It's now slap bang in the middle of January, and for students this means one thing: deadlines and exams. So I thought I'd share my top tips for beating stress, and what calms me down when things seem to get on top of me. 

Get organised: Write a to-do list, create a timetable and invest in pretty stationary. Organising what you need to get done can really help you get on top of things, especially if you feel swamped and have so much to do, it can give you a starting point. I find to-do lists really helpful, and with this cute daily diary from Paperchase, I can write in an hour-by-hour guide of my tasks that I need to get done. You can also never go wrong with post-it notes either. 

Light a scented candle: A little aromatherapy never hurt nobody... even writing this post now, I have my Yankee burning away. You may recognise this one from my previous post Beauty Bits I Got for Christmasand it is in the scent Fresh Cut Roses. Rose is my favourite fragrance, and when my workspace smells of it, I feel a lot more relaxed. Lavender, chamomile and jasmine are also known to be calming scents, so light it up!

Get a good night's sleep: A tip you've probably heard one, two many times, but a good night's sleep is the key to acing that exam or preparing for a long day of revision. Stress is only aggravated by a lack of sleep, so make sure you get enough shut eye. In order to calm your nerves, it may be worth investing in a pillow spray; I bought ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for my mum for Christmas, and after using it, I can confirm that it is worth the hype. It gives you a nudge into the land of nod, and leaves you feeling refreshed the next morning. Definitely worth the investment!

Paint your nails: Sometimes you need to slow down, take a little break and have some me-time. Painting your nails can actually be very therapeutic. Pictured is Essie's Sparkle on Top polish, which can add a bit of glitz and glam to your fingertips amidst the slog of revision/essay-writing/mental breakdowns caused by work.  

Scented hand cream: When stuck under a mountain of books in the library, unfortunately it's unacceptable to light a scented candle or spray your favourite perfume. So instead get your aromatherapy fix in between note-taking, with a scented hand cream. This particular Rose hand cream is from Bulgaria, but I also love The Body Shop's Wild Rose Hand Cream

Make a relaxing playlist: Sometimes a bit of mellow background music can really help with stress, so get on iTunes or Spotify and find your favourite slow, acousticy songs (or whatever soft music floats your boat). I'm personally loving George Ezra's album Wanted on Voyage and I will always return back to Kodaline's In a Perfect World, to help me along with my work.

What do you do to help yourself relax when you're stressed?

Charlotte x

Simple Solutions to Student Stress

21 January 2015

It's now slap bang in the middle of January, and for students this means one thing: deadlines and exams. So I thought I'd share my top tips for beating stress, and what calms me down when things seem to get on top of me. 

Get organised: Write a to-do list, create a timetable and invest in pretty stationary. Organising what you need to get done can really help you get on top of things, especially if you feel swamped and have so much to do, it can give you a starting point. I find to-do lists really helpful, and with this cute daily diary from Paperchase, I can write in an hour-by-hour guide of my tasks that I need to get done. You can also never go wrong with post-it notes either. 

Light a scented candle: A little aromatherapy never hurt nobody... even writing this post now, I have my Yankee burning away. You may recognise this one from my previous post Beauty Bits I Got for Christmasand it is in the scent Fresh Cut Roses. Rose is my favourite fragrance, and when my workspace smells of it, I feel a lot more relaxed. Lavender, chamomile and jasmine are also known to be calming scents, so light it up!

Get a good night's sleep: A tip you've probably heard one, two many times, but a good night's sleep is the key to acing that exam or preparing for a long day of revision. Stress is only aggravated by a lack of sleep, so make sure you get enough shut eye. In order to calm your nerves, it may be worth investing in a pillow spray; I bought ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for my mum for Christmas, and after using it, I can confirm that it is worth the hype. It gives you a nudge into the land of nod, and leaves you feeling refreshed the next morning. Definitely worth the investment!

Paint your nails: Sometimes you need to slow down, take a little break and have some me-time. Painting your nails can actually be very therapeutic. Pictured is Essie's Sparkle on Top polish, which can add a bit of glitz and glam to your fingertips amidst the slog of revision/essay-writing/mental breakdowns caused by work.  

Scented hand cream: When stuck under a mountain of books in the library, unfortunately it's unacceptable to light a scented candle or spray your favourite perfume. So instead get your aromatherapy fix in between note-taking, with a scented hand cream. This particular Rose hand cream is from Bulgaria, but I also love The Body Shop's Wild Rose Hand Cream

Make a relaxing playlist: Sometimes a bit of mellow background music can really help with stress, so get on iTunes or Spotify and find your favourite slow, acousticy songs (or whatever soft music floats your boat). I'm personally loving George Ezra's album Wanted on Voyage and I will always return back to Kodaline's In a Perfect World, to help me along with my work.

What do you do to help yourself relax when you're stressed?

Charlotte x

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