type of person you are is one way to help you unwind.

10. Exercise.

Sometimes, you just need an intense workout to sweat out the anxiety. Most campuses have group workout classes and gyms. Check them out if you are already not a frequent flyer. Also, the point of working out is to get sweaty, so don't feel embarrassed if you are. See your sweat as a badge of honor. You worked hard and you can prove it.

And, if all else fails, take a nap.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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