It’s Time to End the Romanticization of Depression

It’s not cool, it’s not something to be envied. Depression isn’t what it’s made out to be in the media.

The media uses depression to explain away sadness, even simple sadness, but they don’t dive into the many different forms of depression. Speaking for myself, it doesn’t come with the Hot Topic wardrobe, or the cigarette that’s always lit. Hell, it doesn’t even come every day. But it’s always there.

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Motivation Monday

It’s summertime, y’all.

With the rise in the heat, off comes shirts, blouses, pants, whatever clothing item you can think of, as humans strip off to keep cool. It’s always nice to go lay out by the pool, or spend a day at the beach/lake, but with those luxuries comes the extra pressure to “think thin.”

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Confessions of a Procrastinator

Confession: I do not have my shit together. I’m a top-notch procrastinator, who works full-time and goes to college full-time, so with as much free time as I have, I definitely do not spend it being a perfect employee/student.

I love to work out, but not always do I have the motivation or the desire to hit the gym daily, and I’m not someone who goes to yoga class every morning, or practices kickboxing. I have just as much homework as everyone else, paired with freelance writing for a few different websites, so you may be asking, when is the “free time” you mentioned above?

When I do have a day off, I don’t spend it being productive, usually. I sometimes do my homework on my busy days, fitting it in between work, gym, and school, so my free days can be spent with Netflix.

I have a list of series that I’m watching (some for the first time, some for the fifth). A list that includes Friends, because I can’t get enough of them, Pretty Little Liars, and Glee.

When I do work out, it’s usually because my only other option is tackling that homework or a review that I haven’t started yet. Cardio is my friend, sometimes.

I live out of my car. I always have a spare change of clothes — work, gym, and normal clothes — because I make last minute, spontaneous plans, especially when I have a busy day. I randomly go to my friends’ houses, go out for food, stay the night someone, so having a backup of everything in my car is a necessity from personal hygiene to wardrobe. Trash, however, is always taken out, because you can live from your car and not be a fucking animal.

As a writer, whenever I’m hit with a new idea I have to write it down. Which usually leads to a story, or something of the sort, breaking out my inner procrastinator. I can’t focus on homework and real work when I have my new, best-selling novel idea.

Necessities For Surviving A College Day

Spring break is ending, unfortunately, and we’re headed into the final stretch before summer vacation. Heading back to school can always be a bit depressing: no more staying up late, no binge-watching sessions (unless you’re a pro at procrastination like I am), and less fun in general. Back again comes the coffee addiction, because any normal college student can’t function without at least three cups a day.

I’m always finding a way to make going to college, paying attention, and taking notes more fun than usual. It comes down to some simple steps, some simple changes, to make class more fun, and it’s really not that expensive.

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What They Don’t Tell You About Working Out

The fitness fiends on Instagram make working out and dieting look so easy, don’t they? They assume someone has the motivation they have, or the diet they have. We all can’t spend three hours of our day in the gym because we aren’t all models or personal trainers. Not all of us can go around eating grilled chicken and rice for every meal, not when things like pizza exist.

I recently began to focus on myself and making healthy lifestyle changes. I upped my water intake to one gallon a day, mixed with fresh fruits to give it some natural vitamins and antioxidants, while boosting the flavor. I’m beginning to get back into the gym every day, or as much as I can with a busy schedule. I even made the painful decision to cut bread out from my diet. But it’s not all sunshine and daisies, like those fitness gurus make it seem.

Something that’s very difficult for me is actually working out. I’m a full-time college student and I work two jobs, so finding the time to exercise is hard to do. Working at Starbucks helps me get some steps in (for all you fit bit lovers) but I still have to find time for the gym. It’s going to be hard at first to want to make that time: you’ll be exhausted, unmotivated, and have lost the will to be healthy. Push through it. Once you start going, it will get easier.

The wisest advice I ever received was from the receptionist at my gym. “If you’re not happy with the way things are, change it 2% and see what the difference is.” That’s what I did. That’s what you can do. Drink more water. Men are supposed to have about 3.7 liters a day, while women are supposed to have 2.7 . It’s hard to drink so much water, but adding fruit (I personally love adding cucumbers and oranges) to your water makes a remarkable difference.

Change your attitude. Giving up is easy. Some days will be worse than others. It really is a marriage to this lifestyle choice. You have to be committed, dedicated, and okay with failure. Just today, I broke and ate pizza. I was disappointed and disgusted with myself for this, but I worked past it. It’s okay to break, to lose focus, or to want to quit.

I struggle with this, just like everyone else. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make this change and failed. This time is different: I have someone holding me accountable. Every week, my friend is recording my weight and percentage of body fat (they usually have a device that tells you at the gym) and she’s holding me accountable for working out and further toward my goals. Rough times are bound to occur, but this is a challenge just like everything else, but sticking with it is the real challenge.

Beach Day Reflections

When my friend asked me to drive her to the beach, so she could have a photo shoot with one of her friends, I couldn’t resist. Who doesn’t love spending a good, sunny, somewhat warm spring day at the ocean, while making some reflections?

With my life as hectic as it is, I’m always in need of some time to make reflections about everything. The five total hours of driving, paired with time watching the waves flood in and out on the shore, helped me relax, meditate, and consider what’s coming.

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Tips To Not Take Sleep For Granted

Sleep interrupted by stress. It’s kept me from sleep for about three weeks now, and it’s really starting to affect me. Life is hectic. Like while going to school full-time and working two jobs, usually you can count on sleep for some relief, but it’s avoided me lately and I miss it so. My sleep schedule has become messy, resulting in sleep from 1am to 6am, every day. Here are some tips to get the most out of your sleep time:

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