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Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Decisions, decisions, decisions, we are making decisions 24/7. Would you have coffee now or later? Burger or salad? Pants or skirt? Am I going out or staying in? Every day we are struggling with decisions and of course we want to make the right ones, sometimes that can be a little bit harder, to be able to see all the positive or negative effects that something will bring to you and your life.

We are used to hearing people saying: do this or don’t, asking friends and mentors for advice and even doing some tests online just to double check if we are right but well, this is something everybody goes thru.

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Choosing a degree

To keep studying and getting a degree is the most common option young people take. If you are thinking about choosing a degree there are several aspects to consider, luckily you have come to the right place. The most poetic advice is to listen to your heart and I mean that’s a fantastic start.

But if you are still having doubts, you can search and read useful information that can help you to choose a degree and make everything clearer for you, especially in that stage of your life. There are many apps like Clearing, a course search engine with useful information to help you make up your mind.

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A similar option that freshmen take, is to look for some universities abroad and enjoy the experiences of living in a new place and getting a degree or even a master’s degree at the same time. This experience can bring a lot of benefits into our lives; you can have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life and learn about new cultures.

Stop worrying too much.

Now, you might have been living alone for quite a while or it could be that you are still living with your parents. If you are already living alone, then you have manage to live on your own and congrats for that, no matter if you are still cooking instants soups. If you’re still with your old folks, it may be a little bit difficult to do the transit to your own apartment. It’s a bittersweet moment of life when the excitement for everything waiting to be discovered meets the uncertainty of the unknown.

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But that will pass. It will take time, but it’s nothing that Netflix won’t fix. Like the North Carolina Home Builder‘s say, preparing to buy your first home can be overwhelming, but you need to be financially prepared, that’s why many young people have trouble, because they do not plan ahead for it.

It’s ok to allow yourself to feel homesick sometimes, but it can be exhaustive if you let the feeling in for too long. There are thousands of students just like you. If you are experiencing something like this, it is time for you (after a good nap if you have time for one) to  jump into the shower, dress up, and go for a walk.

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You can go to the community room if your school has one, to a little pub just around the corner if you are studying in a small town, or you can check out some concerts available on the next days in your city. If you want some more tips, you can also check this list for dealing with homesickness.

If you are planning on living on the university campus, you can search for some ideas of colleges with the best dorms, ‘cus let’s face it, nobody wants to spend most of his or her time somewhere he or she feels like they don’t belong.

Also with all the new rising awareness of sexual assaults on the campus, it’s time for men and women to walk with their eyes open to everything you may face with the frats or faculties. Here are further some tips. You never know when you are going to need this advice, so better be ready than sorry.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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