4 Things We Should’ve Stopped Doing Yesterday

As I was struggling to get a blog post done for today, I started thinking about my impeccably lazy procrastination skills. I heavily procrastinate cleaning, schoolwork, blogging, and pretty much every other aspect of my life. Then, I did the dirty deed of scrolling through Instagram and envying everyone else’s “perfect” lives. Then, I proceeded to stay up far too late stressing about how much work needs to be done to grow my blog, about where my future is headed, etc. etc. etc. Waking up this morning after my downward spiral, I decided to write about some things we should all stop doing to ourselves.

Comparing Ourselves

I know this sounds so cliche, but seriously, you guys, we all have GOT to work on this. From the outside, other people look like they have it SO together. We stare from afar and wonder how they have a handle on everything. A couple nights ago, a girl told me she went and bought all of the supplements I recommended in How I Feel Strong, Beautiful, and Healthy Every Single Day because she said I seem to always feel good. It blew my mind that someone could look at me, and think I have it figured out, when I spend all day thinking everyone BUT me has it figured out. This made me really think about how insane it is that we compare ourselves to the shell other people choose to portray.

Binge Drinking

This is something I’ve stopped over the past year. I don’t know why it took me three years of college to realize how much I HATE throwing up in public bathrooms, feeling out of control, and waking up hardly remembering the night before. Not even to mention how terrible it is to treat my body that way. Don’t get me wrong- on the last game day, I sat with Sam and drank quite a few craft beers at Beer Code. The difference to me is, I wasn’t chugging cheap liquor to get drunk. We were watching the game, talking, and eating tacos, and the beer was really good. I got drunk as a byproduct of a good night. I much prefer this to shots of Bartons until I black out. Join me?

Not Getting Enough Sleep

This is something that I’m still really working on, because I often have trouble getting to sleep, but I do think it’s really important. My Freshman year, I would pull all-nighters for homework, watch Netflix until 3am, and nap all day. It seemed fine, then. Now that I’ve realized how GREAT I feel after a real eight hours of sleep, there is no way I’m going back. I can’t even tell you how much more enjoyable my days are after a good night of sleep.

Stressing About the Future

This might be the hardest one for us. Going back to comparing, social media makes it really hard to not feel like everyone else has their future all lined up. I’ve been trying this new thing lately, where whenever I feel myself panicking about my future, I just decide to stop. I remind myself that I’m only 21, and I go on with my day. The most common mantra going through my brain (also the most cliche in the entire world probably) is: Life is too short. I tell myself this all the time. In this case, life is too short to waste stressing. It’ll all pan out. This is SUCH a freeing feeling.



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  1. Casey

    October 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Erika,
    I can definitely relate the 3rd and 4th ones. Especially for the 3rd one, I still struggle to get adequate sleep due to stress and insomnia.

  2. Aleena Daredia

    October 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I love this post! So simply sums up the things we all realize going through our twenties. <3

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