10 Tips For Your Overall Mind And Health In College

10 Tips For Your Overall Mind And Health In College

I don't know where I would be without these small tips that really help me not be so stressed.

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My day will be a failure without these things in my life! All of these things have some positive impact on your health, but some do have small negative effects. I just started college so I'm slowly learning to do things on my own, but it takes a lot of brain power to remember everything that's going on. You really are on your own and are controlling your life, yourself. A lot of these things are stress relievers or they keep your information organized or they just will help you process more of your long day. I personally need these at all times because I know I will need it once in a while. These are some things that I keep at all times!

1. Coffee. Discount? Please!

Coffee has to be the first essential that you need in your day once, the amount of coffee consumed by a college student is tremendous. That's why every campus has a Starbuck, for every student to get coffee anytime. But you should only have 1/2 cups of coffee a day because coffee isn't that healthy as we all know. You need coffee if you want to stay up late to finish an essay that is due at midnight. Been there, done that!

2. Plan your life away.

I'm a person that loves to plan everything, may I repeat myself, I LOVE PLANNING EVERYTHING! It's a great habit because you're aware of what your week will be like. I always try to plan my week out on Sunday night, go through every class's syllabus to know how the week will be like. I rather plan than write an essay. This really helps you sort your brain out, I know I get new things and dates thrown at me so this is a good habit for you to just understand what your week will be like.

3. Blessed with free time, waste it on your phone.

Sometimes, its good to give yourself a break, go to your phone. I, most of the time, need a break from homework and worrying about it, so I go to my social media or listen to music to get a mental break. It might not be the best, but a short break like 15 minutes will be good, not an hour long. Something different to try is to delete your social media apps for a day to not distract you from doing homework.

4. You never know when your things die, need chargers for everything.

I know this is something you should just carry around so you don't have to worry about if your battery dies for anything that you have with you. I need to carry around both my phone and laptop charger because I always will have my things dead by noon and I still have half of my day to go through.

5. Everything is on your laptop, literally.

My laptop is literally my life, it has everything I need for college and if I don't have that I will get nothing done. Everything is online, especially for college so if I don't have my laptop, I basically have nothing to do and I waste time. Especially with this technology advancement, you have an online calendar, a planner with you or you can add to your to-do list with your stress.

6. Color pens help to memorize quickly.

In my psychology class from high school, I learned that if you write your notes or anything with color pens, you're more likely to remember what you wrote. This is really helpful for any test, and for me, colors pens make writing notes a bit fun. Most of the time my stress is about getting things memorized for a big exam, so this is really helpful and brings attention to all important things.

7. Headphones are life

One time my friend lost her headphones, you went crazy like literally a panic attack. I told her she can use my headphones, she was like no, what am I going to do tomorrow if I don't have them today. And my friend literally is that person that has headphones in 24/7, even when talking to someone. She knows who she is! But even I can't live without my headphone, you just need them when you need to tune out or take your mind off of things.

8. Need to be hydrated while running from one class to the next. 

Water is essential for anyone, not just a college student. You need it, it's good for your skin, overall health, and body. Water can help with anything. I try to keep drinking water, but I just forget to drink it, it's hard. I sometimes get that weird feeling in my stomach. But the water keeps you awake and keeps stress away as to calm you down.

9. Keys to life, everything relies on this.

I'm a commuter so my keys are my life to go home. But taking a drive can help during a stressful time is really helpful. Just jamming to your favorite songs, and forgetting about your stress is a good combination. Or go for a walk or run or even go to the gym will release stress.

10. Can't be dying in the winter without chapstick.

You need to take care of your face to keep yourself awake on stressful nights and to get a good sleep. Chapstick will help you keep more hydrated and feel better about how you look. You need to keep a facewash or a nightly routine to help with your overall health.

