Exhausted Because I Am Growing A Hippocampus

No but really it’s true. In my psych class right now we are studying all sorts of strange things. One project is a case report on a 7 year old girl. Now I suppose I could pick issues out left and right with the textbook by my side and I could diagnose this child with a million things. But one, morally that feels quite strange, and two… she’s 7.

So in reading pages upon pages and doing so much research I found that we have a hippocampus (okay, I already knew this exhisted, but bear with me). The hippocampus is largely in charge of aggression, emotion and memory. The hippocamps regulates emotion. So it’s kind of an important thing, right?

Well turns out it develops with you until you are about 285 when it is fully developed. So *basically* we have been making decisions with only have a brain for the first 25 years of our life. I feel like this explains so much.

All jokes aside, it was a interesting moment when I realized that we are still physically and emotionally developing. Maybe this gives excuse to our crisis break downs at 20 and how we can’t logically think through some tough areas in our life.

The hippocampus, though located in the limbic system therefore associated with emotions, memory and motivation is most highly involved with our memories.

Let’s do math. Memories + Under Developed Emotional Capabilities + Stress= 20 year old life crisis. This explains so much.

This explains how it is possible to be so emotionally exhausted. We are searching for answers our brains don’t even have yet. Working with undeveloped organs.

Even though we are adulting and kicking asses and taking names- we are still tired. It takes a lot of work to grow a hippocampus (I mean, probably. Not a scientist or anything). Just think about these things the next time you’re pissed because you don’t know why you feel a certain way or why you can’t emotionally work through something. And then blame your under developed hippocampus.

42 Ways To Lift Your Mood | Adultish

Every once in a while you can get in a funk and just need to remind yourself that there are positive things in life! I know I need to be reminded of these things too. I’ve compiled a list of ways to lift your mood for when you want to throw a tire out a window. You’re welcome.

  1. Go on a walk
  2. Get outside
  3. Make a homemade meal
  4. Read a book
  5. Listen to some jammin music
  6. Call a friend
  7. Watch your favorite movie
  8. Go to dinner with a friend
  9. Go get a hair cut
  10. Get your nails done
  11. Write your feelings
  12. Take a nap
  13. Count your blessings
  14. Clean your room
  15. Have a dance party
  16. Get ready for no reason
  17. Buy yourself a new outfit
  18. Declutter
  19. Get a massage
  20. Meditate
  21. Do yoga
  22. Excercize
  23. Cuddle
  24. Laugh
  25. Do something new
  26. Rearrange
  27. Pet an animal
  28. Take a shower
  29. Take a lot of deep breaths
  30. Compliment someone else
  31. Buy yourself some flowers
  32. Clean for 15 minutes
  33. Choose to be happy
  34. Watch cat videos
  35. Watch baby animal videos
  36. Go to the beach
  37. Take a bath
  38. Plan a vacation
  39. Find a new hobby
  40. Make a new friend
  41. Watch a funny movie
  42. Write down your goals

What are some things you do to boost your mood? A shower, face mask, meditation and a phone call are always my go to’s.

Never forget you can always choose happy.

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