Dealing with Stress and Anxiety


It’s the middle of March and the stress and anxiety is beginning to kick in… two dissertations, a 5000 and a 3500 word essay all due in the next five weeks. Even though I know everyone is in the same position, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a whole ‘stressy bubble’ of your own sometimes.

When I started my degree almost three years ago now, I was under the impression it wasn’t going to be too bad… “I love history” I said… “This will be fun” I said. Lol… how wrong I was!! I do find it hard to deal with the pressure of university work – especially now in my final year. BUT – I have learned a lot in these three years which have really helped me overcome my stress and anxiety and get the job done.

Don’t be afraid to talk about it

I think sometimes we think that admitting to feeling pressured is a failure, but it really isn’t! Talking to one another about our mental health is so important to having a positive outlook on life. Don’t think yourself anything less than amazing for admitting to struggling with what you’re taking on. Nothing worth having is an easy ride, and you will feel so much better after just getting it off your chest.

Have some ‘Me’ time

(My personal fav as a procrastinator haha) This is so important, the only struggle is knowing when to stop relaxing… kind of like me right now (I mean look how chilled I look in my 50s shades lol)! Do what you need to do to rid your mind of that built up pressure and anxiety – go shopping, have a nap, take a bath, have a night off and watch a film… whatever it is that makes you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. We all need it now and again.


Put some relaxing music on 

Music is so good for stopping me feeling anxious. I like to listen to piano music on YouTube while studying to get my brain in the right ‘mood’. I find that if I don’t put it on, I can’t focus and all I can think about is “I’m so stressed about this essay!” Once I have some relaxing, calm music, those thoughts completely disappear and I find I can do anything…….. even if I do end up on my blog eventually 😉

Realise that success isn’t a number

This has been a difficult one for me to accept but I am learning with every essay I write. Success is not the grade you get, or the comments you receive, but the very process of getting there in the first place! Although it’s great to get a high mark, it’s a very accomplishment in itself to not give up and continue to pursue something which is difficult.



Reward yourself

Similar to my last tip – it’s important to celebrate all accomplishments you have, regardless of the grade! Don’t forget that you don’t have to be doing this, but you’re here and that deserves credit in itself. After you submit that essay, make sure you pat yourself on the back and feel good before anything else.

Remember – life isn’t all about your studies

Okay, I don’t want to sound silly when I say this, because I know that getting GCSE’s, A-Levels, a degree and so on is really important. BUT – it isn’t everything. There is so much more to life than being clever… really! Family, friends, love, travel, FOOD (obvs the priority)… the list could go on and on. Remember that those things are SO much more important than getting the highest grade you can.


Sorry if this post is a little bit rambly, it’s just been on my mind lately and it actually really helped me to write it out! I’ve been feeling pretty rubbish myself lately, so it’s important to take a minute and appreciate the things in life that matter before dwelling on something which will only make me more stressed! Ultimately (can you tell I’m in essay writing mode??), we all need to remember that we gain NOTHING from stress and anxiety – it is just a vicious circle of self-doubt and worry. Remember how far you have come and how many good things you have going for you – that’s what matters.



Sunglasses – eBay
Coat – Vintage Aquascutum, British Heart Foundation
Skirt – Vintage Woolworths… Really!!
Bag – Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Blouse – Forever 21
Shoes – Depop




What I’ve learned from the past

Hello and Happy International Women’s Day to all you inspiring ladies out there!!

As a history student, I can very much appreciate all that women have done for the world and a day of celebration is great to take a moment and be thankful for the amazing women of the past, present and future. I’d like to think we live in a world where we can all support one another and be proud of how far we have come and work towards the future. Continue reading “What I’ve learned from the past”


Styling a Statement Piece


So I am just rubbish at this blogging thing. I tell myself I’ll publish every weekend (an easy enough target, right?) then somehow its the Thursday AFTER that weekend and I’m like “erm what?” HOW is it March by the way?! It was only New Year like, yesterday?!? I’ll be officially finished at uni next month as well, which is quite simply the scariest thought ever… send help lol. Continue reading “Styling a Statement Piece”


What I wore in Lincoln!


It’s me againnnn, not posting on time as usual 🙂 I’d play the ‘I’m so busy’ card again but – honestly – it’s more that I’m just dozy and forgetful! I’ve been on reading week from uni this week and I’ve had lots of work to do – of course this is when the weather pipes up and starts being sunny to tempt me away!! When summer comes and I’m finally free it will be raining every day – just you wait!! Continue reading “What I wore in Lincoln!”


Top Tips for Affordable Travel


I’d promised I’d write a post on this a while ago now but – as with most things lol – I got distracted and completely forgot.

As a student who travels a lot, I always get asked “but how do you afford it?!” – understandably. Especially when I’m normally complaining how poor I am (while simultaneously buying more clothes and booking more holidays haha). So I thought I would share with you all my top tips for affordable travels! Continue reading “Top Tips for Affordable Travel”


Charity / Vintage Shop Haul – A Day of Finds


I’m really sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time! Although I like to pretend I’m living the dream, in reality I actually spend 99% of my time procrastinat- I mean… doing uni work. Last summer I made the ridiculous decision to take on two dissertations in my final year. Seriously. Why did I do this to myself?! 🙂 Continue reading “Charity / Vintage Shop Haul – A Day of Finds”


Dealing with Negativity in a Competitive World


A bit of a different post today that I think will resonate with a lot of people. I know from experience that when you decide to pursue something you are passionate about, you get a lot of criticism and negativity. Sometimes it comes from a good place, where people want you to improve or do better, but more often it comes from bitter, competitive people who don’t want you to succeed. What do we do in these situations? Continue reading “Dealing with Negativity in a Competitive World”


The DOs and DON’Ts of Charity Shop Shopping!

Hello all! 

So, despite my New Years Resolution being to dedicate more time to my blog, third-year uni work has thoroughly engulfed me so far. I have a 5000 word essay due on Thursday that I’d neglected over Christmas and which I am now regretting… very VERY much.

Anyway, as a break from crying over my essay (I so wish this was a joke lol), I am FINALLY getting round to writing this blog post I have been really excited about creating!! The Dos and Don’ts of charity shop shopping!

Continue reading “The DOs and DON’Ts of Charity Shop Shopping!”

Fashion, Personal

Coming into 2018 in style!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!……… 3 days late.

Is it just me or should the New Year not officially start until a few days after 1st January? I’m completely not ready to come out of Christmas hibernation yet and face the terrifying pile of uni work I have left until the last minute… hahahahahelp.

Continue reading “Coming into 2018 in style!”