10 Ways to Relieve Stress in 2017

10 Ways to Relieve Stress in 2017

We need positivity in questionable times.

We all were happy to say goodbye to 2016, a year of great loss and negativity for many people. However, 2017 is left ambiguous. With the inauguration just occurring, there is an uneasy feeling that surrounds 2017 as we all wonder what this year will be like. That is why amid all of these unknowns it is important to allow yourself some time for comfort, and de-stress. So if all of this uncertainty has got you down, here are a few ways to pick yourself back up.

1. Get involved in a charity or organization that is important to you.

While this may not seem as obviously comforting, giving time to a charity or organization that has impacted you or that means alot to you won't feel like work at all. If you truly enjoy the palce you are volunteering for or wholeheartedly agree with their message, than this could in fact bring some peace and happiness. Take the time to look up places in your area that are right for you, and give some time back to those that are meaningful.

2. Expand your mind through reading new literature.

Reading a book is a way of escaping the world you are living in and immersing yourself in a new place. Reading not only expands the mind (cliche but true) it also can be educational or simply comforting to explore a new outlook through literature. If you aren't that into reading, audiobooks might work for you as well.

3. Exercise in a way that works for you.

Don't try to join one of those fad exercises crazes that inevitably will just cause more stress in your life, and make you less likely to commit to actually taking the time to exercise. If you aren't into going to the gym try taking long walks each day or running on a treadmill in your own home. If you prefer classes sign up for yoga or cycling. Do what will make you stress free, as exercise releases endorphins that promote positivity.

4. Learn to cook a meal you have been wanting to try.

I am constantly thinking about how I need to make more of an effort to learn how to cook for myself. Many college students don't have cooking as one their talents, and this should change if we want to be health and money conscious in adulthood. By learning to cook and through trial and error successfully making something pretty delicious, you might find some relief. Cooking can be therapeutic especially when what you are making is appetizing to yourself as well.

5. Dance!

Just dance! Release your inhibitions about it, don't worry about looking foolish or embarrassing, and have fun releasing some tension from the stress of 2016.

6. Binge watch a TV series (And don't judge yourself for it).

This one is easy, in fact you probably are already doing it. Find a series you enjoy, and commit a weekend to watching as much of it as possible. It can be pretty satisfying, and gives you an excuse to hang out on the couch for a weekend.

7. Do something artistic.

This goes for those who are not so artistic too! Take one of those painting classes that have become so popular, DIY a project for your home or apartment, or simply color in an adult coloring book for a few hours. If art projects aren't your thing, fix something around the house or do something with your hands. The ability to create something of your own is an excellent way to gain a sense of pride and happiness, while also acting as a distraction from stress.

8. Buy yourself something you have been wanting.

Allow yourself one splurge this year for something you have been wanting, but were unsure you really needed. If you keep thinking about it chances are it is something that might bring a smile to your face when you use it or see it, so treat yourself.

9. Spend some quality time with family (or a pet).

Though families can sometimes be stressful they can also offer support in times when you need it. So don't be afraid to reach out to a family member or maybe simply a pet when you need a pick me up.

10. Go for a walk somewhere with a view.

A breathtaking view is something that can rarely be tarnished in a person's memory. Get some fresh air, go for a walk or a hike, and see that view.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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