6 Helpful Tips For When College Is Overwhelming

6 Helpful Tips For When College Is Overwhelming

Mental health and physical health are so important, and I think that we forget that sometimes.

College is stressful. We all know this. We have family members who have gone through college stress, friends, and so many others. And while we are able to sometimes do things like develop time management skills, anti-procrastination skills, etc. There are so many other methods to beat college stress.

1. Exercise regularly (or just when you can).

I personally think that exercising helps me sometimes. And sometimes, I go running for 2 miles and I still feel anxious after running. So, if this works for you then continue exercising!

Making it daily might be beneficial or just having a specific time where you exercise can help with time management skills. This also helps you with setting time for yourself!

2. Eat Healthy.

Unfortunately, college takes up so much time that students are constantly eating on the go, with the rare home-cooked meals.

But maybe, instead of taking that chocolate bar/energy drink to class, prep early! Make yourself a sandwich the night before, or a nice fruit snack! This takes away some stress that students feel when worrying about eating. Also, if you're worrying about eating, in general, check out places on your campus that give away food (i.e. club events!).

3. Sleep (and nap!)

You may think that studying and doing a project the entire night might help (and maybe it will), but in the end you are hurting your body! Most students don't receive the full amount of sleep/rest that they need.

Lack of sleep affects your concentration, so make sure you try your best to sleep as much as you can, and take naps, if needed.

4. Keep a journal.

Whether you enjoy doodling or writing, journals are a great way to express any emotions that you may be feeling while experiencing college stress. This can also go for musical compositions, artworks, etc.

5. Take a break.

Sometimes, just taking a moment to breathe and recollect yourself is necessary.

Taking a break will provide better results with concentration in class and work ethic. Pushing yourself without taking a break might just do the opposite.

So try your best to find a few minutes each day to take a walk, maybe listen to some music, meditate, breathe, or just sit quietly.

6. Ask for help.

Remember that you are human, and that sometimes it's okay to not be okay. We are not invincible. We have limits. If you need to vent, talk to family or friends! And don't be afraid to seek professional help when you get overwhelmed (whether you're in college or not).

I hope that these tips will help you in your endeavors while in college. Remember to take care of yourself before anything else. Mental health and physical health are so important, and I think that we forget that sometimes. Remember that you are not alone, that you have people you can lean on when times get tough.

You will get through it! You will make it! I believe in you.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

SEE ALSO: To The Girl Trying To Lose Weight In College

The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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35 Things To Do This Summer

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With more and more students finishing finals and returning home from school, there is only so much that one person can do by themselves. Whether it's sunny and warm or cloudy and chilly, there's no excuse not to have a fun summer! Here’s a list of 35 ideas for you to do this summer, with friends or by yourself!

1. Go swimming

2. Go on a road trip

3. Clean/redo your bedroom

4. Go on a picnic with friends

5. Make a new playlist

6. Go to a music festival

7. Finish a puzzle

8. Have a bonfire with friends

9. Set off fireworks (make sure it’s safe!)

10. Get a job

11. Go shopping

12. Study abroad

13. Make a blanket out of old t-shirts

14. Go to an amusement park

15. Try a new hobby

16. Take online classes

17. Go hiking

18. Go to the beach

19. Visit family

20. Celebrate someone’s birthday

21. Drink a LOT of coffee

22. Try a new flavor of ice cream

23. Visit an art museum

24. Reconnect with old friends

25. Make a nice breakfast

26. Watch the sunrise

27. Watch the sunset

28. Get a tan

29. Go to an water park

30. Eat healthily

31. Take pictures of EVERYTHING

32. Give yourself a makeover

33. Make your own popsicles

34. Make a video of your summer [you won’t regret it]

35. Do something you love to do

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