Saturday, 17 October 2015

How To: Survive Stress.

Thanks to Oscar Wylee for my fab new reading glasses.

As you may know, I currently only have two weeks left of my Masters for this year. Things are crazy. Absolutely. Crazy. I have never had this much work in my life and with that of course comes stress. Stress is a funny thing. We all need it in our lives, but to a manageable level. Sometimes I find that level going up and up and up until I feel like I want to curl up into a ball and binge on mars bars and naps. The key to staying in control of your stress levels is to know what works for you. Having spent this year dealing with more work than ever before, i've learnt some fantastic techniques I can't wait to share with you. I hope at least one of these can help you too. 

1. Cooking. Or as I call it, Procrastibaking.

There is nothing better than taking a little time off to work on something that tastes delicious. Whether it be cakes, homemade sweet potato wedges, a lasagna or even just a heck of a lot of eggs, sourdough, avocado and haloumi (guilty) there's something truly relaxing about cooking. The best part is, you get to eat your work.

2. 30 minute cardio exercises. 

I know, I know, exercise isn't the first thing that pops into a lot of people's minds when they think of lowering stress and believe me, I never used to be one of those "exercise is amaaaazing!" kinds of people but WOW OH WOW DOES THIS HELP. Funnily enough the video that truly motivated me to get up and out of bed when I am feeling down or unmotivated is a 30 minute cardio workout for mums. You don't have to be a mum to use the video, but I like to think of my previous night's food baby. The first time I did this video I felt terrible. I was wrapped up in bed in the middle of the day struggling to finish a paper and reading the same sentences over and over again. So I decided to give the video a try. 30 minutes later I was sweaty and tired but also wildly energetic and joyous and got that essay done an hour later. Exercise is so powerful when it comes to heightening your mood and lowering stress and I cannot highlight this point enough. Even if you only do half the video. I promise, it'll help. Watch it here.

3. Dog Watching. 

Sometimes things just get too much so I go for a nice relaxing walk outside, listen to music and sit in the park and look at dogs. Do it. Don't judge it. Thank me later.

4. Omvana.

I came across the app Omvana whilst working on a project for my masters. This app is absolutely incredible. There are over 500 audio guided meditations, motivational talks and soothing sounds and I just cannot get enough of it. I have a really hard time getting to sleep most nights so I decided to try this app. Within 5 minutes I was asleep. Not kidding. I am in love.

5. Taking a long hot shower with relaxing scents.

Whenever I start to feel that groggy feeling in my head from studying too long or from being unmotivated for the day I take a long, hot shower. I use a body wash with Ylang Ylang as the scent is unbelievably relaxing. I wash my hair, condition my hair, do a face mask, shave myself and then lather myself in body milk with a relaxing scent to it. I then climb into bed and spray lavender room/body mist onto my pillowcase and fall soundly to sleep. This also works in the morning minus the lavender part. Getting up and showered and dressed is the best way to start your morning right (aside from breakfast, my favourite part) as it gets you ready for the day and makes you feel just that bit more capable.

6. Watch a Thriller/Drama.

There's nothing better than watching someone else's stressful life and then feeling better about your own (this only applies to fictional lives, don't be a jerk).
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