11 Gifts For The Always-Anxious College Girl, And Where To Find Them

11 Gifts For The Always-Anxious College Girl, And Where To Find Them

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Brought to you by your friendly 21-year-old college gal with anxiety.

1. Weighted Blanket:

$118 on Amazon.

I have a 12 lb. weighted blanket that I got as a present from my family and I can vouch that they are simply amazing. They are super comforting, like a fuzzy hug.

2. Fidget Cube:

$5 from Walmart.

Ever notice that your friend with anxiety is always bouncing their leg, tapping their pencil, drumming their fingers, twirling their hair, etc.? It is a way to get all of the pent up nervous energy out and, well, a fidget cube provides a lot of options for that.

3. Bath Bomb:

$9 from Lush.

Baths are a super relaxing way to start or end the day. This one pictured is called "Twilight" and it has a lavender essence which is an essential oil helpful for easing anxiety.

4. Reminder Bracelet:

$20 from Peas & Love.

Sometimes, all someone with anxiety needs is a little reminder, so having one with you at all times is a plus. Plus, it comes in rose gold, which is apparently super hip these days.

5. Coloring Book:

$11 from Hobby Lobby.

People with anxiety have their minds running in circles more often than not. A simple, non-thought-provoking activity is always appreciated.

6. Wallflower Plug and Scent:

$11 from Bath and Body Works.

Like I mentioned before, lavender is supposed to be quite helpful for the anxious soul. Luckily, Bath and Body Works have refills — if you want to try a new scent every month, you totally could.

7. Worry Monster:

$40 from Etsy.

One time, my therapist told me to write down what I am worried about, that way my anxiety would know I would not "forget" what I was worrying about and could maybe ease up on the circling thoughts. This adorable/scary little dude could be a solution for that.

8. Chill Pill:

$20 from Etsy.

I am going to be honest — I did not know these were a thing until researching for this article. However, now I really want one.

9. Salt Lamp:

$15 from Home Depot.

I remember my 4th-grade teacher had one of these in our classroom. I think it was beneficial for my 9-year-old-self.

10. Metallic Slime:

$10 from Etsy.

Remember when you were a kid and would play with silly putty or play-doh for hours? Yeah.

11. An Amazonite Diffuser Bracelet:

$28 from Vitality Extracts.

Amazonite on its own is helpful for stress and anxiety, but with a diffuser that can use essential oils? Damn.
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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*

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Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

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3. Meet as many characters as you can.

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4. Get as many autographs as you can.

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5. Stay in the parks from open to close.

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6. Visit the parks alone.

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As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.

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8. See as many shows/parades as possible.

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Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.

9. FIREWORKS!!

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10. Character breakfast.

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What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.

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Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.

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14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.

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15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!

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Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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