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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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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Ahhh! This week has been crazy busy for me and I have barely had time for social media, let alone updating my blog. I am currently doing a group project at uni which involves numerous team meetings and presentations that have been taking up a lot my energy *head exploding emoji*. Despite the busyness, I have enjoyed keeping my new bullet journal up to date and have found it a useful way to stay organised. I thought this week I would share with you a few ideas if you are looking for bullet journal inspiration. 

The cool thing about bullet journalling is that you can start simple and add different ideas and lists as the weeks go on. Each new week is a chance to explore your creativity. All you need is a blank notebook and you can begin. I am using the awesome personalized notebook I received from Tangible Stationery Co.

 To Do List

This is a handy way to ensure you do not forget anything important each week. Sometimes we do not know exactly when we will be able to complete a task so this list can give you the freedom to decide if you have time to fit it in on the day.

Weekly goals

These can be anything from blogging goals, fitness goals, spending goals, study/work goals, social media goals, anything and everything you want to aim towards.

Exercise Tracker

An exercise tracker is so motivational and colouring in a square is very rewarding after the workout is complete. This week I am tracking yoga, swimming, gym and walking. Each week you have the flexibility to add or remove different activities.

Healthy Habits

It always good to ensure you are getting enough exercise, but other habits such as sleep, drinking water and relaxation time are important to monitor too.

Meal Planner

Using a bullet journal to plan ahead and decide what you are eating everyday is a great way to ensure you are following a balanced diet. It’s also an idea to track alcohol intake if you want to cut down.

Blog and social media stats

Keeping a log of blogging and social media stats is a cool way to see how you are doing online. You could also include the amount of time you spend on social media and the frequency in which you post if that is something you want to analyse.

Books, films and TV 

Listing books, films and TV shows is a fantastic reminder to schedule in daily relaxation time and make sure you don’t miss your favourite episodes!

Birthdays and anniversaries

Jotting down all the important dates is a great way to make sure you do not forget anything and means you can plan ahead when it comes to buying cards and gifts.

Gratitude list

Writing a daily gratitude list is thought to increase levels of positivity and improve well-being. It can also help you to notice and appreciate all the good things in life.

Favourite moments

This is the perfect way to remember the best bits of the week and nice to reminisce on at a later date.

Do you have a bullet journal or have you written a post on bullet journaling? If so, please share your links in the comments – I’d love to see other ideas!

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