advice, college, life, lifestyle How To De-Stress & Look After Yourself September 9, 2018

A huge part of looking after yourself is knowing when to stop working, studying or over-thinking and just sit and be with yourself. But so many people fail to really appreciate the importance of this, or how to really go about achieving it. The truth is that being able to actually take time to unwind and relax is a hugely vital role in the act of taking care of yourself. If you think you could do with learning how to relax more, then take a look at the following. As you will see, it is actually relatively easy to take care of yourself in this way, so long as you know what you are doing and you actually take the time to do it.

Manage Your Time

If you find that you frequently don’t have enough time for yourself, then the problem might be a simple one: maybe you are not managing your time well enough. That might sound obvious, but you would be amazed at just how many people fail to really manage their time properly, and it’s something that you might want to look into in order to actually be able to take better care of yourself. With good time management, you are much more likely to have the chance to relax and look after yourself, and you will find that it is a lot easier to stay relaxed and stress-free in general anyway. For these reasons, this is often one of the first things you should look into if you are to try and start relaxing more in your daily life.

Follow Your Pursuits

Everyone has their own idea of fun. It might be opening up your Final Fantasy 15 A New Empire mobile strategy game and spending a few hours on that. It might be going to the pub with a few close friends and talking about whatever might crop up. Or maybe you love to be in the kitchen, or the garden, creating things. Whatever it is that you enjoy, make sure that you are allowing yourself the opportunity to follow them at every turn. The more that you pursue these passins, the more relaxed and at home in yourself you will feel, so this is really an important thing to make sure of. Often this is enough to ensure that you are genuinely happy and relaxed in your daily life.

Meditate

There is a way to seemingly create more time and to be more relaxed at once, and it is meditation. Despite what you might think, this is not something that has to be particularly spiritual or religious. Actually, it is just a simple matter of sitting, focusing on the breath, and allowing yourself to be present in the moment. If you do that every day for about twenty minutes, you will find your life opening p with more time and more passions to pursue, and you will feel so much more calm and relaxed as you go through your daily life.

I hope you enjoyed the post! I just started school again so I will definitely be implementing these into my routine.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

advice, college, life, lifestyle How Do Students Get Ahead in College? August 22, 2018

It’s not easy being in college. You’re still growing as a person, trying to find your way in the world, and all the time, you’re trying to keep up with your studies. While there are many different factors to college life, the truth is that it’s not the friends or social times that are the most important: it’s making sure you come away with a good degree. But have you ever wondered how some students seem to get good grade after good grade, and others struggle to keep up? We take a look at some useful tips for getting the best marks possible below.

They Choose Their Classes Well

You’re going to have to do well in whatever classes you’re taking…so make sure that you choose well! But of course, it’s not easy deciding what to study. It’s best to start by looking at the subjects you’ll enjoy, and then make a couple of hard decisions: will I be pushing myself if select this class? Will this take me to where I want to go? Also: if you’re choosing a class because you want to look impressive, or, even worse, because you want to please someone else (say, parents), then you’ll only have yourself to blame if you’re not in love with the class and struggle to keep up.

And Their Professors

Some subjects are inherently interesting. But others need to be brought to life. If you’re going to be engaged with a subject, then you need to be taught by people you like, trust, and respect. There are some classes out there that could be interesting, but they’re presented in such a boring way that you can’t help but fall asleep. Sometimes, it’s best to choose a professor over a specific subject. You’ll learn more if you’re not daydreaming through the professor’s lecture!

Showing Up

“Missing class” is something of a running joke in college. It’s being so normalized that people don’t even think twice about it; if they’re a little under the weather or, in many cases, just tired, they’ll choose to stay in bed. But the people who get the most out of college power through the temptation to stay in bed, and get themselves to class. While there will be times when you’re not able to make it, try not to go too easy on yourself. You’ll learn something if you go, you won’t if you don’t. But more than that, you’ll also be setting standards for yourself. You’re here to work!

Limiting the Partying

OK, who’s going to suggest that you don’t party in college? Not me. It’s a big part of it, and so long as you’re staying safe, it’s highly recommended. But it’s important that you don’t party too much, even if you’re not going overboard. Those late nights will catch up on you, and you’ll soon find that you’re more inclined to skip class. Keep your socializing to the weekends, and focus on your studies during the week. You’re not missing out on much if you don’t go to those Tuesday parties.

