taking Care of your Mental health is Important But not if you take advantage of 'taking a mental health day'

taking Care of your Mental health is Important But not if you take advantage of 'taking a mental health day'

Self care is not eating a pint of ice cream because you're sad.

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It's beyond important to love yourself and grow as a person. You should always want to better the person you are. The self care sub culture has been on the rise recently, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it is important to know what self care actually is.

Self care is not splurging $300 every month on new highlight, contour, and brushes. Self care is allowing yourself to treat yourself to little shopping sprees every now and then. It's saving your money to pay off your student or car loans. Self care is putting money to the side so you can afford a house one day.

Self care is not eating a pint of ice cream because you're sad. Self care is giving your body what it needs.

It's eating fruits and vegetables, but also allowing to give yourself a treat sometimes. Self care is exercising because you want to be healthy. It's exercising because you love yourself, not because you feel as if you have to "fix yourself" or because you think you're fat. Self care is a method of learning to love and accept yourself for who you are.

Self care can be a face mask and/or letting yourself soak in the bath with a pretty bathbomb.

You should take care of your skin and allow yourself to relax after a stressful day. Love yourself and your body, but be weary of skin care trends and give your skin what it needs, not necessarily what's popular.

Self care is not isolating yourself in your room to listen to your favorite music when you're sad. That is not coping.

Self care is talking about your feelings to your friends, family, and/or therapist. Of course music can be an outlet for your feelings, but it shouldn't be your only outlet. Vent to the people that care about you. They won't mind. Vent using social media apps specifically designed for venting. Someone will listen and someone will care.

Self care is taking a mental health day when you need it. It's important to take time off when you really need it.

Mental illness is a real thing and it is necessary for it to be addressed properly. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Give your body rest and love and nutrients.

However, self care is not using a mental health day as an excuse to skip class or call out of work. Use the days when you need to, but if you're "too tired" or you stayed out too late the night before, use it as a lesson and learn from it.

Self care is being a good friend to your friends and loved ones. It's letting them know that you are there for them and that you care.

By making your friends and loved ones feel good, in turn, you will feel good. However, don't just be a good friend because you want to feel good about it. Be good to the people you care about because it will make others feel good.

In the current state of world affairs, it really is nice to see that self care is important to the younger generations. Loving yourself and promoting positive energy onto others is a great thing to radiate. Love yourself. Love your body. Love your friends and loved ones. Treat yourself and others right.

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The Best 10 Outfits College Girls Should Wear With Their Birkenstocks

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You have probably seen the trend of Birkenstocks on your college campus. They're everywhere.

The other day there was a heatwave in Maine and it was almost 50 degrees in February. And you bet your ass I took my birks (Birkenstocks) out and wore them around campus. I had to take advantage of the sunshine and warm(er) weather. If you're someone who lives in their birks all year round, you will understand what I'm talking about. I think the thing about birks is you can dress them up for an event or dress them down and wear them at the beach or out exploring during summer vacation.

Here are some outfits you have probably seen college girls wearing around campus with their birks day in and day out.

1. The plain tee and ripped jean with birks combo 

I think this is the outfits I see the most with Birkenstocks. I think the cool thing about birks is there are so many different colors, style, and fabric you can pick from. There are so many ways you can style with them.

2. The jean jacket, a dress and birks combo 

Like I said above, the best thing about birks is that you can style with them in so many ways. These metallic ones make this casual outfit fun, and even dressy if that's the occasion.

3. The all black with birks combo 

This is the combo you have probably seen me wearing around campus. When I see a person in all black I think 1. They're fierce af. or 2. Don't get in their way. When you see a college student like this what do you do? You leave them alone.

4. The sweater, leggings, tee and birks combo 

This is one of the combos I see a ton on campus. This is the "wanted to be cozy and look presentable" look.

5. The socks and birks with any outfit combo 

I used to really hate socks with sandals combo for the longest time. Then I realized how cold my toes would get when I wore birks in the fall and then I was like, "I'm just gonna do it" and put socks on with my sandals. Yet with birks, you can wear cozy socks, knitted socks, socks with patterns and it really can make a look.

6. The flannel with birks combo

This is another popular outfit combo I see on campus. The flannel can either be pulled off either cozy or rock n' roll vibes, and is perfect for a cool cloudy day.

7. Sweatpants, tee, and socks combo 

I like to call this look, "you're lucky I came to class" look.

8. Comfy sweater and leggings with birk combos

I like to call this outfit, "leave me to die in the library" starter pack.

9. Long sleeve, bralette, leggings and birks combo 

This outfit is perfect for 8 a.m.s where you don't want to get up too early for, but also want to kind of look human and nice for the boy who sits in front of you.

10. Tee, shorts and birks combo 

This outfit is perfect for when it's warm on campus or when the school year is almost here! I like to call this outfit the "plain jane" outfit! You could wear this to so many different events of gatherings on campus!

I hope these outfits gave you some ideas for dressing with the Birkenstocks you have already on your feet, or if you're looking into buying a pair of Birkenstocks for yourself! I honestly love my Birkenstocks and maybe you think they're "overrated" but they're honestly my go-to shoe all year round, and they are worth the money.

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20 Terrible Things You Understand If You Are Far Removed From 20/20 Vision

The struggle is REAL.

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Here are 20 things you understand if you have bad eyesight
(and I mean not being able to see what's 5 inches from your face eyesight)

1. Having to pay for an issue you were genetically given EVERY YEAR because your
eyes continue to get worse

2. Picking out frames, only to find out they are $500+ dollars WITHOUT the lenses.
-And yes that's with insurance.

3. The panicked first minute of waking up when you can't find your glasses on the nightstand

4. People like to try on your glasses just "for fun"
-Then say "WOW, you really CAN'T see." "Yeah. Crazy. Now give them back."

5. You hear "Oh my gosh, my eyes are bad too! They're like a minus three!"
-Sorry, but those with minor to moderately blurry vision, you can't relate…

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6. You oftentimes hear "you should get Lasik!"

-Oh, honey, I would if it wasn't crazy expensive and a surgery on the most sensitive
part of your face.

7. Weather permitting issues make for difficult days in glasses
-When it's too hot or muggy your glasses will fog up. If it rains you will have cloudy
and wet glasses, you can't see out of. And wiping them makes it worse.

8. You hear "How many fingers am I holding up?!" One too many times.
Becky, please get your fingers out of my face.

9. Anytime you stay over-night somewhere you must worry about a contacts case
and solution…
-You got to pop them out at the last minute, so you don't miss anything

10. You sometimes put on contact lenses in the morning JUST to apply makeup.
Then you pop them off, put on your glasses, and go.

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11. You've heard the phrase "four-eyes" one too many times.

-It's not exactly offensive just SUPER annoying.

12. People worry about the dentist visit, but you get to worry about the optometrist
visit

13. You were the kid who sat too close to the TV and probably went too long without the proper vision care because your parents didn't know how bad it was.

14. You legally can't drive at night because your eyesight is awful, and everything
blurs together.

15. We've all ran out of our prescription contacts before we realize its too late and
end up waiting weeks for the prescription to get in.

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16. You squint a lot because for some odd scientific reason, you can see better.

17. You might not be able to participate in certain activities because your glasses
could fall off or get broken. FUN

18. Everyone thinks you're the smartest person in the room because you wear
glasses

-No, I will not do your homework

19. You roll your eyes when you see people wear non-prescription glasses for "style".

20. You make people uncomfortable because you can touch your eyeball with no
problems.

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