Why 'Living in the Moment' Is Much More Than A Cliché Phrase

Why 'Living in the Moment' Is Much More Than A Cliché Phrase

Fear of uncertainty doesn't have to be a bad thing. If we treat it right, it reminds us that we're alive, but most importantly that we are living.

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Life is an ever-changing experience, full of unsuspecting turns and obstacles, but it's filled with the best moments, too.
What are you afraid of? Maybe you're not afraid of one thing. Maybe you feel uneasy about several tangible unknowns, or situations that you have to face, that are out of reach and unimaginable. Maybe your fear is one of a new experience or a scary new adventure that you need to go alone.

Maybe you're excited about what's to come but unsure about how you'll handle it. Or maybe, you feel like you've got so much stacked on your plate that you'll never possibly manage it according to expectations. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "live in the moment" countless times. While it may seem cliché, its incredibly important to constantly be reminding yourself of it because as people, we generally seem to fear what we don't know, and what we feel is out of our full control. Fear is far from a bad thing. It reminds us that we're alive and that we are living.

I'll never forget the dread and fear I felt in my chest the night before moving away from home for the first time. College was growing closer than I'd allowed myself to realize, and in less than 24 hours I would have no choice but to face it every day for the next four years. This was a life-changing step for me, and I'd be doing it completely alone. All night, I sat in my room with my hometown best friend (featured in the photo above) making myself sick over the prospect of not having her by my side whenever I'd need her. Laughs turned to tears and hours turned to minutes before all the people I loved most were hundreds of miles away from me. Once the adrenaline was gone, and I was completely alone, I sat in the dorm room I'd imagined as terrifyingly small and thought to myself, "is this it?"

Did I miss everyone as much as I'd imagined? Absolutely! But somehow, the room felt much larger than I'd dreamed it would, and my best friend was a facetime away. Soon, I realized that what I perceived as potential loneliness was simply independence, and I was able to see the people I loved as often as I'd like after just a couple of hours in the car. Classes were manageable, though I'd never imagined myself being able to handle as many credits as I was told to take. Soon, I was even seeking out new challenges and taking them on in addition to everything else, all as a much better version of myself than before the journey I'd been brave enough to face. Sometimes, anxiety gets the best of you. It clouds your ability to imagine the future as anything but dark and out of reach. Luckily, the more experiences you take, and the more experiences that approach you, the more you learn that the most important thing you can do…is to do!

Pictured here are my best friend and me the day I moved away from home. Before I even had curtains on my windows, I was realizing that everything was much less daunting than I could have ever anticipated by worrying.

Katie Ruby

My favorite Bible verse. Living day-to-day allows us to slow down, and not be drowned by useless anxiety.

Photo from YouVersion.

So please, live in the moment. Don't spend all your time worrying about the unknown, but tackle whatever comes your way with the confidence that you can do that and so much more because you can.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Being Sick In College Is The Absolute Worst

College is hard both in health and in sickness...but especially in sickness.

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As a first semester freshman, the transition into college was hard, but there was one thing I was not prepared for at all: dealing with college when you're sick. Especially now, it's finals week, everyone is stressed out, tired, and very prone to illness. Despite my hardest efforts to stay healthy (drinking lots of water, taking vitamin C supplements, washing my hands, etc.) I still managed to catch what everyone's been throwing around, and it is the worst.

Not only do I feel incapable of going to class, since my whole body aches, I just feel like sleeping all day, which means none of the work I need to get done is getting done. This would've been difficult during any other week, but it being finals week, I have more papers and quizzes and tests to complete than ever. I'm sure many college students can relate when I say: I just wanna go hooooommmmeee!!!

On the bright side, I also have amazing friends who are helping me out. In college, since everybody's going through the same struggle, I find that there's a greater sense of family here. A friend from my English class sent me some more Emergen-C, and one of my BFFs did a CVS run for me. So although I miss my mom's homemade soup and warm hugs, I can take comfort in knowing that there are people here who care about me and want to help me get better.

So to all my fellow sickies, a few words of reassurance: We only have about a week left to go, we can totally do this!! A few exams and papers got nothin' on us, we're tough and smart and capable!! If you need to take a sick day, please do. Nothing is more important than your health and well being, not even grades. Take some medicine, sleep it off, and get stronger tomorrow! Make sure to drink lots of water, and try to eat something, even if it is just dining hall grilled cheese (Linkins Dining Center, I'm lookin' at you!) Persevere for a few more days, and we'll all be back home, chilling on the couch, and getting yelled at by our parents to do our laundry in no time.

Sending you all love and positive vibes for this finals season!

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