Stress!

Hello everyone! I know I’ve kinda been MIA the last week or so and I’m sorry! Stress and anxiety has been getting the best of me. So I decided this would be the perfect time to write about stress? We’ve all been stressed at some point in our life and college is were a lot of it happens. Between having several classes, managing your social life, and having personal time m, things get hectic. 

I’ve come up with just a few simple tips that I have found helpful. 

  1. Walking. I have always underestimated the power of taking a walk. My boyfriend bought me a Fitbit last month for my birthday and I’ve been encouraged to walk as much as I can. After taking a walk outside I’ve noticed I feel much calmer and level headed. So try taking a walk to the park or even just walk around your local neighborhood. Take your dog with you or plug into your music. 
  2. Drink lots of water. I know I lost this in almost every health post I wrote but water is amazing! Not o my does it help your body function better physically but mentally also! 
  3. Do a favorite activity. Put aside 20 minutes every day to do something you enjoy. Dancing, listening to music, writing in a journal, crafting, or napping! 
  4. Organize. Stress can add up pretty fast when you spend most of your morning looking for that paper you finished last night. Use a calendar or planner to keep track of important events. 
  5. Meditate. Take another 20 minutes of your day in quiet. Meditate, do yoga, or pray. Find something quiet that cams your mind and body. 
  6. Talk it out. Sometimes we need someone to listen to our stress and anxiety. It’s okay to reach out for help and to accept you’re having a hard time. If you feel you need too, reach out for professional help. There is no shame in asking for a helping hand every once in a while. Look up therapists in your area or ask your college about on campus physiologists. 

Remember to take care of yourself! 

College Germs!

Sickness. We all get it. You’re sitting in class when the person next to you sneezes on everything in a 10ft range. You know he is sick and you immediately wish you could soak yourself in Clorox. The dreaded bug is going around
Make sure you’re well prepared by creating a “sick bag”. I use a small makeup bag and it’s filled with:

  • DayQuil tablets
  • Tylenol
  • Cough drops
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Emergen-C vitamin C powder
  • Tissues
  • Decongestant tablets

This bag has become a life saver so many times. You’re already sick and even walking sucks so who wants to have to go to the store? It’s all about planning ahead. 

Other:

WATER WATER WATER. We’re suppose to drink at least 64oz of water a day. That’s a lot! Drinking enough water helps basically every single organ in your body and helps your immune system!

So next time you’re feeling icky, make sure you stay home and rest!

Free Money? Yes please!

We have all been there…waking up just knowing you’re going to need that starbucks drink. So there you are digging in your car cup holders praying to the coffee god that you will have enough. You just spent your last $5 on that delicious Jimmy Johns sandwich last night and now you’re screwed.

Well, at least I have been there…too many times to count actually.

Over the past couple months I have learned about a couple different phone apps and websites that you can earn money for free!! At first I giggled thinking these were too good to be true but I have personally tried both of these and have earned a combined total of $56 in the past month.

Now I know that’s not enough to make a living but that’s enough for that morning coffee!!

  1. iBotta:          This is an app that I downloaded onto my phone after hearing my boyfriend talk about it a thousand times. When you sign up and redeem your first rebate you will get an automatic $10. YES PLEASE! In order to redeem all you have to do is go through their list of eligible items and then after you purchase them at the store you scan the bar-code, and take a picture of your receipt. After submitting it you can expect to receive your rebate within 24 hours. So far in about a week I have earned $23.

2. Swagbucks:      This is my favorite thing ever! Do you shop online? Then you MUST use swagbucks. This is an online search engine account that will give you “swagbucks” for using their search engine, filling out surveys, and they even give you money back for shopping on certain sites. 1 swagbuck=$0.01. Which seems so little but adds up quickly. For example: They had an even going on to where when you shopped on walmart.com you would earn 8 swagbucks per dollar that you spent. I ended up getting almost $2 back while buying the things I needed for the month! Surveys usually take anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes and you can earn up to 200 swagbucks!

 

Again, I know there are tons of cool things out there to help you earn free money so don’t be afraid to check them all out! These are just the two that I have personally tested and have had success with.

 

Happy Earning!

More about Me!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

This blog is all about surviving college. I started my college career in March of 2014. I was attending DeVry University and was going to get my BA degree in medical administration. Things turned upside down when my dads health declined in November of 2014 and I dropped out of university. My father later passed away in March of 2015 and everything had changed. My father was a Vietnam and Korea Veteran who served 20 years in the United States Air Force. In his later years he was diagnosed with PTSD from his military service. I saw the struggles my father faced and this changed my perspective on what my calling was in life.

In January of 2016 I began my freshman year at Pierce College. I am now studying for my Associate of Arts degree with a certificate in Mental Health. I will then be going onto university to achieve my Bachelors and then my Masters in Social Services.

My job is full time school and taking care of my mother who suffers from multiple health diagnosis. I myself suffer from several health problem including migraines and Borderline Personality Disorder. This makes going to school difficult. Being a college student is hard enough…handling your mental health and going to college is both amazing and horrible. Don’t get my wrong I love what I am doing and I wouldn’t change my current situation for anything. However a lot of my posts might be about handling your health and staying happy while earning that college degree!

Other posts will be about studying, choosing classes, and all sorts of stuff I learn along the way myself. I will also share links to videos and pinterest boards that I find helpful.

I hope you all enjoy!