10 Tips To Help Get Through A Stressful School Week

10 Tips To Help Get Through A Stressful School Week

Stay positive. Not the "I'm positive that I'll fail" cop out. Just smile.

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Have a long week ahead of you? Already pulling your hair out on a Monday? Cramming for an exam?

Fear not, for we've got a helpful list to help avoid and reduce as much stress as possible during your hectic week.

1. Breathe

Let's get the cliché out of the way. Not only is breathing helpful in times of stress, but it is also mandatory. Start by slowly inhaling through the nose as deep as you can, and follow it by a slow exhale out of the mouth. It resets your mind and helps it think more clearly and rationally. There's probably a study behind why it works, but don't bother. It works.

2. Resist Junk Food

This is just as difficult as it is important. Think of the last time that you were proud of yourself for getting a lot of work done. Were you eating candy the whole time? Sweets and fast food are basically designed to only give you the energy to want to sit back down and eat more. Comfort food is tempting, but turn it down and you'll be thankful later. You don't want your midterm exam score to make you feel the same pain in your stomach that the candy made you feel.

3. Sleep

Never under estimate the power of sleep. Blow off your friends, channel your inner introvert, curl up in the warmest blanket you have, turn on Netflix and nod off to sleep early. There's no need to brag about how much you did on such little sleep. The quality of your work will improve, plus the bags under your eyes don't look good on you.

4. Caffeine

If sleeping really doesn't help... Try this! Ignore all of the cons, and just remember the pros. Energy, motivation, AND a stimulated sense of alertness! It speaks for itself. Pump enough coffee into your system and that discussion post will be typed in no time! Just please be careful not to over consume.

5. Make Allies

Different than friends, allies are by your side and will cooperate to any length to make sure you both pass the class. There should be that "No man gets left behind" mentality. Sure they feel like friends but, let's be honest, you guys are only bonding over the battle you share with your professor. Lean on your fellow procrastinators and under achievers! Someone is bound to have the answer eventually... right?

6. Stay Positive

Not the "I'm positive that I'll fail" cop out. Just smile. If you smile long enough, you will eventually convince yourself that it is genuine. Remember that you have come a long way and you are a better person now than you once were (probably). One day at a time. Pass or fail, the sun will come up tomorrow and there are always more opportunities to come.

7. Exercise

Mustering up the motivation to work out in a time of stress is difficult. But a little goes a long way! A short jog, a couple of reps with free weights, or a few push ups before you go to bed. Minimal effort is better than nothing. Start ridiculously small, and increase it a little bit each day. Before you know it, you might have just tricked yourself into a healthy lifestyle.

8. Write It Down

We have all caught ourselves blankly staring at the professor, or mentally checked out and thinking about vacation instead of school. Believe it or not, you don't have to register every single thing that the professor is going on and on about. All you have to do is gather the strength to scribble down what you're pretty sure s/he said. Write down as much as you can and let future you (the well-rested, positively charged and caffeinated exercise enthusiast) decode it later.

9. Let Loose

Go out! Party! Sometimes the school routine overwhelms you and the best way to clear your head is to completely leave the environment all together. Go do something you actually enjoy, and BE someone you actually enjoy. Everyone needs a mental break and often times, and many college students do so in the form of staying up late and making questionable decisions. Just be safe and remember to moderate any time spent procrastinating. This is supposed to help with homework later, not replace the responsibility completely.

10. Let It Out

Nobody's looking. If all else fails, just refresh yourself emotionally in the most unattractive way possible. Ugly cry. It seems like a unnecessary step in the acceptance of stress, and not many look forward to it, but crying has been known to stabilize hysterical people once the liquid emotions have run their course. There's probably a study on why it works too, but save your time. It helps.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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5 Inexpensive Websites For Summer Clothes

If you are looking to online shop for your summer closet, check out these stores.

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Summer is here and so is a whole new category of fashion; high waisted swimsuits, mom jeans, graphic tees, chunky sneakers, and many more styles that have become popularized in 2019. If you are trying to save some money while keeping up with the latest fashion trends, online shopping on the right platforms is a great way to get the most bang for your buck!

Listed are the five most cost-effective online stores that each have their advantages and disadvantages so you can spruce up your summer lookbook. The best way to get the most clothing items on these online stores for the cheapest is to search for promotion codes online and take advantage of any email sign up deals, student discounts, and general sales they are currently promoting.

1. Zaful

If you are looking for a very cheap option so you can put the most in your cart, Zaful is your best bet. This store is stocked with everything under the sun including swimsuits, tops, bottoms, jewelry, shoes, hats, and more starting at 4.99. Zaful offers 15% off of your first order as well as free shipping for orders over $49, so you can fill your cart with more items than you think you are paying for.

2. Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is a great store for quality items that will live a very long life in your closet. Although the prices seem high at first glance, the online platform has constant deals occurring such as their current 50% off everything sale as well as their 60% off everything for students sale. Nasty Gal is a great brand to build your closet essentials due to the great condition and material of their clothing items.

3. Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing is a great online store to shop for summer events because of their beautiful dresses and tops. I recommend purchasing occasion wear from this brand because a lot of their loungewear and regular items are overpriced for what they are worth. In the sale section of Pretty Little Thing, you can find many dresses and dress pants for over 55% off. If you are looking for a few fancier outfits for summer occasions, check out the sale section of Pretty Little Thing to get some nice looks for cheap.

4. Misguided

Misguided is an online store that has a unique vibe in the clothing they sell that is worth a browse because of their eccentric and fun styles. The platform has recurring sales that range from 25 to 50 percent off, which allows you to get twice the amount that you pay for. If your style includes graphic t-shirts, oversized t-shirt dresses, and good quality loungewear, Misguided offers great quality items with low prices to spruce up your summer outfit aesthetic.

5. Boohoo

If you love rocking matching sets and co-ords, look no further that Boohoo for the best patterns, styles, and prices. Boohoo usually has a 50% off sale going on, which goes a long way when you can purchase a matching two-piece set for as low as $20. Although Boohoo sells beauty products and accessories, their sets and outfits are the best items to get your money's worth in quality and quantity.

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