“Our lips finally met. He tasted like those burritos he had for lunch. This is actually really gross. Oh god, I don’t want to ruin the moment though. I wonder if I have any mints in my bag I can give him. This was a bad idea.”
Eating and Drinking: Make sure you eat food, and drink water
regularly. Carry a water bottle everywhere you go if it helps. I always have a
water bottle, and something I can snack on in my bag, because I tend to forget
otherwise. Eat healthy foods where you can, but honestly, something is better
than nothing. Take the time to eat, and drink. Nutrition and hydration is
important for fueling your body and will help you focus, and stay focused.
Taking breaks: These are necessary. It doesn’t have to be long, but you should
aim to take at least five minutes every hour, and some longer ones here and
there. It can be hard to stay focused, and you can burn yourself out easily if
you try and study for hours on end, day after day. Listen to your needs.
Getting a headache? Take a short break.
Mental Health Days: We’ve all had those days where we’ve had good intentions to
write notes on some chapters, maybe work on an assignment, read a chapter in
the text book, or whatever, only to wake up, and feel like our mental illness
is getting the better of us, and study just isn’t on your radar. It’s okay to
take a day off to do something mindless, or enjoyable, or relaxing. It’s
important to take these days when we need too. Don’t feel ashamed to take a day
off for your mental health.
Socialising: Go to that party, catch up with that friend for coffee, Skype with
that friend, catch up with your dash board, or Facebook news feed, whatever it
is, it’s okay to do those things. Just as long as you don’t always do those
things. Not letting yourself do those things, especially when you’ve been
struggling with mental illness and motivation to study, and you take your
socialising away from yourself entirely as punishment, can contribute to the
cycle of not studying. Find a balance that works for you.
Talk to someone: A therapist, a friend, a
significant other, sibling, parent, teacher, whoever. If you trust them, and
ask if it’s okay to talk to them about things that are bothering you/going on
for you, then you should talk to them. Talking about things can really help you
to start working through things one by one when it all seems overwhelming, and
upsetting. Also, don’t be afraid to let your teachers/professors know that you
are going through difficult times. Utilise the programs and resources your
school/college/university has to offer. Ask for that extension if you need it.
Exercise/Stretching: It’s good to not only have a regular routine for your
overall physical health, and fitness, but during your study sessions, it’s also
good to get up, and move around, and do some stretches every once in a while.
Just like with taking breaks, you can use those break times to incorporate some
movement. Get up, walk around the house, stretch, do some star jumps (I think
some people call them jumping jacks???). I am terrible with exercise regimes. I
am working on trying to include walking around the block, weights and resistance,
and other things into my week, because I know that exercise is supposed to help
with focus, and my overall physical health. And it’s supposed to help with
mental health too.
Sleep: Get some sleep, and get some good sleep! 7-9 hours of good quality sleep
per night, is ideal for most people. Know yourself, and how much sleep you
need. I personally need about 8 hours, anything less and I struggle. Sleep can
be hard if you’re struggling with insomnia (I do) but giving yourself as much
opportunity to sleep as possible (within reason), will really help. Also, taking naps during
the day can really be helpful. I often take short naps when I get home from
classes, because I find it helps me to consolidate the knowledge better, and
revitalises my body, and my mind for me to continue with my day, as classes
take a lot out of me mentally, and physically. Don’t stay up all night, you’re
better off getting some sleep earlier, and getting up earlier. And take naps if
you need too!
Be fair to yourself: This is really important. Know your needs, and treat yourself fairly. Even if you don’t get everything done that you wanted, even if you had to take a mental health day when you have so much to do, it’s okay. Your feelings are valid, and you are not weak/worthless/incompetent/insert other self-hating statement here. You’ve done so well to accomplish what you have managed today. You are amazing.
This is the last post to my post series Studying
with Mental Illness:
Ideas for Studying, Motivation, and Self-care. Here can find my general post, studying post, and motivation post.Thank you for reading. I know these ideas won’t work for everyone, but I hope that they might be useful to someone. Take care.
5cent bag credit round 3!
When I worked at a store we had a bag credit like that but only up to 5 bags. Even if you didn’t use them you could get up to 25 cents off for bags. Somehow people thought I, a 16 year old girl (at the time), had made that rule up.
