Ways to ‘Switch Off’ From Stress


Hey everybody! How are you doing?

Happy March! How is it March already?! January gloomily dragged, yet I’ve seemed to have blinked and we’ve skipped a month! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling pretty stressed lately – I think it’s this time of year. However, soon the light evenings and blue skies will emerge, and Spring will soon greet us with a burst of joy.

When we are stressed, it can be difficult to practice self-care habits as we get so wrapped up in the busy schedules of every day life. Today, I’ve decided to share with you a few simple, doable strategies which can be easily implemented into your daily routine in order to help you ‘switch off’ from stress and indulge in relaxation:

1) Listen to a podcast

I usually do this when I’m walking to or from uni. It’s a great way to switch off from the stresses of life and to listen to a topic of interest. I really recommend listening to ‘Deliciously Ella’s’ podcasts – they’re so uplifting, inspiring and also really relatable! You can find them on Spotify. She covers a whole range of topics, from accepting failure to healthy eating. Plus, it’s super easy to squeeze this into your routine, as you can simply listen to these podcasts on route to places, or even when you’re cooking or getting ready for bed. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

2) Colouring book

In a world where we are dominated by social media and stress, escaping the online world and engaging in an activity like colouring in can be so refreshing. I have a colouring book and it’s so calming to unleash the colour and glide the pencils across the paper, filling in each shape and design with care. It’s such a pleasurable way to ‘switch off’ and ease the mind, and it’s a great way to spend time away from social media. This is really relaxing to do before bedtime, especially if you don’t fancy reading!

3) Write in a journal

I’ve owned a journal since I was about 10 and I use it religiously. Being able to write your thoughts and feelings down after a stressful day is so cathartic and I’d recommend it to anybody. It’s also a really therapeutic way to write down all the things you are grateful for in life. Being able to take a minute to focus on what you are grateful for can help relieve stress, as it puts things into perspective. With regards to fitting this into my routine, I often take ten or fifteen minutes before I sleep to write. This is also a great way to wind down after a busy day because you can switch off your phone (which is one of the biggest sleep disrupters!)

Overall, being able to practice self-care to relieve feelings of stress is so important for our wellbeing. The stress of life can often take a toll on us, dragging us down and causing us to neglect ourselves. I love being able to share with you these things which can make all the difference, so I really hope they help and I hope they work for you.

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Have a lovely day.

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed


7:00am. You wake up to the familiar sound of your alarm and already you are thinking about your to-do list which flows like the closing credit of a film. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to stay wrapped up in the warm comforts of bed, shielding yourself from all the stress? Life can calve endless chores and tasks into our days, making us feel overwhelmed and tired. I can’t count the amount of times I have had to take a step back and force myself to relax to help manage my stress levels. We’ve all been there, and it can be very mentally draining. So, today, I want to share with you a few tips which can help cope with these feelings of overwhelmingness.

  1. Let go of what you can’t control

I once read a statistic which showed a high percent of what we overthink and worry about doesn’t even happen. What a waste of thoughts, right? You can’t control everything in life, so letting go of the things you’re not in control of is a great first step to reduce stressful thoughts. I sometimes ask myself ‘what is the point in worrying about what I can’t control?’ Overthinking these things is pointless, because thinking about them won’t change anything – what will be will be. Let life unfold the way it wants to, because things work out eventually.

  • Simplify

When things feel overwhelming, it’s so easy to fill your mind with tasks, making you feel like they all need to be done at once. This only causes more stress. When you wake up, simplify what needs to be done. Break what needs to be done into smaller steps – you can do this by writing a to do list and prioritising. Seeing things written on paper definitely reduces my stress levels as they no longer feel jumbled in my head!

  • Relax

Relaxing when you feel overwhelmed can make you feel slightly guilty, I understand. But it’s so important to listen to your mind and body if you feel like you’re crashing. Allow yourself to just relax for a little while – your wellbeing is much more important. Also, you are way more likely to be more productive after a rest because it gives yourself time to replenish, so it’s a win-win!

So, there are a few tips I thought I would share with you when things feel like they are getting too much. It happens to all of us and I believe being able to cope with stress and put our wellbeing first is so important. Let me know how you get on!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Stress-free Night Time Routine


Hello lovely people,

How are you doing? I’ve been so busy recently with what feels like endless assignments and deadlines! I feel so tired from working constantly – I need a break!

January. The time of assignments, deadlines and exams. Our days are crammed with copious amounts of revision and hard work – I feel like if I reference one more study my whole mind is going to burst. It’s such a stressful time period, trust me that you are not alone!

