GUYS. Somehow, this is going to end up being the last time I post on here while actively studying as an undergraduate! How scary is that!? By this Thursday, I’ll have handed in all of my coursework and my dissertation, and will be left in some sort of academic limbo until I find out my results. I’m currently at stress level 100 because I’ve got three hand-ins for the next three days – two reports and my thesis – eek. So, I figured I’d put together a few of my go-to steps for de-stressing – if you guys don’t need it, I certainly will!
If I could, I’d spend most of my life in the spa. But I’m a student and my bank account reflects that at this moment in time… so, why not bring the spa to you!? If you’re anything like me, stress can play a LOT of havoc with your skin; massage oils provide a fab source of moisturisation – a little bit of self-care goes a long way! Not only that, but the oil’s soothing scents ensure that you’re extra relaxed after use. Perfect for settling down before bed after a hectic day!
On two occasions will you ever find me drinking tea: when I visit home, and when I’m deep into studying for exams or writing reports. Both situations are because I find it so relaxing! I feel like it’s extra comforting for me because I rarely drink it outside of those times – so please don’t judge me if you’re a tea lover!
Listening to podcasts
For some reason, I find it really easy to just chill out and listen to someone else ramble on for hours on end. I love listening to all kinds of music, but when I need to focus or I’m getting panicky about completing a task, it needs to go off. This semester I’ve realised that even just listening to the Radio 1 show podcasts helps me to sit and focus on what I need to get completed without getting frustrated at everything around me.
Go a stroll!
This one might be a really obvious one – unless you live right next to a motorway or something. Even though I’ve moved from a peaceful island backdrop to the big city setting of Glasgow, I still have my favourite parks to take myself a walk round whenever I need it. Taking a step away from everything and being at one with nature sounds cliche as, but seriously. Go outside. Do it.
If one thing is guaranteed to calm me down, it’s cake. You’ll quite often find me tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop when times are tough, eating my body weight in some sort of chocolate-y creation. When I’m home, I even sometimes make the effort to bake my own just to try and distract myself from the 101 other priorities I should be focusing on. (Further tip – this super-easy chocolate cake recipe is the one I usually go for!)
Simple steps, but I find them to be effective! Let me know if you have any de-stressing tips!
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