3 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy at College

campus-diva-headerCollege offers so many new experiences that it can be hard to focus on your health. But it is important to remember that we are young, but not invincible! Eventually all those late nights and pizza is going to catch up with you, whether that be in your waistband or your mental health.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can maintain your health and still experience all the fun opportunities college has to offer!

Pomegranate Seeds With A Cereal Bar And Berry Smoothie1. Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Room:. The easiest way to beat those late night cravings is to keep some snacks in your room. That way, you don’t find yourself in the cafeteria stockpiling candy and fruit loops. Invest in a mini-refrigerator for your room so you can store items like cheese, fruits, yogurt, veggies and hummus. You can also keep foods like healthy granola bars, cereal and soup in your room as non-perishable options for quick meals!

 

iStock_000057776128_Small2. Stay Active:  Colleges offer many different ways to stay fit and active during your time there. Most colleges include their gym membership in your tuition so you have access to cardio equipment, weights and gym classes right on campus! You can also look into joining a club or an intramural sports team where you can stay fit and make new friends at the same time!

 

Still life interior details, cup of tea and book on the sofa wit3. Take Breaks: One of the most important things that college students don’t do enough of is take a break. It can be tempting to be on the go all the time because there is just so much to do! But remember, you have to stay sane. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, take a break from all the activity and hang out in your dorm. Watch a movie, read a book, do something to relax yourself. You can also visit your schools counselling services if you ever need someone to talk to if you ever feel really stressed or sad.

Remember, college is supposed to be fun and you should take advantage of the fun activities it has in store for you, but don’t forget to take care of yourself! Trust me, your future self will thank you.

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Diary of a Diva: Peace of Mind Over Periods

I’ve always hated my period, not as long as I can remember because I haven’t had my period that long, but ever since the age of 14 when the full understanding of puberty and womanhood descended upon me.

Since that day, I’ve dreaded the one week out of the month when everything is just so much more complicated than usual. I especially hated pads and tampons, but especially pads because for some reason I reacted to them and by day four or five I would have an itchy rash. Besides this, they were simply inconvenient and uncomfortable, rash or no rash.

Tampons were okay, only they always leaked, so unless I wanted to risk leaking through, I’d still have to wear a pad. In reality, everything about my period was disgusting, pads, tampons, dirty underwear, bloody sheets… you name it!

The DivaCup I had been told about the concept of menstrual cups. Unlike most people, my first thought was “what happens if you do a cartwheel?”. Even when I learned more about the actual concept, I still thought it was crazy, until last January, when I got so fed up with periods, and everything that goes along with them that I decided to spend the $40 (and the chance of being embarrassed if the person at the till was a young gentleman) and try it. My first reaction to the literal product was “wow, that’s big! I don’t think it’ll fit” but reason triumphed over emotion as I realized that in reality this little cup was no larger than other things that were intended for the same destination, so I took a deep breath and tried it.

I liked The DivaCup at once, and even though it took a few days to really get the hang of inserting and removing it, I persevered and within a few days I’d mastered it. It was awesome!

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy my period now, something I never thought was possible. Everything that I thought would be just awful about menstrual cups was not awful at all. I realized that whether using pads, or menstrual cups, I still get blood on my fingers once in a while; that is life. While emptying a menstrual cup is more technical and complicated than changing a pad, it eliminates to need to have a steady supply of disposable products, sleeping just so, and frequent trips to the bathroom to make sure nothing has exceed the preferred boundaries.

There are even fun things about The DivaCup, like knowing how much blood actually comes out, and at what rate. Then there’s the wonderful feeling of being in control. The gravity feed, “lets drip onto a pad” method just did not work for me. Now I can stand up at the end of church without being tempted to quickly grab my skirt and spin it around backwards to make sure there’s nothing on it. And I can wear light colored bottoms and forget about my period. I can sleep at night without being careful not to turn the wrong way. I go to class, to the gym, work, everything without having to stuff my pockets with tampons like a hoarding chipmunk, and without having to make frequent trips to the bathroom just to make sure things are okay.

