January 08, 2017

Feeling meh

It's Sunday and in order to stick to my new schedule I'm supposed to upload something before the end of the day.

Let's start by saying that I think I might have a flu. I've had constant headaches for the past few days and I feel all the usual symptoms - achy limbs, stingy eyes, weird feeling in my mouth. I'm also freezing, and I'm wearing layers and layers of winter clothes.

That might be one of the reasons I don't feel inspired for a blog post today. The other is the fact that I'm a bit worried for my exam and dissertation and whenever I feel nervous I tend to forget how to "do things", so any activity becomes kind of challenging.

I thought I might share some tricks I generally follow when I need to take a break in between studying sessions, or when I feel stressed in general.

First of all, I like to go out and take a walk. I like to explore the neighbourhood, visit a couple of shops or buy something to snack on as I walk. I think that going out to observe the world and other people's life for a bit helps to resize whatever problem you might be facing that is causing your stress, and also helps to understand where the cause of the stress lies, since sometimes it happens to feel anxious or upset or sad without knowing why.

Second, I like to do something practical, handmade, like DIYs or baking or colouring in a picture, because this kind of activities lets me feel like I'm actually doing something, unlike intangible stuff like learning or revising. While I do those activities I can also choose whether I want to think about what is making me feel worried or stressed or just disconnect my brain for a while. Recently I've taken up puzzles, and I like to put together some pieces while I unwind.

Another thing I often do is watching YouTube or a film or an episode of some TV series, because it helps me disconnect from my real life for a bit and focus on something different, either useful or just entertaining.

What about you? What do you do when you need to rest your mind?

Marti xx

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