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.
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.
Lately as my face has been so dry I've been loving the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Face Mask. This 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!