“But I have 10 bags!” Yeah…and? I can give you 5 bag credits. “BUT I HAVE 10!!!’”
You’re right. You saying it over and over unlocked the secret mystery, I TOTALLY CAN give you an extra 25 cents off! You just had to whine about it enough! Thats totally how it works!
Also, this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine: I personally feel that the whole raw/grain-free/all-natural premium whatever food trend goes hand in hand with food trends seen in human diets (paleo, gluten-free, organic). In and of itself, not a bad thing - it certainly allows for a bigger market variety for dogs who truly have food intolerances, skin issues, EPI, allergies, the whole shebang.
HOWEVER - and this is where I get angry - it’s rooted in elitism. Many of these supposed “higher end” foods are not financially accessible to a large swathe of the population. I’m sorry, I can’t justify spending $70 on one bag of food when I have two dogs, one of which requires 4-6 cups of food a day depending on the calorie content of the food just in order to maintain a healthy body weight. There is little to no scientific backing to the claims of how much better these premium foods are and they use a lot of coercive, fear-mongering language and that then gets transferred onto humans who are made to feel like shit for not feeding Acana or Orijen or all organic homemade raw by a personal chef for the dog.
I’d rather see a dog fed on “lower quality” food than have one go hungry. Feed what you can afford and what makes you and your dog happy. Think critically, know your pet, know when it’s at its healthiest and when it’s doing poorly. Every dog is different. Don’t be a fucking dick about it.
Late, but here I am! Tagged by @alpinjongari <3 Here are a few of my merch stuff: @mamath (the boxfox), @vivtanner (the deer wooden charm & moleskin sketchbook sticker) @elk64 the goldfish charm that floats from my pocket ..the rest are gifts from friends etc (or artists I don’t remember, sorry!)
I have a lot of organic and home-grown dried herbs that I can part with. I’ve made teas and salves with most of them. I am willing to trade for stones, bones, teeth, or furs, or I can sell small bags at a discount price.
I have: hops, crampbark, echinacea root, hawthorn, skullcap, red clover, valerian root, nettle leaf, boneset, calendula, comfrey leaf, motherwort, white willow bark, arnica, coltsfoot, chickweed, meadowsweet, and burdock.
Please contact @meskri if you’re interested :) I’m in the US and willing to ship anywhere if the shipping price is reasonable.
Pairing: husband!Dean x wife!Reader Word count: 385 Warnings: Angst, mentions of death
You’d piled the kids into the car, loaded their bags, and silently cried as you pulled away from what had been your home for so long. Your oldest watched you, old enough to know that this had to do with her father. Her eyes moved to watch out the window, the rain coming down faster and faster.
“You guys hungry?” You asked, wiping your cheeks. “We can stop and get something to eat. How’s that sound?”
“Can I have a Kit-Kat?” Came the voice of your 6 year old son.
You chuckled lightly. “Let’s get you something else first, and then you can have a Kit-Kat. How about I drive through McDonald’s?”
“If he’s getting a Kit-Kat, can I have a bag of M&Ms?” Your daughter spoke up.
“I want Daddy….” The voice of your youngest cut you to the core.
Travelling through Ireland, you will see beautiful stone shapes called dolmens. A Dolmen is two massive, long tables of limestone. Over them as a kind of shelter is placed another giant cap stone. In the Celtic tradition these were known as ‘Leaba Dhiarmada agus Gráinne’, i.e. the bed of Diarmuid and Gráinne. The legend tell that Gráinne was to marry Fionn, chief of the Fianna, the old Celtic warriors. She fell in love with Diarmuid. The two of them eloped and the Fianna chased them all over Ireland. They were cared for by the animals and received advice from wise people. They were told, for instance, not to spend more than two nights in any one place. It was said that when they rested at night, Diarmuid put up the Dolmen as a shelter for his lover. The actual archeological evidence shows that these were burial places. The legend is more interesting and resonant. It is a lovely image of the helplessness which sometimes accompanies love. When you fall in love, common sense, rationality and your normal serious, reserved and respectable persona dissolve.You become revitalized. Where there is no passion, your soul is either asleep or absent. When your passion awakens, your soul becomes young and free and dances again. In this old Celtic legend, we see the power of love and the energy of passion.