There’s something really satisfying about live streams. It feels awesome that someone, somewhere, maybe on the other side of the planet, is watching and hearing the exact same things as you right this second. While there’s plenty of live streams popping up around YouTube these days (even vloggers are getting into them now), I think some of the most helpful ones are for relaxation. The perks? They literally never stop playing. And if that wasn’t convenient enough, streams (by their nature) pick constant new content for you — perfect for those days you’re just staring at Spotify and can’t choose a playlist. Whether you’re studying, meditating, or trying some self-calming techniques, there’s probably a live stream that can help you out. Here’s some of my favs!

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Twitter is my fav social media app, and I think part of it’s because of the culture. If you’re on Twitter you know what I’m talking about. Sure, there’s plenty of crazies like any other site, but there’s so many hidden niches that I always love discovering. And right now? I’m totally obsessed with the cutest little Twitter bots you ever did see. For those who don’t know: Twitter bots are accounts that are programed to send out automated messages every couple hours. Back in the day I thought the only bots were the annoying ones that send you creepy DMs asking for personal info (#spam). But thank God the world caught up and decided to make something x10000 times better. Take a look at these and let them bless your feed with adorable: 1. little positivity reminders // @tinycarebot Tiny Care Bot is kinda the OG “self care bot” on Twitter (and made by the fabulous Jonny Sun). The account tweets you reminders throughout the day, ranging from water intake to asking you to wiggle your toes. I love the variety of little comments they come up with and how that keeps things feeling fresh. It’s also so nice how the tweets always say “please” and are asking so politely — I’m a sucker for the details, ok?? (*sniffsniff*) 2. pretty pastel mountains // @softlandscapes I’d like to take a moment and thank the wonderful world of technology for using its vast resources and knowledge of humanity…to make pretty pixel mountains for my Twitter feed. Idk how they even do it but the Soft Landscapes account generates gentle pastel landscapes that change size, color, etc every day. Some combos are def better than others (and its fun lol’ing at the strange ones). But finding my “favorites” and giving them a like always feels weirdly satisfying, like I’ve stumbled across my own special watercolor painting. 3. hidden pictures // @tinydotbot Shoutout to anyone who’s taken a random Psych 101 class and inevitably talked about those funky Rorschach tests. This account is pretty much the Twitter version. And even though we all learned that ink blots are pretty much useless when it comes to actual psychology…that doesn’t stop these tweets from being totally addicting??? Some are more “obvious” than others (like the butterfly one up above) but its still fun to have a guessing game with yourself and/or get in a fight with your friend over what…

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We’ve all been in unhealthy ruts. Maybe it’s a bad day, or maybe it’s been a hard month, but sometimes just getting out of bed is the closest you can get to “normal.” I’ve seen some lists where they frame their advice as “healthy tips for lazy girls!” But that’s not quite accurate. Sometimes you’re not lazy — you’re just mentally or physically struggling. And that can be exhausting.  So to fight off those blues, I made a quick list of four easy things you can do even when you’re in a funk. The list has some things for home and some for being out and about, so read along and take things at your own pace: 1. Drink water. Come on. You knew this was coming. Even though “drink more water” is on pretty much every health list ever, I think it’s extra important to think about if you’re dealing with chronic tiredness. Dehydration can quickly sneak up and leave you pretty much wilting. And the worst part? All those energy drinks we often chug to “fix” the problem (sigh) usually make things worse. If you’re having a rough day and there’s only one tip you can follow, try doing this one by grabbing a glass of water. Just place it by your bed or wherever you’re relaxing. And your water intake gets even easier with a handy bottle to keep it in! I personally like bottles with soft spouts – like the Camelbak ones here – since you can just sip away for the rest of the day without worrying about spills. 2. Buy frozen veggies. After the “drink more water” section, it makes sense I’m coming to the “eat healthy” option. Buttttttt let’s be honest: eating healthy is easier said than done. I logically know that when I’m in a bad mood I should be eating something with nutrients to help pep me up. But when you’re super tired, cooking a big meal is the last thing you want to do. My tired girl solution: get frozen veggies! While all fruits and veggies can help your body out, I say “frozen” in particular because you can save them up for whenever your tired times hit you. And fun fact: contrary to what you might have heard, frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh ones. They’re super versatile and I always feel a bit better knowing I’m eating something…

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Everyone’s experience after college is a little different. Some are chasing six digit incomes, others have a solid internship, and then…there’s a few of us spending a lot of time at home if you know what I mean. While my own job prospects are finally making a turn for the better, multiple weeks of unemployment is never easy. You’re freaked out about everything from rent to food to sorority shirt payments you somehow forgot about (sorry, Theta). It’s easy to feel like the world is falling apart. If nothing else, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. While there’s always overachievers out there who had everything planned out as soon as they snagged their diploma, some folks need a bit more time. For those of us in that weird in-between phase in life, here’s a few tips so you can stay motivated and optimistic: Make an attack plan. One of the weirdest parts about post-grad life is the total lack of schedule. You go from your last finals week – and having every last snack break and study session mapped out – to weirdly never-ending “free days.” At first it feels great! You have so much time for everything you forgot about during finals (like home-cooked meals…or showering). But suddenly all those days start to feel overwhelming as they slowly melt into one another. It becomes a slippery slope. One of the best ways to avoid turning into a summer zombie is to set up an attack plan. Having a few goals to check off each day makes you feel like you’re always working towards something. I personally had a small daily checklist with three categories: jobs, house, and blog. Every day I tried to apply to (at least) one new job, clean one part of my house, and make progress on my next blog post. Crossing off at least one accomplishment a day keeps your momentum going. Even if you’re still waiting to hear back from interviews or school apps, put your post-finals drive to good use! Have something to look forward to daily. If you got those summertime sadness vibes going on (*cue Lana Del Rey*) it’s important to have something positive in your life. And honestly, that “happy thing” can be just about anything. When I’m feeling my most stressed, I like to do this basic exercise where I think of one thing that would…

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