How to get over those Monday morning blues…

I have had a very exciting weekend spending it with my close University friends and then my boyfriend coming to visit. Every week at Uni I am always busy doing crazy things that I wish I shared more with you guys. I spent most of last week at home as I was very ill. Last Sunday I spent the whole day in bed being sick repeatedly and all I wanted was to be at home being looked after by my mum, eating her home – made soup. I caught a late train back Thursday evening so that I was able to go to all my seminar and lectures on Friday, and to catch up with my course friends. On Friday night I went to lollipop with some course friends which is an event on every Friday night at a club called The Old Fire Station, which is just around the corner from my accommodation. It was a lot of fun yet it was extremely cold. So the walk there and back was not too much fun!

On Saturday morning Solly, my boyfriend got the train down to Bournemouth so we could spend the weekend together. We did lots of Christmassy things and just chilled, it was nice to be together away from home, like a little winter get away.

So after a lush weekend, I have major Monday blues and I am here to help you all through yours.

1.WRITE A TO – DO LIST

One of the main things I have to do before I start my week is write a to – do list and update my diary. I have a deadline this week so I find it easier to schedule in a time to do it, so that it will definitely get done. I write one list of what I need to get done that week, then write one for the day. Such as saying when I need to go the gym, blog, write up notes ect.

2. USE MONDAY AS A FRESH START

Whenever my day has not been productive I really feel bad about it and beat myself up. Although I do not have much to get done at the moment, I get upset with myself when I don’t spend my time wisely, so this is why I use Monday as a fresh start. When you begin your week well, hopefully it will end well too. It is time to be productive.

3. EAT A GOOD HEALTHY BREAKFAST

I have always been that person who skips breakfast, especially when being at University. But I have come to realise that this is very unhealthy. Starting your week with a healthy breakfast will kick start your Monday and make you feel fresh.

4. MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE SOMETHING ‘FUN’ IN YOUR TO – DO LIST

Although you want to be productive, especially when you are at Uni, you want to keep yourself entertained. If you are trying to have a productive day, even getting a bit of fresh air will split up your time. University is meant for socialising, so meeting your friend for a coffee or popping round to there flat will lift you mood a lot.

5. GO TO BED EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT

Even on a Sunday night at University there is always something going on, but try and get an early nigth. It is easy for me to say but it will really kick start your week to be a great one.

Do you have anyways to over come Monday blues?

 

October recap & November goals

So it is officially the first of November. Where has the time gone? I have now been at University for just over a month, I have slowly settled in an what to talk to you about what has been going on.

Firstly I am so sorry that I have not been very good with posting, I thought that when I got to Uni I would get back into the swing of it again but it seems to of gone the complete opposite way. The thing is, Uni is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Living with people that you don’t really know and suddenly having to do everything for yourself is a massive reality check. This is life now. It’s that huge step from being a teenager to an adult and having to suddenly provide for yourself.

October has been all about settling in and I think I have nearly completed that goal. Somebody told me that you don’t start to fully love Uni until after Christmas I think they are probably right. As much as I love it, I do get very homesick.

October has been an amazing month for me. I can’t tell you how busy I have been, which is why I have not been very good at keeping my blog updated.

November:

November is the month for getting motivated again.

  1. I want to get back into blogging again, twice a week or more. This is what I want to be doing so the fact that I have neglected it does upset me.
  2. I want to be back at the gym at least 3 times a week. I have so much spare time at Uni so I don’t know why I spend it doing absolutely nothing.
  3. Start eating proper food. When you are hungover all you want to do is eat, unfortunately I have put on quite a bit of weight which is has made me feel very down in myself. Once I get back to how I felt in myself through the summer I will be a lot happier and motivated once again.
  4. I will make sure that I am making time for all my friends. Since being at Uni I have started to appreciate the people who actually care about me which is amazing!

Everybody make the most out of November, before you know it, it will be 2018!

