Hi, friends! We’re approaching the most stressful part of the school year… finals week. Because it’s such a special time in the school year, I decided to do a three-part series on having a successful finals week. Every Monday, for the next three weeks, I’ll publish a new post for the Successful Finals Week series. Today’s post is about taking care of your mind and body. Your mind and your body are the vehicles that will help you achieve success, so you can’t neglect them!
Don’t waste time and energy stressing out.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you see how much you have to study. Instead of stressing out, focus your energy on getting the work done!
Homework: Be mindful of your thoughts. If you notice that you’re starting to get overwhelmed, take a deep breath and count to ten. Then, focus your energy on studying instead of stressing out…
Between classes, extracurricular activities, jobs, church, and other commitments, it’s hard to find time to work out. Unfortunately, in the midst of all these activities, working out is often one of the first things that gets cut out of our schedule when we are too busy. If we’re lucky, we get to work out every once in a while. Working out once in a while is definitely better than not working out at all, but if you really want to receive the benefits of working out, you must make it a habit. Here are some tips on how to make working out part of your lifestyle.
Be consistent when working out.
The best way to form a habit is to be consistent. Working out on a certain day of the week and at a certain time makes it easier to keep up the habit. Take a look at your schedule and pick a day of the week (or multiple days of the week) and time that you can commit to working out every week. Make sure to write it down in your planner and mark yourself as “busy” during those hours.
Hi, friends! I’m so excited for the new year. A new year is a great opportunity to begin a new chapter in life. It’s a perfect opportunity for making changes and for goal setting. Many bloggers, including myself, have taken advantage of this opportunity and have set goals for 2017. I have decided to change things up and write this post about my goal setting method. This is the method I used to set my goals for the upcoming year:
Divide Your Life
One of the first steps in goal setting is to divide your life into “categories” (ex: professional/educational life, spiritual life, blogging life, personal life, physical fitness, etc). Dividing makes it easier to create the list of goals, and it causes the list to look much less intimidating.
Then, take each “category” of your life and scribble a quick list of the things you would like to improve in that area. Use this preliminary list as a brainstorm. Turn off your inner editor and let the ideas flow. Don’t worry about the goals being too general or too small; you’ll have time to edit them later. For now, just get everything out of your head…
I know I’m not the only girl who has looked at another girl and thought to myself, “I wish I had her hair”, “I wish I had her eyes”, “I wish I had her body”, “I wish I had as many friends as she has”, or “I wish I was as smart as she is”. I also know I’m not the only girl who stalks pretty girls on Instagram and falls into a comparison trap.
Comparison is a big problem among us girls. Women have great potential, but comparison makes us focus on being better than the next girl rather than on bettering ourselves and helping better each other. Recently, I read a guest post on The Young Hopeful written by Sarah about body comparison. It inspired me to write a post explaining my own take on comparison in general. Here are some ways to squash the comparison bug…
If you attend a different college than your best friend, there’s a good chance you don’t see each other as often as you did in high school. No matter how many times you promise to text and call, life sometimes gets in the way, and makes it hard to keep up the friendship. It’s difficult to maintain a friendship when you don’t see each other every day and you’re both doing new things and making new friends. In my situation, it was hard to keep in touch with my best friend during our freshman year because we were both doing such different things and had busy schedules.
My best friend is studying something different from me, so she went to a school that had an excellent program for her field of study, while I went to another school that had an excellent program for my field. During my first semester, I missed her like crazy and I was lonely. Now that we’ve spent a year at separate colleges, we’ve learned how to maintain our close relationship despite both of our crazy busy schedules. Here are things we do to keep our friendship strong.
Both you and your best friend must make compromises and put effort into the relationship.
In any relationship, whether it’s familial, friendly, or romantic, both people involved must make compromises and put effort into the relationship. Without this effort, the friendship can easily fizzle out. For example, sometimes, I make the trip to see my best friend, and sometimes she makes the trip to see me. We both take time out of our schedule to hang out. We understand when the other person is simply too busy to talk or hang out. We both intentionally put in time and effort to make sure the friendship stays alive…