My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

Hey everyone!

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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My First Week Of School // Back To School 2018

Hey everyone!

The first week of school is finally over! I hope everyone made it out alive. For those of you who haven’t started yet, I wish you luck. For those who have, are you as tired as me?

I am fortunate to say that I love the program I am in. I love what I am studying. I know that the Arts, Literature and Language: multidisciplinary program (a college Art Degree) is the best fit for me. For some of you guys who don’t know my past struggles with school, I have a YouTube video all about why I dropped out of college. In brief, I went from a horrible horrible situation in my life to one where I feel like I can actually have a future. Though I was pursuing an art degree at another school it was not where I wanted to be.

My first week has been crazy. It has been trying to figure out a new sleeping schedule, it’s been figuring out how to eat, yup how to eat and where all my classes are and if I like the teachers. For the most part, I’ve been falling asleep super early and naturally waking up at 6 am yet I force myself to sleep till 7. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but it’s like I hate the idea of being up at 6. Like why wake up at a reasonable hour and get ready for school when you can rush?

I’ve also been eating less because I don’t have time to eat. Some of my days are back to back classes from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. I can’t just eat a full meal during class so it’s become eating little bits every now and again when I can. Also, cafeteria food is just not worth it! It was so expensive. I’m bringing my own food or waiting it out next time. (Which I usually do but the other day I was in a pinch).

So far I’ve been really liking my classes, even the classes I wasn’t too sure about. I’m excited to see where my classes will take me. All my teachers seem awesome and the actual content is interesting and engaging.

I have a locker buddy who is super nice but I’ve only seen her once. I leave most of my stuff in my locker much like I said in my backpack post. It’s been working out really well. I’m really happy with my decision to take fewer things to school. It has made my life so much easier. The only thing I will be adding to my bag is Tylenol because I’ve been getting a lot of headaches at school since it’s so loud and I think I’m tired.

I own an Apple watch. Over the summer I didn’t really wear it but I think I’m going to start wearing it more often. I noticed there were times where I wanted to know what the time was but some teachers are super strict about phone use. So I’m going to start wearing my watch so I can see the time. It’s such a super simple thing but I’m so used to using a phone to check the time. It doesn’t help that very few of the classrooms in my school have clocks. WHY? I don’t know! But I would love to know why.

So this is basically a sum up of my week. I’m super happy and can’t wait for the rest of this semester. I would love to know how everyone else’s first week is going? If this is not your first week of school I would still love to hear from you guys too!

Also if you guys didn’t see my last post I have created a Student Planner! You can purchase my planner on ETSY for is on sale right now for only 1.50$ for a limited time!!!! I swear that it is the best planner for your money and it will help you like crazy! Check it out here!

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Why I Don’t Use a Backpack! // Back To School 2018

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It’s back to school season! Who else is super excited to go back to school, cause I know I am? I thought I would make a back to school series for the next few weeks leading up to school starting. I will be going back to college this year for my second semester and I am really in love with what I’m studying. I really wanted to share my tips and tricks and maybe even some inspo for you guys for back to school.

So I know the title may be surprising to everyone. No backpack? Then what do you use? Now, let’s start at the beginning before we get ahead of ourselves. I have always used a backpack since my first day of pre-school all the way up to last year. I have had them all, the ones with my favourite animated characters, the suitcase backpack, the fashionable backpack, you name it I had it. Last year I ended up using a very ugly but sturdy backpack. I was just lugging around so much stuff that I needed something that could hold all my stuff.

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This year I decided I was tired of it. I was tired of carrying around all this shit that I didn’t need. I was tired of my bag being so heavy for no reason. So I decided this year that I was done with it. I was not living that hell again. I bought myself a large purse and said everything is going to fit in here whether I like it or not.

You can actually grab my exact bag here. I love Aldo! Their bags are always amazing! Honestly, if you’re looking for a good quality bag they are the place to go.

Now it was time to get rid of all those extra things. I started off first with my notebook. I had the amazing idea of using a 5 subject notebook last year for all my classes. I think it was just super easy to know that I had all my notes for all my classes at all times. The only problem is that the notebook was heavy. So I was super excited when I saw that they sold 5 subject notebooks but smaller.

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Then it was to take out the 2 or 3 pencil cases I had. I only very used like three things, a pencil, an eraser and a pen. I didn’t need all the colourful pens and the sharpies and all the extra little things I had in my pencil cases. I downsized to one pencil case that really has the bare minimum. The only thing I added to the three things listed above was white out and highlighters and one sharpie. Now it’s light and I only have to worry about one pencil case.

