SOCIAL MEDIA

#stressed


For anyone that has been following my personal Instagram (@laurathetoughest) you may have noticed a couple of stressed posts recently (note: by the time you read this I will have probably stressed so much about them that I've deleted them). "It's a long weekend, why are you stressed Laura?" Well, the constant need to get good marks at uni is just becoming a bit overwhelming as of late. With dead lines looming and my level of busy-ness increasing, I've decided I should write a blog post to distract myself for a little while.

Stress - it happens to us all, and appears in us all differently. For me today it has resulted in the constant urge to throw up or burst into tears, my body can't really decide which one it wants to do more. Did I get everything done today that I wanted to? Yes. Was it easy with the high levels of anxiously bubbling away under the surface? No, it was fricken nightmare (excuse the language). I honestly don't know where I wanted to go with this blog article, but I just kind of needed to write and let out some of the stress. 

So what are some of my top tips to reducing stress?

1. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
So I say chocolate, but it's not limited to chocolate. Having an edible treat to look forward to or get you through, or just as a cheer up is great! Dark chocolate is also great for being stressed, it is meant to help reduce stress (apparently there are facts, but someone told me it was a good reason to eat chocolate so I'm not complaining!)

2. Take a break
Don't push yourself when you're not up to it, particularly with uni work. It won't help you to keeping working yourself up over something when your mind is stressed out. So put the pen down, shut the laptop and walk away for a while. Go for a walk, read a book, anything. Find something that works for you and make sure you have a break!

3. Set yourself small goals
It's so easy to get lost and overwhelmed when there is so much to do! I find that writing a list of the things I need to get done, then breaking it down into small sections for each task. Ticking things off as you get through them will make you feel like you're achieving things. Set rewards for ticking things off your list, it will make it easier and give you and incentive to get through it. 

4. If it all gets too much, walk away
I learnt today that sometimes, no matter how close the deadline, you can't push yourself to try and get work done if you're stressed. You need to put yourself and your mental health first. If you're too stressed you'll work yourself into a mess. So sometimes you just need to stop and walk away and come back to it another day.

Hope some of these tips help you to get through some of your stress! What are some of your favourite tips to getting through those stressful times?

Laura, over and out xx       



2 comments :

  1. Some great tips here to help reduce stress levels. Uni is certainly very stressful at times with so many deadlines that seem to all come at once. A good pamper session always helps me to de-stress...burn a scented candle, use some lovely skincare products and paint my nails ♡

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    1. Yes! I love the pamper sessions! I always have a bubble bath with a face mask and some candles when I'm super stressed (or just want an escape from life haha), easiest way to relax! xx

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