Benefits of Meditation

With finals approaching, its hard to find space during the day to focus on yourself. The stress and anxiety accompanied with finals week is something thats not easy to handle, and can be very harmful to your peace of mind and well-being. One thing I’ve incorporated into my daily schedule is meditation, and I’m going to share with you reasons why you should too.

Meditation

Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, increase your attention span, and relax the entire brain. When meditating, you enter a calm, happy, and internally expansive place. This space can allow you to bring about a true transformation from the inside out.

Along with mental benefits, meditation also has many physical benefits. Meditating improves your metabolism (which helps you lose weight), lowers high blood pressure, and increases your energy level as you can an inner source of energy.

So if you’re able to squeeze some “you” time in your extra busy life, incorporating meditation would be a great and healthy way to focus and improve yourself.

 

Mood Foods

I’ve been looking to adjust my diet in hopes that it’ll increase my day-to-day mood. I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve come across some everyday foods that will be easy to incorporate into my future diet.

These 5 foods are scientifically proven to keep you happy: 

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1.) Salmon 

According to Pharmacological Research, omega-3 fatty acids (found largely in salmon), can fight depression and improve your overall mood.

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2.) Dark Chocolate 

It’s okay to indulge every once in a while. 🙂 Proteome Research has found chocolate to reduce stress and fill us will important antioxidants.

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3.) Coffee

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with coffee, due to the fact of knowing it, in some cases, heightens my anxiety throughout the day. It turns out coffee can be used for good too, as it can decrease risk of depression.

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4.) Green Tea

A Ohsaki Cohort Study found that there is a connection between green tea consumption and psychological distress. Those who drank more green tea through the day experienced lower stress levels than those who didn’t.

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5.) Eggs 

Having trouble remembering things? At the age of 21, I’m already constantly finding myself forgetting important information, whether it be for school or just for everyday activities. Choline, found in the yolk of eggs, can be used to help boost memory and mood.

The Science of Happiness

 

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Today, I took the Pursuit of Happiness quiz to see just how happy I was.

The quiz takes you through 13 questions that help measure your happiness. After the quiz you’re given a number between 0-115 points with 115 being the highest level of happiness you can achieve.

Under your number, theres a link that will lead you to tips that can help you on your journey to becoming a happier person. 🙂

Click the link below to take the quiz, too!

http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/happiness-quiz/

Procrastination

Procrastination – Putting off an activity that was planned or scheduled, for activities that are of a lesser importance. 

We’re all guilty of it.

Some surveys of student populations show that almost 90% of students say they have some problem associated with procrastination. Being a “procrastinator” can lead you to miss certain important events, not pay bills on time, and can negatively effect emotions.

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According to the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University, 94% of people believe that procrastination can have a negative impact on their happiness. It can lead you to having feelings of guilt and regret for not completing a task until it was last minute.

Getting into a good mindset, avoiding procrastinating at all cost, and taking control of your actions can help you to stay on top.

With Love,

Kelsey

 

Think Positive

It’s November!

Time for you to start overcoming any negativity in your life, and start preparing for the coming of a new year. A new year brings new opportunities, a fresh start, and more positive thinking.

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I’ve been searching for some different ways to help me overcome my negative thoughts. Here’s a few tips that have helped me tremendously so far:

  1. Begin your days with a positive start. 

The first few hours after waking up sets tone for how the rest of your day will go. If your day has a bad start, it’s very hard to turn it back around. Try starting your day by doing something that makes you happy, or have a positive quote sitting on the side of your bed.

  2. Let it out – don’t hold in your feelings.

Bottling things up doesn’t work. When I keep my negative feelings in, I usually end up lashing out on the people I care about most. Talk to someone you’re close to and vent to them. This may give you a more clear perspective on how you’re feeling.

3. Be grateful!

There’s someone else that has it worse than you do. Remind yourself of all the things that benefit you and make you happy. Not everyone can afford three meals a day, or have a place to call home.

With Love,

Kelsey

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Yourself Before Others Love You

 

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Don’t depend on others for your happiness. 

This took me a very long time to figure that out, up to about 6 months ago honestly. I’ve always been the person to jump from relationship to relationship, trying to find that perfect person that will turn my life around and give me the “happily ever after” that almost every girl hopes for.