Next, I decided to get rid of the three agendas. Yes, I had three agendas. One for school and one for personal/ school stuff. I decided to condense everything into one agenda. It’s actually a teacher’s planner. I bought it for like 1$ at Target when I went to visit my friend Lauren. I realized a teacher planner was perfect to see when my homework and exams were. I also noticed I never really used my personal agenda. I just didn’t think to use it. Everything is already on my phone so I didn’t need it. That again frees up a lot of space.

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School books. They are a pain in my ass. Now that I’m in college I have a lot more textbooks. Last year I left all my textbooks at home and brought them to school when I needed them. I had a locker, everyone! Yet I chose to have all my books at home. This year I am determined to do a 360 and bring home the books I need rather than have to lug them to school every day.

I was bringing a water bottle and a travel cup to school every day. I would have my tea in one and my water in the other. Liquids get heavy! Plus I would just have an empty travel cup to carry when I was done my tea. I don’t believe I need to drink a tea to be awake in the morning. I prefer just drinking water. I feel like a nice cup of cold water in the morning wakes me up better than any caffeine does. So I am dropping the caffeine in the morning from now on.

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Two books usually ended up in my bag. In case I got bored with the one book I was ready I would bring another one. So yeah, I will be sticking to one book at a time. I don’t think I need to make it clear that books get heavy. I will be working on not bring a ridiculous amount of books too school.

I have never once used a personal hygiene bag every in my life. I have never used a toothbrush or deodorant or floss or band-aids or any of those little things. They were just taking us space in my bag. The only things I do use is Tylenol/Advil and a tampon. So I will leave a small container of pain relievers in my bag and tampons when I need them. I will probably have a separate bag for the days I have gym class with deodorant and perfume because I have a class after. That I will leave at home and just throw it in my bag on the days that I will need it. Other than that it’s really a waste of space to have all those things on a daily bases. If it works for you that’s awesome but for me, it’s just clutter.

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So these are all the reasons why I will not be using a backpack every again. I want to have a more minimalist school year. I wrote this post not to make anyone think that my way is the only way but more to not make the same mistakes as me. You can put all the things I’m bringing to school into a backpack. I just simply chose a bag because to me it’s more fashionable.

I want to know, do you guys bring backpacks to school? Are any of you stuck in the same runt as me bringing too much stuff to school? Leave me to comment I would love to know.

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I Wish I Was a Travel Blogger but…an Update

I did something! I did something big! I took that stupid train to Montreal. I thought I would update all of you guys who showed love and encouragement on my last post about anxiety. I did something that scared the hell out of me and I feel so good.

Just a quick recap, I’ve had anxiety my whole life and it’s prevented me from doing that I want to do in life. I want to travel more than anything in the world. I want to be able to take a plane and just go, no worry and no fuss. The only problem, I get crippling travel anxiety amongst other anxiety triggers.

I did it, I took that train! I have never been so proud of myself. I was worried and got a bit panicky, but I pushed through it. On the train back from the trip I felt like I was walking on air. I felt accomplished and independent and like a bad ass bitch. I had finally done something that would get me in the right direction to my dream. I am now planning other trips to Montreal in the near future. I have caught the train bug.

How did I get to this point you may be asking? It’s only been two weeks since I posted my original post. First, I had a project that was due that kicked my ass into gear. I had to go to the city and I have no one to get me there. So that was less about bravery and more I didn’t want to fail my class because of anxiety. The second is writing in my journal. I have been writing religiously in my anxiety journal every day. Every time I feel a bit nervous about something, I write in it. I bring it with me everywhere. I find this is the one thing I need. I find it so funny how I never thought to do this before.

I am hoping to be able to grow and do even bigger things the more confident I get. I may be going to Disney World or down south. I really want to be able to blog about it.

If really hope this helps people. I know my vulnerability helps me. The more honest I am the more I feel better about my anxiety.

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The Best “Just Add Water” Hot Chocolate – Blogmas Day #3

If you’re like me and like things done quickly, you drink packets of hot chocolate diluted in hot water. Though that can hit the spot when we’re in a rush, sometimes you just want a really good hot chocolate. Nobody wants to be spending 8$ for a hot chocolate at Starbucks. So, this is how I make the best hot chocolate with things I just happen to have at my place.