10 Little Things You Can Do To Beat The Summer Scaries

10 Little Things You Can Do To Beat The Summer Scaries

They're a real thing, I swear.

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I've recently been dealing with something I like to call the 'summer scaries'-- and I've found out I'm not the only one! As a fairly anxious person, there's not much that stresses me out more than waiting: specifically, anticipating something that I can't do a whole lot to prepare for. In this case, it's waiting for the fall semester. Intimidating classes, interviewing for internships, new professors, new responsibilities, etc., etc., etc.: all things that I know are coming but can't act on yet.

These worries are compounded by being stuck working for the summer while watching so many people I know excel in various summer adventures and jobs--and constantly seeing it all over social media. SO: if you're dealing with the same issue, I've developed a simple system that alleviates some of that stress that may be helpful to you.

1. Disconnect

Disconnect, disconnect, disconnect. Make an active effort to put down your phone and just spend time with yourself. Try not to let social media be the way you start and end your day, especially if it's part of what's causing your anxieties.

2. Take time to recharge

Force yourself to get 8 hours of sleep: even if it means earlier nights during the summer. Your body will thank you and your mind will too. You're not 'wasting' a summer by just being at home; you're prepping yourself for the coming semester.

3. Be present

In everything you do. Multi-tasking has its benefits, but so does focus. When you eat meals, for example, JUST eat meals. When you have a conversation with someone, really listen. Be. Fully. There.

4. Take advantage of your mornings

Part of the benefit of getting enough rest is being able to get up earlier. I LOVE my mornings. I don't like to feel rushed: I like to be able to sit down, drink my coffee, eat my breakfast, and read the newspaper. Starting your day off relaxed and in control will improve the rest of your day, too.

5. Find a routine and stick with it

With summer comes a lot less structure than the school year--and that can be surprisingly stressful. Invent one for yourself! It can be as simple as scheduling exercise after work or coming up with a nighttime ritual. Figure out what works for you!

6. Make lists

When I'm feeling overwhelmed by something, I find that the best way to deal is by visualizing it. Write down what's causing you stress and what you need to do to overcome it. I do this almost daily: by putting a number to what I need to accomplish in the day, it makes it seem a lot more doable.

7. Spend time outside

Even if it's just a walk around the block or sitting out in the sun! Breathe in that fresh air and let yourself feel refreshed.

8. Journal

This one is upper simple: write out your worries! It doesn't have to be daily: just when you need it. Venting--even if it's just to a piece of paper--can take a huge weight off your shoulders.

9. ME TIME

'Me time' can mean whatever you want it to: if you love reading, set aside time at night to get in a chapter. If you're really into art, carve out an hour or two to work on a new project. Give yourself the space to do the stuff you love.

10. Be forgiving to yourself

The most important step on this list is simple: don't be too hard on yourself. Will these things be helpful? Yes. Will they always alleviate those feelings of worry and stress? Probably not. It's okay to feel those things: just remember that they don't control your life; you do.

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

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