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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

Washing A Pile Of Dishes In The Kitchen Sink

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2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

Cooking Food In The Kitchen

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3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

College Male Sleeping In Bed

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4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

Saving Cash Money In Piggy Bank

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5. Learning Who My Parents Are

 

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

Parents Mom and Dad

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Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?

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How To Be Happy

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Wondering how to make today a good day? Turns out scientists had the same question. Check out the things they discovered that can increase your happiness and make today great:

1. See Happy Friends

According to Brigham Young University researchers, low social interaction is just as bad for your lifespan as obesity, being an alcoholic, or even smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. So get out and socialize! Especially with your happiest friends. For each happy friend you have, you have a 9% increased chance of being happy yourself.

Group of Happy College Friends

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2. Be Kind To Others

Performing small acts of kindness for others can lead to an increase in life satisfaction after just 10 days. So buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you, buy someone flowers without a reason, or do whatever you can think of!

Female College Student Holding Flowers Outside

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3. Go For A Run

It only takes 20 minutes of working out for your brain to begin producing endorphins, which are the “happy chemicals” that create the euphoric post-workout high. In that same 20 minutes, your body releases a protein which protects you from stress as well as emotional disorders, such as depression.

Going Outside For A Run Sneakers

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4. Try Something New

People who take part in a wide range of activities are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who said “no” to that weekend rock-climbing class.

Outdoor Rock Climbing

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5. Say Thank You

Dr. Robert Emmons, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology, says that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. Writing in a gratitude journal for a few hours over three weeks can increase happiness and keep it at a higher level for six or more months.

Say Thank You Note Card

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So there you have it! What are you going to do to be happier?

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4 Indoor Activities To Avoid The Cold

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter weather has swept much of the nation in the past few weeks. With frigid temperatures, snow, cold rain, and sleet – venturing any further than your bed may seem like a task.

Here a few fun ideas to help you and maybe even your roommate(s) pass some time away:

1. Card Games

Speed, Spit, and maybe even Go Fish are great card games to play. If you want to make it a little more entertaining, invite your floormates to a tournament. Prize for the winner of the tournament is semester-long bragging rights.

Playing Card Games With College Friends

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2. Movie Marathon

This is a great time to get to know your floormates! Ask everyone to pick his or her favorite movie and have a movie marathon! Getting to know each other’s taste in movies is a fantastic way to build some common ground between you and your floormates … and kill some time!

Group of College Friends Watching Movies

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3. Read

It’s an old-school way to pass the time! Plus, there are some really great books that will soon be turned into movies, like The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. Check them out before they head to the big screen.

Male College Student Reading Book

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4. Start Blogging

You have thoughts and opinions, so why not share them? There are several hosting sites that you can choose from: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and many others! Write about things that inspire you, things you’re interested in, or even your favorite sports team. If you are trapped inside, blogging can take up tons of time just to jot down things you’re thinking about.

Female College Student In Dorm Blogging On Laptop

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There are many things you can do if you are stuck inside. What do you like to do?

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3 Ways To De-Stress

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Feeling stressed out from school, mid-terms, or life? Don’t allow stress to takeover and overwhelm you! Here’s a few ways that you can unwind, relax, and de-stress.

1. Unplug From The World

One way to de-stress is to cut out all electronics. Shut yourself off from the world by unplugging yourself from technology! For one whole day (or at least for a half day), allow yourself to relax and enjoy the day without the nuisance of texting, emailing, or the internet. You’ll feel more refreshed and much more relaxed after you’ve spent a day to yourself. Distract yourself from all these electronics by reading a good book, playing an instrument, or painting! If you can, go on a mini-getaway by going on a bike ride or maybe even a hike!

 

No Technology Cell Phone IPad Tablet Internet Ban

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2. Kick It Out

Sometimes when we have all this pent-up stress, we need to have a way to get it all out. I personally like to get active when I’m stressed out. Going for a walk, run, or hiking a trail is one of the many ways I release my stress. One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is kicking and punching all that stress out. Most school gyms have punching bags, so wrap up your hands and get to punching! You’ll feel much more relaxed and you’ll have a blast doing it! Not to mention that wonderful work out bonus!

Man Kick Boxing Punching Bag

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3. Spa Day

Have yourself a little spa day and don’t let anyone disturb you! If you’re on a budget and can’t go to the day spas in your local area, then check out YouTube videos for some awesome DIY spa tricks. There are tons of DIY facemasks that you can find on YouTube. Here’s one of my personal favorites that is super easy and will make you feel completely refreshed:

Share with us what you like to do when you get stressed out in the comments below!

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Pet Care: Finding Time As A College Student

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A lot of people get their first pets when they go to college or a little bit after. I started with a cat, and then added another, and now I have a dog! I also have a full time job, an internship, and school. Needless to say, I’ve had to come up with some ways to not only keep my grades and work ethic up, but also how to be a good parent to my fur babies!

1. Put Them First

I used to go out on weekend getaways, stay at friends’ houses, not come home for hours all day, and now I can’t do any of those things without a solid plan. If I’m not going to be home all night, I either spend the money to board my animals to know they are safe, or I get a trusting friend to go feed them and play with them! If you get someone, make sure they play with your animals. As much as they need food and water, they also need love!

College Student Male Playing With Pet Cat

Photo © Pet MD

2. Make An Effort

There are days of the week that I work eight hours, go straight to school, and then have meetings. I could easily just go home and be lazy, but I make myself take my dog on a walk for at least fifteen minutes. I chose to have this animal, so the least I can do is give him a short walk at the end of the night! Plus it is a bonus exercise for me too! With my cats, I bring out their toys, and while I’m watching TV, I just play around with them! This actually is a great way to de-stress!

Male College Student Walking Pet Dog At Night In Park Outside

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3. Save Money For Your Animals

It makes me so sad when I see people get a pet when they don’t have the money to truly care for them! I’m not saying you have to lavish your pets with diamond collars and fluffy beds. But, you do need to have the money to buy good food, grooming, boarding (if needed), and vet visits! I only get my dog groomed every few months so I’m not crazy about it, but with him being long haired I know that it’s necessary!

Cute Puppy Dog Groom Hair Cut

Photo © Pet Buddies Pet Care

Take care of your pets, even if you are a super busy college student! If you don’t have time to take care of them, then please give them to someone who does because they deserve it. Not only will taking care of them make them happy, but it will make your relationship with them so much stronger, which is why we get pets in the first place!

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