Self-Love Sunday: De-stressing

by - Sunday, March 05, 2017

If you're a student - or just a busy person in general - I'm sure you know just how easy it is to neglect yourself. There's always something else to do, whether it's finishing an assignment or doing housework; it's crazy just how quickly the day can pass. I'm definitely feeling the pressure at the moment, as I've been trying to finally begin writing my dissertation while at the same time preparing for my other modules and applying for internships. However, today I've decided that enough is enough. I deserve a break.

I read something last week that went along the lines of "trying your hardest doesn't mean working yourself to death in the process." I relate to this on a spiritual level. Ask any 3rd year student how they are, and the general response is tired and/or stressed. I'm still a firm believer that it's practically impossible to keep up with uni work, maintain a semi-decent social life, do exercise, work a part-time job and stay sane simultaneously. I've managed 4 out of 5 so far, but my sanity is definitely questionable at this point...

So today, I'm taking a well-deserved break. It is officially my #treatyo'self day. And that means, being selfish and doing things which are guaranteed to help me relax and calm my anxious nerves. Journaling is one of the ways I've always done this, but I haven't had much time for it since starting university. I started off my morning with a big mug of coffee and a bit of writing while listening to some Bob Marley and I'm already feeling better. I don't really have a plan as to how I want to spend the rest of the day, but it definitely includes a face mask, my favourite childhood movies and a bloody long soak in the bath. 

Looking after ourselves is so vital because no one else is going to do it. And at the end of the day, what could possibly be more important than our sanity? From experience, feeling over-stressed has done nothing except demotivate me. Who really wants to write a 3,000 word essay when all they feel like doing is crying and devouring an entire tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream? No one, that's who. So please, remember this advice the next time you feel like the pressure is getting to you. No matter what pressing issues you feel you should be tending to, your general health and well-being should always take priority. 

That's all for now. Until next time.

Natalie x

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