Addiction – The Struggle Is Real

Anyone can become addicted if the conditions are right. Although some folks think that people that do get addicted to a particular substance are weak or morally deficient in some way. But that isn’t actually the case. In fact, it’s much more helpful for the person suffering an addiction, and their families to see it as a genuine illness, one that is tough to fight but can be cured. To find out more about addiction and how to overcome it keep reading.

Cold Turkey

Cold turkey is the term used when you stop using whatever substance you have been addicted to completely. Without reducing the dose or using another substance to take the edge off of things.

Can it work? Absolutely, if you have the willpower and motivation to get through what will be a very uncomfortable time. Is, is the best option for you? Well, this is a more complicated question. Maybe you are sick of smoking cigarettes and just want them out of your life? Then yes cold turkey is great, but there are other substances such as alcohol that can be very dangerous to stop using completely, all at once. Continue reading

Help! What Support Can Your College Offer You?

Starting college can be a pretty daunting experience. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or you’re going back to school as an older learner, stepping into any new environment is often scary. However, one of the great things about college is that you can find support when you need it. Of course, some colleges are better at delivering the support you need than others, which is why you need to choose your school carefully. If you’re not sure about what support might be available to you or what to look for, have a look at the following ways you can make your college experience go a little smoother.

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Check out campus solutions online for dealing with day-to-day issues. Pexels, CC0 License.

Tech to Manage Your Own Information

Although you want support from your college, you also want them to give you the tools to be self-sufficient. This is one way they can offer support, by making sure you don’t always need to seek out someone to ask a question or complete an action. Systems like mobile campus solutions make it much easier for you to take care of your day-to-day issues. If you need to change some personal information on your student record or deal with a financial issue, it’s much more convenient if you can do it from your phone. It removes the need to make an appointment with the right office, and maybe get passed around between different people.

Emotional Support from Campus Counseling

College tests how much you can handle academically, but it can also have an effect on you emotionally. You might find yourself dealing with personal problems or feeling super stressed during exam time. Most colleges will offer some sort of support for students who might need someone to listen to them. As well as counseling services if you want to talk to someone in person, you can also sometimes use phone lines if you want to talk to someone anonymously. Plus, you can usually ask for more practical support if something is happening in your life, such as an illness or a bereavement. Continue reading

What Is Success? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

Success. A huge topic that author Tina Frisco hones in on with beautiful, inspiring words in her guest post at The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Also a shout out to Tricia Drammeh for reblogging it – I fear I might have missed reading it today otherwise! Well done to all involved ♥

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While writing the introduction to a fellow author’s book, I realized many of us view success as an end-product. We aspire, we strive and, if fortunate, we manifest. Only then do we feel gratified, overlooking all we accomplished in the process. In short, we fail ourselves.

If we become discouraged when met by an obstacle, we are not seeing that obstacle for what it truly is: a teacher. Obstacles not only teach us what does not work, but also challenge us to reach beyond our perceived limitations. Obstacles are opportunities to practice what we’ve learned, alter our approach, and move forward. This is success.

Being stuck in obsessive thought patterns, limiting beliefs, or anything that stops us short of reaching a goal can lead to wallowing in the past (nostalgia) and yearning for the future (desire). Turning inward and finding the embedded thoughts sabotaging our efforts…

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