No new products to show, nothing to review and no outfit to share / I feel like a chatty post today. I've been feeling a bit ill lately - and it's just because I try to do so much every day and I sometimes need a break: and I'd normally use the weekends for that but that's the time for me to earn money and work at the bakery I work at.
I love writing blogposts and the job I currently have is my favourite 'job on the side' so far but I currently am at the point where I absolutely hate school - I am just so ready to go off to university, if you know what I mean?
This is what my desk-area currently looks like. Way too full and I can never focus on my schoolwork whenever I'm sat down at my desk.
Anyways - I figured that I can't be the only one with the leaving-school symptoms so I made a little lists with tips for clearing your head and trying to be happy and satisfied even though you'd rather be in the future. The tips work for your job or anything you might be struggling with because I didn't really focus them on anything in particular: I just wrote a little post to help you keep your head up.
1. SIT DOWN AND BREATHE
Whenever I'm doing work for school, trying to write a blogpost, thinking of anything that's on my mind and a thousand other things I am so extremely stressed and even though I feel like I'm doing a lot, I actually don't have anything to tick off my to-do list. Sitting down, just focusing on your breath and the noises surrounding you really helps. Try to think about nothing and once you feel like your head's empty... (see the next point)
2. MAKE LISTS
... make a list. Making lists really works for me. Trying to remember everything that you have to do is impossible when you have a complete day with activities planned - especially when it're all small things which are not of an extreme importance, but need to be done nonetheless. Writing down everything that needs to be done is quite relaxing for me and ticking off the fulfilled tasks is a really good feeling.
3. MAKE A DRAWING
I know that doing something you don't need to do whenever you're busy feels wrong - but relaxing for a moment, just like tip #1, helps and makes you more productive once your stress levels have dropped. Sitting down to make a little drawing guides your mind to another place where your stress will fade away.
4. DON'T DRINK SO MUCH COFFEE
You might think that the coffee you're pouring down your throat is helping you to keep awake but it's actually only making you more stressed out. It's a delicious beverage but you have to know that there are limits - and definitely do not ever use it for 'energy'.
5. SAY NO
Learn to say no. Learn where your limit is and make sure to not ever cross it. Saying no can be hard - but you'll be more satisfied with a few things than you'd be with many things. Does that make sense?
6. DRINK SOME TEA
Tea is a great substitute for coffee and it's not so bad for you. Teas like lavender tea have a calming effect. This is something that usually really helps me.
7. SCHEDULE YOUR TIME
Whenever I plan to use a day for only work at home (doing homework, writing blogposts, studying) I usually start when I wake up and stop right before dinner - just because I'm used up. I recently learned that this is not the right approach: you should take breaks and plan your activities throughout the day - this makes you more productive (after all) and less stressed out.
8. TAKE A BATH
And DON'T work or do anything intensive during your me-time!
9. PUT ON RELAXING MUSIC
Whenever I feel like falling apart I put on some relaxing music and just sit down and do nothing. Some recommended artists of mine are: Ben Howard (love Ben Howard), Agnes Obel (she has such a relaxing and beautiful voice) and Bon Iver.
10. GO FOR A RUN
Many non-runners think running is an exhausting thing to do but whenever I've done some running (which hasn't occured too often lately.. shame on me) I feel so energized - ready to go on again. Make running a part of your day, or week, or just run whenever you feel like it - but remember that it can help you. And it will not only influence your mind - it'll help your body as well. And I'm not talking about losing weight - I'm talking about how your body functions!
I hope these tips have helped you or will help you in the future. I thought about these tips for some time and I only included the ones which have really helped me in the past. Let me know if you have any other tips! X