For All Of The College/University Freshmen

For All Of The College/University Freshmen

To you, the freshman in college/university, in a new place.

Sometimes it's hard to get adjusted to a new place, and to a new schedule or lifestyle. But, remember that you're not alone in feeling that you are stressed or scared. A lot of people have been there, especially me. I'm a freshman in a new place, and away from home. It's definitely scary and confusing, but it helps me to find friends who I can relate to and can ask for help if I need it. Having a support group will help immensely and it will most definitely help you to start adjusting. Please, if you are ever feeling stressed, or overloaded, or just feel like you can't do it. Please remember that there are people there for you to help you, it may be scary to reach out to someone that you don't know, but it will help out in the long run.

A few things that may help take some of that stored up stress away would be things like taking a breather on the weekends when you have free time. See if some of your friends will help you and go with you to help you have a good time and get your mind off of some of the things that are keeping you stressed out. Another thing is catching up on your sleep, with all of these new classes that you're taking you're probably not used to that much of a schedule from high school. So please get some much needed rest when you have the chance, it can be on the weekends or during the day when you have some free time in between classes to take a nap. But, make sure that you are taking some time to yourself as well because you will definitely need some me time in there.

But, most importantly, if you are ever feeling really stressed or like you're the only one feeling this and that you shouldn't mention it. Please talk to someone, you're not alone and a lot of your peers or any of the adults around you would be willing to help you. Remember, not only are they your peers or just your professors but they are people just like you, and they would love to see you succeed. So fight hard and keep going, believe in yourself!

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8 Steps To Having A Simple Night Of Self-Care

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Self-care is crucial to your mental health, physical health, and overall well-being. You don't have to spend a lot of money or think up something elaborate to treat yourself, though; it can be done in your own home on a regular basis. And it should be, as taking care of yourself has to be your number one priority. Here are a few ideas for having a simple night of self-care. After all, you deserve it!

1. Read a good book throughout the evening.

Getting lost in a riveting story makes everything else fade away for awhile. And it's lovely!

2. Cook a healthy dinner and brew your favorite coffee.

A nice salmon fillet or some lemon pepper chicken served alongside a tossed salad sounds delicious. But if cooking isn't your idea of relaxation then a burger sounds good too. Just put the coffee on!

3. Take a long bubble bath or a hot shower.

Whichever you prefer... just use your favorite soap and wash off the day.

4. Apply a face mask, paint your nails, and do anything else that makes you feel pampered.

Few things feel better than the way your skin will feel after a facial!

5. Change into your comfy clothes.

Pajamas? Sweatpants? Yes, please!

6. Binge watch your favorite show.

I highly recommend The Nanny, Full House, or Grey's Anatomy, but really, the options are endless.

7. Meditate...clear your mind.

Anyone can meditate, and I really believe everyone should. I recommend downloading the app "Headspace" if you're having trouble getting started. Or stare off into space. Either one will work.

8. Go to bed early.

Ahh, finally! The best way to have a simple night of self-care is to end the night early. Sweet Dreams!

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Why Thinking About 'What Could Have Been' Is Actually Ruining Your Life

The past will never change but, the future is yours.

I have had many experiences throughout my life that I wish I could relive over and over again. I have also had many moments that I can’t help but think about how different they could have been.

Everyone can relate to having regrets in life, but how often do you spend wondering what would have happened if you made one different choice? I used to spend valuable time wishing I hadn’t gone on that one trip or ignored that one phone call.

These thoughts would eat me up inside.

I became obsessed with thinking about all of the wrong choices I made in moments of time. I kept thinking about the different outcomes that ‘could have’ come about with my different choices. I had this idea that whatever negative connotation I had with a memory would somehow disappear if I could just envision the outcome I wanted.

You can't change the past.

Everyone knows this yet, why is it so hard to stop playing it differently in your mind? For me, I was living through regrets in life that I thought would have turned out better if I had changed a few details. However wrong I thought those moments turned out, the fact is they DID turn out.

Going back and changing the events of your life would not only be interfering with God’s plan but, you don’t know how it would turn out.

The truth of the matter is that whatever details you wish you had changed don’t guarantee the outcomes you desire. If you had not answered that one call, or not met that one person, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you wouldn’t be in the exact spot in your life as you currently are.

I have always been a firm believer in the notion that everything truly happens for a reason. There is a reason you went on that trip or ignored that one phone call. It is hard to accept at times but, you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now.

It is also true that if there was some possible way you could change the past, how much would it really change your life right now, or how much would you want it to change?

I think people who become complacent or unhappy with their current lives decide to look back on their past regrets to think, “if I had just done this or that…” If you catch yourself starting to wander back into those time changing thoughts, I think it is time to ask yourself what about your life would you want to change right now and how can you in the future.

The future is the only thing you can change. Wanting a change in life is fine, it’s even necessary to grow as a person however, nothing will be changed by wishing you had done something else. It is time to start recognizing where you want to be in life and what steps you need to take to get there.

The past will never change but, the future is yours.

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