The 7 Best Ways To Help Ease Your Anxiety During School

The 7 Best Ways To Help Ease Your Anxiety During School

Avoiding coffee, staying organized and walking are just a few of the many ways you can help reduce your anxiety during school.

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Committing yourself to many things can send you into overdrive and in order to complete things at its best, you need to be at your best.

1. Stay Organized

Nothing is worse than having scrambled notebooks everywhere, papers flying around, and going to the wrong class on the wrong day. I would say these incidents happen more toward the middle to the end of the semester, so do not be that person that needs to ask someone for a pen. Instead, buy at least two calendars. Get one giant wipe off board to hang in your room and a planner to carry around with you. My anxiety gets way worse when my weeks aren't somewhat planned out. So if you have a visualization of what your days look like and what time your classes and job are, you will be in good shape. Always remember, take it one step out of time and plan accordingly.

2. Avoid Caffeine 

Now before you skip over this one and laugh, "Yeah, not happening," caffeine can make your anxiety worse. Caffeine is a stimulant and can make you feel more awake but also jittery. Jittery can lead to feelings of nervousness and for someone who has anxiety that is not the best feeling. It took me a few weeks to detox from coffee and energy drinks because I thought my body needed the caffeine in order to function. I suffered from headaches and on some days I cheated and sipped the delicious brew. My best advice would be to give up caffeine when the time is right, I know myself and other college students strive off of coffee. Switch over to green tea! At one point I drank three, if not four, cups of green tea a day. Tea still has caffeine in it but green tea has a significantly lesser amount than coffee. Decaf coffee is a thing too.

3. Excerise

Who has the time to exercise? Well if your anxiety gets worse throughout the school year, some have no choice. A nice refreshing walk with some good music can help relieve anxiety. There are so many benefits to walking from health to even brainstorming. Walking is a good way to relieve stress and open your mind. Be one with nature. College campuses are usually pretty nice in the fall and spring. So get out of your dorm at a time where your community is quiet. You will be with yourself and be able to think things through. Who cares how many miles you walk, just get out because the slightest walk is a start and will make you feel better about yourself.

4. Do Not Procrastinate 

This falls under staying organized, but if you have a paper to do please do not wait until the night of. Myself and other students have definitely been notorious for doing this. If you have a 10-page paper due in a month, all you have to do is one page every night and you will have time left over to revise it. I try and look at it differently because one page a night is not a lot at all. I feel way better knowing I am halfway done with an assignment when the due date is approaching verses just starting it. Also, you won't have to stay up the night of and drown your regrets in Red Bull.

5. Read

I know time is limited during classes and whatever else you have going on, but make it a goal to finish a book before the semester ends. Reading, especially at night, can help relax you and you will be able to escape reality for a little bit. There are so many books about love, romance, mystery, and whatever you like reading about. So take the opportunity and get into a book. I enjoy reading a book before I watch the movie even though it turns out the book is always better. Plus, you will feel a feeling of satisfaction knowing you completed a whole book. Now if you can't seem to find a Barnes and Noble close enough to your college, you are probably lying. But if that is the case, libraries are still a thing, college bookstores, Amazon... I can go on and on.

6. Take Time For Yourself

Do not go out every night, do not skip classes, and do not give yourself to more people and things than you can handle. Your time is very valuable and if you need to stay in for a night and binge a Netflix show, do it. Don't forget about your daily walks you should be taking and sipping on your tea, not drama. Committing yourself to many things can send you into overdrive and in order to complete things at its best, you need to be at your best. Yes, college has many possibilities to be the best years of your life, but do not make them full of regret and do not let your anxiety take over. If you need to be alone, it is OK to enjoy your own company.

7. Take Advantage Of Your School's Services

Most, I am sure all universities, offer therapy. Whether it's group therapy or one on one, counseling and psychological services or CAPS, is something to look into if you want to talk to someone. I guarantee you are not the only college student freaking out about something you convinced yourself is stupid and something you'll grow out of. CAPS is there for a reason and a good place to start off at if you are considering therapy. I know someone that started off going to CAPS and when school ended, that student continued therapy and got the necessary help they needed. Aside from therapy, other clubs or sports can work for you as well. The only way to find out is to take advantage of what your college offers.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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