5 Ways to Handle Stress

Self-Care 101: Handling Stress

So many things to do and so little time...but also dogs.

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Classes start next week and I'm already stressed. Who will I sit by in my classes or should I just sit by myself? Should I actually join that club this year? But also, why haven't internships called me back yet? So. Much. Stress. I'm literally screaming inside.

Here are just a few ways I use to handle stress that may also be helpful to you:

Get Organized 

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I find that when I'm actually organized and have everything written down that I tend to worry less. I usually mark everything in my calendar as soon as possible. Using Google Calendar has been a life saver for me since it send me notifications so I never miss a deadline. If you're into bullet journaling it's a great way to organize your to-do lists and thoughts too.

Sleep

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Do you guys know that lack of sleep causes stress? But when you have so many thoughts in your head it's also harder to fall asleep. It's better to focus on being as relaxed as possible before you go to bed. Try reading a good book and drinking some tea before bed.

Embrace Mistakes

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This one is a little harder to do depending on what kind of person you are, but I highly recommend it. I make mistakes all the time and the only way I don't stress out about it for hours on end is to embrace my mistake and learn from it. This is especially important for us students because our job is to learn, which leaves us a ton of room to make all the mistakes we want. When you do make a mistake instead of thinking, "oh sh*t what have I done" try thinking, "okay what's done is done but what can I learn from it to do better next time." It's all about that growth mindset!

Complain 

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Sometimes it's okay to complain. When you find someone who'll listen to your problems it can really do wonders. Once I share with my siblings about the stresses I have going on in my life then I feel a sense of relief. We don't complain to find a solution to our problems but to be heard. I don't talk enough about my problems and keep it bottled it for so long that when it all comes out I basically have a mental breakdown. It's not a good sight. Definitely try to find someone you can confide in who's also a great listener and won't judge you about your feelings.

A Good Diet & Exercise

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It's harder to do this as a college student on a budget but it's super important to eat good food and drink lots of water. I've found that when I actually eat good and drink less caffeine that my mental state is clearer. When your body is well-nourished it's more prepared to handle stress. Exercising is also a great way to reduce your stress levels and will help distract you from your daily worries. Try taking the stairs or the long way to class to help incorporate more exercise in your daily routine.

Hopefully, this article reminds you to take a second look over what makes you stressed and gives you a few ideas on how to handle that stress. You can always say no to things and be sure to take breaks as needed. I wish you all luck in the new school year!

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.

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We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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