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Make Me Smile

Go on. I dare you.

There’s been a few happenings lately that have left me feeling kind of blue. To be completely honest, I think half of it is due to the horribleness that is the Vancouver winter. Let’s just say when it’s been a little too grey for a little too long I feel a little too blue.

But in agreement with my 2010 resolutions, and my reflections on said resolutions, I’ve decided to focus on a few things that are making me smile these days.

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Sort of random, but this yogurt is delicious. Mostly just this flavour; lemon. I bet there’s a brand that does it better as this one is a little thin and sour, so I’m going to be looking. Does liberte by chance have a lemon meringue?

(Also notice the SUN in the above picture, yesterday was warm and sunny and that definitely made me smile.)

smiling 013This is more then just a pretty flower, which hey makes me smile even on a grey day.  But it reminds me of my awesome friends, and good roommates here.

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Noodle Box. Spice Peanut noodle box. Possibly one of the best Victoria exports. Deliciousness in a box. Not only that, but well, going to the Noodle Box is a trip down memory lane for me, as it was a thing for me and my roommate back in Vic. And also it’s another good night with good friends.

Another thing that makes me happy? Going for a run, which I’m off to do as I type. (Well after I type…)

What has been making you smile lately?

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Mental Health 101

Hello all!

My marathon study session continues. Well sort of.

See I’m a horrible student. I can’t do the marathons study sessions, never been good at, hope to never be good at it. I can’t sacrifice my health (physical or mental) for the sake of an A in a class. I get decent grades, I do the work, but hey I like balance.

How Do I keep myself sane during exam periods?

These are some of my favorite random tips I’ve accumulated over the years:

  • Take Breaks: I usually take a break every hour or so. Sometimes it’s 5min. Usually it’s about 20min. And sometimes it’s an hour. 😉 What can I say? Sometimes I really need a break.
  • Exercise. Usually at least one of those breaks is exercising. The past few days it’s been really simple for me; running errands. Going over to the free gym in residence for a treadmill workout, and doing a little yoga. I actually started my day today with exercise.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Sometimes you have to let some other things slide. Don’t feel like doing the dishes? Room a mess? Didn’t quite hit your study quota? Bet you got a lot done anyway! Unless it’s really distracting you, oh well! you’ve got bigger fish to fry.
  • Don’t guilt trip. Ok this one is personal, as has been mentioned before I’m a total stress eater. I’m actually not doing too bad right now. Sure I’ve had some ice cream and a cookie or two, but on the whole? I’m not stressing about it. 🙂 Other things to worry about.
  • Have a plan. I like a plan. I usually make a list of what I’d like to get done; everything from just start time, to exercise, to breaks and what I’m going to study. But I don’t guilt myself if I don’t follow it strictly. Just sort of gives me structure when there really isn’t a lot of structure in my day….
  • Just do it. Sometimes you have no idea how to go about studying for something, and you let the worry get to you. Honestly, sometimes you just have to dive in, and hope the path opens up to you.

Those are the main ways I keep sane anyway. I do think I take too long of breaks, and I probably could have really good grades.

I mean just look at what I’m doing right now? A little procrastination? Maybe…

Alright, I’m back to studying! This has been one super long break. 😉

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Ice Cream Time

Last day of classes done and gone!

My cold is nearly gone!

And the weather has been so nice!

And tonight I’m going to study! Nah. Don’t think so. Though it might happen. Mostly I’m taking this evening to just sort of… do what I feel like without feeling guilty. I don’t have plans to go out, I’m not doing anything big…. Just watching TV and of course enjoying a bowl (or two) of…

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I might write in my journal (pictured above). I used to write in my journal a LOT. Then I got busy. It’s always funny to me how when it’s probably most interesting to really record what’s going on inside, we don’t. That journal was start by yourstruly two years ago Dec 1. Wow. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Oddly enough, I do flip through it, and it’s funny because I totally know what I’m talking about sometimes. Other times, I’m like, what am I talking about?

Either way it’s fun to look back.

My appetite came back tonight, which is nice. Supper was an egg on a bed of brown rice. Sooo good.

Alright, a really intriguing episode of Criminal Minds is on, gotta go!

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Hump Day’s Over!

Hello lovely readers.

Hope you all had a happy hump day!

My eats for the day started with a warm bowl of oatmeal and coffee:
(I ran out of milk with this year 😦 )
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Since I knew I’d be camera shy I took a picture of my lunch before leaving:

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Snack was tea, yogurt with pineapple and chocolate chips
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(Am I the only one who really likes the milk curling up in a cup of tea? I don’t think it does this in coffee…)
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And dinner was leftovers: + a 1/2 tortilia with cheese not picutered:

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Yes that’s a chick lit book, so sue me! I like to enjoy a book that doesn’t involve huge concentration.

Right now I’m enjoying some herbal tea and the other half of that tortilla with some peanut butter and honey. Yum.

Stress Eating

So yesterday I posted about how I was stress eating. It’s not uncommon, it’s nothing new, it’s not unheard of by many of you visiting my site.

But what exactly is it? Why is it that when we feel stress we suddenly feel a need to binge on anything or everything in sight?

Well according to psychology today (a magazine), it comes down to physical responses to stress. Stress is response to something in our environment that we feel threatens our well being. There are physiological responses, and cognitive responses to these stimuli.

From an evolutionary standpoint stress responses came about for survival. We would usually find more energy to deal with the situation once thought to be out of our personal resources. Of course the stressors we originally developed these responses against were not quite the stressors we have these days.

We all have different coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. These can be maladaptive or adaptive. Maladaptive coping strategies don’t help you get rid of the stress. Think stress eating; doesn’t really help you at all does it? Whereas adaptive will help you get to your goal. Say, actually studying for the test.

I really found the psychology today article very informative.

I also took some of the notes from my Sports Psychology class, whilst studying.

And I’ve tried to think of some strategies to use for myself to avoid studying I mean stress eating:

  • Like Liz suggested; chewing gum. This does help, I’ve done it in the past. My problem is I go through gum like no other.
  • Keeping my hands busy. Even if I’m not studying, taking a break but still feeling anxious about something, if I keep my hands busy with something, it definitely helps keep them away from the cookie peanut butter jar.
  • Breath: Put your hand just below your belly button. Take a deep breath, trying to make it reach your hand. Do this three, four times, or until you feel calm. It’s weird, but it works really well.
  • Just Getting It Done. That’s right, just sitting down and getting some work done. This is something I’ve only really started getting the hang of recently, just. Getting. The. Work. Done. That. Is. Stressing. Me. Out.
  • Making a list. It sometimes helps to just write out what’s stressing you. Then write what the worst thing is that can happen. Once you realize how ridiculous some of the things you think are going to happen are, you’ll probably calm down a little.
  • Taking a Break. Sometimes it’s seriously what you need. I know when I start stressing and studying too hard I break, so I make sure I take a break.  Do something you really like; exercise, read a book blogs! Or listen to music or anything that will help.
  • Try not to beat yourself up. This is a big one for me too. I have to make sure I don’t feel guilty not doing other stuff (like working out as much as I’d like to!) that I normally would be able to do. You can’t do everything, get used to it.

Anyway, that’s just some stuff I found that might help you other stressed out students out there. 😀 And just remember sometimes it’s ok to just have some chocolate or peanut butter.

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