7 Reasons Napping Is No Joke

7 Reasons Napping Is No Joke

It's not just an activity — it's a way of life.

In college, it’s totally socially acceptable to nap whenever or wherever. I think that should also apply in the real world; for example, napping at the office on your lunch break or even a mandatory post-lunch nap at all companies. OK, maybe that’s not realistic, but when I see someone catching some shut eye in the library at 8 PM or someone napping on the couches in the student center in the early afternoon, I do not judge — mad respect to anyone who can nap anywhere.

1. Napping improves productivity

Just a 15 to 20-minute nap can make you feel refreshed and alert.

2. Planned napping is better than emergency napping

Stayed at the library studying until two in the morning? I'd rather plan a quick nap between classes than end up sleeping in the back of class during a lecture.

3. Your sleep environment matters

Declutter your bedroom or find a quiet nook in the library or your office to feel more content about your sleeping space.

4. Naps and coffee are effective

It seems like an odd pair. Why would I drink coffee if I’m trying to sleep? Whether you're cramming for exams or have to work the nightshift, a cup of Joe plus a short nap will get you through.

5. Napping means you’re lazy?

No way, girl, you just know your limits and when your body needs rest. You can nap and still be a boss a** b*itch!

6. Napping celebs

Ronald Reagan was criticized for but famously took naps. Winston Churchill’s nap wasn’t up for discussion because he believed it would help him get twice as much done in one day. Eleanor Roosevelt used to take a nap before speeches to boost her energy.

7. Napping is the best part of the weekend

There’s nothing better than a Sunday post-brunch afternoon nap. Cheers to napping!

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve fallen asleep many times in my classes, but sleep is important and I feel more positive and refreshed when I catch up on my rest. Make frequent napping socially acceptable in 2017.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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I'm Motivated, But I Still Get Off Track Sometimes And That's OK

Every failure turns into a success.

Whether you're working out and getting that body you've always wanted, trying to find a job, etc, staying motivated can be difficult.

Finding our motivation doesn't mean automatic success. We have these goals in our head but suddenly we lose interest in trying. It's like those negatives override the positives and it's hard to pull ourselves out of it.

You want to be fit but you just can't get yourself to the gym. You make excuses that you're tired, you don't feel good, or that you have nobody to go with. You want to find a job, but you can't because your resume isn't good enough. It's too much work, or you're just scared.

The struggle to stay motivated is something we all deal with, but I find that with the right people and with the right frame of mind, you can do it. If you really want something, you will go for it. It's OK to lose that motivation and to have feelings of giving up, but just remember to pick yourself back up again and keep going.

I become motivated in different ways. I have been reading this book called, "101 Secrets For Your Twenties" by Paul Angone and it's so relatable. It has actually inspired me to not give up and to know that other people are going through their ups and downs in their 20s just like I am. Some of the chapters are so spot on and specific that I think he's writing about me. If the author has gone through these things and has become successful, then I can do the same.

I look back at my accomplishments and what it took to get to where I am today and I'm so grateful. I use that as my motivation and whenever I get a little off track, I remind myself of where I am now, how I got here, and who I am as a person.

I'm a go-getter and I've always been the type of person to try and achieve anything my heart is set on. I wanted to go to FGCU and I did. I wanted to graduate and I did. I wanted to write a book and I did.

Those little voices that tell you "No, you can't do it" are lying.

Take those ugly words and turn them into something great.

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