Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Dealing With Exam Stress

So that time of the year is slowly creeping in where the pressure of exams is looming. Whether you are in secondary school, or University, exam stress is something every student has in common and something we all have to go through. Now ordinarily in the past I've dealt with exams very maturely and tactically, avoiding all those last minute panics and worries. However, over the years and as I've gotten older I've come realise I certainly haven't gotten any wiser and gotten worse and worse with preparing and stressing over exams.
So once again this is one of those posts that is probably more useful to me as a kick in the butt rather than anyone else, but if you happen to stumble across this please let me know if it was useful to you.

Now this may sound stupid but if you're anything like me then you're very, very last minute with everything, especially important things and convince yourself you have plenty of time. Let's be realistic, you are NEVER going to be able to revise and learn a whole year worth of work in a week or less, unless you're a bionic humanoid or something, it just ain't happening. So just start early and accept revising and re-learning stuff you probably already know sucks. You will thank yourself later and eliminate at least 70% of that stress you normally have.

Okay, this again might sound stupid, but you'd be surprised how many people don't simply ask their teacher or lecturer questions. Never be afraid to ask someone to explain something to you again, for you to pass and stop stressing you need to know you understand every part of your course. The teacher won't judge you and will be more than pleased to help, that's what they're there for! And always ask them as soon as you can, such at the end of a class, email or go up to the lecturer after the class and make sure you walk away understanding what they've said.

So you've gotten to the point where you are beyond f*cked and the exam or deadline is looming and you feel you have no hope in hell of passing, well do not fret, something can always be done! First of all shame of you for allowing your self to get into this state, it cannot be good for you and secondly we've all been there. If its a deadline, try and get an extension. If it's not possible, top up on your coffee and red bull, get your ass to the library and suck it up! You got yourself in this situation, its time to make something out of nothing. The same goes for an exam, except the extension part, just suck it up and focus on what you know the least and refresh what you know the best.

 As easy as it is to say it's really important to not work yourself into a state and overthink about your situation. If you aren't prepared and feel like you might fail do not panic, it'll only make things worse. Remember, exams are only pieces of paper. You CAN retake them and they DO NOT represent your worth or value. 

So if any of you find this useful I'd love to know but mostly I have to admit this is more for my mental state when it comes to exams and deadlines as I've seriously lost the plot recently - but remember starting early is the key, and never, ever panic!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

My Favourite Place

Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island

Aber Falls

Aberffraw Beach and my dog Cally

Something I have come to appreciate now that I live in the hustle and bustle of a city is returning home to the slow pace of the countryside. Now that I'm home from uni at Liverpool for Easter I decided me and my friend (who's also at Liverpool) should explore our surroundings a bit more and take in the natural beauty and some well-needed fresh air. 
My amateur iPhone shots do not do these places justice because the peace and serenity of just being here is impossible to capture. I sometimes forget what a wonderful place Anglesey and North Wales  is and places like this remind me what a privilege it is to live here and be only a 20 minute drive away from a beach or even a waterfall. 
Sure it may look grey and dull to some people but to me it is home. The mountains, the rivers, the sea. It's all part of where I'm from, and until you've actually been here and experienced the peacefulness of simply sitting on the rocking shore of Penmon or hiking up the trek to Aber Falls and its jaw-dropping views, it's difficult to describe what it's actually like. 
Although living in a city is a dream of mine and a great thing to experience, being at home will never compare to it. 
Tell me in the comments what's your favourite thing about being home or about where you live. 
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Motivation and Getting Back on Track

So these past couple of weeks I've really been struggling with motivation and in general just getting out of bed, and I'm sure I can't be the only one. I seem to have lost all motivation in working out and looking after my body and my university work with the only thing getting me out of bed is going out to the pub. 
Now I could just be describing the average student, but I don't like being this way, and it's completely out of character for me so I want to use this blog post to give myself, and anyone else out there struggling to motivate themselves, a strict list to get back on track. I have a fairly long Easter holiday coming up, as I live in the UK, and want to use this time at home, away from distractions, to bring myself back to normal.

Lack of routine is 100% one of the reasons why I cannot get out of bed or constantly feel out of sorts. With a different bed time every night is makes for a very strange day as it all depends on when I wake up. Therefore getting a daily routine is essential even if it is something basic as having the same bed time every night. This means I'm going to concentrate on getting my sleeping pattern sorted and staying as active as possible during the day to ensure I sleep when I should. 

