Sometimes the stress of life can just get a little all too much. You could be working ridiculous hours in your job, studying day and night for exams or even just having so many little jobs and hobbies that you seem to just lose all your free time! Sometimes life can get all too busy for all of us so one thing I have been doing a lot more recently is going for walks.

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As a student I have experienced my fair share of exams in the past. And as exam season is upon us, or rapidly approaching for some, I thought I would share my top tips on how to stay as relaxed as possible at this stressful time! Now as I’m sure some of you may know if you read my anxiety post I suffer with anxiety. Therefore I’m not always cool as a cucumber when it comes to exam day. However, this has allowed me to come up with my own little list of what I do to help reduce my stress. Now this is what works for me, so it may not work for everyone! But I hope it can help people in some way!

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I have a black and white mind. For those that don’t know what this means, it means I see things as right or wrong – yes or no. I find it difficult to sometimes see the grey. Sometimes I can’t always see where the rules don’t apply. The characteristics, of this way of being, I’d always acknowledged but I never really understood what it meant.

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I have more or less recovered from my anxiety by applying a variety of techniques and practices into my life. Even so, I’m a long way from the end. Since at university I’ve suffered from two panic attacks but it hasn’t hindered me – it’s helped me grow. I see my journey as exactly that: a journey. It’s a process of development and acceptance of myself as an individual.

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After realising I couldn’t go it alone anymore, I sought a variety of ways of helping myself to deal with my anxiety and even went to counselling. Despite the negative stigma around it, without it, I wouldn’t have made progress so quickly. It’s one of the main reasons why I want to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues as you should never be too embarrassed to ask for help!

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Now this is a post I’ve wanted to write since the idea of starting a blog came to my mind. I can tell it will be a long one so I’m going to split it up a little into a few posts so you’re not too overwhelmed! I wanted to be able to share my own experiences with you in the hope of helping even just one other person. As I’m sure you’re aware, May is my ‘Mental Health Awareness’ Month so this post today is about my own struggle with social anxiety. I’ve mentioned before in previous posts about having anxiety but never really divulged much information; so that is what today’s post is for.

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Are you beach body ready?!

Um, yes I am actually because guess what? Having a so-called beach body means that I have to put a swimsuit on my body. Done.

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Weight Is But A Number

I am a firm believer in the fact that your weight does not define you. I mean, why should it? We don’t let other numerical values such as height or shoe size dictate our worth. How much I weigh has never been a concern of mine, as long as I am happy and comfortable with my body why should my weight affect my happiness?

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There aren’t many things in the world that make me angry when it comes to feminist issues. Usually, when faced with a feminist dilemma I can approach it with an open mind and reason. However, there is one issue that infuriates me a great deal and that is the negativity surrounded breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the most natural and normal thing there could ever possibly be, so why is it treated with such disgust? Women are asked to leave restaurants or move out of a public area when breastfeeding as it’s considered ‘obscene’ or ‘disgusting’. I am outraged that any woman supporting the life of her child is asked not to do so in public view, for fear of offending someone. I’m sure that I do not stand alone on this issue, and, I encourage you to share your voice alongside mine in support.

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Is feminism still relevant?

Yes.

Right glad that’s sorted.

No just kidding, some people seem to think that feminism is outdated and should be “consigned to history“. Read about my response to this person here.

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Women are told their entire lives how to survive as a female:

“Don’t wear that skirt, it’s too short it gives the wrong idea”

“Don’t walk on your own at night, it’s not safe”

“If you put your drink down on a night out, don’t go back to it: you don’t know what’s in it”

We have programmed that it is their responsibility to stay safe and to not get raped or assaulted. We have programmed women to believe that it is their fault if they are harmed because they didn’t follow one of the rules above.

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Yes, I wear makeup.

No, I do not wear it every day.

No, I do not wear it so other people think I’m pretty.

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