Eight Bad Habits of College Students

Eight Bad Habits of College Students

Kick those bad habits goodbye!

We all have those little things we know we shouldn't do, but can't seem to quite get rid of. Lucky for those of us who have gained bad habits during our college experience, we are not alone. Check out some of the worst habits that you can develop as a collegiate and how to break them. 

1. Not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep plagues college students for a variety of reasons including noise, extracurricular activities, increased school work and roommates. It is important to get enough sleep because without it you may have bad judgement, bad moods, bad memory, bad health AND bad grades.

How to break: Create a comfortable sleep environment, exercise daily, maintain a nutritious diet, keep a regular sleep schedule--even on weekends and relax near bedtime. And yes, that means putting all electronics away.

2. Pulling all-nighters.

It starts off so innocent. Its 11 p.m. and you are still working on that paper. Or catching up on your favorite Netflix series. But when you are finally going to bed and your roommate is up to go to the gym, you have hit the point of no return. Staying up all night doesn't do your body any favors and can be difficult to break.

How to break: Schedule out every day of the week, including breaks, to avoid late-nights and set your toolbar to block certain websites so that your productivity levels are higher during the day

3. Endless snacking.

We have all done it. Studying, watching TV or just out of pure boredom we consume an abundance of calories. Snacking 'round the clock leads to more serious problems in the future.

How to break: Keep only healthy snacks within reach such as carrots, cucumber slices, yogurt, and almonds. Don't stock your desk with unhealthy foods you know you cannot resist.

4. Loading up on caffeine. 

Need a cup or two or ten to get started in the morning? Now is the time to admit the fact that you are addicted to caffeine. Many of us have brainwashed ourselves into believing that we need caffeine to wake up or to keep us going. Caffeine causes havoc on our nervous systems.

How to break: Get more sleep, switch to decaffeinated beverages, and change your morning routine to skip coffee--fill your time with another activity!

5. Skipping breakfast.

We all have been told 6578651465798453789+ times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as college students we decide that we don't have enough time. Breakfast gives you the boost of energy that ALL college students need for the day.

How to break: Have healthy breakfast foods ready for when you are on the run. If you are in a hurry, try items such as a piece of fruit, yogurt, cereal bars and smoothies.

6. Excessive drinking.

It is no surprise that college students participate in binge drinking. Rather than having a few brews, many choose to drink excessively. The consequences of binge drinking can be deadly.

How to break: Before the night starts, give yourself a limit on how much you are going to drink or consider finding another way to unwind.

7. Procrastination.

Most college students are pros at procrastinating. It does our GPA no favor when we hold off on assignments, studying for tests and writing papers.  

How to break: Write down the tasks you need to accomplish--make a to do list and invest in a planner to keep track of daily/weekly assignments.

8. Nonactive.

One of the most common reasons people give for not exercising is that they're too busy and don't have enough time. Investing in your health now, will lead to a healthier future.

How to break: As said by the famous Woody Allen, "Half of life is showing up," so reward yourself for going. Next, make it fun and enjoy yourself at the gym. Lastly, get a buddy. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to exercising consistently.

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7 Of The Happiest Hippy Places In Lexington, Kentucky

Pass me the free-trade coffee, man.

The south isn't all preppy shops, fried chicken restaurants, and waffle houses (not that there's anything wrong with those places!) And in Lexington, there are many "hippy" type stores that seem like something you'd find in Portland, Oregon, but with a little bit of a Kentucky twist. Put on your tie-dye t-shirt and Chacos and check out these happy hippy places in Lexington!

1. High on Art and Coffee

What can you get there?

Coffee, snacks, gifts, jewelry, soaps, t-shirts, greeting cards, and much more!

Why's it great?

The owners are so friendly! I went in here ONE TIME my first semester freshman year and didn't go again until months later and the owners remembered me! Plus, all the artists are local!

Where is it?

523 East High Street

2. Bleed Blue Tattoo

What can you get there?

Tattoos, piercings, and body jewelry.

Why's it great?