Extracurricular Activities

One of the best things about college is that there are so many things to do! From sports to arts and beyond, you’ll find there’s no shortage of extracurricular clubs and classes to get involved in. While you might prefer to binge-watch Netflix, it’s worthwhile joining these clubs, because in so doing you’ll be throwing yourself into all aspects of college life. When you’re life IS college, you’ll naturally want to succeed!

Going the Extra Mile

You’re not in high school anymore. You’re not in college because you have to be there. You’re there by choice. If you’re going to get the most out of the experience, then it’s not enough just to do the bare minimum. Go above and beyond, and it’ll be reflected in your grades. You can attend the many optional talks that’ll be taking place on campus, or buy dissertations to see what first-class work looks like. The result of going the extra mile will be that you raise your standards. Soon, you’ll find yourself towards the top of your class!

Finding What Works

It’s all pretty easy in high school. You’re told what to do, and do it. In college, you’re left to your own devices, by and large. Alas, many students struggle with this freedom, and end up spending way more time than they should be procrastinating from their studies. As such, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is to find out what works best for you. If you know that you work best in the mornings, then get up and do work; you’ll have the afternoons free (see? Plenty of benefits!).

A Happy Home Life

When you’re trying to achieve anything, it’s best if all the important aspects of your life are in sync. In college, this will mean your “public” life (college), and your “private” life (where you’re living). As such, you’ll be well served by taking the time to make sure you live with people you know, like, and trust. College life can be difficult, but it’ll be all the more straightforward if you have a safe, happy space to retreat to.

No Hesitation

We know that being away from home, in a new environment, in a stressful situation (studying) can be tough. But if you’re going to go to college – and get all the benefits that it brings – then that’s what you’ve signed up for. People do a lot better in any scenario where they’re completely absorbed. If you’re forever wondering if you made the right choice by selecting your college rather than another one, then you’ll struggle to find focus. While you’re there, throw yourself into all that college brings. You only get out what you put in, after all!

Final Thoughts

There are no guarantees when it comes to college success, but there are things you can do to get yourself ahead, as we’ve soon above. Beyond that, it’s all about enjoying yourself!

I hope you enjoyed the post and that your semester goes well!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

advice, anti-haul, college, life, lifestyle It’s Never Too Early To Start Taking Care Of Your Financial Health August 19, 2018

Have you ever thought about how you’re taking care of your financial health and whether you’re taking steps that are in its best interests? Most young people don’t. They think they have plenty of time, and would rather spend money on things that bring short term pleasure. That’s totally normal – nobody is perfect! However, it’s never too early to start taking care of your financial health and getting into good habits for your later years. You don’t have to scrimp, save, and stop buying things that you like, but becoming more mindful and easing yourself into becoming better with your money is pretty much always a good idea. To get you started, here are a few suggestions:

Get A Better Idea of Where Your Money Goes

First, you need to have a good idea of where your money is going. If you don’t, then you can hardly use it in a more sensible way. Banks are now giving customers a better idea of how they are spending their money by showing pie charts and graphs. You can also download apps that will allow you to see. You might be shocked to see that you’re spending more money on something than you initially realized! I love using an Excel sheet to track my spending! 

Come Up With A Budget

Now it’s time to come up with a budget. You must live below your means if you’re going to stay financially healthy. This doesn’t mean scrimping, saving, and living a low quality of life just to have an extra bit of money in the bank. It means coming up with a smart budget where you split your finances up, and allowing yourself some pocket money to use how you like so you don’t go nuts.

Be Smart With Your Spare Money

When you have spare money, be smart with it. The sooner you start looking at investments, the better. You can find suggestions here, but which will you choose? Make sure you also invest in your self development, as it’s investing in your future. These are definitely ways of spending money that can be considered investing.  

Wait Before Purchasing

We’ve all had the uncontrollable urge to buy something at one time or another, only to buy it and realize we didn’t really want or need it. If you can control yourself before buying something, you’ll usually find that within a few weeks the urge wears off!

Build Up Your Credit

Build up your credit by paying your bills on time, taking out small loans (sensibly!), and looking at other techniques are creating a healthy credit score. Just don’t be tempted to take out loans you’re unsure about.

Save An Emergency Fund

An emergency fund will cover you for unexpected occurrences and give you peace of mind. Put a portion of your earnings into an emergency fund each month and forget about it.

If you think about it, taking care of your financial health can be considered self care. Your future self will love you for doing these things now, and if you don’t, you’ll wish you had. You don’t have to be perfect, just consistent.

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something from it! Budgeting while on a college budget is really important.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3