5 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues

5 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues

New Year's Day is the most depressing day, in my opinion.

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Personally, I can't help but feel depressed on New Year's Day.

Ringing in the new year is usually a way for people to leave things in the past and start over, whether that be in a good or bad way. For me, and I'm sure most young adults around my age can agree, I dread the return to school for another four and a half months of stress upon stress. I also feel that in a weird way, it's like wishing our lives away and trying to erase the past.

Instead of going through the "Holiday Blues" alone, I decided to share some ways I try to cope.

1. Plan Ahead.

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Sometimes looking at entire 365 as a whole can be quite overwhelming, so I preach the importance of baby steps (as I spoke about in my previous article). With the holidays being over, you're probably feeling there's nothing left to look forward to. I can tell you right now that sulking on the couch until you return to work or school will do nothing for you. Instead, start to plan fun little things to do on the weekends with your friends and family to keep life exciting.

2. Keep A Diary.

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It's important to look at the big picture in life: while the holidays have come to an end, a new door to a new has opened. Keep a diary of the things you're grateful for, and even list the things you wish to conquer throughout the new year. Writing things down is proven to make you feel more accountable.

3. Stay Active.

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It has been scientifically proven that exercising is a natural mood booster. When exercising, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which get in contact with your brain to reduce the feeling of pain and stress. It's usually common for people to have a New Year's Resolution surrounding the idea of fitness, so why not beat two birds with one stone and improve your mental health as well?

4. Get away.

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Take a break. Book a room in AC for a night with the ladies or spend an evening at your cousin's apartment. Either way, take the time to get away from your normal routine and just relax. Breaking routine is OK. The holidays are meant for balance, so it's ok to take is easy sometimes. In fact, your body will thank you later for giving it the rest and recharge it needs. This will also improve your mental health as well.

5. Live in the moment.

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This is something I abolsutely swear by. I tend to be a someone who always needs to be busy, and I have been trying to just sit back and appreciate more recently. Instead of always worrying about the next move, take it all in. You will never be in the moment ever again. Embrace every feeling of pain, happiness, nervousness, excitement. Everything you encounter will build you into who you are supposed to be.

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21 Beer-rific Instagram Captions For Your 21st Birthday

Because "twenty fun" is old and overused.
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For the past few years, I have seen the same caption on Instagram over and over again about a girl turning 21. Yes, "Twenty fun," is pretty clever, but I'm tired of seeing it. Since my 21st birthday is this week, I was wondering what I should use as an Instagram caption. So, here are 21 Instagram captions that you'll be dying to use for your 21st.

1. R.I.P. Fake ID.

2. Cheers and beers to my 21 years.

3. Do you find me aBOOZing?

4. Pitcher perfect.

5. Hakuna Ma 'Vodka - It means no memories for the rest of your night.

6. Bad and Boozy

7. I make pour decisions.

8. Beer makes me hoppy.

9. IPA lot when I drink.

10. I can finally have a six-pack.

11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

12. Sip happens.

13. Let the evening be Gin.

14. Wine not?

15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

18. Here's to the year I won't remember.

19. It's a lot easier to start the day when you know it can now end with beer.

20. Save water, drink beer.

21. Here's to an unBEERleliveable night.

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14 Ways To Show You Love Someone This Valentine's Day

You don't need to use the word love to prove it.

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Love means different things to everybody, and on top of that there's a ton of different types of love. You love your favorite food, you love certain hobbies, you love your family, you love your friends, and you love your significant other. Telling your significant other that you love them for the first time can be nerve racking, even if you fully mean it. But when you take a step back and think about it, you've probably told them that you love them already, just without saying those exact words.

You don't need to use the word love to say/prove it, so if you aren't ready to say it yet, if you think it's too soon to say it or the timing just isn't right but you want to make your Valentine feel loved, say and do these 14 things this Valentines day instead.

1. Tell them that they look incredible today.

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2. Ask about how their day was.

3. Ask how their family and friends are.

4. Help them with things they need to get done.

5. Surprise them by making their favorite food, or dessert together.

6. Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant, or any place that they choose.

7. Open doors for them, and pull out their seat.

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8. Hold their hand, snuggles, forehead kisses, hand kisses, cheek kisses...okay so just kisses in general.

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9. Reassure them with kind words if they are having a tough day or week.

10. Write a love letter about how they make you feel.

11. Bringing them their coffee in the morning, or another one.

12. Tell them that you're proud of them.

13. Telling them to "Drive safely", and "Get home safely."

14. Calling them before bed and letting them know that you had a great day with them.

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