Happy Monday peoples! You know, Google is your best friend when it comes to finding blogging inspiration. This morning, I was feeling a little stuck so I typed in ‘blog post ideas’ and I stumbled across this one: 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I thought yesss, I can come up with fifty things and what a positive way to start the week. So I got writing my list straight away (lists are also another thing that make me happy by the way) and here is what I came up with (in no particular order):

1. Dr. Martens

2. Punk music

3. Train journeys

4. Baths + all the bubbles

5. Milky way bars

6. Washi tape

7. Garlic bread

8. Random adventures with Shaun

9. Watching Coach Trip

10. Yoga

11. Sweet Potato Fries

12. Going to Brighton

13. Alan Partridge

14. A brand new notebook

15. Playing guitar

16. Last minute holidays

17. Puns

18. Sunday roast with my family

19. Long walks

20. Getting my hair cut

21. Hot stone massages

22. Peep Show

23. Naps

24. Duvets + films

25. Scrapbooking

26. Only Fools And Horses

27. Postcards

28. Emojis

29. Sharp colouring pencils

30. Tim Minchin songs

31. Going to the beach

32. Simba & Zazu

33. Blogging

34. Fluffy slippers

35. Noel Gallagher acoustic tunes

36. Peach iced tea

37. Swimming

38. Ticking things off my to-do list

39. Tea + biscuits

40. Greece

41. Good morning text messages

42. Sushi

43. Free wifi

44. Cheesy 80s music

45. Stripey jumpers

46. Long summer evenings

47. Buying magazines at the airport

48. Flip-flop weather

49. Liquicity drum and bass

50. Denim jackets

Do we have similar happy things? Have you written a 50 Things That Make Me Happy post? If so, feel free to link it in the comments, I’d love to read other peoples lists!

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If you read my previous post, you will know I have been feeling a little stressed lately. One of my stress reducing ideas was to have regular breaks from studying and go do something different. So that is exactly what I have done this week. I felt inspired after reading Rebecca’s Stress Buster Adult Colouring Book post and found myself this little Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot book by Emily Wallis.

The fact it had a cat on the cover pretty much sold it to me.

Admittedly, I did wonder how this would make me feel relaxed. Just looking at all those tiny numbers was a little stressful at first.

Anyhow, I located the star (number 1) and got started. You have to concentrate so much, there is no time for thinking or worrying. So I can see how this a therapeutic activity.  I’m using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1 which is perfect as the dots are quite close together.

The cool thing is, you have no idea what the picture is when you begin. It gradually becomes apparent the more you draw. It means you don’t want to put the pen down until you find out, so you stay focused right until the very end.

Ta-da! The finished drawing. I thought my fox needed a little colour to liven him up.

You can’t help but feel chilled when you colour in with felt tips.

I found these Crayola pens which turn out to be really good for shading.

Mr Fox in colour.

A tree (in progress)

The illustrations are so detailed and intricate. I think they look very impressive even if you decide not to colour them in.

Once you get into a rhythm of connecting the dots, time just disappears and you feel completely chilled out. It doesn’t have to be super neat either, as Emily says in the book, one missed dot won’t make a huge difference to the picture overall – so just have fun with it and feel the stress melt away.

Have you tried an anti-stress dot-to-dot before? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Last week was a challenging week for me. I was completely overwhelmed with uni work and everything else had taken a back seat. Like most people, when I feel mentally stressed, I also feel the physical symptoms too: so I was experiencing headaches, backaches, tiredness, as well as a racing chaotic mind. The fact I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog and social media only added an extra layer to my anxiety. This morning I felt myself getting pulled under again with the negative thoughts, so I though, no – this is a brand new week. Let’s make some positive changes. Anxiety doesn’t have to take over your life. So here is what I am doing to reduce stress this week and I thought I would share them on the blog to help others too.


Yoga is quite a powerful tool to change your entire mood and help you feel calm and balanced. I started the day with a 26 minute yoga called Stress Melt on the yoga with Adriene channel and I can honestly say I felt like a different person in less than half hour. Youtube Yoga is fab as you can practice in the comfort of your own home, picking a video to best suit your needs and the time you have available.

Get organised

Last week, I wrote a post on keeping a bullet journal. By making a plan at the beginning of the week you can visually see all the tasks ahead of you. This way, you can keep on top of your workload whilst scheduling in relaxation time. There is always something calming about ticking off an item on your to-do list as well.

Background music

I love Spotify as it has tons and tons of playlists to suit every mood, genre and occasion. I find that listening to chill out mixes really helps to calm my mind whilst I am studying. Music can have an amazing effect on anxiety levels by melting away stress and tension. Whatever your musical taste, I am sure Spotify has a playlist for you.

Plan your meals

When you are stressed, good eating habits go out the window. You either crave a quick sugary fix or you forget to eat anything at all. It can be helpful to plan your meals in advance, to avoid eating the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. Also, drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents dehydration, enabling you to feel focused and alert.

Do something different

Albert Einstein once famously said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This week, instead of spending all my time stressing over uni work, I am going to schedule in some moments where I have to put down my pen and go do something else. I’m talking yoga, fitness classes, playing my guitar, reading a book and so on just to break up my day and focus on something different. Hopefully when I return to the computer I will feel calm, refreshed and energized.

Change your mindset

You have probably all heard the common “fake it, til you make it” motivational statement, and as cheesy as it sounds, I think there is some sense in this. If you constantly think negative thoughts, you will feel drained, tired and unmotivated. But, if you challenge yourself to focus on the positives, it can really change your whole outlook on the tasks ahead. Sometimes just reading a few Pinterest quotes can give you that little inspirational boost to get the day off to a good start.

Remember, you can only do your best, in the time available in any given day. So if you don’t get everything done, tomorrow is always a brand new day with tons of potential and opportunity.

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to dealing with stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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