And best of all, using The DivaCup gives me a chance to talk about this option with other girls and women. I don’t know how it is in adult circles, but in teenage girl circles (yes that includes college girls) complaining about periods is a frequent thing. Now, instead of sharing my own frustrations with Kotex and Always, I have the opportunity to share a solution. The DivaCup not only offers a more comfortable, cleaner solution to the perpetual problem of menstruation, but it also offers a chance to be more eco-friendly and saves money; two things that do not always go hand in hand. Talking to girls about The DivaCup also gives me a chance to introduce them to the concept that sanitary products are not available everywhere, and that in some parts of the world, girls have literally nothing. It is important that we realize just how blessed we are to live in a place where solutions such as pads, tampons, and The DivaCup are available. What a blessing it is to not have to wash out rags, or skip school because toilets are not available. Next time you are tempted to complain about your period think about the fact that you have more than one way to care for your cycle.

I am thankful for The DivaCup. It has made life cheaper and less stressful (no more worrying about leaking, or running out of disposables) and more comfortable too. Thank you so much!

Ellen C.Ellen C.
Ellen is a 19 year old, free-spirited girl from British Columbia, Canada. She loves outdoor activities of almost any kind; especially running, swimming, hiking, and canoeing. She also enjoys writing, reading, animals, music, cooking, and anything involving kids. While these things are important to her, Ellen especially values quality time with family and friends. Her life goals include, completing grade 8 French Horn, hiking the PCT, becoming a lifeguard instructor, getting a degree in education, and ultimately making the world a better place.

 

 

 

School Bag Essentials Every Diva Needs!

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Now that the semester is under way, life is getting busy! Make sure you have these school bag essentials so that you aren’t caught off guard:

1. Lip Balm

Make sure to have a lip balm in your bag at all times. I have a lip balm strictly dedicated to my school bag because there is nothing worse than dealing with chapped lips when you are spending all day on campus.

2. Hand Sanitizer and Hand Cream

School is the easiest place to catch a cold, especially when the seasons start to change and the cooler weather makes an appearance. Make sure to carry around hand sanitizer in your school bag so you can battle against germs when you don’t have the time to go wash your hands!

I also recommend having hand cream in your bag because even though washing your hands can help you fight bacteria, it can also dry out your hands.

3. Planner, Pen and Pencil

Although we are in the “digital age”, having your planner and a few writing utensils in your bag is never School Bag Essentials | The DivaCupa bad idea. I like to keep a few pencils and pens strictly for my school bag so that I don’t lose them when I need them most, or run out when you let your classmate “borrow” one.

My planner is a life saver, and helps me schedule when things are due and what assignments need my undivided attention that day. If you aren’t sure of what kind of planner you should be using, check out my post on finding the perfect planner.

4. Gum

Ever had to choose between brushing your teeth and catching your bus? Well, it’s only a matter of time, and for those of us who have had the unfortunate experience of morning breathe we know that having something to freshen your brush on. Or, if you are incredibly organized, you can pack a travel sized tooth brush and paste to keep in your school bag for when the inevitable happens.

5. Reusable Water Bottle

I would bet that most college students probably don’t drink enough water during the day. I know that I used to be one of them until I got my hands on a reusable water bottle. Drinking water throughout the day will help keep your body hydrated and functioning properly, which is very important when you are running from class to class. If you visit your school bookstore you can usually buy water bottles with your school emblem so you can rock your school spirit while staying hydrated.

6. Extra Paper

Whether you are a notebook or scrap paper kind of gal, make sure to have something to write notes on during class. No, not the kind to pass to the cute guy three rows behind you, but the kind that you can study from later on. Some professors don’t allow you to use a laptop during class and you do not want to be the one scrounging for paper for the exam review.

7. Laptop and Charger

For the classes that you are able to use your laptop, make sure to pack it along with its charger. Too many times I have been in the middle of taking notes to find my laptop screen turn black and nothing got saved. Learn from my mistake and charge your laptop every day and have a charger with you as backup if possible.

8. The DivaCup

How many times has your period surprised you and you have been without a tampon? How many times have you had to ask a random girl in your class if she has a tampon you could use? Probably too many times. But since starting to use The DivaCup I have not and will not run into these problems again. I keep The DivaCup in my bag so I am always ready in case my period takes me by surprise. Not sure what The DivaCup is? Learn more here.