I’ve noticed that I have been falling asleep later than usual recently due to the stress of my assignments. When I close my eyes, all I seem to think about is the amount of work that needs to be done. So, I decided to introduce a few new steps into my night time routine (and I’ve found myself really benefitting from it) so I thought I would share it with you!

As you know, I absolutely love lavender. I use an essential oil (from Amazon) and I blot it on my pillow before I sleep. Simultaneously, I listen to sleep meditations by ‘The Honest Guys’ on Spotify (you can also get on YouTube) which are so relaxing. There’s one particular meditation I use called ‘Inner Peace,’ and it encourages the mind to wander to a happy place as you drift to sleep. With the scent of lavender in my room as I drift to sleep, it’s easy to imagine I’m immersed in a lavender field surrounded by tranquil waters. Closing my eyes, I leave the busy world of essays behind and escape to a private world of serenity. This method of relaxation before sleep is great because it allows you to create your own private, happy world of peace, allowing you to end your day with happy, relaxed thoughts.

As well as this, I also have got into reading books. I’ve found that even reading 10/15 minutes before bed really calms me down and makes me sleepy too, so I would definitely recommend reading a book just before bed.

Those are, in particular, the most effective strategies I usually use when I’m stressed and need to sleep. Let me know if you try them out – I hope they help!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Acceptance


Hey guys!

How has your day been? My Christmas shopping has finally started; all the discounts are on so now is the perfect time! I can’t get enough of the glittery lights which parade the city centre, and the dazzling Christmas decorations which fulfil the shop windows, each spreading the jubilant buzz as December 1st approaches.

I’m sure you’ve had a busy day today. As the beautiful blue sky falls to darkness and the nightfall hours approach, allow yourself some quality time. Grab a cup of tea, switch off from the outside world and allow yourself some time to relax and read this post.

Today, I was walking back home, listening to this insightful podcast about wellbeing. The content within the podcast inspired me to write today’s post because it mentioned something which I feel a lot of us could be better at, which is acceptance.

We’ve all felt it: sadness, guilt, disappointment, jealousy – the list is infinite. It is important to remind ourselves that it is entirely normal to experience these feelings from time to time. However, I firmly believe that there are ways to deal with these certain emotions that sometimes negatively overwhelm us.

Over the years, I have learnt that being able to accept these negative feelings as they come is a way to help them go. A quote I picked up from the podcast was “what we resist, persists,” and it’s so true. When we try to fight anger, the heat inside us intensifies. When we try to battle sadness, it remains stuck in our chest. When we criticize ourselves for being jealous, we feel worse. Essentially, rebelling against our emotions (rather than allowing them to happen), can overall affect us negatively.

Treat yourself and your feelings with kindness. Remind yourself that what you are feeling doesn’t define who you are as a person. People experience different emotions daily and that’s okay. These feelings come and go and being able to accept them and watch them gradually dissolve is a part of the amazing journey to self-love.

So next time you feel down, don’t resist it. Allow it, accept that you are feeling that way as it will pass.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Being Appreciative


Hey guys, how is everyone doing??

I just wanted to start this post off by saying thank you for all your support since I’ve started this blog. It’s so lovely that there’s more and more of you joining – it fills me with joy knowing that my posts are helping you guys.

Autumn is preceding to Winter and December will soon be meeting us on our door step. Daylight falls to dusk early, as we are woken to layers of glistening frost outside. Although I love this time of year, I feel like it’s a time when many of us are overwhelmed with stress. Our days are packed with meeting deadlines, our minds are actively revisiting Christmas to-do lists, and perhaps our bank accounts aren’t as beaming as usual due to the arrival of the festive season. During such a busy time of year, it’s very easy to subconsciously spiral into the hectic schedules of every day life. It can cause us to feel stressed and down, starving our minds from positivity.   

Since I’ve been feeling stressed recently, I have found that being able to break away from the blur of everyday life for even just a few minutes can help slow the mind down and relax. Allowing the mind to rest for a moment and focus on what we are grateful for in life can be an effortless yet effective thing to do. So, ask yourself; what are you grateful for? What do you appreciate in life? Even if your answer is as straightforward as having shelter, or being thankful for owning an electronic device in which you are reading this blog post from. Reminding yourself of what you are grateful for is a simple, easy way to be more thankful of things we naturally take for granted due to the busy lives we hold. I have even found that writing down on paper the things I am appreciative of helps boost my mood and facilitates inner peace. So, if you prefer writing these down rather than mentally thinking about it, then do that!

So, after reading this post, try to think of a few things that you are grateful for in life, and observe the way it makes you feel. I find this really helps me put things into perspective, especially when I’m feeling so stressed.

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I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day!

Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx