Daydreaming Gives You A Whole New Way To Approach Life

Daydreaming Gives You A Whole New Way To Approach Life

Even if it is only for a slight second or a few minutes, you get the chance to divert your mind into a more hedonist and stress-free frame of mind which can provide a lot of personal satisfaction.

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Raise your hand if you find yourself drifting off for a slight second and getting lost in some foreign world! Your mind is wandering and you have without a doubt started to daydream. This happens to me often when I'm in lecture and sometimes all I really want to do is walk at the beach on a resplendent sunny day. Daydreaming is actually beneficial to both the mind and body. Even if it is only for a slight second or a few minutes, you get the chance to divert your mind into a more hedonist and stress-free frame of mind which can provide a lot of personal satisfaction.

Psychologically speaking, daydreaming has been thought of as a method to escape from the daily routine of life and to simply take a rejuvenating break. It is completely normal for everyone to feel this way when the everyday activities of life just become mundane and lackluster. Essentially, your world of fantasy becomes reality in your mind for a few moments and you end up living your life through daydreaming.

According to psychotherapist F. Diane Barth, "Daydreams, like night dreams, have several layers. The topmost layer is the one that we often know best. That's the one that comes out when children talk about what they want to do when they grow up. It's where fantasies of our wedding, or how many children we are going to have, or where we're going to live or go for a vacation get expressed. It's what psychoanalysts call the manifest content of thought — the content that's most visible to our conscious minds."

She also mentions how our illustrious and colorful daydreams may guide us further towards the direction of life. For instance, fantasies of how your dream wedding will happen may actually result in that same manner if proper planning is done. There seems to be a high chance that you will use your daydreams to plan your future and make changes if needed to fully meet your desires and needs. Surprisingly, a person's daydreams are more probable indications of their future which will enable them to work on their present to make it resemble the future more. Your daydreams do actually tell you a lot about yourself and what hidden desires you may harbor!

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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Honesty Is My Best Policy, For Myself And For Others

They say honesty is the best policy.

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I know that I said this before in a previous article, but I have to say it again: Everything that I have accomplished so far, I dedicate to my parents, Varno and Dawn Harris. Without them in my life, I wouldn't be where I am right now. None of my four other siblings would be where they are right now if it wasn't for them, and for that I am grateful.

The most important lesson that I have learned and go by in life is to be honest, not only to others but also to yourself. You see, my father Varno Harris taught me right from wrong and always told me honesty is the best policy. He told me it's like playing basketball. If you know that you can make the shot, then go for it. If you know you can't, then don't lie to yourself and say you can make it. Pass the ball so someone else can.

One time in intermediate school this moment happened to me. My parents have always said that I am a natural-born leader, and looking back I have shown the traits of one. I started playing tackle football in the sixth grade. My dad coached every athletic team I have been on (except high school teams). I remember one game distinctively out of every other game. I played defensive end. We were getting crushed on the right side of the line, and there was this one kid who was scared to make a tackle. Time after time we kept getting beat. I ran up to my dad and told him I could take over for the position. My dad asked me multiple times, "Are you sure you want to go in there?" Confidently, I replied yes. And sure enough, I stopped the kid multiple times and made the offense stop running the ball on my side.

At the time, I really didn't think what I did showed leadership, but as I got older I soon realized it did. This moment to me showed me being honest with myself. Not only did I believe that I could stop the runs, but also I didn't lie to myself and say that the kid could handle it.

I plan to apply this life lesson as I move forward in life as well. In college, if there is a certain subject or problem that I am struggling with, I won't lie to myself and say everything is OK. I'll find solutions to the problem and tackle them head-on. If I don't know how to do something at a job, I won't lie and say I know how to do it. I will ask and learn so I do know for next time.

The main lesson is that everybody's life should have honesty included in it. It plays a big role in everyday life and can greatly affect it. I know that it will certainly stick with me forever.

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