For The Student Who Needs Self-Care Tips For This School Year

For The Student Who Needs Self-Care Tips For This School Year

With each semester consistently rearing its head, our daily stressors can increase and we may lose sight of our mental stability.
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Our mental health and stability are one of the most important priorities we can attend to in our daily lives. How we react to situations, what our thought process is, how we handle stressful situations and our daily stressors... they all rely on our mental health!

It is very important for us to check in on ourselves, mentally, to ensure that we are healthy and living in a state of mental clarity. How do we do so? Sometimes simply asking yourself how you're feeling today will grant the opportunity for you to resolve any internal issues you may have. If you notice that you are having persistent feelings of sadness, lack of motivation, or helplessness, then it is best to speak with someone to make sure there are no mental abnormalities.

Imagine that you have two or three papers due and two exams in ONE week on top of having a full-time job and extracurricular activities.

The stress levels can get high for you, but how you manage your stress and how you operate your time, will be the foundation of your mental stability in school. One of the many branches of caring for your mental stability and managing your stress is having a self-care routine!

Some people are probably wondering what a self-care routine is, what it can entail, and how we can incorporate these qualities into our daily lives!

A self-care routine, in a mental health sense, is a series of actions that an individual takes in order to alleviate any elevated stress or anxiety they may have. Honestly, a self-care routine, all in all, is what YOU make it and there is no limit to the actions or events you want to partake in, to bring yourself some inner peace.

The tips I will be giving you today will be based on a week self-journey that you can partake in to solidify your self-care routine or at least some aspects that you would love to incorporate into your tailor-made self-care routine.

1. Sunday: Cleansing/Detoxing

Sunday is usually the day of rest for most people, so it's only right that we rest our minds today! Unplug from all social media, start doing some clean eating, while drinking nothing but water and tea, and remove any negative energy from your life! Unplugging from social media will give your mind a rest from any and all ignorance and toxic content that you may be viewing. Drinking more water and eating healthier foods increases the blood flow and oxygen to your brain, which is perfect for mental clarity when it comes to studying for a test or writing papers. Finally, removing any negative energy, be it a person, old habit, object, or vice, removing negative energy is an important part in elevating your mental stability.

2. Monday: Communication

Humans thrive off of human interaction. So on this Monday, communication is definitely key!!! Talking with your friends, a loved one, or even a mental health professional on different ways you can incorporate various self-care techniques into your life can be very beneficial. Having more than one opinion is sometimes best when it comes to planning out your ME time.

3. Tuesday: Alone Time/Journaling:

Take advantage of your alone time and reflect on different aspects of your life, watch Netflix, write a couple raps, FaceTime a friend you haven't talked to in a while because things have gotten busy. Your alone time is YOUR time and what you do with it, is solely up to you! Just as long as you are enjoying what you're doing, your alone time will be bliss. Journaling your inner thoughts and letting everything out on paper, when you may not feel so confident confiding in someone else, is a great way to release any mental tension or negative energy you may have experienced during your day today. Journaling can also be used to reflect the change you see and the change you WANT to see happen in life, as you reflect on the different aspects of your life.

4. Wednesday: Read/ Discover New Art

Reading and discovering new art forms is not only stimulating for the brain, but it opens your mind to new knowledge and interests. If you're not sure what books to pick up, a few recommendations are "You Are A Badass. How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero, I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy, The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Şafak, and Emotional Freedom by Judith Orloff, M.D.

5. Thursday: Try A New Skill

Try something that you have never done before! Be it Yoga, Meditation, or anything you desire to try that you may not have done before, you will be more receptive to try new things!

6. Friday: Reflection

Reflect on everything you have learned, enjoyed, and wanted to incorporate from your week of discovery! Journal your reflection and think about the change you, now, see in yourself, mentally.

7. Saturday: Plan & Action

Take your reflection and turn it into ACTION!!! Take each day and plan a way to incorporate these actions and self-care tips into your daily life routine. Sooner or later, you will begin to see a mental change in yourself, for the better!

ALL IN ALL LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, WHEN IT COMES TO YOU, YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, AND YOUR FREE TIME...

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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Fall in love with being alive

Stop waiting for tomorrow, live for today.

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Every day, I wake up and I instantly think about all the things I have going on: Am I working? Spending time with family and friends? Relaxing? Whatever the case, my thoughts immediately delve into the course of events I have set out to follow that day, that week, that month, etc.

I don't know if any of you relate to this, but it seems my days are so meticulously planned out, every day just another checklist to finish before I hit the pillow and get ready to do it all over again. Go to work. Work out. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Living life in a constant cycle, I sometimes find myself dreading my daily activities, always anticipating the next event, not being happy with where I am right now.

Because of this, I wonder: Am I ever living for today, or even better, the present moment?

As I consider this question, a quote from Thích Nhat Hanh comes to mind:

"We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive."

What has happened to me, to us all, that we are so focused on always pushing forward, on preparing ourselves for the next two, ten steps, that we have diverted our focus from our current surroundings?

It seems to me to we do not only have difficulty remembering we are alive in the present moment as Thich Nhat Hanh says, but also that we have forgotten to fall in love with simply being alive.

I have talked about mindfulness and living in the present moment before, and today I want to go even deeper, to really consider what it means to live to be alive, and nothing else.

One of my favorite quotes goes, "I hope there are days where you fall in love with being alive," and that is something that I wish for you, that I wish for me.

I'd like to say that I have a good idea about how to do this, but, as I was explaining earlier, I am in the same trap of mindless routine as you all. Yes, I do many things to help shift this mindset, but there are still days that I forget what a blessing it simply is to be alive, to be walking this earth.

As I'm writing this and considering more what this idea of falling in love with being alive means, the image of children comes to my mind.

Think of a baby, or a small toddler who gets excited at the little things. You can be playing peekaboo or giving them their food, with a spoon coming at them like an airplane and you will find them smiling like crazy, giggling endlessly.

There is something so pure, so innocent, so freeing about how satisfied children are while doing such mundane things. This is a feeling I think we should all aim to embody in our daily lives.

I think what it comes down to is not only doing our very best to live in the present and live for today, but living for the little moments. I find the days I am most at peace with my life are the days where I embrace someone giving me an offhand compliment, I sit down and truly enjoy a good meal, I have a really satisfying workout, or have a day full of good conversation.

We spend our lives always pushing forward for the big moments, but I think, in the end, it's the little moments that make it possible for us to fall in love with life.

I am not by any means suggesting we stop our daily pursuits. What I am saying is that we take time to reflect and really enjoy the little moments that make up the bigger picture of our life. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. Remember that.

Fall in love with the way the sunshine hits your face when you walk outside, the sound of one of your loved ones laughing, the relaxation you feel when your head hits the pillow after a long day, the laughter that comes from your favorite tv show.

These everyday occurrences are what matter most.

The big moments are only time markers enveloping the little moments that make life worth living.

I believe in you, readers. Start living for today, for right now. Start falling in love with being alive.


Talk soon,

Sam

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