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{Guest Post:} The DivaCup, an Essential for The Female Athlete

FB_IMG_1441850917912 (1)The first time I used The DivaCup was 8 years ago and before that, I had never heard of such a thing. I was given The DivaCup for a one-time use, but after just a day or two I was hooked on The DivaCup! I love that The DivaCup is comfortable, economical, hygienic, and most of all leaves me protected and worry-free for up to 12 hours. It gives me one less thing to worry about and keeps me moving, thus resulting in a feeling of empowerment.

For competitive athletes, long hours of training can be quite grueling, especially while on your period. As a competitive cyclist I spend hours riding a bicycle and travel frequently for events. The benefits – mainly comfort and protection – provided by The DivaCup are virtually essential to the female athlete. With The DivaCup I don’t have to worry about packing extra tampons or supplies while training out on the road. Not to mention with The DivaCup I don’t have to deal with changing tampons in port-a-potties at events!

As a female athlete and a person who loves traveling and being outdoors, The DivaCup is perfect for me and I love it so much!

Introducing The DivaCup to Others

Over the years I have convinced a few of my friends to try out The DivaCup. A lot of them were skeptical at first, but those who tried it out ended up loving it and are never going back to tampons. A few of the converts are my Michael David Winery Cycling teammates. We loved the product so much that we are now working with The DivaCup to promote it to other female athletes.

We hope that by introducing The DivaCup to our fellow female athletes it will make their lives just a bit easier, and give them one less thing to worry about during that time of the month. It’s the little secrets in life that can sometimes make seemingly difficult tasks just a tad easier and more manageable.

Empower is the mantra for the Michael David Winery Women’s Cycling team. We feel this product does just that by keeping women moving!

Michael David Winery Cycling Team Launches The DivaCup Promotion

Michael David Winery Women's Race TeamMichael David Winery Cycling team hosts an annual race in downtown Lodi, California. The 2015 edition of the event drew nearly 375 racers and hundreds of spectators. The DivaCup graciously provided a number of cups for us to provide as prizes for the female athletes.  We were facing uncharted territory and were a little apprehensive about how to distribute The DivaCups to the winners. The team is 80% male athletes and has never had a sponsor of this type.

Sound familiar?!

We decided to make a bold move and set up The DivaCups right at the results/prize table, just next to registration. This ended up drawing a lot of attention! The results/prize table gets a lot of visitors (all participants must sign in at registration), and its proximity allowed for the women on our team to have a personal conversation with people about The DivaCup.

It was fun talking to everyone about The DivaCup throughout the day! Reactions ran the gamut from enthusiastic, to curious and skeptical, and to astonished and repulsed. Let’s face it; some people just aren’t comfortable talking about menstruation! The biggest surprise reactions were from our male teammates who embraced the product and eventually became pretty comfortable talking about The DivaCup. They became strong advocates for the product and a few of the guys took The DivaCup home for their wives.

Overall, the response was very positive! By the end of the day we handed out dozens of cups to winners who were willing to give it a try. Hopefully we convinced a few female athletes to join the Diva bandwagon!

Eva on BikeEva Olin
Eva Olin is a competitive cyclist on the Delta Velo, Michael David Winery Women’s Race Team. Delta Velo competes every year across the United States in more than 100 events and strives to provide a ‘no stress atmosphere’ in training, learning and enjoying the sport of cycling. On top of cycling, Eva graduated with a Masters in Environmental Science and is now an Environmental Scientist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Be a Campus Diva

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Whether you are heading to college for the first time or returning for your last year, it is never too late to make the most of your college experience. Use this time to take advantage of opportunities and meet new people. But with all that is available to you, where do you start? Read on to find out.

Get Involved

VolunteerI know you’ve heard it a hundred times, but getting involved on campus during your college years is simple to do and has a ton of benefits. Try some of these ways to get involved on campus and reap the benefits!

Attend Events: One of the awesome things about college is that there always seems to be something going on; from free concerts to karaoke night at the college pub to football games. My advice to you is to attend as many events as possible. It is a great way to get to know your campus and experience things that you might not have had the chance to do before! If you live in a dorm, your R.A. will often organize dorm events and while you don’t have to attend every single one, you should attend a few and get to know your neighbors!

