5 Ways To Stop Feeling Mentally And Physically Drained

5 Ways To Stop Feeling Mentally And Physically Drained

Stop saying you're going to do it and just do it already.
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Drained (adjective): A deprivation of strength and vitality.

I'm pretty sure we've all been there. We've all experienced feeling a sudden lack of enthusiasm for life itself. Yes, majority of the times when we feel drained, there is a definite correlation between our eating habits and the amount of daily or weekly exercise we do. But there are certainly other factors besides the ones you're so used to hearing, that drain you both physically and mentally. You've probably heard of these too, but the real question is, have you actually attempted to put an end to this feeling of fatigue and weariness? Even though these are five common ways to avoid feeling drained out, I think it's actually time that we all start putting them into practice.

1. Stop over thinking.

Speaking from personal experience, if there's anything I believe I've done the most during my 20 years of living, it is overthinking. It is fair enough to say that I've almost gone mad from over-analyzing things, people and situations simply because I just want everything in my life to be perfect. Stop. Point blank. Whoever can identify themselves with being an "over thinker," you know very well that this is an action that sucks the breathing life out of you. But I'm here to tell you, it is best to stop. Start to let things flow. I know it may be hard to break those chains you're so used to being involved with, but once you begin to "let go and let God" (as the remarkable phrase states), you will notice huge changes in your life.

2. Stop striving for perfection.

If you're one of those people that strives to make every single little detail perfect, then this one's for you. You've probably heard this countless times already and you're probably sick of hearing it again, but nevertheless, I'm still going to restate it. You cannot control every single thing that happens in your life. This goes back to overthinking itself. Some things are in your control and some things are just simply not. Instead of thinking, "Why isn't everything in my life going perfectly?" Ask yourself, "What can I do to make certain things better than they are right now?" Perhaps, not entirely perfect, but just overall better.

I'm not saying you should settle for less or that you should stop going after your goal once you've reached a level of comfort. What I am saying is that it is OK to focus on steady improvement over time.

3. Take some time to focus on yourself.

Work on your craft. If you have a talent, then invest time and practice into it. Showcase it. Share your talents with other people. Collaborate with other human beings who are just as passionate about the things that excite you. Do things that are outside of your comfort zone. Going out and doing these types of things will re-energize you and spark passion in your heart once again.

4. Start reframing.

Instead of focusing on everything that you feel is going wrong in your life, start looking at the things that are going right. It all starts and begins with you, as cliche as that may sound. Instead of giving yourself negative self-talk, start by giving yourself positive pep-talks.

5. Change the direction of your ship.

If you consciously know that there is a "certain something" (whatever that may be) that is making you feel worn out, drained and overall depressed, then put a stop to it. Yes, I'm talking about anything and everything that is making you feel like a piece of dirt (whether it may be drugs, laziness, low-self esteem and so forth). If you truly want to ameliorate all feelings of exhaustion and burdens, take that leap of faith and if you need help, seek it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Even if you begin to take small steps towards the new lifestyle that you desire, that's all that matters.

Take authority of your life. If you don't, then who else will?

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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.

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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

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