It's Okay To Take A Mental Health Day

It's Okay To Take A Mental Health Day

A here is a list on how to do so

It's okay to take a mental health week.

It's okay to skip a class or one or two or three nights of studying.

It's okay to go out and have fun with friends.

It's okay to spend your money on eating okay and retail therapy.

It's okay to have a week where you just don't care.

You're in college. It's required to take a mental health week. It's expected for you to just not care sometimes.

The stress gets to you, and sometimes you don't care about caring. Sometimes you don't want to care anymore. Sometimes you want to be free of care.

It’s very important to care about your mental health—very important. The more you care about yourself, the happier you are. If you remained stressed for weeks and for months at a time, you’ll develop anxiety and depression, which will give you lack of motivation and make you more stressed and anxious and depressed.

According to Cosmo, "Mental-health days should not be an afterthought, a punch line, or something solely reserved for people suffering from diagnosed mood disorders. Increasingly, they're being recognized as a smart way for anyone to take time off to deal with everyday stress."

So take a week every now and then to let go, not care, and just live for you.

  • Wear leggings and a pullover for an entire week.
  • Skip a hair-washing day.
  • Wear a baseball cap.
  • Don't wear makeup.
  • Let yourself go.

  • Take a nap instead of doing homework.
  • Go out with friends instead of taking a nap.
  • Paint your fingernails.
  • Do a charcoal mask.
  • Get your eyebrows waxed.
  • Take an hour-long shower.

  • Pick out your outfits for the entire week.
  • Stay up late and gossip with your roommate.
  • Attend church--it's good for the soul, literally.
  • Go watch the movie you've been wanting to watch but have been needing to study.
  • Eat only junk food for an entire day, or. . .
  • Eat only healthy food and drink only water for an entire day.
  • Take advantage of your campus fitness center membership.
  • Take a walk or jog around campus.

  • Get more involved with campus clubs and activities.
  • Dress up and do your hair and makeup one day.
  • Skip your early morning class.
  • Sleep all day.
  • Call in sick to work.
  • Take a portion of the money you've been saving and blow it on clothes, food, your friends, a mani-pedi, makeup, or something you've really been wanting.

Sure, the next week you might want to regret everything but #yolo #noragrets, right?

Don't regret caring about yourself and loving yourself. Don't regret having fun and being stress-free for a week. Don't beat yourself up about it. You have worked hard. You have earned this.

Don't let anyone tell you that caring about your mental health means that you're not caring about yourself because the truth that so many people don't realize is that your mental health is a part of who you are. This is your life. It is in yours and God's hands. You make the choice of what you want to do with this amazing life. Love it and love yourself for who you are.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.


There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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Learning How To Cope With Rejection

"We are stars wrapped in skin, the light you are seeking has always been within." - Rumi


"Life sneaks up on us every once in a while and gives us something we didn't even know we wanted, and lights within us a love we didn't even know existed." - Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

I've never really been someone who needs other people to motivate me. Whether it was schoolwork, going to the gym, or trying new things, if I ever want to get something done, the motivation has to come from me. If I don't complete a task, I may try to pass the blame but deep down I know it's on me. However, knowing this about myself can sometimes be frustrating because often my eyes and dreams are bigger than I am willing to work for.

I can't count the number of times I have dreamt about a music career with stadium tours and platinum records or going to a top-tier university and getting the opportunity to create a successful start-up company. Sometimes the dreams will seem simple like planning every moment of my dream wedding or visualizing the day I have my first child. While all of those dreams would be amazing, I know they will not all come true. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.

I realize now that I can create my dream life out of what I do have, not out of what I wish I had. As Rumi said "the light is within" and I just need to find it. I know that good things don't just get handed to you, you have to work for them. But my brain works a little differently. When something doesn't go my way, it if anything makes me work even harder.

In December of 2016, I found out I got rejected Early Decision from my dream school. Sad, mad, and generally disappointed, I avoided this topic of conversation with everyone. It felt like a summer of essay-writing, test-taking, and four years of hard work had been thrown out the window. But it motivated me. It made me want to achieve something to prove them wrong.

Of course in the way that I deal with most emotions, I wrote a song about it and, with the help of my sister, posted it on my YouTube channel. It was a productive way of dealing with the rejection. Now that I am almost halfway through my second year at Emory, I truly believe it was for the best because it lit a light within me that I don't think could have come from anywhere else.

The university that I thought was my dream school told me they didn't want me. I built a thick skin (or thicker skin) with their rejection and gained a lot of strength because I had to. I'm sure I'm not the only person they have taught this lesson to and I'm sure I won't be the last. My heartbreak gave me more strength than I could have imagined and still motivates me to achieve greater things, things I thought were only a part of dreams.

"I am going to make you so proud" -Note to self.

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