Don’t be so hard on yourself all the time. Your day only has 24 hours, so don’t spend so much time thinking about all the things you did wrong. To err is human. As long as you try to be better next time, you don’t have to worry about it.

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You can’t know everything about everything. Even if you are in a stage of your life where so many people expect you to be informed about all the stuff that’s happening around you – you don’t have to be. Of course it’s hugely important to not be mentally blinkered, but don’t stress about being Misses Know-it-all (because nobody likes her anyway). And don’t you ever feel ashamed when you don’t have an opinion about something if you don’t feel like having one!

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Stress is now a big part of your life. The sooner you accept that the quicker others might accept it too. Stop apologizing if you don’t have time to do something that just doesn’t fit in your time schedule right now. It’s not your fault. Things have changed and there’s no reason why you should feel guilty about changing as well. You have to prioritize your To-Do-List; otherwise you’ll find yourself in the same chaos everyday over and over again.

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Take time out of the day to remind yourself you are alive. Put the books, papers and pens down and go outside. Breathe in that fresh air. Look at the colours of your surroundings. Listen to your favourite music as loud as you like. Put on your favourite clothes and don’t give a damn about how you look for just one fucking minute. Think about the joke your dad told you this morning in the kitchen while your sisters were giggling in the background. Have a cup of coffee with your mom and spill out your guts because you know how good it feels when she gives you the best advice a mom can possibly give to her stressed out daughter. Appreciate the people that help you through the dark days and do more of the things you love. Open your eyes, heart and mind. Nothing will be the same in a year.

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Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading my very first article I published on here. I'll try to write a lot more this autumn, so keep your eyes peeled! Feel free to stay in touch with me by leaving a comment or writing me a postcard - I do my best to reply as soon as possible, I promise!