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My steps for de-stressing!

whathannahwrote tips for de-stressing steps

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!

Massage oils

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;ย massage oilsย 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!

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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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  • Ruth Barnett

    What lovely blog! I love your writing voice. Following and sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š. Oh and I’ll deffo be checking out that cake recipe. Cake is the way forward! ๐Ÿฐ

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you very much! I’ve given you a wee follow back ๐Ÿ™‚ (and yes, cake is most definitely the way)

  • Melanie Fraser

    Great tips! I agree wholeheartedly with tea and cake ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    Melanie |

  • I agree with cake! Defo is a great way to destress!

    Lainy x

  • Andrea

    Great post! Iโ€™ll definitely be using these tips when I need a good de-stress! Good luck with your results and finishing uni! Iโ€™ve just finished first year and so glad to be off for summer now! Xx

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw, thank you! Congrats on finishing first year! xx

  • Jasmin N

    These are wonderful tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. Iโ€™d love to listen to more podcasts & perhaps begin one one day – bot sure how though haha.

  • Ellie

    These are great tips! Tea makes everything better and going for a walk really helps too.
    Ellie x

  • Ella Eris Beauty

    Girl. I needed this post BAD. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ’•

  • Hannah

    I love taking walks whilst listening to podcasts – I find that always destresses me. I actually don’t like tea either but the warmth of a hot chocolate calms me down. Good luck with all your deadlines – you got this! xx

  • Hanna Mai

    Great post! Cake really does fix everything haha

  • everythingevening

    It’s so beneficial to go for a walk! It just helps me to completely calm down. I think my biggest de-stress method is to write a list so I don’t get flustered.

    • whathannahwrote

      Ooh thatโ€™s a good one, I do that too! I feel so much better seeing it all written down instead of flying about in my head ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Cake is probably my downfall! It does help to de-stress but not sure it is too good for you. Surely a run will do more good! Tea and massage are amazing… But where do I find someone to give me a back massage ? ahah

  • Sima Aykin

    I really like your blog! Your niche is so similar to mine. I can understand how you feel because I deal with stress during my exam season. I also drink tea and use massage oils to relax a bit. I think this post is really helpful.
    Followed your blog & Instagram.
    Can’t wait to read more posts from you!
    Much love,
    Sima //

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you so much! Iโ€™ll give you a wee follow back ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Alys

    I love these tips! I always find getting outside is the best thing to de-stress, but comfort eating (cake of course haha) is a close second!

  • Fran

    Tea is the best way to de-stress! Overwhelmed by deadlines? Make a cuppa. Behind on notes? Make a cuppa. Misplaced your USB? Make a cuppa. I feel like a good cup of tea solves everything. Never tried massage oils but Iโ€™ve heard theyโ€™re good to go put in the bath, popping into town tomorrow so deffo going to find some massage oils to test out, fingers crossed they help with my student stresses

    Fran |

  • The diary of Ellie

    I’ve never tried massage oils but they sound so calming i need to try them!

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