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15 Ways to Improve Your Shitty College Experience

Making college fun and enjoyable is a hard thing to do for most people. You may notice that you lack in happiness, or that your stress is out of the roof because of that huge final coming up. Or maybe you struggle with procrastination. Actually let’s skip the maybe, you definitely struggle with procrastination. And relationships? Don’t even get me started on those. Here are 15 ways to better yourself in all of these areas and more.

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1. Start every day with a positive mind

Starting everyday on a positive note is more likely to incite positive feelings during your day. Wake up everyday, and tell yourself today is going to be a good day, or even getting up and telling yourself you aren’t going to fail that big test, and by having that mindset it will trick your brain into thinking so leading to greater happiness and success.

2. I'm sorry, what did you say?

Improving memory recognition is very important and useful. With doing so, you need to flex and tone your brain, such as you would with a muscle. Doing things such as crossword puzzles, or Sudoku are great ways to do so.

3. Got a screwed up schedule? Use patterns to fix your messy life

When using fixed patterns, note that these occur at the same rate everyday, while variable can vary. You can set the rates of variable to occur, on average, at the same frequency, leading to a similar result.

4. Use self discipline to get the shit done that you don't want to do

With self discipline, you have to wire your brain to know limits. Every day, you need to make yourself do things that you don't want to do, such as your homework, and stop yourself from doing things that you want to do, but shouldn't.

5. Focus on you

Put yourself and your needs first, you need to make sure you are eating properly and healthily. Exercise is important because it releases endorphins. And lastly you need rest and relaxation. Learn to say no to others and yes to yourself.

6. Procrastination comes with consequences, trust me

Consider everything that can go wrong from procrastinating, and use this to motivate yourself to not. Take a school exam for example. If you procrastinate studying, or don’t study at all,  you are more than likely to get a bad grade as well.

7. Starting and stopping your tasks lately? What a waste of time

Neuroscience research tells us that the brain doesn't do tasks simultaneously, but actually switch between tasks quickly. Starting and stopping to do another task is less efficient and causes you to make more mistakes.

8. Who needs sleep? Oh yea, you do!

One of the most effective ways to get rid of inflammation is having healthy sleeping habits. This includes going to be at the same time everyday, not over or under sleeping, avoid eating before to going to bed and avoid waking up so many times during the night.

9. Don’t use money as a motivator

If money wasn’t an issue, then people would have a greater purpose to do the actual job at hand. The autonomy to direct oneself leads to more engagement, which then leads to mastery, which is an urge to become more skilled and knowledgeable, not because you have to but because you want to.

10. There's nothing holding you back, except a fixed mindset

You can approach the world either by thinking that hard work and perseverance will make you better (that is having a growth mindset), or that you have only a certain amount of innate talent (that is having a fixed mindset). People with a growth mindset perform better at school, sports, work, and relationships than those with fixed mindsets.

11. Bad at attachment? Try a new style

An earned security attachment style is the best way to go. To create an earned security attachment style, you need to reconcile your childhood experiences, and make sense of the impact that they have had on you thus far. You also need to explore the impact it has had on unconscious decisions you have made.

12. Manipulative kindness, it's a trap!

As humans it is expected that when you do something kind, you will receive a kind act in return. This is the rule of reciprocation, and it is shown through kindness and trust. It can be a great thing in keeping peace and doing good deeds. Just don't let yourself get caught in a situation where you are being taken advantage of for your kindness

13. Think outside your box, not inside others

We have a tendency to follow anyone that acts like an authoritative figure. They show confidence and knowledge, and that makes us feel comfortable. Although we act like this is not our fault since we were taught at a young age to follow instructions from our elders or leaders, it is important to realize the significance of your own decisions

14. Don't take offense to this but...

Don't take criticisms personally so that you are actually able to grow and learn from it. It helps when you approach a situation with rational mind. Along with that, it would be wise to see that same situation from every perspective.

15. You messed up, so own up to it

There are certain steps you need to take in order to better yourself. One of the early steps would be to accept the fact that you make mistakes. You are not perfect and you should open your eyes to see that

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