Reducing Stress

How to stay sane whilst trying to hit deadlines

So I am coming to the end of my third year at college. Yes, my third year. I started college when I finished secondary school at age 16 and studied A – Levels. I did Media Studies, Business Studies, Photography and Sociology, but unfortunately I am extremely bad at exams so did not do so well. So I went into my second year of college doing a Broadcast Media course, which has ended up being the better choice. I have around 2 weeks left to complete all of my assignments and am currently really struggling. I have been your typical teenager and left my harder assignments to the last minuet. I do technically have longer than 2 weeks to complete them, but it is currently 13 days until Glastonbury Festival and nobody wants to be at a festival with this stress over their heads.

I have decided to write this blog post after being sat at the same computer for around 6 hours straight doing my college work, so I feel that my brain needs a bit of a break. And talking about self-care and reducing stress is the best way to feel relaxed. Many of the tips I am about to tell you are obvious but others I feel have helped me so maybe can help you.

  1. Get more sleep – This first one is pretty obvious and I am sure you get told it a lot, but it is also very important. This is very hypocritical coming from me as I am the WORST at sleeping. When the clock hits 12:00 my brain is running in all different directions, I either over think every situation completely or I become extremely motivated. Over the half term I was working a lot, meaning when it got to going to sleep at night I found it a lot easier as I had been on my feet all day. This also meant that I woke up a lot earlier in the morning. Ask anybody who knows me, I am horrible to wake up in the morning. My mum gets my friends to try to contact me as she is scared to come in because of my mood, haha! But when I was getting to sleep earlier, I was waking up earlier. Meaning I was getting on with my mum the next day and getting a lot more done.
  2. Take a break – Working for long hours on end is knackering for your brain. Only concentrating on one specific thing is unhealthy and when you are studying or doing assignments like myself you should always take a break. It can range from having a long walk or going to the gym, to just having a nice lunch with your family. Having a break can also motivate you to do more.
  3. Eat well – I know sitting doing nothing all day means boredom, which means bingeing! Eating healthier meals will not only reduce your stress but will make you feel a lot better about yourself. Sitting at a desk bloated is not the most comfortable of feelings, so eating better can really motivate you. Instead of snacking on cake and cookies, eat some fruit or Greek yogurt. I promise you will notice a change in how you feel and how you work.
  4. Have a conversation with someone important – Letting your stress out to somebody who cares can make you feel free. When you pass on your feelings, you mentally think that you are giving someone else your problem and feel that you do not have to handle it alone anymore. Nobody should have to deal with their problems alone, getting advice off somebody who cares means that it does not all build up in your head into something a lot worse than it is.
  5. Sit and read a book/watch a good movie alone – Concentrating on something else will relax your mind and take it away from your problems. Reading a book or watching a film means you put yourself into the actor/actresses life, as if you are living as somebody else for a little while. Try and do this without going on your phone. When you have finished you will feel very refreshed and even feel differently about your stress and worries.

These are the things, I feel, help me reduce stress. This is from when I am stressed about doing my college work or actual work. When I am stressed about personal reasons I handle it in a slightly different way. These I will talk about in another blog post. Stress from a social situation is very difficult to deal with, especially when you are surrounded by a lot of people opinions. My only tip for this for now is to not listen to other people and to take your time. There is no rush in the way you handle your feelings and the best outcome, comes from when you are calm.

I hope you have enjoyed this slightly different post. I will be doing little advice post like this more often as I enjoy writing them and it can also help myself as well as others. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to talk about.

 

01.07.2017

So it is officially the 1st August, the last month of the Summer. This month is a busy one for me I do not have time to rest and I am extremely excited. July has been a very quite month so I am ready for the mayhem. On Friday 4th August I officially do not have a job. I currently work at my local pub/restaurant and because I am so busy I am having to leave. It is also good timing as I  gives me time to spend with my family and friends before I am off to University.

I wasn’t this month to be a time to concentrate on the things that actually matter. I have started to realise that you should not have to beg to be somebodies friend and not everybody has your best interest at heart. It is time to get rid of all the toxic people and to be happy. I want to spend all my free time with people that I love, catching up with old friends and working on my healthy living. I will be spending a lot more time blogging when I leave my job as I am doing a lot.

