Finding Your Outlet Will Be The Best Thing For Your Mind And Body

Finding Your Outlet Will Be The Best Thing For Your Mind And Body

Running puts me in a completely relaxed state where I feel like I can do anything and be anything.


Putting my hair in a ponytail and tying my sneaker laces, I would put my headphones on, play my music, and run. The colorful fall leaves would crackle after every stride. I would breathe in the fresh and crisp fall air, knowing that today would be a good run. The path was covered in leaves, hiding behind so much color. It didn't matter what music I was playing. All that mattered was this was something I was doing, for me.

Throughout high school, I was on cross country and a winter track and field team. I absolutely loved running; it was my own little escape. Running was perfect for me because I was never a huge fan of contact sports. I did not really focus on racing others, I focused on meeting my personal goals and being a better runner. My favorite part about running was that, all you needed was yourself and some open land to get started. Whether I was running for 7 miles or 1 mile, every run put me into a meditative state. After a long day at school, a good run would do the trick for turning that hard day, into a good one. I loved how running made me feel. I felt so much lighter and in control of my body, it was incredible.

Many girls on my team would run to race others. Of course that is the point of cross country running. But for me, it was simply a way to relax and decompress. I have struggled with anxiety my whole life, and running really helps me cope with it. When I run, my entire mind empties, and is blank. I am not thinking about things that stress me out or make me feel upset, I am just enjoying this time by myself with no worries.

When I came to college, it was a big adjustment not running everyday after school. I liked the consistency of running and it did good for my mind and my body. I would go to the gym at school and run on the treadmill but it just was not the same as my outdoor runs. There is something so different about running outside. There is a change of scenery, fresh air, not many around you. One night I was stressed from studying so much that I decided to go for a run around campus outside. It was so incredibly calming. Even though it was dark, I was in a complete relaxed state. It was not very cold, it was a perfect temperature for a run.

Running has so many amazing benefits and it can really help those who struggle with anxiety. It connects your mind and your body while also giving you the physical benefits of being in shape. We, as, college students have stressful lives and are constantly overwhelmed by different things. Every student needs a way to cope with that stress and anxiety. Whether it's meditating, going on a walk, listening to music, or doing yoga, it is essential to have an outlet where you can completely feel relaxed and in tune with your body. Find something that empties your mind and makes you feel like you can do anything. Running, for me, makes me feel limitless.

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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.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Anxiety Medications Aren't As Scary As You Might Think

It took me about 2 months to even find the right medication and dosage. It's truly a process.


Before my journey with anxiety, I was very anti-medication. I truly didn't understand the purpose or need for it. Boy, have I learned a lot since then. Upon visiting the doctor, I learned that there are two types of medication that do two different things to the neurotransmitters in your brain. These are categorized as SSRI or SNRI. According to, "SSRIs increase serotonin in the brain. Neural systems affected by increased serotonin regulate mood, sleep, appetite, and digestion."

The medication that I am currently taking falls under the category of SSRI. As a result of taking this medication, "your brain is more capable of making changes that will lead to a decrease in anxiety" ( I don't know if that sounds nice to you, but I loved the sound of it.

On the other hand, per, SNRIs "ease depression by impacting chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) used to communicate between brain cells. Like most antidepressants, SNRIs work by ultimately effecting changes in brain chemistry and communication in brain nerve cell circuitry known to regulate mood, to help relieve depression."

From my understanding, the different types of medication focus on different neurotransmitters in your brain. I don't think that one of these is "bad" and one of these is "good." This is simply because anxiety and depression are very personal and impact people differently. My anxiety is not the same as my friend's anxiety. I think it's more of a spectrum.

There are a lot of misconceptions upon starting medication. I think the first is that it works instantly. I have some bad news and it's that some medications take up to a month to get into your system. I mean, you're chemically altering your brain, so it makes sense. It took me about 2 months to even find the right medication and dosage. It's truly a process.

Another misconception is that the pills are addicting- making them completely unnecessary or dangerous. That wasn't true for me. One of my dear friends told me that if you don't feel guilty for taking cold medicine when you have a cold, then you shouldn't feel guilty for taking medication that helps your anxiety. I think this really does boil down to knowing yourself and if there's a history of addiction in your family. However, as someone who's taken the heavy pain killers (via surgery) and now takes anxiety medication, I can testify to say that there's a difference.

The pain killers made me a zombie. The anxiety medication allows me to be the best version of myself. I like who I am when I'm not constantly worried about EVERYTHING. I used to not leave the house without makeup on because I constantly worried what people thought of me. I used to be terrified that my friends didn't want me around. I used to overthink every single decision that I made. Now, none of that is happening. I enjoy my friends and their company, I hardly wear makeup, and I'm getting better at making decisions.

Do I want to be able to thrive without having to correct my neurotransmitters? Sure. However, this is the way that I am, and I wouldn't have gotten better without both therapy and medication. I'm forever grateful for both.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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