A uniquely Kentucky tattoo parlor with extremely talented artists who have diverse art styles.

Where is it?

527 South Upper Street

3. Squecial Media

What can you get there?

Gifts, incense, calendars, books, curtains, and more!

Why's it great?

You can find something for everyone! Extremely cute, unique, and quirky gifts. It's been open for 45 years!

Where is it?

371 South Limestone

4. Michler's Florist

What can you get there?

Flowers, plants, and a lovely lunch outside!

Why's it great?

Beautiful flowers and plants, a labyrinth of greenhouses and gardens and a restaurant (Kentucky Native Cafe) open seasonally.

Where is it?

417 East Maxwell Street

5. Gluten Free Miracles

What can you get there?

Gluten-free baked goods and bread!

Why's it great?

Unlike a lot of "gluten-free" places that cater to people who make a dietary choice to be gluten-free instead of those with Celiac (leading to cross-contamination and a dangerous situation for people who will get sick if they eat gluten), this place is 100% gluten-free and totally safe for people with Celiac disease!

Where is it?

145 Burt Road

6. Third Street Stuff & Coffee

What can you get there?

Artsy gifts, coffee, pastries, and snacks.

Why's it great?

The unique decor will make you feel like you're in wonderland!

Where is it?

257 North Limestone #1

7. North Lime Coffee and Donuts

What can you get there?

Coffee and donuts (duh).

Why's it great?

Extremely unique and inventive donuts!

Where is it?

575 North Limestone

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3101 Clays Mill Road #300a

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'Veganuary' Is Bigger And Better Than Ever This Year

Are you going vegan this January?

You’ve seen your friends pledging to go vegan this January, but what is stopping you? Taking part in Veganuary this year will save animals, help the planet and benefit your health.

Cutting out meat, eggs and dairy may seem hard for some, but Veganuary makes it easier with shopping guides, recipes and information that will motivate you to stick with it.

Why try a vegan lifestyle?

“It’s interesting to try new things, and it can be surprising how tasty vegan food is! There are many reasons to go vegan, and plenty of people initially go vegan for their own health, but when you start to learn more about it, the reasons to go vegan become really clear,” said Bree Smith.

If you are an animal lover, you should go vegan for cows like Luna.

Luna was rescued from a dairy farm at only four days old. Luna’s mother had a parasitic disease that could cause abortions, making her undesirable to the dairy farmers due to possible complications with her growing up and having babies.

The farmers asked a vet to end her life, but he looked into Luna's eyes and couldn’t bring himself to do it, so instead, he called Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary. Luna is now happy in an appropriate environment for her needs, living peacefully with her bestie, Lucera the lamb.

Unfortunately, most cows aren’t shown compassion like Luna was. Going vegan and encouraging others to do so as well is an easy way to spread that compassion to as many animals as possible.

I have hopes that 2018 will be the year the dairy industry sees its downfall. Veganuary has grown every year from the beginning. In January 2014, 3,300 people participated in Veganuary. This month, January 2018, there are 150,000 expected participants!

Need some advice?

“Recipes are key! You can find a vegan version of almost any food by searching for “vegan ‘...’ recipe.” Follow vegan recipe sharers on social media, talk to other vegans online and buy cookbooks if you can — I love the Forks Over Knives Plan and Thug Kitchen,” explains Smith.

“Going vegan for me was very easy once I was exposed to the cruel ways in which they are treated in the meat, dairy, poultry and clothing industries. To anyone wanting to transition there are a lot of sides to look at. We, of course, have the animal rights, then we have the health aspect of each individual and topped with the overall wellbeing of our planet," said Katelyn Montanye.

"A plant-based diet significantly lessens your carbon footprint and ends the suffering of many. Finding vegan foods that you like is really easy," Montanye continued. "A lot of people are already eating a lot of vegan food without paying attention! Grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seasonings, etc! There are so many alternatives to animal products that are cost-efficient and delicious. If veganism is something you really want, like anything in life, with a goal you will achieve it.”

Choosing to go vegan this January is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Here’s to a year of animal liberation, good health and a happier Earth.

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