6 Do's And Don'ts For An Anxious Girl To New Year's Eve

6 Do's And Don'ts For An Anxious Girl To New Year's Eve

NYE doesn't have to be stressful.
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New Year's Eve (NYE) is a stressful evening for many people, and it can be even worse when you have an anxiety disorder. Some potential NYE triggers include loud music, strange crowds, the pressure to party like your peers...the list goes on.

This year, I'm not letting my anxiety stop me from enjoying New Year's Eve. If you're an anxious girl like me, NYE doesn't have to be stressful. Here are my tips for a fun night.

Don't: Put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

This is one of the biggest triggers for an anxiety disorder. If you don't want to go somewhere, don't! You don't have to spend NYE in a bar or at a party, even though you have been raised to think that you do.

It's important to keep in mind that big crowds of unfamiliar people may not be the environment in which you want to spend your evening if you struggle with anxiety.

I know I personally am spending NYE with two close friends, drinking wine and playing Bananagrams...and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Don't: Drink if you don't want to.

I'm not a big drinker, which can feel alienating at times. If you don't want to drink on NYE, it's perfectly okay to say no! Be someone's designated driver for the night or just stay home and watch the ball drop from the comfort of your own couch.

That being said, if you're around people drinking for the night, keep an eye on them to make sure they get home safely. And never, ever let anyone who has been drinking drive themselves home. Safety first!

Don't: Let that midnight kiss psych you out.

It's notoriously awkward when the ball drops and you have no one to kiss. Don't worry: there are a million other people in the exact same situation as you. It's totally okay to not kiss anyone when the ball drops

The awkwardness will only last a few seconds. Don't let it stop you from going out! NYE is for single people, too.

Do: Make plans for the evening.

Anxiety is the fear of things beyond your control, so make plans! This allows you to take control of your night. Figure out what you want to do, where you want to go, and with whom you want to spend it.

Even if your plans are "I have no plans," at least you know what to expect.

Do: Surround yourself with people you trust.

This is the best way to counteract any anxiety you might feel. Spend time with friends and/or family that make you feel at ease. This way, you'll be more comfortable and be able to actually enjoy your evening.

My favorite people to celebrate NYE with? My parents!

Do: Have fun!

The ideal NYE looks different for everyone. Have fun in whatever way you see fit, whether that means at a raging house party, taking shots at the bar, watching the NYE countdown at a friend's house or just turning in a few hours early at home.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you and your friends are safe!

Cover Image Credit: Carlos Domínguez

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Unless You Want Your Immune System To Be A Total Brat, You Should Probably Get Vaccinated

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines.

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When it comes to vaccines, there is a broad range of opinions. Some people believe vaccines are bad and chose not to vaccinate their children. Then there are the people like me who believe vaccines are good. By all means, you are entitled to your own opinion and I'm sure my views won't persuade you, but there's so much more to think about when it comes to vaccines.

Majority of the vaccines we have received have the live virus in them. I'm almost positive you don't know why. Once the live virus enters the body, it teaches the immune system how to detect it and develop an immunity. For example, the chickenpox vaccine has a live virus. I received that vaccine when I was a baby and received a booster in the years after. Guess what I NEVER got? Chickenpox. Same goes for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines. A baby's immune system is not as strong as an adult. They are much more susceptible to different pathogens. Especially while in a public place. Children tend to put things in their mouths that could be covered in germs.

Did you know that vaccines are the reason why smallpox is not around anymore? Because of the vaccine, the United States has been free of polio since the 1970s. Before vaccines, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of 300 million people worldwide. Now, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

Polio caused severe paralysis to many people in the years of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Polio was so contagious that public places were shutting down. Then, Jonas Salk made the polio vaccine. Polio is now on the path to eradication... thanks to the vaccine.

Polio and smallpox vaccines are examples of inactive vaccines. This means there's no live virus in them.

By not vaccinating, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk.

I understand you have your reasons on why you choose not to vaccinate. I have my reasons why I do. If you still choose not to, I'm not going to judge you. That's your choice.

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