Something that has gone completely through the window at university is my eating. Drunken trips to the chicken shop and hangover food all result in you feeling like utter crap, a lesson I've had to learn the hard way. Now although Easter is all about the food, especially those pesky chocolate eggs, I'm really going to refrain from junk and alcohol (as much as is humanly possible for an 18 year old girl) knowing I'll feel and look so much better.

Now motivating myself and having willpower are personal traits that have seriously deteriorated in the last couple months, even after I made the effort to join the gym. But when I do go I seriously feel better and can honestly say that even though I kick up a right fuss about going, I can honestly say I've never regretted a session. Hence why working out everyday is what is going to help maintain my motivation. Getting motivated to exercise in itself is a task that involves serious determination on my behalf and setting goals. 

I am the ultimate queen of feeling sorry for myself when I've f*cked something up like breaking a diet or wasting a day doing nothing. So as part of life you kind of have to accept that you are human and aren't perfect and so sometimes you end up eating that entire packet of cookies instead of the two you'd promised yourself as a treat (not referring to real-life scenarios, I promise). Now this is where forgiving yourself comes in. Don't botch up your whole diet over a packet of cookies, accept what you've done and move on! Keep working towards those goals knowing that one mistake isn't going to ruin everything. 

Now, I won't lie to you, this post was mainly a reality check/therapy session for me, but if you happen to come across it and find it useful in anyway please give it a share or leave me a comment on how you stay motivated/getting back on track. The more tips the better! 

Note To Self:  Lauren, when you ruin your diet with another packet of cookies, refer back to this post.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Perfect Match: MAC Lip Pencil and Lipsticks


Velvet Teddy

A big part of being at uni is going out on a daily basis and getting a bit sloppy so I soon realised that keeping your make up look fresh was harder than it seemed.
So here I introduce the nude lip, in my opinion, a timeless lip-look that has blown up thanks to Kylie Jenner's super enhanced chops. Now when it comes to MAC I found the perfect combo of lip pencil to lipstick colour ratio.
Lip Pencil - Dervish - £12.50
Lipstick - Velvet Teddy or Faux - £15.50 each
Velvet Teddy, now a hugely popular lip colour by MAC is a matte lipstick that truly stays on all night, even after the 3am chicken nuggets. Combined with the lip pencil your lip shape never disappears which is great.
Faux on the other hand is a satin lipstick and is perfect for those nights where things take a more chilled turn. The lip pencil stays in place however I would recommend re-applying the lipstick whenever you feel necessary to maintain the look. 
These two MAC lipsticks are not only my favourite but blend perfectly with the Dervish Lip Pencil which really spares the time of searching for the right lip liner to match. 

Thanks for reading, and I'd love to know what your favourite MAC combos are!


Friday, 29 January 2016

What's In My Bag: Uni Edition

So its been awhile to say the least, but I'm going to spare you the apologises and commitments to more posts and get straight to the point.

I've been a busy ol' bee with getting into Uni and settling down in my new environment, and to say I'm enjoying it is an understatement! Loving my course and all the new Uni friends I've made and so I thought now is a better time then any to return to something else I enjoy...blogging!

Usual days at Uni involve maybe one or two lectures and a few seminars and tutorials squeezed into the week but I'm out of the house everyday and always carrying my bag. I have a Mulberry long strap bag, and before you all start to object to carrying around a potential £1000 bag around uni, it is in fact a fake! I got it from Greece and its a pretty good one if I'm honest.

Inside I keep all my daily essentials: hay fever tablets, tissues, asthma pump; for those wheezy allergy days. Plasters, Vaseline and hair bobbles incase of emergencies and chewing gum of course. An unexplained paper clip; earphones which are beyond essential when walking around campus, a pencil case, purse and gloves for when the Northern cold hits, which is all the time lately! Sunglasses which I'm certain have never been used and a portable phone charger with no cable so very useless.

I also carry around the lipstick I'm wearing that day and today was MAC Velvet Teddy and a MAC lip pencil in Dervish.

Thanks for bearing with me but I'd love to hear if you're in uni and what things you carry around or any tips. 

Thanks for reading!