20 Things To Do Instead Of Stressing About The End Of The Semester

20 Things To Do Instead Of Stressing About The End Of The Semester

College is supposed to be fun, because afterwards we are all officially adults.

As the last month of college is soon approaching, the moral is very low. College has its ups and downs, but students should try to remain positive and not sweat the small stuff. Stress just only makes situations worse. Below are 20 things you should do instead of stressing out about the last few weeks of college.

1. Read a book

2. Eat your favorite meal for lunch or dinner- we all love some mac and cheese

3. Watch your favorite movie

4. Take a hot bath/shower

5. Yoga

6. Spend a day with your gal pals

7. Go shopping- we all know you want that new jean skirt

8. Call a friend from home or your parents-they all love and miss you

9. Write a letter to yourself about your feelings

10. Go for a walk or run

11. Explore your college campus

12. Go to the nearest tourist location in your town/city-it could be fun!

13. Get your nails/toes done

14. Scroll through Pinterest, plan your next bedroom aesthetic

15. Paint a canvas to hang up in your room

16. Take a nap

17. Listen to music-or better yet create a new Spotify playlist

18. Take another nap

19. Surf the web- you could find yourself watching YouTube for 2 hours

20. Organize your room (organization is key)

I hope this list helps you think of things to do in the upcoming weeks to be less stressed. All college students can relate to one another when the stress is at an all time high.

It's fine, your fine. College is supposed to be fun, because afterwards we are all officially adults. Just don't worry too much and everything will work itself out. Best of luck to you on your exams and the rest of the semester! You'll kill it girly!

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My Professor Gifted Something So Beautiful To Me, It Gave Me Chills

Not chills from being cold or sick.


An end of the year gift from my "professional skills in dietetics" professor gave me chills, and perhaps you will feel it too after reading this.

Throughout several assignments this semester, I shared a lot with my professor about my past eating disorder, recovery journey, and current lingering struggles. One assignment we had to do was write a personal statement, in which I wrote about how my recovery journey influenced my interest in nutrition. My professor was very applauding and gave praise to everything I have overcome so far. Her remarks and support really meant a lot to me. We also submitted several diary entries, in which I wrote about my daily battles in choosing recovery every day. My professor's responses were so insightful and helpful. I could tell she truly cared about my well-being and having her support, again, meant a lot to me.

For our final assignment, we had to make a collage of pictures representing us and give a presentation to the class about them. In my collage, I included a side-by-side picture of me from when I was in the throes of anorexia compared to me now. I talked about how much of an impact my recovery journey has had on me and my entire life. Again, my professor and my class were very supportive of me.

At the end of class, my professor gave everyone a special gift. She brought a deck of "power cards," all of which had different inspirational quotes. She shuffled the deck to make sure they were randomized and handed them out to each person. What was written on my card gave me literal chills.

On one side, the card read, "I forgive myself." On the other side, it read, "As I forgive myself, I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself."

Self-forgiveness and self-love are two of the hardest things to achieve in eating disorder recovery and are key factors in staying recovered. I strive to live by them every single day. But still, every so often, something happens to me and I have a very difficult time forgiving myself for it - this past weekend being one of those time. But now I will have this little card to forever remind me how important self-forgiveness is. I am not perfect, but that's okay. I still deserve to love myself, no matter what. I forgive myself for my imperfections. I am good enough, and I love myself for who I am.

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