Relaxing in Stressful Times

 

Relaxing can sometimes be hard enough as it is. For me personally, I always feel like I'm under some sort of stress even if I shouldn't be. I find myself stressing about the tiniest things that shouldn't even matter, like what to wear to walk down to my local shop or whether my lip colour clashes with my nails. It seems pointless and it really is! Normally, I push these little stresses to the back of my mind and get on with life, but when the large stresses come along you have to deal with them head on.

I'm a full time student studying four A-Levels at sixth form college. Although the subjects I've chosen are nothing too difficult, like maths or science, they still require a lot of work. I'm currently studying English Literature/Language, Media, Sociology and Textiles. Media and Textiles both contain coursework which tends to take up the majority of my time. English and Sociology, on the other hand, require what seems like my constant attention because of how much there is to remember for the written exams.

My exams start in about 7 weeks and I'm already beginning to get stressed! With revision, coursework, a part-time job, driving lessons and a social life piling up on top of me there seems to be no time to relax. Recently, I've been staying up until way past midnight just to finish making notes! So, I've decided to compile a short list of things to do that usually help me relax. I know a lot of you will be in the same boat as me so I hope this will help you all too!

 

If you're revising for exams like me, it's so important to eat healthily. I'm a massive hypocrite when it comes to this as I'm always having a packet of crisps for lunch, but I've decided to follow my own advice! When you need a break, make your favourite drink (for me - black coffee one sugar), have a light snack and pick up something to read. In media, I'm currently studying magazines so I find it helpful to read them while I'm relaxing. This way I'm basically revising but it doesn't even feel like it! Obviously, not all of you will be studying media so grab a magazine or a book you love and read for fun. I don't usually have the motivation to read books so magazines are an easy alternative for me.


FRESH AIR! It's so so so important. I'm guilty of cooping myself up in my room without leaving the house for days on end, but going out for a walk is a huge stress-reliever. Popping in some headphones and playing calming music as you walk is a great way to refresh your brain and get rid of all the negativity you might be holding onto. Walking somewhere you've never been or haven't been in a while is great because you can look around and take in the environment. If you're feeling really energetic you could even go for a run. It's been proven that the endorphins released during exercise help relieve stress. I can tell you that I won't be running anywhere anytime soon, but I'd definitely recommend that you give it a go if you're up for it!


In a lot of people's cases, including mine, you don't want to relax for too long otherwise you'll never get back on task! If this is you then you should probably skip this paragraph because I promise that you WILL get addicted. I find that when I'm stressed about something big, I'm a-l-w-a-y-s stressing, even if it is just in the back of my mind. To properly and completely take my mind off it I watch very addictive TV shows. You become so immersed in the storylines and characters that you completely forget about your own life. I would definitely recommend these four shows as the most addictive and interesting ones I have watched: Bates Motel, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars and American Horror Story.
Bates Motel and Orphan Black are perfect if you're into mind-bending, psychological and twisted storylines. Similarly, American Horror Story is not for the faint hearted. It's full of gore and disturbing/psychotic images but extremely powerful and incredibly well made and acted. Pretty Little Liars is perfect if you're into the 'Gossip Girl' type franchise. It's the perfect murder-mystery with all the fabulous teen drama of boyfriends and bitchiness added to it.


Finally, if things do become overwhelming and you're finding it the most difficult thing in the world to just sit down and relax, writing it all down really helps. I keep a journal full of all my thoughts and feelings and it's a great release to get everything out. However, it's in no way a 'diary'. Sometimes I will write diary entries and explain every intricate detail of how I'm feeling, but other times I'll draw pictures, write in quotes, make mood collages and stick them in to portray my emotions in other, more creative ways. For example...
 
 
I don't always particularly want to write and therefore re-live events or stressful problems that have come up in my life so I go online, find a quote that represents my feelings and write it in along with a drawing or sketch. This gets my emotions out on paper and gives me a release. Once I feel as if I have let it out, I can go on and relax, knowing that I don't have to think about things that are stressing me out anymore.
 
So that's all the advice and tips I can think of for now! Thank you all for reading and I hope this has helped :) Bye for now lovelies...
 
Georgia x 

8 comments

  1. Great post

    Mel
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  2. Love your illustration.
    Lovely pics.
    And goodluck on your exams.

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  3. When I have such a hectic week, I usually go going out at the weekend to get rid of the stress. Somehow, fresh air is (still) the best idea. xoxo

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  4. Relaxing when stressed is always hard for me! I find a bath always helps and a nice cup of hot chocolate ;) xx

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  5. Cool photos, your cat is so cute !
    xoxo,

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  6. Great post :) I absolutely adore your cat xoxo
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  7. Studying the same subjects as you but psychology not sociology !! <3 great post just what I needed :)
    Chloe xx
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