Things to do for self care

10 Things To Do When You Are Stressed

Remember, you come first, before anything else.

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This is the part of the semester where everyone is getting stressed with school work. Hopefully, these activities can help lower your stress levels! Remember to take care of yourself!

1. Take some deep breaths

Sometimes you have to take a step back and breathe. When you are stressed, it's very easy to get worked up. Taking some deep breaths allows you to take a little break and to gain a new perspective.

2. Read a book for enjoyment

When I'm overwhelmed, I love reading a book for fun. It's such a great feeling to dive into something that's totally different from the real world. If books aren't your thing, finding an interesting article online works too.

3. Take a nap

I know it sounds ironic but surprisingly, it works. However, it should be a short nap. Especially if you can't focus, having a short nap can help reset yourself. You get a little more sleep and you get a short break from the constant thoughts that are bothering you.

4. Text or call a friend

Talking it out with a friend can be super helpful. It allows you to hear another perspective. When I'm in a situation where I'm freaking out, I am definitely not in the right headspace. Having someone who is not experiencing the situation can help me think more positive and to not go straight to the worst-case scenarios.

5. If overwhelmed with work, write a list

When I get stressed with the amount of work I have to do, I find writing down lists helps a lot. It helps you prioritize when everything is due. Crossing things out makes me feel productive. Even if it is a small task, every little bit helps.

6. Clean up your study space

Not being organized is sometimes the reason why I can't focus. Having a clean study space can make a huge difference. It can act as a small break and you will be more productive that way.

7. Go for a walk

I know it is starting to get cold now, but walking away from your work can help you reset yourself. Getting fresh air can clear your mind. Looking at the beautiful nature outside can increase your mood. We have such a pretty campus, let's appreciate it.

8. Watch an episode of your favorite TV show

Taking study breaks are beneficial. No one can focus for hours at a time. If you schedule to watch an episode after doing some quality homework or studying, it can be used as motivation to get what you need to get done.

9. Watch funny YouTube videos

Watching something that makes you laugh is therapeutic! It can be used as a distraction and it is what people say: laughter is the best medicine.

10. Exercise

I know it is hard to get the motivation to exercise, but it's good for you! Exercising can make you forget everything else that has been on your mind. Personally, I'm going to try to schedule times to workout throughout the week!

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.
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We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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7 Things I Learned In An Inpatient Therapy Facility

Don't worry about what path others around you are on, make your own and be content with doing so.

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First, I would like to start off saying that there is such a stigma around "Psych Wards" and how they treat their patients. In the movies, everybody is stuck there against their will and they are all running into walls and delusional. This is not the case at all and in fact, most people check themselves into the facility for the help they truly think they need. Even though I did not check myself in, I was brought to the facility and endured a short (but long at the same time) journey.

I could not stop crying when I first got to the unit and honestly, I think it's best that I got all my emotions out my first day. As I was sitting in the lounge area in my paper scrubs I kept thinking that I didn't belong there and they were "holding me against my will." With my best interest in mind, they decided to keep me for 2-3 days and then I would be able to go home. I kept saying that I didn't want to be there and didn't embrace the group therapies for the first couple of hours I was there. It didn't hit me until later in the day that there was no way they were going to let me out if I didn't participate and learn something from this experience.

I started having an open mind and embraced the group therapy and all of the people around me. That is when I started to learn that it's okay to come to these types of facilities and get help for planning out the rest of your life.

1. Take Care Of Yourself First

Don't worry about what path others around you are on, make your own and be content with doing so.

2. Other People May Have Bigger Problems Than You, But This Does NOT Minimize Your Struggle

There are people here that have seen more than you may ever see, but this doesn't invalidate your feelings.

3. It Will Make You Really Appreciate Small Things That You May Not Have In The Facility 

You lose all privacy privileges, this is for safety of the patients and the staff, but don't take an unlocked door for granted.

4. Start Off Every Morning With A Goal 

After you've had breakfast, think about your mood on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst and 10 the best), think about a word to describe your mood, a short term goal that can be achieved by the end of the day, and a long term goal for the future.

5. Journal, Journal, Journal

It is important to get all of your feelings out and onto paper. Once you look back to what you've written, it is no longer a barrier in your life, put it to the side and keep fighting for what you want.

6. Get To Know Someone Before You Think You Know Their Whole Story 

7. Take Everything Day By Day, Minute By Minute

Everything can be very overwhelming, however, if you take a deep breath in and just take things as they come to you, then you will be much calmer in the end.

I am not ashamed that I went to an Inpatient Facility. At first, I did NOT want to talk about my experience outside of my immediate family, but then I realized, what is the big deal? I finally went, got help, and now I am on the right track in my life. I am grateful I had this opportunity and I will be using everything that I learned here for the rest of my life.

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