How to Survive: Anxiety in College

I wanted to write a post about how having anxiety and depression in college has affected me! For those of you who want to know more (hi new readers! Thanks for stopping by) head over to my mental health page here where you can hear the rundown of my full journey up to now!

Ok, now that you are caught up lets get into what having a mental disorder shall we call it affects my college life. To start off with I want to make this point: some days it affects it tremendously and others not at all, but that is a result of the tumultuous nature of both of these disorders not just my college framework I am working in!

In college there are a few things that really get affected: class, social life (drinking is involved here) and finally overall outlook on life. Lets break those down shall we?

  1. Class (or school in general)

    College is a very stressful time because you are being challenged academically through four years of rigorous learning. At the University I attend it is fast paced with many different course taken throughout the year (more than most universities). My anxiety really comes into play here in a few ways: 1) starting a new class freaks me out. I get worked up about who will be in it, how will the professor act and will there be required attendance??? (because if yes HELP). I combat this with deep breaths and ripping the bandaid of the first day off because it gets betters. Finally 2) assignments. If I am having a particularly hard day it is nearly impossible to study or do homework. I suggest reaching out to your University to see what accommodations you can request to help support you. This has given me room to be anxious or depressed without letting my grades slip!

  2. Social life

    Helloooo anxiety. I don’t have much social anxiety, but when I am panicking, anxious or depressed the last thing I want to do is be around a bunch of people I don’t know at a bar or house party. This really took a toll on my social life but I figured out a HUGE secret this past year: bars and drinking are not the only way to be social! You can get coffee, have a study date, go out to meals etc etc. You don’t have to put yourself in situations you aren’t comfortable with because “thats what you do in college”, but I do encourage you to try new things on good days because you never know you may actually have fun at that random guy’s pregame!

  3. Outlook on life

    The closer I get to the end of my college time the more this comes into play. My least favorite question is “oh what are you doing after graduation” or the classic “what are you going to use that degree for”. Without anxiety and depression these can feel heavy enough, but when you don’t know when you are even going to take you're next breath they are impossible to think about! Here is my solution: find something to get excited about. Who cares if you don’t know what you are going to be doing a year from now or for life. Answer those questions with a simple “still in the works!” and bring you're mind to the next best thing on you're plate. This could be a concert coming up, a date, a fun activity anything to take the weight of the future off your shoulders because trust me you don’t need to carry that around!

I hope this helped you guys reading this! These tips don’t apply to just college, but considering the demographic of my readers it felt appropriate. I am sending you good vibes and positive thoughts today - YOU GOT THIS!



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How I cleared my Cystic Acne Quick

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Hi guys! I have two really exciting skincare posts coming up and I asked you all on Instagram what you wanted to see first and the vote was reallllly close, but this post won!

About three weeks ago I had my second round of cystic acne breakouts. I have no idea what caused them (maybe diet change?) but they were big and really painful! I was all over the internet searching what could cause them and how the hell to get rid of them and I found some things that worked and some things that really did NOT help! I hope this gives you guys a good starting place to help clear up some spots you may have as well!

What Worked:

So I had three main things that really did wonders for me:

  1. Facial at Mooi Studio: you guys have heard me talk about them a lot and it is because I find myself in there almost every single week! If you don’t live in Colorado I wanted to still give you a breakdown of what they did so you can ask you're skincare guru for something similar: Retinal Detox facial which helped fight bacteria on my face, a good clean up of any clogged pores with extraction, a light peel and a good three day face wash system which included pure Vitamin C serum and a light day moisturizer.


  2. African Black Soap: I bought mine from amazon here after a recommendation from a friend. This soap is great for treatment even after spots are gone and leave my face feel sooooo clean! I recommend getting something like this little face mitt so you don’t go through 100 washcloths every week since you want to use it with a cloth and not directly on your hands. - p.s. a 1lb block is PLENTY


  3. Skipping Makeup and Extra Jazz: I can’t stress this one enough. The only thing that touched my face for a week after my facial was Vitamin C serum (like this one), Black Soap and water. I truly think this helped everything get a breather and dry out when it needed to. I am not oily to begin with so resisting even moisturizer was hard for me but it really help my skin just detox!

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What Didn’t Work:

  1. Tee Tree Oil: For a few reasons here…. first I bought this one which if you just clicked on it you know it is ESSENTIAL OIL not a face oil - bad moment. But when I finally got the right one I felt like it was better for little spots and not Cystic Acne like I had. I don’t know this was recommended a lot but it did nothing for me.



  2. A spot treatment: Again my face was way past putting on a little spot treatment, but I will say when I have little breakouts this one is my go-to



  3. Hot Wash cloth: Actually made my spots HURT SO BAD. I could be sensitive but I know this is supposed to open pores and let me tell you mine were not having it.



  4. Freaking out: Ok silly I know but I had a serious meltdown moment and let me tell you guys stress causes a lot of these bad boys, so to the best of you're ability please…. go get a facial drink LOTS OF WATER sit back and let your face just have a moment.



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I hope you guys found this helpful! Next week I am going to be sharing my current skincare routine that I have been using since this episode and I am obsessed. It is perfect for keeping my skin under wraps and super moisturized. So stay tuned xo

Products Mentioned That Work:



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Do Your Thing

I always dreamed of a life with a perfect husband, white picket fence and all the animal print I could ever want. Kidding (kind of?). I love love loveeee that fashion is a way to express yourself and honestly you don’t have to follow any rules because guess what - half of you are like yes girl yes and the other half are turning the screen away because you can’t bear this visor one more second (again kidding?). Fashion is unique and that is why I love that boohoo is currently promoting a campaign called Do Your Thing. It is all about self love and doing whatever it is that makes you happy. This outfit makes me happy and so does this fence therefore I am doing my thing!

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Jacket Boohoo // Skirt Boohoo // Bodysuit Zaful // Shoes Nike // Visor thrifted (unnecessary guys)

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Shorts for Fall

Hello you guys! I hope you are having a great week. I wanted to share how I styled these shorts from Tobi for fall! I know there seems to be a lot going on here from metallic to animal print, but I actually considered it as neutral and think it works really well together. This Vici Collection sweater is a seasonal favorite this year for me and I thought hey if I am going to wear metallic shorts I am going to WEAR metallic shorts!

Shop my Look:

Shorts Tobi // Sweater Vici // Tee Uniqlo // Belt Below the Belt // Bag Chanel



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