mental-health

Two screen shots + some pictures

First of all, thank you to everyone who commented (and emailed/Facebooked/text messgaed) me about my last post.

Wow. I didn’t expect to receive so much support and advice. I love the blogging community and the amazing friendships I’ve made. I will definitely keep everyone updated on my situation and how I’m handling things!

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Two screenshots

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The temperature was 39° when I woke up the other day, and I continued to be crabby about the chilly weather by complaining to Jimmy. I better suck it up because I lived through 8° weather in January!

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I’ve been listening to this song way too much.

Some pictures

Hannah
Hannah stole my phone the other day and took some selfies. Now they are on the internet. Love you, Hannah 😉

crocs
I’m really sorry, but I think Crocs are my favorite shoes. I even wear them out in public.

pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is pretty awesome.

Did you know it’s officially fall? Yeah, I bet you already knew that.

Here are some of my favorite fall recipes:
Butternut squash muffins–Don’t knock ’em till you try ’em!
Pumpkin muffins
Pumpkin smoothie
Pumpkin spice pancakes
Butternut squash soup–it only has five ingredients!
Mom’s chili
Rosemary Chicken
Sweet potato-lentil stew
Vegan oatmeal cookies

What’s your favorite fall recipe? Please share!

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On Stress

I spent Saturday morning crying. Actually, I think sobbing is a better word. You know that kind of cry where you can’t even form a sentence, and you have an instant headache afterwards? Yep, that was me.

I’m currently dealing with some mega school stress right now. I’m not going to go into detail (probably because I’ll start crying again. Ugh.), but the point is that I’m feeling overwhelmed. My classes are hard, and I have a lot of responsibilities on campus–the typical college life stress.

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(My mom and I working at a real estate event together after my meltdown…)

Though I’m (clearly) a work in progress on stress management, I want to share four things I do to handle stress.

1. Seek God first.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I know it’s time to spend extra time reading my Bible and praying. I’m usually tempted to feel like I have so much going on that I just can’t make time for more Bible reading, but I have come to realize that reading the word of God is one of the best things I can do in stressful situations. I also like to pray more–really pouring out my worries, and leaving them with God. The hard part is leaving the worries to God, but I’m always working on it!Bibletime

2. Prioritize.
Spending a few minutes figuring out what needs to be done first can be so helpful. Something may not need to be done for a couple of weeks, whereas something else may need to be done in a few days. Knowing what I have to do today relieves a bit of anxiety, because it helps me realize that I’m probably stressing out over something that isn’t even due for a few weeks. I try to take life one day at a time!

3. Try to achieve balance.
This is one of the hardest things for me. When I know I have something to do, I tend to have “tunnel vision” until it’s done. I try to remember that it’s super important to pay attention to all aspects of my life. I should spend (fairly) equal amounts of time doing homework, working, and playing. When I have balance in my life, I’m a better student, daughter, Christian, athlete, etc.

4. Take care.
I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s always good to remember to take care of myself. I have to know my limits, and realize that it’s absolutely necessary to take care of myself. By taking care, I mean doing things I love, getting enough sleep, saying no sometimes, asking for help, and enjoying the little things in life.

The other thing I do to handle stress? Drink a lot of coffee.

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How do you deal with stress?