For the second post in The Passion Project series here is my good friend Kaitlyn to talk about her passion: self care. In this post join Kaitlyn and make your own DIY self care kit!
Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a mental illness? And that doesn’t account for the un-diagnosed! With psychological disorders on the rise, more and more people are finding it harder to focus on themselves and their mental health. Self-care is important to everyone whether you have a mental illness or not. It allows you to calm yourself down in a healthy way and take some time to focus on YOU.
Whether you are just having a bad day, or have a severe mental health attack, practicing self-care can change the outcome of your day.
Self-care is the act of doing things for yourself that can help lift your mood and make you happier. There are a variety of different forms of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual. All aspects of self-care are extremely important to your overall being, however, we will be focusing on psychological and emotional self-care.
Psychological and emotional self-care can go hand-in-hand. The majority of the time, our psychological status can affect our emotional status and vice versa. We all get stressed out about something, whether it be a grade in a class or a fight with a friend or significant other. Sometimes, especially during a mental health attack or when we are too stressed to think clearly, we just don’t know what will make us feel better and we may choose to resort to unhealthy coping options. Having a list (actually write it down or type it up on your phone) of positive coping tools is a necessity so when you are feeling stressed, you don’t need to search for something you can do, you can just pick something from your list!
I personally have a list of positive coping skills and one of my favorites was actually suggested by a mentor of mine. She had suggested that I make a self-care kit and gave me so many ideas about how to create it. I thought it was an amazing idea, so I took to it! Read More!
Every semester that I have been in college I have taken the time to sit down and create 15 goals for that semester. I chose the number 15 because there are 15 weeks in the semester system at my school.. so it just seemed right!
At the end of each semester I reflect on the goals that I set and share with you which ones I reached, which ones I got close to, and which ones I completely let slip away. Honestly, before doing this I was never into setting goals. I figured, I have a dream in my head of how I want to feel (happy and proud of my hard work) and that’s all I need. However, since practicing writing down and sharing these goals my productivity has skyrocketed and I’m able to see real measurable growth in myself!
Real talk time: College is expensive. Like expensive.
Don’t waste your money, your time, or your education by missing out on your classes. You may be saying “but Dani, I go to class, I show up, I participate… so I’m not missing out on my classes!” but you may be wrong.
There’s a lot more to college than showing up and doing your homework / studying after class.
It’s time to kick yourself into gear and stop wasting your tuition. That class time is what you’re paying for, get your money’s worth and benefit your education in the process.
Here are 5 habits that you can do in class time to make sure you are getting the most for your money and learning enough to make your homework and studying easier! Get the most out of class time: Read More!
Today I am excited to introduce to you today the first post in our new Passion Project series! The goal of the Passion Project is to introduce college and millennial women with ways to get involved in new hobbies in a hopes that they will discover a new passion and learn more about themselves in the process. Molly is here today to talk about her passion, running, and what you need to get yourself started as a runner.
To learn more about The Passion Project, and even how to submit your own post to this series, click here.
5 years ago if someone had told me I would have run 5 marathons by now, I would have looked at them as if they had two heads. Running a race was not even in my list of top 10 things I wanted to do, much less something I would enjoy. In fact, I did not enjoy it in any way shape or form. I was a soccer player in high school and had always dreaded when we had to go on runs to train.
However, in college my brother ran one and I started to think about how cool that would be to say I’d run 26.2 miles. But, when I would go on a quick jog, I still didn’t enjoy it. Nor could I go very far. Nevertheless, my dad, my sister and I all signed up for a marathon together to prove we could run one and thus training began.
It took me awhile to actually enjoy training. I could hardly run three miles at the beginning, but after a few weeks I noticed a change. I could run three with ease and had started to look forward to see how far I could make it without needing a break. Through the training process, I fell in love with running. I fell in love with the way it made me feel after, the way it challenged me to push myself harder and harder, and the way it gave me time to clear my head.
I’ll be honest with you. Running is not very fun when you’re not in shape. But, if you push yourself for even just a few weeks, you’ll start to see a change and crave it. You have to push yourself to get to the point where you will love it. Before you start your running process, though, I believe you need 5 things to become a runner: Read More!
Passion:noun; an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.
Here at Dani Dearest we focus on encouraging and empowering college and millennial women to become successful in their studies, strive to go far in their careers, and feel creatively fulfilled. The last couple of weeks I have been working hard on a project to expand this goal, and I am excited to introduce it to you: The Passion Project.
Finding a hobby or a passion has been proven to help reduce depression and anxiety which can help to lead to an overall happier life. I believe that hobbies and passions help to form who we are: our beliefs, our moral compass, our foundation, and our mental and physical health. As one grows up they learn what they like and what they don’t, which crafts and creates their personality. Read More!