Do More of What You Love

Do More of What You Love

Take care of yourself by indulging in things that you thororoughly enjoy
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With such busy schedules, a million and a half responsibilities and what feels like infinite to do lists, it is way too easy to forget to take some time to do more of what you love; of what makes you happy; of what makes your life more beautiful, and more meaningful.

We are always running around, constantly on the go, trying to accomplish a hundred and fifty of these bland, and mind-numbing tasks that make you want to roll your eyes, walk away and get back into bed. These draining things can often make two minutes drag on to feel like two, long and painful hours, but there are those things that we truly love, things that make two hours feel like two short, yet magnificent minutes. But, for one reason or another, we don't do enough of those. We rarely stop our busy days to do something that feeds our souls and hearts.

So, today, try to get out of that dull routine, and fill thirty short minutes with bliss and joy by doing one of those things that make your heart beat just a little bit faster, those things that bring a smile to your face, those things that you look forward to and not dread with every fiber of your being.

In our society, being productive, keeping busy, and doing all these things is so important, therefore it is greatly emphasized, so we fill our days with countless tasks, tasks that drain most of our energy. Energy we often fail to replenish, leaving us feeling empty and tired.

Replenishing that energy by taking some time to do what you love is actually not a waste of time, but it is being productive. You can watch an episode of your favorite TV show or read a chapter of the book you have been meaning to start or spend some time with your best friend, and that is not only okay, but it's being productive. That time you spend doing what you love allows for your energy, and well-being to increase and improve, giving you what you need to be able to continue your busy day and finish all those tasks that you may not enjoy as much.

And the next day, when you are feeling drained, empty and exhausted again, you have to do what you love again. In other words, doing more of what you love is not only fun and satisfying, but it is also necessary. You can't expect to accomplish incredible things if you don't take care of yourself first.

Doing more of what you love; of the things that fill you up, is valuing yourself enough to take care of your whole self.

So, now, go and spend a little bit of well-deserved, much-needed time doing more of what you love. You've earned it.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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How To Survive Your First Flu At ISU

Being away from your parents can be tough when you get sick, but here's a short how-to guide of what to do when you catch the flu.

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Going away to college can be tough, especially if you're used to being at home and having someone to take care of you when you get sick. Now I don't know about the rest of you but when I get sick I turn into a needy childish mess of a person who wants her mom to make her soup and bring her juice and medicine. But, being about a two-hour drive away from home I can no longer rely on my mom to take care of me. So, you would assume that my first option is to just lay in bed and sleep all day until I don't feel sick anymore. Unfortunately, I have tried that, and I can assure you that it's not a valid way to get better anytime soon. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can get healthy quicker and skip fewer classes.

Step one to any sickness is staying hydrated, you should drink a lot of water, tea, and juice. The water helps flush toxins out of your body, the tea helps soothe your sore throat, and the juice provides vitamins and antioxidants. You will need all of these things in order to feel better as soon as possible.

Step two is to stay in bed and sleep, getting rest can help your body heal a lot quicker than you think. It's not a good thing to skip classes but if you can skip a class and use that time to rest and heal you won't have to skip as many classes in the future because of a sickness that lasts for multiple days or even weeks.

Step three is to remember to eat, when you feel achy and sore from being sick and laying in bed you will not want to go get food but it's important to remember to eat when you're sick especially things like hot soup and crackers. Even if you feel absolutely terrible you have to remember to eat, which might mean asking your roommate to bring you a to-go box and offering to repay the favor at a later time.

Step four is to take a nice hot shower, the steam from the hot water can help open up your sinuses which will relieve your runny or stuffy nose as well as relieving your sore throat.

Step five is remembering to email your professors and let them know that you are sick, this will help you to keep up in your classes and prevent your grades from dropping due to absence. Another helpful tip is to text a friend from your class to get a copy of the notes from class.

Hopefully, this short article will help you to handle your first serious sickness away from home, and if you're still feeling sick after trying all of these things make sure you schedule an appointment at the student health center located in the student health services building across the street from the Bone Student center.

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