8 Relaxation Methods for College

8 Relaxation Methods for College

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With the looming beginning of college, I wanted this article to serve as your friendly reminder to take care of yourself. Anxiety and depression are among the two most common mental health diagnoses among college students. While this is, in no way, a magic elixir that can cure you of anxiety, it might just be a little bit of help when you're needing that extra push.

1. Let's start with the obvious: Sleep. Eat.

Yes, chronically being fatigued or tired will make you absolutely miserable. Take it from a person who was, in fact, absolutely miserable during college because I didn't get enough sleep even on the weekends. Sleep was a luxury, not a commodity. Food was even more of a luxury - I would go hours skipping both breakfast and lunch, and occasionally dinner. Skipping any of this is just awful for you. Easier said than done, I know, but it's the first step to making sure you can function.

2. Time for you.

Yeah, 10 or 20 minutes before bed, look at I Can haz Cheezburger. Or your favorite YouTube channel. Read. Do anything aside from schoolwork. Because guess what? It'll still be there in four hours or six hours or hopefully 9 hours. It's not going anywhere unless you've saved the file to the recycle bin or some strange folder out of exhaustion. Unwinding before bed is probably something I consider important to not freak out over schoolwork.

3. Meditation/yoga.

Personally, meditating makes me more anxious - sitting there trying to purposefully not be anxious is making me more anxious. It's like the anxirty matrix. But for some, it works and it works well. People swear by it's ability to work. Even if you just take the time during a class break to sit and meditate. Meditate for a minute in the bathroom. Something. Anything.

4. Use CBT.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is just another way to get yourself to change your way of thinking if you're don't feel optimistic. It involves actively challenging your thoughts and making a plan to consistently change them. It's something that takes a fair amount of discipline to do effectively, but it is also helpful for the stresses of school.

5. Exercise.

Even if it's one stationary bike night once a week for 15 minutes. Or one 30 minute treadmill walk. Exercise is a means to make you feel better because it releases "happy chemicals" in your brain, for a lack of a more complex term. Going for walks can help reduce your stress and organize your thoughts.

6. Showers and baths.

No explanation needed. A scalding hot shower that makes you look like a lobster says enough.

7. Surround yourself with people who care.

Or if you prefer being alone - then don't.

And then..

8. Just graduate. Get this over with.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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7 Reasons Why Being An Education Major Is The Best Decision You Can Make In College

Everyone has pride in their major, but us education majors are ones to beat.

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Before and throughout college, I changed my major roughly five times. It was such a tough decision for me, but I finally landed on the perfect one for me and that was education. Here are the reasons why being an education major is hands down the best:

1. We get to help others 

A huge reason I stepped into this degree was because I knew I would get to make a difference - small or large.

2. We play a big part in how the future will look like 

Did you ever think about that? Teachers get to help shape the kids of the future by how the classroom is run.

3. Studying education makes you appreciate education 

I have always loved school, but not as much as I do now. I have found a strong passion for education and the value it holds.

4. We get to be role models 

Some of those kids who walk through the door won't have anyone at home rooting for them, or they will, but your encouragement and push will help drive them to succeed.

5. We get to create a fun and effective learning environment 

I have learned what I do and do not want my classroom environment to be just through the teachers that I have had.

6. No one can do my job without the teaching license 

This for me has created job security knowing that no one can take my job without also having gone through the education, student teaching, and testing that I have.

7. Teachers will ALWAYS be needed 

Education will never go away, so neither will we as teachers.

I am honored, to say the least, to be able to be a teacher one day. It is something that I cherish and will work my hardest at being one of the greats.

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