Self Love And Care In College

Self Love And Care In College

Things to remember about your well being while in college.
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For college freshmen and college students in general, the four years spent at a university are some of the most important years of our lives because they shape our future. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of events that go on around us and forget to take a minute to step back and breathe and take care of ourselves. There are things that you have to remember besides all of the homework that you have to do.

Remember to eat healthy. The "freshman 15" does not have to be a real thing if you don't let it become a real thing. I know that dining hall food is not always the most appetizing so reaching for Chick-fil-a every day may see like the go-to move, but there are always alternative options--you just have to search for them. Making sure to get enough protein, vitamins and iron is important, especially when we tend to get caught up in the events of a day and accidentally skip meals. Watching how much alcohol you drink is also an important factor, because alcohol, especially beer in particular contains a large amount of calories. College students often do not keep track of how much they are drinking and as a result it tends to have a negative toll on their bodies.

Exercise and stay in shape. One of the free resources on practically every college campus is a gym, and most of the time there are multiple. Yet even with this easy access, students rarely take advantage of it. A 30 minute cardio routine once a week helps more than most think. It is so easy to be lazy in college and lose motivation, especially if you live on a campus where transportation such as a bus is available to use. There are so many apps and websites available that offer easy workout plans that there really is no excuse for not working to stay in shape. If you have a hard time staying motivated, find a friend to workout with you.

Establish a nightly facial/body routine. Hygiene is extremely important and because of the amount of stress in student's lives, acne sometimes becomes more of a problem in college. Find products that you like and wash your face every night, followed by a moisturizing ritual. This can often be difficult to keep up with because long nights often are followed by the extreme urge to throw your books off of the bed and fall asleep. But taking a break from homework to take care of your body is important, and your body will let you know when you aren't doing a good job with it. Setting an alarm on your phone can be helpful as it helps break you out of whatever you are doing and remind you to give your skin some TLC.

Do activities that lessen your stress level. Find books to read on your own time for pleasure. Pick up yoga or some kind of Zumba class. Art and coloring can be very therapeutic and often tend to help people focus on something other than what is stressing them out. Finding recipes to cook or spending time with friends doing something. Baths usually are not an option in college but they do help greatly with relieving stress.

Make time for yourself. This is probably one of the most important things to remember while in college, yet one of the least followed things. We get so caught up in our daily lives with classes, clubs, work and homework that we often forget to take time out of the day for ourselves, sit back and relax.

Making sure that you are okay and you are taking care of your mind and your body while in college is crucial. Don't let yourself get so swept away in everything that college is that you end up forgetting to remember your own self care. Self love is so so so important, so please take care of yourself!



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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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My Eating Disorder Was A Secret, Even From Me

No one ever talks about it, and if they had my life might be different.

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I remember ninth grade health class very well, specifically one day in particular. The day we talked about eating disorders, I was ready to hear about anorexia and bulimia. I was not ready to walk out of that classroom with confirmation that I had an eating disorder, but that is exactly what I did that day.

After speaking on anorexia and bulimia, my teacher told us about Binge Eating Disorder.

My 14-year-old ears perked up. I had never heard of this disease, but I was immediately interested. I knew anorexia and bulimia well, they were the diseases that, at the time, I wish I had the determination to try, but I was too scared to hurt my body.

Binge Eating Disorder was new to me. My teacher described it as continuing to eat after you were full and eating for hours at a time. As the signs and symptoms continued to be read, I realized... that the last three years of my life had been plagued by binges. There was a lot I couldn't control in my life, but eating was one thing that I always had control over. It was the one thing that always brought me comfort.

Most binges would start after I came home from a hard day at school, or maybe after I got in a fight with a family member. Maybe I felt insecure about the growing number on the scale, but I ate.

It always started with half a bag of chips, then maybe a cookie or other sweet treat, and then I would finish with something else I could find in the pantry. My mother would come home and begin making dinner.

Ashamed, I would hide the food anywhere so my family could not tell I had been eating and then I would go eat dinner.

This was a common occurrence for me, but I had no idea that my habits were wrong or should point to an eating disorder. The only thing that I knew was wrong with me, was that I was gaining weight.

For the longest time, I thought an eating disorder was something that helped you lose weight unhealthily, not gain weight. It wasn't until I sat in a health class that I realized that there was anything wrong with me.

Education is so important in overcoming eating disorders. We are making such great strides about informing people about the dangers of eating disorders and positive body image.

It is so important that we start making Binge Eating Disorder a topic that is as known as anorexia and bulimia. No one ever discusses Binge Eating Disorder, not even the dangers of it, maybe if they had my life might have been different.

Maybe I would have found out about it earlier and could have gotten help before it got out of hand.

I wish I could say that I left that health class that day and never had a binge again. The truth is I binged several times after that, and still to this day I have an episode, although they are very rare.

It would be unrealistic to tell you that I overcame my eating disorder that day because it is a journey I am still completing. Every day presents a new challenge, and sometimes I fail, but I will succeed, and succeeding is worth a few failures.

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