Five (Easy) Ways to Fight Stress

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This generation seems to have a serious problem with stress;  sometimes you can go entire days listening to conversations centered around how stressed your classmates are.  You may be the first to admit that you’re not the best at dealing with stress, either.  However, it’s beneficial to try out a few tricks to counteract the negative effects it can have on one’s body and mind.  The theory is simple:  if you can win a few key battles against stress, you’ll be one step closer to winning the war.

 

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1. Stop Everything:  If you’ve ever been in a stressful situation, you know that your mind is very tempted to make any small issues snowball into catastrophic problems.  The best way to keep this from happening is to stop whatever you’re doing, step back, and take a breather.  After all, you can’t fight the symptoms of stress if you still feel overwhelmingly stressed.

 

2. Make A List:  A common cause of stress is feeling overwhelmed or being “spread too thin.”  The best way to counteract this is to make a list.  Prioritize everything you have to accomplish, and check things off as you complete them.  Being able to actively visualize your progress will also give you an even greater sense of accomplishment.

 

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3. Take A Break:  Still feeling stressed?  Time allowing, it would be a good idea for you to completely remove yourself from the situation.  Take just enough time to clear your mind and calm your nerves so you can be ready to get back to work.

 

4. Keep Your Focus:  When you feel ready to face the situation again, make sure that you keep your end goal in mind.  Distractions won’t help you finish the task, and your inability to finish it will probably end up making you even more stressed.

 

5. Reward Yourself:  After you’ve overcome a huge challenge, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back.  Whether it’s with ice cream or a movie night, reward yourself–and your efforts will reward themselves.

Stress is a part of life, it’s true-but that doesn’t mean you have to let it knock you down every time it comes your way.  Try to integrate some of these techniques into your daily routine, and wait for the wonderful (and stress-free) results to start rolling in.

Spring Quotes to Keep You Thinking Positive

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When the first signs of spring start appearing, we tend to forget about winter and look forward to dreams of warmth, sunshine, and relaxation.  After all, it’s hard to think about winter chills and dark nights when everything outside is in full bloom.  There are few things that capture the positive essence of springtime more than quotes;  take the time to read over a selection of some well-known quotes and sayings about the happiest season, and you’ll find yourself feeling happier in spite of everything.

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4 Lace-Up Flats College Girls Will Love

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Spring’s quickly approaching, and naturally, you’re eagerly looking forward to swapping out clunky boots for lighter options.  You want a shoe that’s comfortable (running around on campus can be rough), durable, and on-trend.  Enter lace-up flats.  Not only are these shoes very stylish, but they’re also very practical for any girl who finds herself running around from one place to another. Several companies have introduced lace-up flats in their new spring lines, and while Steve Madden and Free People have lovely selections, they aren’t very considerate of a college kid’s budget.   Fortunately, there are several wallet-friendly options that are just as stylish and on-trend as that coveted pair of $80 flats.

1. Lulu’s — $25

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With a cushy insole and a modified pointed toe, these flats are perfect for the girl seeking both comfort and sophistication.

 

2. Forever 21 — $24.90

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Seeking an even more original twist on this pair of iconic shoes?  Try Forever 21’s flats:  they come in several colors, from basic black to pastel blue.

3. Gap — $59.95

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If you’re willing to expand your budget, this pair of genuine suede flats from Gap is an excellent choice.  These are the closest look-a-likes to the $100 and up flats that have been gracing runways lately.

4. Target — $24.99

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Lastly, if you want a readily available pair of lace-up flats for yourself, hop on over to Target to take a look at the store’s newest selections.  Be sure to act fast:  these shoes will fly off of the shelves!

Valentines Day Recipes

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Whether you love Valentines Day or absolutely hate it, you can’t deny that February 14 is (literally) right around the corner.  Even if you aren’t a big romantic, there’s one thing to love about the holiday:  the food.  This holiday is one that really promotes eating, so what better time is there to try your hand at a few recipes?  These treats are fit to satisfy any sweet tooth, Valentines Day lover or not.

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1. Homemade Marshmallows

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What’s better than a nice store-bought bag of marshmallows?  A batch of gooey, melt-in-your-mouth homemade marshmallows. Sure, buying a bag of your favorite puffy treat is quick  The best part:  no oven required.

2. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies

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If your sweet tooth is five times larger than normal, these are the cookies for you.  They are super sweet, and true to their name. Trust me when I say they’re reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake – you’ll fall for ’em.

3. Red Velvet Cake Balls

Quick and Easy Valentines Day Red Velvet Truffles- Makes the perfect dessert for two!:

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If any dessert completely symbolizes Valentines Day, it’s chocolate.  Mix it together with another decadent favorite, red velvet cake, and you’ve got a delicious treat.

What are you eating for Valentines Day?

3 Energy-Boosting Fruits For Early Mornings

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Picture a typical college student:  he drags himself out of bed every morning and is in a low-energy state until he works in his daily dose of coffee.  Even then, he’s sluggish and tired throughout the day.  Does this sound like you?  If so, you might want to ditch the caffeine in favor of real energy foods.  By just munching on a few super fruits, you can guarantee that your energy will be staying with you throughout the day.

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Winter Jackets To Wear On Campus

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Now that nearly every part of the country is finally experiencing some form of chilly weather, it’s time to start looking for winter jackets.  Nothing good comes from you walking outside on a frigid campus without a proper coat on; at the least you’ll be miserable. In serious cases, however, you could end up getting pretty sick.  Depending on what kind of weather you’re dealing with on a daily basis, there are several jacket options that will keep you just as toasty as the coffee you’re probably running to get.

1. Pea Coats

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For the college student who always wants to look fashionable, a pea coat is the perfect option.  They’re stylish, match practically every style, and function well in a majority of environments.

