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An Honest Discussion About Self-Expression

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and right in the midst of taking summer classes. My summer this year has been full of empowerment because I’ve gotten the chance to see the bigger picture of how the world works. I’ve been granted the opportunity to reflect on how the way I think about myself, and the way I act as a result not only influences my mental health, but the mental health and lives of everyone else around me.

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Promote Your Blog Here!

Found this online and thought it was a great idea! I started blogging about two years ago, but just started blogging using wordpress a couple months ago. I love sharing my own thoughts but also like hearing and reading the thoughts of others. Check out my blog and I’ll check out yours!

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Growth Mindset

A step-by-step guide for the novice

Hi again everyone!

It’s been about a week since I was last able to post. It’s the middle of the summer, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes that I’ve made and growing I’ve done up till my halfway point in college. Overall, I can honestly say I’ve become a much healthier and happier person.  I realized I wouldn’t have been able to do this if I hadn’t adopted Growth Mindset. It truly changed my life for the better. I thought I might write this step-by-step guide for anyone who hasn’t heard about it before.

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Kindness and Community Health

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a great 4th! The 4th of July is always a reminder to me that I have a lot to be thankful for: having autonomy over my mind, body and behavior, living in a place where I feel safe, having the ability to be myself, and above all, having a reason to spread kindness.

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Dieting Mindset

Being healthy without being miserable

Hi everyone!

I was excited to see that I got a lot of positive responses to my last post, based on why we crave sugar and how we can satisfy this craving while still being healthy. Going through the process of writing that got me thinking about dieting in general- mainly, why is it so easy to stop enjoying diets? There should be an easier way to be healthy without forcing ourselves to up the types of foods that we love eating. And fortunately, there is! But first, we need to face a few important facts.

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Food for thought- Sweets

Sweets And Your Mood

Hi everyone!

It’s Aarti, and today I’m in the mood to talk about something sweet-literally sweet!

There is one thing that is common about every season which is that every season brings along a new kind of sweet and savory treat. And while it’s not bad to enjoy these types of treats every once in a while, in our modern food era it’s so easy for unhealthy, sugary and fatty foods to become part of our every day diets. And despite this, sugary and fatty are the types of foods that people innately enjoy. Though it might hurt to have to think about giving up the type of food you might like best, there are ways to still satisfy your sweet tooth while making healthier choices

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Gear up for a healthy summer

Take a breath: in, then out. Then repeat. Imagine yourself running- maybe you’re in a lavender field that fills you with the sweet, refreshing and flowery yet relaxing scent of the purple flower; maybe you are running up and down the salty sea at the beach,  wet sand between your toes. Imagine bliss: a sun-filled sky, a soft breeze that makes your hair flow back over your shoulders and the sun warms your skin without causing you to break a sweat.

It’s perfect. And if you haven’t figured it out already, yes, I’m talking about summer.

Whether or not your ideal summer day looks like mine, we both know that sometimes, we can’t enjoy the summer days the way we wish to. But I think we can also agree that one of the reasons we all love summer because it presents a great opportunity to excuse yourself from your ever-busy life to relax, even if it’s just for a few days. For me, this means taking time to be reflective about my last academic year, and using my three months of freedom to learn something new, work on taking care of myself and get myself refreshed and ready for the next academic year.

But, as a university student, the summer also means time to chase down opportunities I don’t necessarily have time for during the academic year. This means that I need to find time to relax while still being on the go. Luckily, I’ve been able to discover a few easy tricks to help myself relax even while I’m busy. Keep reading to learn more!

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4 ways to live your life honestly

When someone asks us how we are, we are expected to respond that we are “well”. We are expected to greet people at school, at work and in public with a friendly smile, and for the sake of professionalism, we are expected to hide our tears, our anger or despair, because any other state besides content can make others uncomfortable.

It is strange that in a world that holds honesty as a virtue, we take comfort in being dishonest about the way that we feel- not just with others, but in doing so, also with ourselves. As a society we are entrained in doing so, and the worst part for me is that I don’t know how and when to stop. When will it be okay to cry in public, without getting judgmental or uncomfortable stares? When will it be okay to admit that no one is always “well”?

This is a question that I’ve been struggling to answer since I started thinking about it a couple of years ago, when I got tired of faking my well-being for the comfort of others. And from what I learned, here are 4 ways to be truthful about to myself.

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A D.I.Y guide to putting yourself out there

About two months back, I got my nose pierced. I’d been thinking about doing it for over two years, and I kept telling myself that one day, when I could afford to pay for it, I’d do it. But doubt, fueled by repeated warnings that it would get infected and I would grow a horrible wart, and being told that piercings didn’t suit my personality, held me back. When I finally made myself do it on a random Friday that I had off from work, I finally realized that the scary parts of putting yourself out there, the fear of judgement, is far outweighed by the feeling of being completely yourself; the feeling of coming home to someone you recognize and admire.

People almost only ever talking about “putting yourself out there” when it comes to relationships with others, but in my experience, putting yourself out there has more to do with you accepting yourself for who you are, before having that same expectation of others. If you need a little help getting started, keep reading!

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YOUR Body, YOUR Mind

Why every student should be a health science student in some way, shape or form.

What if I told you that I could prove to you that apples were bad for you? What if I also told you that, with very little scientific knowledge, you could easily prove me wrong? Even just a little bit of knowledge about the health sciences can help distinguish facts from fiction in research. Continue reading “YOUR Body, YOUR Mind”