Empowering Mantras That Soothe The Soul

Empowering Mantras That Soothe The Soul

Learn and repeat these mantras to center yourself.
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January is the month of change. We can decide to change at any time during the year, but the start of the new year pushes us to be our best self. If you have something you want to stop, or start doing, now is the time. As I sit in Spain far away from my family, friends, and peanut butter (which is shockingly impossible to find in Spain), I’m confronted with a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. Although studying abroad is an incredible opportunity and I am more than grateful, I would be lying if I said there aren’t moments of crying in the shower and longing for my body pillow at home (his name is Maxwell and he is pink, and no, I’m not pregnant).

Whenever I get overwhelmed I find it extremely helpful to stop, take a deep breath (or sixty) and repeat calming mantras to myself until the feeling passes. Mantras can be words or sentences and phrases that you can repeat to yourself anytime, although traditionally they have been used during meditation. The goal is to help focus the mind internally and block out any external distractions. It helps to center you and mentally decongest. Scientifically, the benefits are incredible.

The repetition of mantras have been linked to a decrease in heart rate, brain waves and the ability to slow down breathing.

“I am enough”

Fake it till you make it. Believe it or not, say it over and over again. We are what we think, so think positive.

“This too shall pass”

Life goes on even when you think it can’t. We have to experience the peaks and valleys to live a full life. Remember that in a bad moment, it will pass and a new feeling will replace it. And treasure and revel in the good moments because you know what you have overcome and what you may face in the future.

“I am grateful”

Your nail breaks, you spill your coffee, you tumble down a flight of stairs. Plenty of things happen throughout our days that may cloud our overall perception. Challenge yourself in those negative moments to list three events or people you may have overlooked that made your day brighter. Gratitude literally alters the way our brains process our emotions and thoughts and the best part is that we are in control of making our thoughts positive.

“Let it Be”

Time and time again we learn this lesson. It is what it is, what will be will be. That’s not to say it’s always a graceful moment of acceptance, but there’s a certain freedom in knowing that so many things are out of our control.

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8 Things Your RA Wants You to Know

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Moving into a dorm your first year of college can be very intimidating. You've seen the movies, you've talked to your older friends, but you're still a little nervous. We all were a little nervous moving in our first year, anyone who says otherwise is lying. The movies aren't entirely accurate, especially when it comes to the RAs. Here's a list to help guide you a little when moving into a residence hall your freshman year, and here's exactly what to expect from your RA.

These are seriously helpful hints from a previous RA, if you know these things going in your freshman year in the dorms will be a breeze when it comes to RAs. Read the list and dominate your freshman year, because these are the things your RA wish you knew.

1. We are friendly, therefore we love friendly people.

Don't even pretend like you're too cool for your RA because that will either make them completely resent you or try way too hard to get you to open up. I can tell you right now that those are two things you definitely don't want. Don't be afraid to say hi or go out of your way to introduce yourself, we like that.

2. Don't kiss up.

No one likes a kiss up, not even your RA. If you try kissing up chances are we are just going to be slightly annoyed and slightly suspicious of you for the rest of the year.

3. Be smart.

Here's the catch to RAs: they are there to make sure you follow all the rules of the hall. We know you're going to go out and do things you're probably not old enough to do, but be smart about it. Don't drink in the halls, especially if you're not even legal to drink. Don't go out and get wasted only to come back and trash the halls. You can go out and do your own thing, and as long as you don't cause any problems throughout the hall then you won't get in any trouble.

4. We want you to come to events.

We put on these events specifically for you, so when you don't come it sucks for us. Don't be afraid to just stop by for the food, because we will honestly be happy to see you.

5. We aren't stupid.

We know when you're trying to get on our good side so we won't get you in trouble, we know when you're drunk, we know when you're doing things you shouldn't be doing. We are simply RAs, we aren't stupid.

6. We are students too.

We are there to help you adjust to college, it's literally our job. So don't be afraid to reach out, we're students too, we know what the college transition is like and we are there to help you.

7. Don't you dare turn to passive-aggression.

Being passive aggressive will solve exactly zero of your problems. Don't be passive aggressive to your roommate, to your neighbor, or even to the people that live down the hall.

8. We aren't there to spite you.

We are just doing our job, we aren't trying to annoy you or trying to get you in trouble. So don't be upset when we bust you for drinking in the dorms because you're not allowed, not of age, and it's our job. In the end, it's not our fault it's yours.

These helpful tips will make your time in college just a little easier. College can be hard and having troubles where you live isn't something that you want. So know what your RA wants you to know, and dorm life will be a breeze.

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9 Mistakes That Are Perfectly OK To Make In College

I promise everyone makes these mistakes at some point!

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College is hard, don't underestimate it. While it would be great if we could all go through life as Elle Woods, it probably won't happen. While life would be a lot easier if none of us messed up, it's bound to happen at some point. Here's a couple of things it's completely okay to do wrong!!

1. Choose the wrong major.

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I promise it is NOT the end of the world if you have to change majors. In fact, sometimes it can be the best possible thing for you! It's okay to not be an engineer, I learned very quickly I'm not meant to deal with that much math for the rest of my life.

2. Mess things up with a roomie.

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Roomie fights happen, it's a part of life. While it'd be great to handle every situation perfectly, just knowing you did your best is sometimes all people can ask of you.

3. Go through a phase.

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Whether it be a girly phase, a chill phase, a peppy phase, a gym phase, or something else entirely you will most likely change in college. You will probably go through one or more phases and that's a-okay!

4. Forget a homework assignment, or a test, or something even more important.

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Yes, this situation isn't the best, but NO, it will not kill you. Inevitably you're going to forget something and probably get a zero or a late grade. And while planning ahead might help, you will probably let something slip. So, accept it now and know that the most important thing you can do if it happens is staying calm and figuring out how to do better next time.

5. Date the wrong person.

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College is about figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Part of that involves the people you surround yourself with. It's completely okay to surround yourself with people who might not be there in a few months. In fact, it doesn't even apply to relationships. Sometimes the best friendships for you are the ones that don't last long but help you grow.

6. Have a little too much fun.

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Whether having too much fun means staying out too late and crashing on someone's couch or spending a few extra dollars, it will be okay! Just learn from whatever fun you do have.

7. Impulse buys(!!!)

If you ask my mom she would probably agree this is my most common mistake. But it can also be one of the most fun. So yeah, maybe you don't need BOTH pairs of black wedges, but let's face it: the gold and silver accents mean they can go with two different outfits. So, go ahead and make the purchase... just be sure to thank me later!

8. Join the wrong organization.

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We've all been there. It's so exciting and coming to college means the start of a new era so sometimes the temptation to join every organization under the moon can be overpowering. But I am here to tell you right here, right now that not every organization is the right one for every person. It's okay to join an organization, even if it's the wrong one. Maybe don't completely ghost them, but a courteous resignation is totally acceptable at a natural break (i.e. the end of the semester or year)!

9. Buy crocs.

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Just to clarify, buying Crocs is NOT a mistake. But I felt like it was an appropriate finale to this list as crocs are the most adorable ugly shoes ever. They're so ugly they're cool and everyone should own a pair.

Okay, that's all, I think. P.S. Buy them before the factories close (if that's a real thing!!!).

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