College Students Should Make Time To Do Better At The Gym Being #Flawless

College Students Should Make Time To Do Better At The Gym Being #Flawless

It has been hard for me recently to juggle going to the gym on my campus.


So y'all, let's be real, it is hard juggling classes, work, and everything else in college. It has been hard for me recently to juggle going to the gym on my campus. But I am hoping to do more at my gym soon, certainly with Halloween and other holidays coming up.

What I usually will do every week though is tell myself when I will be heading to the gym. But how I could do this better is writing down what days I'm actually planning on going so that I can remember when I'm going and maybe even what time I am planning on going. I think we as college students need to write down what we are doing so that our brains remember the important activities we have planned for the day.

I will usually have songs already picked out before I go to the gym, but sometimes I do need to go with the flow and not plan out every single song I want to play while I'm working out. Now its okay for us as college students to have a genre in mind when we step foot in that gym, but we need to let the musical magic happen and hit shuffle.

Another thing I tend to do is not fill up on water as often as I should like I bring my original water bottle but I don't drink it all the way usually. So my plan is to remind myself to finish the one I bring close to the end of my workout and even fill up another one on my way out. As college students, we need to drink more water, so if we remind ourselves of this and some of the other things that I have mentioned that we will be #flawless at the gym.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

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.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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