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My whole life I’ve been thin—which is kind of an understatement. Every time I go to the doctor I get the same “you’re underweight” lecture that I’ve heard every year since I was able to form memories. I’ve never really felt insecure about my weight, I love being able to eat everything and not gain a single pound. Since my freshman year of high school I’ve probably only gained 8 pounds and I’m now a sophomore in college. Of course, in school, there were rumors that I was anorexic or bulimic, but everyone who knew me knew that was far from the truth. I’m now 19, 5’2, and I still have yet to break 100 pounds on the scale. It seems that there is a lot of skinny shaming going around and to me, one of the main contributors to that is the Dove Real Beauty campaign.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this because skinny girls get all the praise and other body types are neglected. That’s really not true, though. While loving other body types, you are tearing down skinny girls. Why is it okay to do that to skinny girls but not to other body types? Why is it okay to say “only dogs like bones” or say “every body type is beautiful” until you see a model's abs, or ribs, or thigh gap and then tear them down because they’re “unnaturally” skinny?



The point I’m trying to make is that, as a naturally skinny girl, I have never shamed anyone for their body type, yet I go every day and get at least two comments about my weight. I’m always the skinny girl, the toothpick, but I’m not Jessica. Yeah, I’m a size 00. Get over it. If you have an issue with my body and feel like my body is disgusting to you, don’t look at it. I know that I’m healthy and I don’t need your input when my body just naturally burns calories fast. I don’t have an eating disorder and never have. I am real beauty though, and I know that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. So maybe the real issue is that we as a society have been shoving certain body types down our daughters’ throats so they begin to romanticize models that have certain standards that they have to meet, who work hard for the bodies that they have, and are making a hell of a lot more money than most of the people discussing why they look emaciated while what they’re actually looking at is the photoshopped product.

I’m not going to apologize for being skinny when that is just how my body is, I can’t help it. So please, stop tearing my body down while trying to bring your body up. You can praise your body without shaming skinny girls. Shaming me for being thin does not make you better than the man that shamed your body, just as me shaming you for being curvy does not make me better than the man that shamed my body. As women, we need to love each other because we are the only ones who truly understand each other.


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Hey ECU, We Really Need Some More Parking, But Sure, Go Ahead And Spend The Money On ANOTHER Student Center

Seriously, who decides what our tuition should be spent on?

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I get the "I'm here" text, and I bound down the stairs and plop myself into my friend's car. "Where can I park?" Craning my neck to search for an empty spot, I reply, "Wherever you see an open spot. This is war." We spend the first 15 minutes of our visit together driving around, waiting for those blessed white lights to signal someone leaving.

Later on that night, my friend mentions they're hungry. I hype them up to go to the new student center, given all the options. "Should we drive to it?"

I laugh, "And give up our spot?" We pull up the bus schedule and wait for the next one.

While munching on Canes' chicken, we sit and talk. "This place is HUGE." I shrug, and then they ask, "You don't like it?" I sigh and proceed to tell them what I'm about to tell you.

I love the student center. It's cool. A nice place to do homework, and it does give more options for food. But I remind my friend about our parking ordeal. "We need more parking but… Did they spend our money to build this instead? We didn't NEED this."

This may not seem like a big deal, but this isn't the only problem students have on campus.

We are shocked when we have hot showers. We are paying literal thousands to be here, and yet hot showers is a treat. Isn't that kind of a basic expectation?

There are about 400 students living in my residence hall, but we only have about 16 clothes washers and dryers. People won't move their stuff in a timely manner, so we have to wait (or some people just take your clothes out).

My friend is having to go on the "Elimination Diet", due to the fact that she constantly breaks out into heat rashes all the time, which may actually be allergic reactions to some food she's eating. But how can she even maintain this when the dining halls really offer no healthy food options?

Buses are continuously overcrowded. But we will see buses continuing routes, with the words "NOT IN SERVICE". People stand around and wait for the next one.

When walking to the library from my dorm (because the bus is overcrowded), I can spot an unfinished, unnecessary sidewalk that ends in the middle of… nowhere. They took the time and resources to build a sidewalk with no purpose.

I'm not trying to complain. I'm trying to bring attention. We have a new student center, but we can't have hot showers?

I feel like things need to be re-prioritized.

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