12 Reasons Why You're Likely Exhausted Right Now

12 Reasons Why You're Likely Exhausted Right Now

Common reasons why you're so tired and ways to fix them.
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1. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

This one is pretty straight forward. Go to sleep. I can’t really talk much here because I’m about as nocturnal as an owl. I really think I was born for a different time zone. So I’ll leave it at that: Go to sleep.

If you really do struggle with sleeping, get yourself some melatonin from a CVS, Rite Aide, or a grocery store, put your phone face down, turn on the history channel and close your eyes. Works like a charm.

2. You’re Thinking Too Far Ahead

STOP. STOP RIGHT NOW. Summer is the time to live in the moment and enjoy yourself! If you keep thinking about all the responsibilities that are about to come barreling your way in a month, you’ll end up exhausted. Believe me when I say mind over matter absolutely applies here. My advice here is to take a deep breath and try your best to live in the moment. Live day by day in the summer. Worry about thinking ahead later.

3. Parents

This one speaks for itself. They love you and they mean so well. They truly do want what’s best for you! But they can also drive you insane. Parents can add unnecessary stress to your life and that stress manifests by taking away your energy. The solution to this? Go to college. As fast as you can.

4. Annoying People (Are Everywhere)

If you’re like me and you hate people, this is a likely candidate. When people you are close to are troubled or troubling you, it can take quite the toll on you. Demanding a lot of your time and energy without even realizing it. Live by the quote “drama drains” and try and avoid it as best you can. My only advice to fix this kind of exhaustion is to get away from whatever scenario you’ve found yourself in the middle of.

5. Running Away From Your Responsibilities

This one is definitely the most exhausting one on the list. I must be on like mile 47 by now. I’m not even sure how my legs are still going. There is no solution to this exhaustion other than to face your responsibilities so basically, there is no solution to this exhaustion. I’m so sorry.

6. You’re Doing Too Much

Basically, you need to chill out.

“Too much” is a relative term. Just because it seems like everyone else is doing more than you, does not mean you need to do more. In truth you’re probably doing plenty. Try making a list of everything you’re tackling currently. Are you part of a team? Summer sports are more than huge commitments. Are you working? Jobs drain you endlessly and likely stress you out over managing your income. Are you taking classes? That one speaks for itself. Sometimes you may be taking on more than you can handle without realization. Of course you’re exhausted. Make that list of everything you’re doing and find one or two things you can cut off your list. I assure you, you’ll feel much better.

7. You’re Not Doing Enough

This would seem like something that would relax you more than exhaust you. Believe it or not, if you are used to being challenged, if you are used to a certain rigorous workload, doing nothing can be mentally exhausting. Your brain is bored! In simple terms, it’s tired of not being used. While that seems silly, it happens more often than you’d think. Try planning something into your week. Something small! Hiking with friends twice a week maybe. Pick up an art or a sport. Something to keep you a little more preoccupied without demanding too much of your time. Perhaps all you need is something to do.

8. Too Much Sun

It’s summer and everyone wants to enjoy the sun. Well, sun is exhausting if you aren’t hydrating correctly. And apparently, hydration with anything other than water is not considered hydration. Who knew am I right? You have to take care of yourself especially if you’re from an area where you’re constantly in sunlight.

9. Making Heavy Decisions

This one is the nemesis of many females. Truthfully, this comes hand in hand with running away from your responsibilities. (Pro Tip: If you run away fast enough, you’ll never have to make heavy decisions). Heavy decisions can definitely exhaust you as you debate with which direction you’ll go in, weighing the benefits and consequences on both ends. Usually if you come to find yourself making heavy decisions, it’s because they’re necessary. So unfortunately, there is no solution to the exhaustion surrounding making heavy decisions other than to follow the careful instructions I have provided in number five above.

10. Relationships

Relationships can be absolutely amazing and spirit lifting things! I wouldn’t really know, I hate them. They can very easily be exhausting. Caring for someone is a lot of work and sacrifice. If you are finding that your relationship is exhausting you day after day then maybe this is something to be discussed with your partner. The occasional tiredness isn’t anything to get worried about! It just means you’re putting in effort. Go you.

11. Naps

It’s rather unfortunate, but naps can make you more tired than you were before. If you need a nap you’re likely having issues with number one in this article. Time your naps and set alarms so you don’t sleep too much. Sleeping too much at odd times can not only exhaust you further but throw off your sleeping for that night. Essentially, it becomes a vicious cycle.

12. Eating too Much

Eating too much will make you tired that is a fact. However, I will be frank, food is my best friend and I will eat as much as I want to thank you. That is all.

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

Do I wanna build a snowman? Uhhhh NO!

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

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5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

10. Write a letter to Santa

Super silly but super cute.

11. Take cute Christmas pictures

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Perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas.

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

And you know the rest of the inside of the house.

13. Wrap presents together

14. Hang a mistletoe and kiss under it

15. Stay up tracking Santa

Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for him, and carrots out for the reindeer.

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