The Importance Of Relaxation

The Importance Of Relaxation

I don't know how to do it, either.

I am completely burnt out. I wish I would have learned this sooner. This semester has been the hardest one so far for me, and I just keep loading myself up with work that I'm not able to handle. I took on four jobs and seven classes and left no "me" time in my schedule. I've had a cold for the last three weeks that I'm not able to shake for the mere reason that... I don't know how to relax.

To begin my journey of relaxation, I did what any stressed out college student would do. I googled "how to relax" and found myself on YouTube listening to 3 hours of relaxation music while staring at my ceiling thinking about all of the things that I still have to do.

I suggest that you try this at home, but instead of thinking as much as I do, actually close your eyes and let the music consume you and take you to a state of peace. Let it knock you out, calm you down, and take you to a higher place.

Then after I got done listening to this, I realized that I was still stressed out and that nothing would ever work for me. So, I did some more Googling and came across this beautiful "Eucalyptus Spearmint body lotion."

You need this. You may think that you don't, but I'm telling you that you need to buy it. I was a non-believer in this aromatherapy business at one point, too, but there's something about the smell of nature that sends you to a happier place.

Then I went for a walk in the park. No, really. The internet told me that a great way to relax was to do all of the things that make me happy. I didn't know the answer to that question, so I turned to the happiest thing that I have in my life; my dog.

We can actually learn a lot from dogs. One of the main things is how to live your life carefree, happy, and forever young. Don't stress out about the toys you chew up, focus on the milkbones in the moment and always beg for table scraps because one of these days, you might get a special treat. I'm not sure if that's the best set of advice, but it all works for my pup, so I'm going to live by those rules, too.

When it comes down to it, I still don't know how to relax. Maybe I shouldn't take so much on. Maybe I should do these few things a little more often and the daily stress of life wouldn't seem so overwhelming. When people tell me to "give up one thing," I get offended. I thrive off of being busy. Business is happiness, but you can't be busy if you're burnt out.

Listen to the music.

Smell the mint.

Walk the dog.

Those are the best tips I have for you.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.


College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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