2. Quilted Jackets

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If you’re in a chillier part of the country, gravitate towards puffer or quilted jackets.  The extra lining on the outside provides more insulation, keeping you warmer during single digit temperatures.  These are also often waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about snow or ice ruining the exterior.

3. Fleece Pullovers

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Perhaps the comfiest option of all, pullovers are casual and warm alternatives to typical coats.  If you’re in a hurry, a pullover can easily be thrown on or taken with you as an extra layer of warmth against the cold.

What’s your favorite type of winter jacket?

Easy Holiday Recipes for College Students

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With the holiday season coming up, it’s no surprise that you’ll be wanting a few holiday treats to snack on in the dorm.  Since you can’t have Mom’s home baked goods when you’re in college, you’ll have to come up with another way to get them–either hit up a grocery store or try your own hand at baking.  Not everyone is meant to be a master baker, but these recipes are so simple that anyone will be able to do them.

1. Three Ingredient Butter Cookies

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What’s better than a cookie recipe that only requires butter, brown sugar, and flour?

2.  Christmas Crunch

Among the easiest recipes out there, this yummy snack can probably be made with things you already have stocked up in your dorm.

3.  Eggnog Dip

This Eggnog Dip, delicious and simple, comes together easily and is perfect for holiday parties!

This sweet dip would be perfect for parties and gatherings.  Pair it with anything from sweet cookies to salty pretzels.

What are you looking forward to baking up this holiday season?

Cleaning Out Your Closet for Winter

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Winter is nearly here, now is the perfect opportunity to make room for all of those sweaters and winter jackets in your closet. We know you have limited space in dorm closets. Even if you’re putting to use some organizers for your clothes you should be doing a seasonal purge! Closet cleaning can be a bummer, but it’s something that will give you a fresh start.  Less clothing items equals more hangers to put more clothing items on, and so the cycle continues. Even you can look forward to closet cleaning every season, if you put yourself in the right frame of mind.

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1. Recycling is Key

Everyone has that one shirt that’s lurking in the darkest corner of the closet, just begging to be worn. Maybe, just this once, you can give it another shot.  Surely you can find something to wear it with–give it a try.

2. Forget Sentimentality

Oftentimes, sentimentality is a valued character trait.  However, when cleaning out your closet (or anything else of that nature), you need to put aside the sentimental value of most items.  You may have been wearing that dress when you went on that amazing vacation, but if you never wear it anymore, why should you keep it?  The people who accompanied you on said vacation will understand.

3. Keep the Basics

It’s better financially to keep the basics like tees, jackets, simple sweaters, or a good pair of jeans, because they can be paired with almost anything.  If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it (or buy another one).

4. Organize to Organize

You don’t have to painstakingly color-code every item of clothing you own–but a bit of organization goes a long way.  You can experiment with organizing your clothing items by sleeve length, bulkiness, outerwear, and even occasion.

5. Donate

Why tarnish clothes that are in good shape, when they could be worn by other people? Donating sounds difficult, but in reality, it’s simple as can be.  Others will be extremely grateful for your donation, and having that knowledge is an even better feeling than having a clean closet.

–Tori A. from Prep For A Day

How High School Seniors Can Work Smarter

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In today’s society, most teenagers have a larger problem with understudying than overstudying–most, but not necessarily all. Although not knowing the material is going to hurt your grade, reviewing the material so much that it starts to run together is just as bad.  There’s nothing worse than sitting down to take a test and having your mind become as blank as the sheet sits in front of you .

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Besides the ordinary schoolwork, there are quite a few aspects of our lives that we tend to overemphasize and worry about. Practice does make perfect, but that doesn’t mean you should practice kicking the ball until you break your toe, and if you sing a song one thousand times over, you’ll be so hoarse that you won’t be capable of singing in front of a live audience.

If you want to maintain your high average, healthy body, soprano voice, and–quite frankly–your sanity, it’s important that you learn the difference between hard work and smart work. Hard work is a vital aspect of smart work, but the difference between the two is the end product:  a happy you, or a stressed and overworked you.  I know the outlook that I’d prefer.

Hard work is studying until twelve AM;  smart work is studying just as hard, but only until 9 PM.  Part of being a smart worker is realizing that if you can’t find time to complete every single item on your to-do-list, it isn’t the end of the world.
Tomorrow is a wholly new day, and if you’re well rested, you’ll be prepared to tackle that list–and even more smart work.

–Tori A. from Prep For A Day

How do you attempt to work “smart” instead of “hard”?

3 Books High School Seniors Need To Read

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Picture yourself in the first semester of your senior year of high school, and you’re already planning for the inevitable: college. You’re thrilled about this new chapter in your life, and yet you’re also a little anxious about all of the unknowns that go along with attending school.  Seeking to calm your nerves?  Flip through these books to answer any of the questions you have about life in college.

1. The Freshman 50 by Carly A. Heitlinger

In this short read, Heitlinger compiles a list of what she wishes she had known, what she did know, and what she is glad she didn’t know about her freshman year of college. With advice on everything from textbook prices to off-campus dining, this book is the perfect survival guide for any prospective college student.

2. How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

If you’re especially worried about balancing studying and a social life, this is the book to read.  Newport gives his perspective on smart studying, a technique which not only guarantees a stellar GPA, but also allows enough free time to enjoy being a young adult!

3. The Best Four Years by Adam Shepard

Written by a man who pursued the true “American Dream,” this book is one-half advice guide, one-half inspirational story.  Shepard shares his own college experience (which was funded by a mere $25) and the tips he employed to make it one of the most memorable experiences of his life.

–Tori A. from Prep For A Day