Sleep is So Important

There are a million reasons why sleep benefits you so I’m going to keep it brief. Without getting enough sleep it can become very difficult to function properly. With changing schedules finding a good sleep pattern can be hard but should remain a priority. I recently have gotten bad about when I go to sleep and notice it’s really affecting me. Lack of sleep can have negative effects on your health physically and mentally. Many studies show it’s especially vital to teens and children who aren’t fully developed. So do yourself a favor, make a sleep schedule, then stick to it! You’ll feel much better in the long run 🙂

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Projecting Positivity

I am all for projecting positivity. I think we need more of it in the world, and it’s hard to see the bright side sometimes. That is why I think this project is so awesome. It is called ‘The Kindness Rocks Project’ and it’s all about spreading positive messages. The idea is you write(or paint) your positive message/motif on your rock. Then you ask permission and hide it somewhere for people to find. My rock says “Don’t fear change.” I chose this phrase because I often catch myself fearing change. When, in all reality, change is inevitable. This year I am going to focus my personal growth instead of fearing change, whether it be emotional, academic, etc. If my rock brought you here I encourage you to comment! Maybe even participate yourself? Make sure to go check out their website, and to credit #thekindnessrocksproject on the back of your creations! 😀

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‘Don’t Fear Change’ by Me under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike-4.0 International License

Comfort Food

Everybody loves comfort food. Had a terrible day? Try treating yourself for a change. I’m not saying eating for comfort every day is healthy. It’s not. However, most things are good in moderation. For me, it’s more about memories that come with certain foods. For example, I always think of my Mamaw whenever I smell handmade macaroni. I can’t help but remember summer vacation, how she’d cook, and always buying popsicles sold by the bundle. Do you have a food you love because of a happy memory? If so let me know in the comments!

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‘Mac and Cheese’ by Michael Stern  on flickr.com under CC BY-SA 2.0

Melodies Can Ease Your Misery

 

I genuinely surprised myself when I scrolled through my posts and realized I hadn’t written about music yet. Music is my go to.  A lot of my life revolves around music. I think it should be everyone’s go to stress reliever, because for me it always seems to offer immediate relief. Most people these days have access to some sort of device that has internet access. I count myself lucky to be one of them with thousands of songs at the push of a button. Studies even show that instrumental music is good to study to. It can improve your quality of work. More importantly it can relax you in time of need when things are piling up. So the next time you’re hitting the books go grab your headphones. It doesn’t have to be instrumental music every time. I highly recommend one of my personal favorites “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by Bob Marley. An oldie but a goodie that seems to do the trick every time.

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‘Music”  by   vLADISLAV1989 on Pixababy.com under Creative Commons CC0 License

 

Take A Break

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‘Person Holding and Reading a Book’ by  Negative Space under CC0 Creative Commons License

When I feel particularly overwhelmed I like to make a checklist of what I have to do. I go one by one feeling a little better with each item I get to cross off of my to-do list. However some days it feels like you just can’t win, and even though you’re accomplishing your goals the list just keeps getting longer. Instead of giving into the urge to just give up I like to do bit by bit with short breaks in between. Personally, I like to take fifteen-twenty minutes tops to read a good book. It calms me down and generally gives me some perspective. Remember slow and steady wins the race so don’t be too hard on yourself.

Laughter for Relief

 

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Studies have shown that laughter can cause not only emotional but physical healing. Laughter is a wonderful way to provide some reprieve. My goal is to share some comedy on this page that might provide some relief for my readers. Let’s talk about some of the physical benefits of laughter.It helps to relax you which can have immune boosting effects. “Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.” (quote from “Laughter Is The Best Medicine” ) I highly recommend reading this article if you’re interested in more benefits of laughter.

 

Exercising to Reduce Stress

 

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“Running, Running Long-Distance”  by Skeeze  under CC0 Creative Commons

Exercise is extremely beneficial. It has been proven to increase not only physical but mental health. When struggling with your mood exercise can reduce symptoms of both anxiety and depression. It also helps your brain to function more clearly helping prevent you being overwhelmed. Sometimes the reason you’re stressed is that you didn’t get enough sleep. People who exercise regularly report getting a better night’s sleep than those who don’t. It is recommended you exercise at least 1 hour a day minimum. So the next time you know you’re going to have a stressful week try to schedule an exercise regime to help you through it. The recommended time to get the most out of exercise is first thing in the morning. They say this because you can begin rested and start your day productively. I hope this was helpful to you!

Yoga & Finding Some Inner Peace

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“Yoga” by Stux under CC0 License

It’s hard to feel truly relaxed or get anything done when you can’t stop feeling like everything is out of whack. I think yoga is a great way to get in touch with yourself by starting and/or ending your day on the right foot. Using stretching techniques in yoga is normally done with calming music or no sound at all giving the mind much needed time to wander. Without ever having time to reflect with all of the new distractions we encounter every day it becomes a struggle to not be overwhelmed. Each day that we choose to shove aside the importance of our mental health the stress gets harder to fight off. You may feel as if you’re losing control of your emotions. However, to me, yoga is a way to get around that negative energy building up. It allows some pressure to be lifted so that I can handle my responsibilities. I find yoga to be most helpful at the very beginning or very end of the day. Probably due to that’s when all the things I need to do start to nag at me and I can’t stop the flow. I now realize I don’t need to stop the flow, only to redirect the energy into something productive that is both physically and mentally engaging. I hope this post is of use to you and I strongly encourage you to sign up for a local class or even to just buy a yoga matt and some DVDs. If money is of consequence stretching is free. Try finding a soft rug and following along to some step by step youtube tutorials. I end today’s thoughts with this; Put your mental health first. It is a priority.

Spend Time With a Furry Friend

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When I’m feeling particularly stressed my favorite place to go for comfort is home to be with my furry friends. It allows me to decompress in a way that doesn’t require me to explain myself. There is something so simplistic about spending time with an animal that calms me down. In essence, I think it’s the fact that there is no judgment or pressure with an animal. You can just love them and be content before you’re forced to return to the pressure of work or school. If you aren’t able to be around animals due to allergies or just don’t like animals I recommend spending time with a loved one you feel comfortable around.

Stress & Deep Breathing

I constantly feel like I’m under too much pressure. Sometimes it feels almost literal as if I’m having trouble breathing.When I have a lot of things I need to get done I just stress out. I don’t know why. I think it’s just human nature or fear of not being good enough. But if you feel this way too don’t give up just yet, because I have some methods I’d like to share with you that I use to calm down so I can actually do my work. My hope is to help appease that hopelessness you may sometimes feel when things are piling up, and there is only one of you. My number one method is deep breathing. It may seem stereotypical, but people use it to calm down for a reason. It works. When you’re caught up in your day to day life and are reaching the point of wanting to rip your hair out just take a moment to take some deep breaths. First, clear your head. Then inhale for a few seconds, hold it, and let it out. Slow controlled deep breaths. Do a few repetitions. Maybe even count to ten. This for me always provides temporary relief in my mess of thoughts. Hopefully, it can do the same for you.