If you’re like how I was, don’t be. Take your time and love will find you. Don’t go into a relationship hoping that it will fix you because in the end if you solely depend on that person for happiness, what will you do if one day they’re not there anymore?

Learn how to love yourself. Find things that make you happy. Get a hobby, join a club, start yoga classes – do what you want to do and have friends that will stand by your side. Once you find yourself, you’ll know that when you do get into a relationship and things don’t work out, you will be okay.

With love,

Kelsey

 

 

Do What You Love – Picking Your Career

It’s not easy to choose what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 18. On average, 50 to 70 percent of students change their major at least once during their time in college. Yes, making money is the main goal after college, but if you’re not happy while making the money, is it actually worth it? 

After high school, my mom tried her hardest to convince me to go to school for nursing, because it’s guaranteed money once you leave college. Though nursing is a great major and super important, I knew I would not be happy or have fun doing it. Once I discovered Nicholls had a mass communications program, my heart was set.

This past May I began interning for Amps Events, which is an EDM concert promoter that has been bringing world class live events to New Orleans for nearly 20 years. Since I started, I can’t imagine myself wanting to do anything else with my life. With my exceptional love for music and desire for wanting to be apart of something much bigger than myself, I know for sure that this is something I can do for the rest of my life.

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Here’s 4 reasons why you should love what you do for a living: 

1. You’ll feel more motivated, inspired, and productive.  

2. You will be an inspiration to those who are still figuring out their career path.  

3. You will a have a bigger chance at succeeding, rather than those who don’t enjoy their career.

4. You’ll feel a sense of fulfillment.

With love,

Kelsey

 

“A job that you love … gives you extra motivation to meet your goals, and when you do, the sense of accomplishment is outstanding” – Mansanari Arai, CEO and co-founder of Kii Corporation.

Get to Know Your Feelings

“Feelings are what we have the most of and know the least about; handle them or they will handle you.”

Being an avid user of youtube, some of my favorite things to do is watch someone talk about things that are relatable to myself. It reminds me that I’m not the only one who feels or thinks these certain things.

TEDx is an international community that organizes events and invites speakers to talk about their experiences. Mandy Saligari, the speaker in the video below, went through treatment for her mental health problems and addiction in the early 1990’s. Since she has become a therapist herself, in hopes to help people who are going through what she went through.

“What is your ability to receive? What is your ability to say ‘I need help’?” – Mandy Saligari

With Love,

Kelsey

Pets with Benefits

How Having a Pet Can Make You a Healthy Person

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My favorite part about arriving home is the overwhelming love I am welcomed with by my three beautiful kitties. I knew that having them would be great because I’d always have someone there, but I’ve recently learned that they can benefit me in many other ways as well.

In one study done in 2011 involving 217 people, it was shown that pet owners showed a greater self-esteem, were less lonely, were more outgoing and physically fit, and portrayed a healthier relationship style than non-pet owners. Crazy right?

So next time you think that you need a person to fill that emotional void, think again. Pets can not only make a great companion, but also improve your happiness, well-being, and health.

With Love,

Kelsey

Look Better, Feel Better

Nike shorts, sandals, and a big t-shirt.

This is the outfit I put on basically every single day for school. I had ultimately decided that being comfortable was more important than looking good about half-way through my first year of college, and since I had never found a legit reason to wear anything other than a t-shirt and shorts to school.

For the first time in probably three years, I woke up this past Monday morning with this random urge to actually dress, dare I say it, cute. I had to get out of bed a little earlier, which I didn’t like, but it was definitely a nice change from my normal “get ready in 10 minutes and run out the door” mornings.

As I arrived at school, I felt a greater sense of confidence walking to class than I usually did. I felt like I didn’t just blend in anymore and that I was actually…noticeable. A guy held the door open for me, too, which was nice because that never happen to me. I felt more important, stylish, and pretty darn happy. Wow, could making myself look better on the outside really impact my overall mood?

After having these results from the first day, I decided to dress a little better throughout the rest of the week to see how it would affect my happiness. Though there was no extreme differences, I did feel better about myself overall, had a greater sense of confidence, and interacted more with my friends and people around campus.

In the future, I definitely plan on dressing a little nicer for school with hopes that it will continue to make me a more sociable, happier person.

With Love,

Kelsey