An Open Letter To Those Stuck In A Rut

An Open Letter To Those Stuck In A Rut

Don't get too comfortable, this is only temporary.
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You're done. Ready to throw in the towel. Calling it quits. However you want to say it, you're stuck. Every day is starting to blur into one and you're not really sure when it began. You watch everyone else in life moving on to bigger and better and you're at a stand still; working the same job, taking the same classes, eating the same food. It's not that you haven't tried to do new things, it's that you don't know how. You're not really sure how to get back to your perky energized self.

It's one of the biggest challenges college students seem to face. We've typically got friends older than us at this point and we're watching all them graduate and hearing about their interviews and traveling opportunities...and what are we doing? We're sitting on the floor in a pile of never-been-touched textbooks eating tacos.

Is there a way to power through it? If there is, it's not one universal task everyone can easily handle.

Start by opening up your planner or checking your schedule. I'm sure it's the typical: classes in the morning followed by work in the evening (or somewhere along those lines). Oh, and we can't forget the time we spend binge watching Netflix and hitting the gym.

See your schedule? Rip it up. Tear it apart. Do something that involves a change. I'm not saying don't show up to class or work because hey, we could all use the money for more education. Just add some flare back into your day.

If you feel like venting, find that one person that doesn't care how much you talk. Pour your heart out to them if that's what will help. Communication goes a longer way than you actually realize and sometimes you'll be amazed the impact voicing your opinion can have.

Start doing things that are for you. If that involves turning your phone off to get away from social media and your friends for awhile that's okay. This is the time to be selfish. Go ahead and put down the phone. I know you're just scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and seeing all these people living the perfect lives. Trust me, they're not perfect. People show what they choose to show on social media. It's the biggest game there is, and it's genius don't get me wrong; however, this is your time to take care of yourself, don't worry about what everyone else is doing.

I understand you may be experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out). That is normal. This rut that you seem to be stuck in is temporary. Remember that nothing bad can last forever.

Stop staring at yourself in the mirror questioning what is wrong with you. Nothing is wrong with you. You're in the most confusing stage of your life and I promise it's a normal step everyone goes through. When it comes down to it, this is your life and you have more power than you realize. Feeling bad? Make a change. You're young and full of potential. It time you prove it to yourself.

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Why We Should All Never Work Out Again

JK still work out just stay hydrated
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Let me tell you the story of last Saturday or as I like to call it the 12 hours I thought I might be dying.

Let us start off with I’m being a bit dramatic when I say I thought I was dying. It is true that I don’t really get sick often and if I do it’s never past a cold. I’ve also never broken a bone. So when I woke up Friday night after falling asleep for an hour and I couldn’t straighten my arm (without it being really painful) I was kind of freaking out.

But let me back up a bit

Thursday night I had lifted weights for the first time in a loooong time. The next day I was a normal sore as I had anticipated. My arm didn’t start to not work until late that night. It was also only my right arm so I didn’t think the two were connected. I decided maybe I slept on it wrong and to try and go back to sleep and maybe it would feel better in the morning.

By morning I had woken up several times and tried to move it with it still hurting extremely bad.

So, that next afternoon I went to the doctor. They took blood and I waited to see how many days I had left. Then the nurse came back. She goes “You are dehydrated!” and starts hooking me up to an IV to put fluids in me. I was confused and a little embarrassed to say the least. I did a pretty good job a drinking water normally and I hadn’t had a headache at all that week which my normal sign I was dehydrated.

The doctor then comes in and explains what happened to me. I will now try to explain it to you my understanding of it.* Basically, when you work out your muscles break down and then that tissue gets flushed out with the water in your system. So, if you haven’t drunk enough water before you work out (me) then it just sits there.

Over the next 24 hours, your muscles start to react and seize up. Normal muscle breaks down levels after a work out is 100 to 150. Mine was over 12,000, which as you probably guessed, are extremely high.

So after two bags of fluids and being in the ER for five hours I was done. They told me to just keep stretching my arm, drinking lots of water, and come back in two days to have another blood test done to make sure my kidneys weren’t failing (a fun side effect if it’s not caught early enough).

So that’s my story and lesson for why everyone needs to drink tons of water especially before working out.

*If you want to look into this more of getting the actual scientific explanation you can go to this website.

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5 Skin, Hair, and Body Benefits of Coffee

From protection from heart failure to promoting hair growth, drinking 2 cups of coffee has major health benefits.
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Two cups of coffee day WILL keep the doctor away! Contrary to what you may think, coffee has many benefits, as do lots of other things that grow out of the ground, as long as you don't drink 40 ounces of it a day with six packs of sugar.

1. May protect against type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee increases the hormone SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) which controls part of the development of type 2 diabetes. A Harvard study discovered that that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day had a 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.p...).

2. Drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure

Drinking 2 cups of coffee a day has been found to (slightly) increase protection against heart failure by the Harvard School of Public Health. After doing five studies around the world including over 140,000 participants, only a little over 6,000 had experienced some sort of heart failure. Although they are still trying to figure out the logistics, it seems this study could lead to something groundbreaking in what does and does not cause heart failure. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/247109.p...)

3. Helps skin with antioxidant

Coffee has certain antioxidants (similar to those in fruit) called flavonoids that fight “premature aging of the skin due to heat, light, pollution, and damaging free radicals.”

4. Reduces under-eye puffiness

The caffeine in coffee helps reduce the puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling.

BONUS:

For point 3 and 4, here’s a perfect face mask to help boost your skin!

1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee

Directions can be found here! (http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-coffee-sc...)

5. Hair Growth

Coffee stimulates the hair roots and improving the structure and help them grow. It blocks the effect of DHT, which is a hormone that can cause baldness or hair loss. Do this by rubbing a handful of coffee into your scalp and rinse after 15 minutes, then use your favorite shampoo and conditioner and you’re good to go! (https://www.rewardme.in/beauty/hair/article/use-co...)

As said before, the key to having coffee as an actual benefit is moderation. I personally like to drink one cup of coffee a day (typically 8-12oz) with nothing in it but almond milk. You can add some raw sugar for flavor, but I have grown accustomed to the less sweet taste.

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