Join a Club: I know how intimidating it can be to join a club when you aren’t totally confident where you fit in on campus. But there are tons of different clubs that cater to a variety of interests and they are a great way to meet like-minded people. So do some research about clubs available to you and go sit in on a meeting. You never know, you might just make some great friends and awesome memories in the process!

Volunteer: Trust me; I know how busy college can be. And I know that the thought of volunteering can seem like a chore, but before you knock the idea of volunteering, let me explain the benefits. There are tons of opportunities to volunteer on campus and they are a great way to test out some of your interests. Want to try your hand at event planning? Volunteer for an event coming up on campus. Want to get to know the community you live in? Volunteer with a charity partnership through your school. You will get to make connections with ambitious people that will serve you well in the next couple of years. I actually got a part time job on campus because of my volunteering experiences and the people I met.

 

Stay Active

Group Of Women Doing Yoga IndoorsStaying active is about so much more than the Freshman 15. It is about your mental and emotional health, as well as physical and can really help to burn off the stress of being a student.

Hit the Gym: Usually your college will have its very own gym facilities that you can access for free. And even if you aren’t a treadmill lover there are lots of different fitness classes that you can try out to get your sweat on and let loose. Plus, if you go regularly, you will get to know some of the people that go and might even find yourself a gym buddy! Talk about motivation.

Join an Intramural Sport: If the gym isn’t your thing there are lots of ways to stay active in a team environment. Think about joining an intramural sport for fun. Intramural sports usually cater to a range of experience and competitiveness, so whether you are a beginner badminton player looking for a way to make some new friends, or you are a skilled soccer player looking to flex your competitive side there will be a sport for you. Plus it is a great way to meet lots of new people and make friends!

Walk or Bike to Campus: Perhaps the most obvious and most neglected way of staying active is by using your own two feet. If you are close enough to campus than wake up a little earlier, forego the public transit and walk or bike to campus. Fresh air in the morning is a great way to wake up and you’ll become better accustomed to the area that you live. You might even find a little café that makes the best lattes!

 

Network

NetworkingDon’t forget that college is what happens before you graduate and have to deal with life outside of school. Use this time wisely and make meaningful connections that will benefit you professionally.

Meet your Professors (or Teaching Assistants): Getting to know your professor or T.A. may seem like uncharted territory when you first arrive to class but it isn’t as scary as it seems. They are people too and have some great insight into assignments and the topic you’re interested in (it is their specialty). Take some time every now and then to drop by their office during their open hours and chat. A tip that I used was if there was something I wanted to email them about, whether it was about where to find a good resource or asking for an extension, I’d go and ask them face to face instead. That way you can get a feel for who they are and they can get to know who you are as well.

Apply to Jobs: Broke student syndrome is very real and the most obvious way to combat it is to get a part time job. Unfortunately, many part time jobs can be difficult to fit into your class schedule and you may not want to dedicate your entire weekend to serving tables. If you find you are stressing about your funds (or lack thereof) I recommend you look into jobs on campus. They have flexible hours and are a great way to gain professional experience, and references, while at college. Keep in mind that jobs on campus hire months in advance, so if you are looking for a job for the fall you should think about applying in the summer.

 

Use Campus Resources

Us college students have it pretty good. We have a lot of resources available to us to make our lives easier and help us succeed. So use them! They are for your own good.

Resume Building: One of the most common problems that students struggle with is finding a job, but what many students don’t realize is that they resume they are submitting is subpar… or worse. I’d recommend every year (after you’ve updated your resume to reflect your experiences) to visit your school’s Career Center and having someone look over your resume. Sometimes a second opinion can make all the difference and they will be able to give you tips on making your average resume a great one!

Job Fairs: As mentioned before, jobs can be hard to find. Luckily, most schools will host job fairs or be able to tell you when one might be coming to your area. Job fairs are a great way to network and reach out to employers without spending hours online scouring job postings. Make sure to dress professionally and have your revised resume on hand.

Social Media: Colleges usually have their own social media channels that students can follow to find out about events or opportunities on campus from Free Food Fridays to inclement weather closures. Follow your school’s social media networks to become better connected to what is going on around campus!

Try a few of these tips during your time at college and you’ll be a Campus Diva in no time!

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