Monday, 29 September 2014

Being an adult is hard!

Sorry for the lack of blogging in the last few days. I have just moved into my new student house for the next year so things have been very busy sorting out my room and the house. 

But boy, is being an adult hard. Having to ring up gas companies, doing a lot of cleaning when we first moved in and sorting out rent payments is a bit of a faff. But, there really is nothing that makes you feel more grown up when you have to (and successfully) manage to set up your own wifi! 

Everything is starting to come together now, but I really miss the easiness of being on campus. Being and adult is hard, plus, having to try and get rid of your own huge massive spiders is a challenge. And I turn 20 next week.... I want to stay a teenager forever!

My lectures actually start next week, so will have a bit of time to make some posts. I am going to try my hardest to continue blogging maybe 3 times a week whilst keeping up with university work, but please bare with me for the next few days!

Hope everyone who is at uni has settled in now! 



Monday, 22 September 2014

Tips for Insomniacs

Sleep. Something that we all need to do, but it is not always something that comes easily to some people. I wish that I was one of those people that can sleep at any time of the day without fail, however, not all of us can be like this dog.

My first year of university was great, but it did come with struggles - my main one being my problem with sleep. I found my anxiety got even worse when I didn't have enough sleep, and then, not getting enough sleep was making the problem even worse.

I tried everything - cutting caffeine and alcohol from my diet, listening to music, having a hot bath, drinking a warm drink. Nothing worked. Some nights, I don't think I even fell asleep. Thankfully, my sleeping has improved. I still get odd nights or 3-4 days when I only have about 3 hours sleep, but here are some of my tips on how to get to sleep easier!

Don't have an alarm clock

By alarm clock I mean a clock that you can see in the dark, instead use your phone or a watch to check the time and set an alarm on. I would literally sit and watch the hours tick by when I had an alarm clock on my table and then count how many hours I would get before I would have to wake up. Eliminate the anxiety of counting down the hours and check occasionally.

Don't drink alcohol before bed

I can never sleep after a night out. Occasionally, this is fine, but if you are going out for drinks a lot, don't drink too near bed time. My heart and mind would race after a drink, so take it easy.

Take your mind off sleep 

I know that there is a lot of advice saying to stay away from electrical at night, but I find it easier to sleep after I have had some downtime scrolling through the internet. It takes my mind off the worry of 'am I going to sleep tonight'. This may not work for everyone, but do something before you go to bed.

Try mindfulness

If I am feeling anxious or just want to relax, I turn off the lights and lay on my back and close my eyes. I listen to my breathing, going in and out and try to focus on only that. This is also a good tip if you have background noise (like living in a hall of residence!). Become focussed on the noise and only the noise and keep breathing.

Act out a conversation in your head

Again, a trick to take your mind off the worry of not sleeping. Make up a conversation between you and a friend, or just words in your head. This sounds crazy, but it really does work - don't think of anything to dramatic though!

Stop worrying

This took me a long time to get over, but what is the worst that will happen if you don't get any sleep. You feel a bit sluggish for a day or too, but you will catch up eventually. Your body is not going to let you be awake for days on end without some relaxation. Make sure you are active, tire yourself out. Obviously, be careful when driving etc, but if you wake up thinking that you had more sleep than you actually did, you will feel a lot better!

I hope these tips help you out a little bit - as usual, here is a relevant Buzzfeed article to read through if you can't sleep! 
Have you got any more tips on how to get a better nights sleep? 


photo credit: ejbSF via photopin - no this isn't my dog... though I wish he was!


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Uni Tips - How not to act on 'Moving in Weekend'

September is finally here - hurray! Am so ready for not feeling guilty for not going out in the sun and wearing boots and scarves and drinking lots of hot chocolate. I am also definitely feeling the back to school vibe even though I still have 3 weeks until I go back to university.

Instead of doing a university tips post on moving in weekend, I thought it would be best, and possibly a little more interesting, to share my university moving in experience from last year. Hopefully, it will give you a little bit of an idea of what NOT to do if you are moving to university this year! But I must warn you.. it's a long one. So relax, and grab a cuppa.


Everything was packed in the car by about 8.30. The car was full and I just had enough room to squeeze myself in with the rest of my stuff. I lived about 3 hours away from my university so we set off at about 9. At this point, I thought I was feeling calm and collected... how wrong I was. 

We got to a service station and had some lunch. We were due to arrive at about 1ish, which at the time, I wasn't happy with. I was worried that I would get there too late to do everything that I wanted to and that I wouldn't meet any of my flatmates in time. 
Lesson 1 - don't stress out, everything will be done! 


So we arrived. We were placed in a car park possibly the furthest away from my accommodation. So I picked up my keys and went back to the car to start taking my dozens of boxes into my room. This was exhausting in itself. I opened up the door to my room and instantly was disappointed. My room was tiny, not what the pictures online looked like at all. Again, I put on a brave face. To make matters worse, the building and my room were absolutely boiling, and I do not cope well with heat! 


The next thing on my list was to go and pick up my student card. I thought I was so prepared, but when we got there and was asked for some paperwork, I realised that I didn't have my enrolment certificate. I literally went into meltdown mode. I wanted to cry. I made such a fuss and was frustrated and my parents had no idea what to do as I stood in tears in front of a room full of parents and other new students. However, it turned out I didn't really need it and picked up my student card anyway. What also panicked me was that everyone else looked like they knew exactly what they were doing, and I didn't. Plus, they all looked so much older than me! 
Lesson 2 - Other people really don't know what they are doing! 


Okay, so to make matters worse, there were tickets being sold for the nightclub event for that night. Because I was freaking out, they sold out, and I was so worried that everyone in my flat would have already bought a ticket and would go without me. I didn't need to freak out because this didn't happen. We all bought tickets on the night and got in anyway. 

Next, we went to the nearest tesco and bought some food. I spent the whole time freaking out that everyone in my flat would be meeting eachother and I wouldn't be there. I ended up not getting half of the stuff I wanted to and felt really panicky because there was so many people. 
Lesson 3 - Get your parents to get you the essentials as well as a few meals. It is so useful!


We finally made it back and by this time I was a complete mess, as was my mum who, she told me this a few weeks later, wanted to take me back home. At this point, my flatmates, who I couldn't thank them enough for doing, asked me whether I wanted to go around the building and meet some other people, which my mum pushed me to go and this gave them the opportunity to leave. I then cried... not a good start. 


So, if you have made it to the end of this very long post, well done! If you haven't... well you will never know how the story ended. Basically I went out that evening with my new friends, ended up coming home early because we didn't want to stay, and drunk hot chocolate in our pyjamas until the early hours of the morning. - so all worked out well in the end. 

Hopefully, this will give you some idea of what not to do on your first weekend at university. It is a stressful time, and it is not a weekend that I ever want to experience again, but once you get over the hurdle, things get a lot better! Just keep calm! 

Please don't tell me that I was on the only one who had a stressful moving in weekend?! 


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