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    How to Get Out of a Depressive Funk

    As I write this I’m on a bus back from Edinburgh to Glasgow. A trip I wanted to take to see a few things I missed on my first visit and to finally meet another study abroad friend I had been talking to online for a couple months. I also thought going to Edinburgh would be a nice little day trip to get me out of my usual surroundings. Lately, Glasgow has been really burning me out.

    And turns out I needed this trip more than I thought.

    You see, yesterday morning when I was all ready to go, bag packed and about to walk out the door, I literally almost started crying. I didn’t want to go. I got scared. Of what? I’m not sure. I’ve been to Edinburgh before for two days completely alone before with no issues. I should have been excited to go back to the city!! Especially since I had found some nice vegan cafes and knew all the cherry blossoms were in full bloom all around the city and castle.

    But instead there I was standing in my flat’s doorway, about to cry, trying to get myself to not just go lay in bed all day. I even tried to compromise with myself. “Just go to a cafe here and work Caitlyn. Go back to that vegan coffee shop on the West end.” And while I really wanted to listen to this voice, I just kept repeating, “If I don’t get on that bus I’ll regret it.” So I walked the five minutes to the bus station and got on that bus.

    The hour bus ride there I was going back and forth between silently cursing myself for going and praising myself for doing something my mind was screaming at me not to do. But as soon as I stepped off that bus and went to my first destination, the Scottish Portrait Gallery, I immediately felt better. No more regrets, no more sad feelings, no more weird funk. I felt reenergized and ready to allow myself to enjoy life again.

    How to Get Out of a Depressive Funk: 7 things to try when you're feeling down and don't know how to feel happy again

    I had been in a weird funk since Wednesday, so I was glad to be back as myself. The exact same kind of funk I was in for almost two months when I first came abroad. I felt depressed, lonely, my social anxiety was awful and caused panic attacks if I had to even think about leaving my room. But because I’ve dealt with this weird funks my whole life actually (just never to the extreme I have experienced here) I’ve picked up on quite a few things that help me survive and not want to give up completely.

    Appreciate other people’s art

    Over the past few years, I’ve slowly discovered my love for art. I always loved reading, but it wasn’t until I got to college that I also discovered my love of drawing, painting, and photography. Then after going to a hundred million museums here in Europe, I realized I have a thing for just looking at other people’s art, not just creating it.

    Sometimes I get in a weird funk because I feel like I’m not creating enough, or the right things. And that has definitely played a part recently. I’ve taken so many photos since being abroad, and editing them has just become this huge chore I never want to do. So when I went to Edinburgh this week, I purposefully left my DSLR at home and just went out to enjoy everything through my eyes, and not a lens. Read more…

    3 Things to Try When You’re Struggling to Fall Asleep

    3 Things to Try When You're Struggling to Fall Asleep: The techniques I used to go from it taking me three or four hours to fall asleep to passing out right away | College with Caitlyn

    If you didn’t know, the month of November was a really rough one for me because sleep just wasn’t in my cards. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time to sleep, my body just refused to fall asleep. Lovely right? It had gotten so bad that I couldn’t remember what we did in class and I would always go straight back to bed after coming home for the day. And I don’t take naps.

    The final straw for me was when it took me about four hours to fall asleep one night. When I got up the next morning I hopped on Instagram stories and asked for your help. I was going to test out melatonin, but found I didn’t need it after I started testing out a few of the tricks y’all provided me and that I’ve learned over the years. Read more…

    How to Actually Feel Awake in the Morning

    How to Actually Feel Awake in the Morning: even if you feel like a zombie and could fall asleep on your floor | College with Caitlyn

    Waking up in the morning isn’t difficult, it’s staying awake and ignoring the urge to crawl back into bed after you turn your alarm off that’s difficult. And that’s coming from a self-proclaimed morning person.

    I think one of the big differences between morning people and night owls is that us morning peeps know all the secret ways to get our body and brain moving so that we don’t fall back asleep. But it’s not fair if just us morning people know those secrets! So I’m breaking the barrier and sharing seven things that can help you stay awake and get moving in the a.m.! Read more…

    How to Build the Confidence to Workout in a Sports Bra

    I used to live for the days I could go running in a sports bra and shorts. There’s just something so freeing about removing that one thin piece of clothing. I remember I would never want to put it back on after it took it off, because it feel so good to feel the breeze on my back and whipping past the bare skin of my stomach.

    This was about two years ago. Now I would never dare run around my neighborhood (or the neighborhood over) with just a sports bra on. Why? Because I’d be embarrassed.

    Related: My Struggle with Body Confidence

    How to Build the Confidence to Workout in a Sports Bra | College with Caitlyn

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