I want to make this month about supporting the people around you, no good comes from putting anybody down. “The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one be one.”

Bath Shopping & Jamie Olivers Diner | Day out in Bath

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Wednesday 26th July 2017

At the moment, my mum has two students staying for two weeks from Spain and France as she is teaching them English. They are both 16 so while I have not been at work I join them on their days out. Valentine from France has been studying Jamie Oliver at school so mum thought it would be a good idea to take her there as there is not any of these restaurants in France. I have only been to the Jamie Oliver’s Diner in Convent Garden, which I will be going back to in August so it was nice to try out the one in Bath. The restaurant is very hidden as it is down a thin alleyway, but after getting very lost we finally found it. To eat I go Jamie’s Big Five Salad but got the small version of it with a side of sweet potato fries. This was so that I could fit in the vanilla, strawberry shortcake.

The service in this restaurant was really good, everybody was extremely polite and the food was perfect. It was all delicious and I have nothing bad to say about any of it.

After we had lunch we did a little bit of shopping. I did not buy much just a little bit of jewellery and a new top for this weekend. It was from Urban Outfitters and I will share it with you on Sunday.

The Perfect Day Off

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Thursday 19th July

Today is my only day off all week. I have absolutely no plans so the day is all about me. I woke up at 10:00AM, got out of bed and made myself a banana protein smoothie. Then my brother Jack and I went to the gym. I got home at 1:00PM and made myself a salad. It felt so nice eating well after the past 4 days of complete binging. I then sat at my computer and caught up on my blogging!

I then decided to walk Maisy, my dog, to the local shop to buy a cappuccino and a magazine because it was then time for face masks. In the evening I cleaned my car and went back to the gym. I thought this was a perfect day off as it was a day spent repenting and now I feel a lot better for it.

What you need for a day off:

  • A good magazine/book –  I chose a Health magazine as I have recently enjoyed reading about different meals and exercising as don’t know to much about it. I also want to be more knowledged on what is good and what is bad for me.
  • Healthy meals – I have tried to seriously detox, by eating just salads and a piece of salmon for my dinner.
  • A good television show – I have been re – watching TOWIE and Gossip Girl recently as I have not been able to find a new show. If you have an suggestions please comment below.
  • A long bath – I actually made myself a detox bath which I will talk about in a different post.
  • Run small errands – Get everything done that you need too. Whether it is sending post or even just washing your car. Get it done on your day off!
  • Pamper yourself! – Today I finally go to use my Garnier – Moisture Bomb face mask. I actually bought this ages ago and never got round to trying it. I left it on for 15 minutes and when I removed it I rubbed the remains of the product in the packet into my face. It left an oily feeling on my face and when I dried up made my voice feel spotless. I then used these 7th Heaven – Unclog Pore Strips that I bought from Primark. I placed when across my nose and it removed all the dead skin and my black head. In my Healthy magazine I got this Dr Organic – Lavender Skin Lotion which I placed on my face after using all the products I have already spoke about.

Healthy magazine, Dr Organic – Lavender Skin Lotion, 7th Heaven – Unclog Pore Strips, Lush – Hand and Body Lotion, Garnier – Cleansing Water, Garner – Moisture Bomb.

Finally finished college!

3 years

img_8243It is official. I have finally finished all of my coursework and completed college. As I have said, I did A – Levels the first year, did not do too well, then started a Broadcast Media course in my second year. I am glad I did this as I am very content with my life now to

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move away to University in September. Where as last year, I was a bit of a mess and think it would of been the worst idea to of moved.

I have grown up a lot in a year and think that now it is definitely time for me to get away from here. I have now got the whole of the Summer to do whatever I want, with no stress and I am excited. I will be keeping you all updated on what I am doing and will be spending way more time on my blog. I have a lot of ideas so press the follow button so that you don’t miss a post!

These are a couple of photos that were put on snapchat the day I finished college. This weekend is amazing weather, so I will be taking a lot of pictures to share.