30 Things To Do When You Need To Relax

30 Things To Do When You Need To Relax

You just gotta breathe.
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There's all a point in our lives where stress just builds up and you don't know what to do with it. Here are a few things to do when you get yourself into that position.

1. Color

ADULT COLORING BOOKS ARE THE BOMB. Check out Amazon's best sellers!

2. Listen to Music

I highly recommend The Neighbourhood.

3. Use a Face Mask

The ones at Target are so cheap!

4. Use a Zen Garden

You can get them for cheap on Amazon and they come in varieties, too.

5. Listen to a Sound Machine

There are TONS of apps to download that have beach sounds, rain forest sounds, and other relaxing sounds of nature.

6. Watch Funny Vines

You can find them on Twitter and Facebook. They are literally everywhere.

7. Take a Bath

Use a bath bomb or make a bubble bath!

8. Take a Relaxing Shower

And then after that...

9. Moisturize and Exfoliate

Literally, this is the best thing ever.

10. Binge Watch Your Favorite TV Show

I recommend Bob's Burgers or Parks and Recreation.

11. Exercise!

It totally works.

12. Write in a Journal

Writing it out can help so much.

13. Drink Tea

Green, Kava, or Peppermint are the best for relaxation.

14. Watch a Sunrise or Sunset

They are so peaceful to watch.

15. Draw

Freehand drawing can let out tons of emotions.

16. Dance

It's exercise and fun, too!

17. Eat Candy!

Not too much, though; just enough.

18. Make a Stress Jar!

Grab any jar and write a bunch of relaxing or motivating sayings on small pieces of paper and put them in it. Pull one out each day.

19. Read

I love to read and get lost in another character's life. My favorite books have to be Go Ask Alice, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Thirteen Reasons Why.

20. Take a Nap

There is literally nothing wrong with taking a nap and it feels so nice.

21. Light a Candle

I am obsessed with candles. Sometimes, it's hard to choose which one to light!

22. Take a Few Deep Breaths

Just remember where you are and reassure yourself that it will be okay.

23. Watch the Clouds

It's more relaxing than you think.

24. Make Someone's Day

Other people's happiness can make you happy, too!

25. Listen to a Guided Relaxation

There are some on Youtube. They are God's gift, I swear.

26. Facetime a Friend

If they're your real friends, they will listen to you let out your stress.

27. Cuddle With a Pet

They are the world's best stress relievers.

28. Take a Walk in the Park

Going out on a decent day can make you feel relaxed. Fresh air helps.

29. Treat Yourself

That's right - buy that shirt you've been looking at for a few months.

30. LOVE YOURSELF

There is nothing less stressful than loving and accepting yourself for who you are.

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

Forever my number one guy.
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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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You May Be In College, But Positive Reinforcement Is Still Essential For A Better Life

It's truly amazing to see how positive reinforcement, especially from a professor or someone who works in your chosen field, can boost your confidence.

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Being a freshman in college is tough, and I'm absolutely positive that I'm not the first person to say that. For me, the biggest adjustments came with being far from home, having to make brand new friends, and actually figuring out what I want to do with my life. Now, those first two items were not that difficult to find solutions to, but that last one? That is a completely different story.

In the span of six-seven months, I have gone back and forth, again and again with just about every combination of majors and minors that you could think of. At this moment, I think I've finally found a combination that will truly push me to succeed in my goals. By the end of next semester, I'm hopeful that I will be able to declare my major and minors.

But, the point of this article is to share the point in this current semester, where I really believed that my goals can become a reality. Right now, I am enrolled in a course called "introduction to critical intelligence studies." After much debate with the class, our professor decided to put our midterm online, making it a take-home exam. It consisted of a few multiple choice questions and three essays of our choosing. With the idea that this exam was take-home, I knew that my professor would be expecting us to put our best foot forward and all of our time and effort into making sure we did well.

And I did. This was the first midterm result that I got back and it was a 100. How did I find this out? For one day, instead of class, my professor met with each of us individually for at least ten minutes to discuss what we were hoping to get out of this class. It was during this meeting that she told me my grades and more.

My professor had explained to me that based on my writing, she did not think that I was just a mere freshman. She continued to say that I have a knack for analysis, as well as the fact that it was truly evident that I took in all the information from her lectures and the assigned readings. With my grades in mind and what I hoped to do in the future, my professor assured me that I should have no problem accomplishing my goals. My professor made sure that I had confidence in myself and my abilities, providing me with even more steps that would lead to success.

It's truly amazing to see how positive reinforcement, especially from a professor or someone who works in your chosen field, can boost your confidence. This reinforcement has provided me with the means and opportunity to further push myself. Since this meeting, I have been in constant contact with my professor to learn about different opportunities that can build up my resume. With her help, as well as the director of the program, I've been able to learn more about anything and everything that has to do with intelligence.

I'm proud to say that I want to go into such a field. And I'm also proud to say that I'm thankful for everyone who has decided to push me and not only celebrate my successes — but also to help me learn from my mistakes.

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