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6 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

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

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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10 Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

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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Cute and Quirky Pins from Innabox

Ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you I love a good pun. Shaun and I regularly try to out-pun each other and see who is the most punny. So when I saw these cute and quirky pins from Innabox, I knew I needed them in my life. Nikky (the owner and designer of Innabox) asked which items I would like from her shop and as I seriously loved everything, it was so hard to choose. In the end, I went for the Albackpaca and Never Look Back pin. How brilliant are these:

Nikky has so many cute and clever animal inspired designs, I would have wanted them all. Other favourites include the Ballama (banana and llama), Cattoo (cat with tattoos), Happy campurr (cat in a tent), Kangabrew (kangaroo in a teacup) and Quaterpanda (panda and a burger).

Innabox Designs are available on pins, cards, badges, mugs, earrings, patches, coasters and necklaces! Have a look at the Etsy shop and find your favourites.

You can put these pins anywhere – on bags, hats, scarfs, I think it looks pretty cool on my denim jacket.

These pins arrived in a super cute little box with adorable cat washi tape – such a fun way to receive post. If you loved these brilliant designs as much as I do, go check out Innabox and start your collection today! Innabox / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Etsy 

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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Salisbury: snapshots from the city

 At the weekend, Shaun and I decided to go to the train station and pick a destination at random and go on a Saturday adventure. Salisbury was the first place which came up. It was only an hour away from us, the weather was sunny, so it sounded like the perfect day out.

Before we knew it, we had arrived in the city and found ourselves outside Salisbury Cathedral.

A few obligatory photographs outside the cathedral.

The River Avon flows right through the city and looked so pretty in the February colours.

This is Salisbury’s Love-Lock Bridge. Not as romantic as Paris, but still sweet.

It wasn’t long before we were thinking about lunch (as usual, hehe). We picked Wildwood just outside the market as the menu sounded delicious.

I was feeling in a vegetarian mood so I went for: Grilled mushroom & halloumi burger with pesto mayonnaise. As always, I upgraded to sweet potato fries. Amazing!

After lunch, we took a stroll around Salisbury outdoor market, this place sells everything: fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses, eggs, vacuum cleaners, carpets, clothes, shoes, jewellery, kitchenware, wooden furniture, like everything. It’s open every Tuesday and Saturday and worth a visit if you are in the area.

I always love the colours and aromas in a busy vibrant market.

Who doesn’t like a little bit of homemade fudge? Roly’s Fudge originally came from Devon 30 years ago and is made from all natural ingredients. You can buy everything from Vanilla Clotted Cream, Chocolate or Rum ‘n’ Raisin to more traditional flavours. There is something for everyone here.

After we had looked around the city, we fancied a quieter walk along the river enjoying the scenery.

The cathedral was never far away – at least we knew how to find our way back to the station again.

Peaceful surroundings just outside of the city.

Salisbury has a good mix of everything – vibrant colourful markets, cultural Cathedrals and peaceful river walks. We will definitely be coming back here again sometime. especially as it’s just a short train ride from home. Have you been to Salisbury? Do you prefer the busier city life or quieter countryside?

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