7 Easy Ways To Destress Today

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It's that time of the year ladies and gents.

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The holiday season is ramping up, which also means that tests, projects and cumulative exams are coming at you full speed. Fight the anxiety with these seven cheap and easy ways to de-stress.

1. Paint a wine bottle 

Pinterest is so much fun to try and bring ideas to life. Even if you aren't artistic, you can paint whatever you want, meaning you can make it as ugly or cute as you really want. Plus you have to get an empty wine bottle, so the fun is along the whole process here.

2. Color in a coloring book

Don't want to go out and buy an actual coloring book? Well, there's an app for that. Recolor is a great app that colors in the lines for you, so you don't even have to worry about that. If you want old-fashioned coloring, then there are tons of adult coloring books for you to peruse. It's a distraction from whatever real-life issues are taking up your life in a fun, healthy way.

3. Listen to white noise

It sounds really weird, but if you're stressed, then focusing on just the sound of the white noise can take all of your worries away and help you drift off to sleep. If you're an insomniac like me, then this also works wonders on helping you sleep. There are Spotify playlists for these, and you can find which noises work best for you! Or, you can get a white noise machine if you want to pay a little bit of cash. If you want to save money then you can use a device (i.e. Alexa, Google Home, etc) to play the white noise as well!

4. Watch your favorite TV show

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This one might seem simple, but it can do a lot to take your mind off whatever stressors are bothering you right now. So peruse that Netflix, Hulu, HBOgo, Showtime account — whatever you mooch off your parents', friend's or ex's (do people really still use their ex's Netflix?) streaming service, snuggle up in bed and watch some TV.

5. Do yoga!

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With this one, people are usually super for it or way against it. I get it, I fall over nothing every day and look like a fool. But that doesn't mean that you can't do yoga! Do the easy poses then! It's like a more expansive breathing exercise. Breathing with anxiety is incredibly important, and stretching your body out makes you feel refreshed. Go crazy with the yoga if you want to, or keep it simple.

6. Grounding

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Honestly, I use this technique the most out of anything. There are TONS of different grounding techniques, but my favorite is to ground me to events that are happening in the present, as most of my anxieties deal with the past. For this, you can look at your phone and repeat what the date is out loud (I promise out loud helps more), look at some conversation you just had with a friend about something that happened recently, look at your calendar and keep going over the things that you have to do that day, in the coming week, anything. If you want to, you can call someone you trust and have them describe their day for you so that you can focus on something else rather than your own life and distract yourself that way. Sometimes hyperfocusing on something that you are wearing helps too.

7. Self-care

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Have a self-care night either by yourself or with others, it's up to you and what makes you feel most comfortable. Give yourself a full facial, do the whole shebang — cleanser, toner, face mask, serums, moisturizers — however much or however little as you want. Take that long shower with the burning hot water

If you need something to help calm you down now, think about these, because believe me they help wonders and just become second nature when you need them.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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You Can Get In 'Bad Moods' And Still Be A Positive Person

No, it's not contradictory. It's the truth.

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For 10 straight years of my life, starting in eighth grade, I was definitely not considered a happy-go-lucky girl. I was consistently at a comfortable level of happiness, sure, but was I jumping for joy for every part of my day without a complaint? Hell no, I had something to say about nearly everything with my eyes practically rolling out of my skull. Now? I am that happy presence in the room, and I have fallen in love with my new self. Is that weird? Maybe. Is it something so simple that absolutely anyone can achieve it? Absofuckinglutely.

What am I like now? Let me break it down for you, and then I want you to try to say that you have no interest in being this way in your own life, too. These are some of the smallest, yet miraculous changes I have ever applied to my life. My normally structured everyday life, my routines and my habits (good and bad).

Some of the easiest parts of your life are the hardest to break. If you understand that sentence to the depth that I'm trying to convey it, then your life is about to change.

I get up the first time I hear my alarm, every morning. I haven't pressed "snooze" in about six months. I get up at 5:02 am every single day, do you know how hard that is?! But do you know it's the easiest way to make for better days? Start your days better, and you'll see better days.

Get excited to light that morning candle because it's still dark out. A new outfit combination to keep things interesting, and feeling that hot water wake you up and release any tension in your body and bones from the night before. It's a new day, and it's up to you to make it a damn good one.

Right there, you're thinking "I can't be a positive person because sometimes I don't have a good day." Ummm, what? Robot? Is that you?

We all have bad days. Complete dog shit days, actually. Just because we are in the process or are these "newly born positive hippie fairy people", does not mean we can control the universe and what it does to us. The world will break your heart six times by Sunday and that's a damn fact. However, you can fall in love with seven of those days. Stay a step ahead of yourself. You won't regret it.

How do you handle the bad days? Simplicity here too.

Work on what you say and how you say it. I say hello to anyone I make eye contact with. Do you know how many people I pass running through meetings and a high school all day long? That's a lot of smiles. And when it comes to conversations, I never end one sentence on a negative note. Even when I'm complaining, I make sure to find a silver lining, regardless of its size, to end my sentence.

Find that little glimmer of hope and positivity, no matter how stereotypical it seems, and emphasize on it.

Make sure you complete that sentence.

Make sure people hear you.

And yes, sometimes things just really are that bad, and you can't find a good in why something happened when it did, the way it did, or why you're feeling the way you do about it. Guess what? Not an excuse. You can still find hope, but only if you're looking. "Hey, that was so shitty and I am taking it so hard and I really hate everything right now, but it could've been worse, and at least I never have to live today again."

Easy as Sunday morning, right?

You don't have to "STAY POSITIVE" to be a positive person. You just have to promise to always try your best to stay positive. That's literally all it takes. That's it.

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