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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

3 Ways to De-Stress (That Actually Work)

I'm no stranger to stress. Every exam season I am guaranteed a bout of tears and tantrums. Over the past couple of years however I've managed to achieve a better work life balance. Gone are the days where I'd get up early before school to revise at the kitchen table, spend my lunchtimes in the libeary and refuse all social engagements until the summer. Nowadays I feel like I can work more efficiently for a shorter amount of time and use my breaks to de-stress and avoid a minor meltdown. These are the three things that I do almost every day during the exam period to keep the stress from rising. 

1 // YOGA
I initially started doing this because I tend to get back ache and knotted shoulders if I’m sitting at a desk for too long, which means I’m constantly feeling a bit uncomfortable during the exam period. I thought that maybe if I did some yoga stretches it might at least ease some of my back pain. Now I do it midday, everyday. Not only does it really help my back but it also calms my mind and slows down my thoughts. For 20 minutes or so my brain stops racing through all the things I have to do, which is often what throws me into a panic.

Sometimes at the end of a long day of essay writing and revision I can find it really hard to switch off. My mind often whirs with what’s waiting for me the next morning and I find it hard to enjoy any time I have to myself. I find reading is a really great distraction. It requires a lot more brain concentration than watching Netflix so I’m forced to forget about whatever it is that's stressing me out. It’s easy to feel far away from your own stresses when you're lost in another world

This is something that I did out of necessity when I came home from University for the Easter break. The dog needed walking and I had to take her. Now it’s something I really look forward to doing. It gets me out of the house and breathing fresh air. I’ve always found walking a really useful of gaining clarity on particular things. It’s an opportunity to step away from the work and really put things into perspective.



  1. I love walking my dog when I am stressed!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    1. If pups can't make you feel a bit better, then nothing can! xx

    2. Totally agree with all these! I love doing 'yoga with Adrienne' on YouTube xx


  2. I absolutely love going out for a walk with my dogs when I'm stressed - the perfect way to clear your head and relax! I also love working out and going for a stroll in the countryside. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  4. Walking my dog is my favourite thing to do, I am constantly out in the fields!

    Danielle xx

  5. Depending on what book reading can really help me de-stress. If I've got a really enthralling fiction book for example I'm way too invested in the storylines to remember what I was stressed about.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode


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