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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Dealing with anxiety is never easy. After grappling with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) most of my life, and hearing a million and one opinions on how to ~best treat it~, I’ve grown to know what works for me and what doesn’t. So pro-tip from a veteran: self care check-ins are really awesome. For those of you with me on the anxiety train, you know there’s some days where every molehill feels like a mountain. There’s moments where even getting out of bed is a struggle because all you can think about is the huge to-do list awaiting you…so your mind just annoyingly shuts down. It’s on those kind of days where help is best served in slow, little steps. And check-ins (via either an app, a site, or just your diary) can help. The idea is that by answering pre-set questions about how you’re feeling that very moment, you can be gently guided through what little steps you can take to make yourself feel better. So enter Aloe (and the cutest little check-in you ever did see). Here are a few reasons why I like it: Check ins give active improvement. Now Aloe (and its parent site, Femsplain) by no means created the idea of the check-in. But what I love about the tool in general is that I find it so much more helpful than some vague advice article on the internet. Someone telling you to “just relax” is a lot less useful than, say, Aloe’s breathing exercise graphic at the end of the quiz. With the check-in you’re getting concrete results and better self awareness. I feel a bit more accomplished each time I do one, and sometimes you just need that little kinda win in your day. There’s a nice selection of questions.  While most online check-ins ask a lot of the same questions (have you gotten good sleep, drank enough water, etc) Aloe’s has some cute and handy variations. I liked how it made a point to ask about taking vitamins / meds and even if you’d brushed your teeth. Honestly, it’s the smaller things like that that can fall through the cracks. And having the mood selector based on cute flower emojis was a tiny, but adorable, detail. They have a virtual “interactive garden” on Twitter! Ok, this one is totally random and not even related to the check-in itself, but I thought the Twitter garden…

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