Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dealing with Stress and Deadlines


 Just a few weeks away from submitting all of my deadlines and finishing university forever, I'm sat here, stressing out about it all. Some days it's better, some days it's even worse. This last academic year has been challenging in the sense that I needed to deal with the fact that I had A LOT of coursework and not enough time in the day to keep up blogging, travels, other hobbies, seeing all my friends and so on. 

Somehow I managed to organise myself well enough to sail through the year with not many issues, but I had to make sacrifices and I've definitely grown a lot as a person in the past few months. One thing I specifically tried to take control of, is stress. I didn't want to become one of these individuals who only focused on the bad or the never-ending list of tasks, forgetting to enjoy everything else that was good around me. 

I've set a little 3-step guide to myself that I do weekly to ensure I can go to bed sane at the end of the day. The steps are so basic and simple but they have been working for me so I thought I'd be nice to share them on here. 

Yoga/ Meditation



Any sort of physical activity helps really. Get some fresh air! I walk the dog three times a day but also look forward to running errands and doing the food shop because I power-walk to Tesco and listen to my favourite tunes. What made even more of a difference has been yoga with my new Pranamat Eco that I got about a month ago. Not going to lie, it is spiky and it can be a little uncomfortable when you begin using it but after a while you get used to it. If you're wondering what this mat is and why I chose it - It is a therapeutical manual massage device that helps to relieve minor muscle aches and pains. It's great if you work out and want to do stretching but I also use it for yoga. I think it gets rid of cellulite as well since I've seen an improvement around my butt. 

 




Enjoy the Little Things 



I find that taking the time to make tea and listen to my favourite songs, or petting my pug (having pet is life changing), really helps dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed and maybe not good enough to complete all the tasks. You CAN do it, you WILL do it but instead of wasting those 10 minutes panicking, breathe and do something that will bring you back to a positive state of mind. I find that to be the key. 

One of my recent random favourites? 

Williamson Tea ; I do admit, my tea time is one of the most important parts of my day. I definitely have more than one cup, and I love using that time as a little break from work to distract myself, maybe check social media or read a magazine before I get back to writing essays and pitches. I thought it would be nice to mention this tea because as I did some research on it, I found out that it benefits Kenya, its communities, wildlife and environment. (Can you tell I procrastinate too much sometimes and I end up looking where my tea is from?) 
Anyway, Williamson is seriously great quality and if you're a bit of a picky drinker I can guarantee you'll enjoy this one. 

The breaks tend to be every other hour or so for 10 minutes because I actually found out that my performance was of better quality if I allowed myself to pause and recharge. 





Pamper Yourself 


Of course as a beauty blogger I do enjoy my pamper-time more than anything, so it's no surprise I HAD to mention this here. Especially on weekends but in the evenings in general I like to do something that will lift my mood. It can be just painting my nails, applying a nice face mask, moisturising, anything that is "me time" and that makes me feel good. You guys know that I love my skincare routine this year but I still look for things to add to it in order to switch it up. 

Lately as my face has been so dry I've been loving the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Face MaskThis rich luxurious jelly creates a comforting cushion, delivering an intense boost of hydration and a dose of anti-ageing actives whilst you sleep. I don't wake up with a greasy face which is amazing but my skin feels much more hydrated and less stiff. 

I feel like taking care of yourself is important no matter what you do in life. If you care for your body, you'll get positive responses in return. Despite always having a huge list of things to do, if I always take a small amount of time to care for my skin and internal wellbeing, I instantly feel better and like I'm ready to take on the world. 

I hope this somehow helped if you're going through something similar. I'd love to know how you deal with stress! 
xoxo 


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  1. I am terrible at dealing with stress and need to pamper myself to deal with it.

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  2. This is such a great post. Im so bad at dealing with stress. I've got a month until hand in of my final major project at uni too and the concept of graduating and being out in the big wide world is terrifying

    Love and Feathers,
    The Owlet 💜
    http://www.theowletblog.blogspot.com

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    1. aw girl, we can do this <3 good luck! xxx

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  3. I totally agree with you!! My de-stress is always a good workout, a cup of tea and online shopping hahaha :D that yoga mat looks like an interesting contraption!

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    1. haha online shopping, should have added that ;)

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  4. Oh the ever closer deadlines ahh! I need to start my yoga/meditation now. I've always seen these mats and wondered it they were any good. I think it's great they help with cellulite too! Double whammy.
    x
    www.cutepandaa.co.uk

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    1. Double win indeed :) They're pretty great xxx

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  5. These are all great ways to unwind, I only wish I had more time! Having a young daughter means painting my nails etc is a thing of the past! ��

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    1. Oh wow I can't even imagine what having a kid is like! haha x

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  6. I have started yoga again lately with my daughter to chill us both out as we are both stressheads. I NEED that Pranamat in my life, especially if it gets rid of cellulite. I haven't actually tried Meditation yet but I really think I need to give it a go!!

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    1. That mat is amazing! :) And meditation is pretty AMAZING. It definitely helps x

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  7. Loved this post xx

    www.thelisasworld.com

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  8. Those teas sounds lovely! I really like the sound of the Pranamat, too, I've seen it pop up on a couple of blogs lately :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. The tea is awesome :) And really? That's great! They're worth the hype xx

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  9. Congratulations on finishing Uni and good luck. It's nice that at such a stressful time you're stopping to address the stress.

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    1. Thanks lovely :) Hey anything to procrastinate a little ;) haha x

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  10. A very good post, I think everyone would benefit from stepping back and pampering themselves a little when stressed x

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    1. Always put yourself first I say :) It matters x

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  11. Great post but slightly off topic, what is the Sanctuary Spa sleep mask like? - yay or nay? // sorry to hijack your post. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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    1. I love it! It's hydrating but not greasy so the skin absorbs it nicely and the morning after you feel so soft :) x

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  12. Some really good helpful tips, I have a de-stress app on my phone which helps x

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    1. That's really interesting! I'd love to try some good app x

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  13. Lovely post - you remind me of my daughter, she is in her second year of Uni and now the deadlines are coming thick and fast. She finds mindfulness helps her stress. Kaz x

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    1. awwww well I hope she's doing well :) Good luck to her! xxx

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  14. I really love all of the tips you've mentioned in this post, it's definitely calming just to think about all of these things! I agree with you when it comes to yoga and meditation, I think getting in tune with your body is a major milestone towards reducing stress.
    I loved this post, and your pictures are so gorgeous!
    Corinne xx

    www.organicbynerve.com

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  15. Good luck with your finals. I have a teen doing his GCSE's and don't know who is more stressed, him or me!

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  16. I used to do Yoga and it definitely has that calming, relaxing effect.I miss it.

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  17. Congratulations on finishing your course. I think you have a great approach to stress- finding small chunks of time to pamper yourself or do some meditation of yoga is a really great way to calm those nerves.

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  18. My favourite way to destress is a nice long bath with a good book, scented candles and a glass of wine. Nothing beats it for total relaxation!

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    1. Glass of wine! WAOAH now you're my kinda friend. ;)

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  19. I definitely need that matt in my life, so many tight spots from exercise and hunched back from the desk! <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  20. I tend to go for long unannounced walks, or lay down on the bed with music on to block out everyone around me,

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  21. Just the kind of thing I need :) I have million things to do at the moment and for me its easier to just do all I need and then relax. Otherwise I'll constantly think what I need to do x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  22. yes to yoga! i need to get back onto it. its been a while. any form of exercise helps destress me

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  23. I've started meditating this past week, and I already feel different. I'm calmer and more level-headed. It's a practice I think I'll be able to continue now that I'm properly in the swinging of it. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

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