What went by? | June


Stress, non-stop demands and work-related anxiety. That’s what June was full of for me. I’m labelling it the manic month. So for the manic month’s What went by? I’m going to share some of the things that have helped ease the pressure…

Easing anxiety when things are manic:

  1. Mindfulness
It’s when you’re super busy, rushing from one thing to the next, that all your good habits go out the window - you just don’t have time! But of course that’s when you need them the most. Especially when it comes to mindfulness - just read how it relieves stress here! So to enforce my practice this month I’ve been trying out an app called calm. If you’re new to mindfulness and want to know a bit more about it, this is the app for you! The free trial will give you a feel for meditation as well as learning a bit of the theory behind mindfulness at the same time.
  1. Laughter
Apparently a good dose of laughter reduces stress hormones and gives you a burst of those happy hormones, endorphins. I’ve never quite appreciated this before the manic month. But a night at the comedy-packed charity event - Jokes and Spokes by The Bike Project - seemed to dissolve my anxieties with every chuckle.
  1. Socialising
It’s often at times when things are a bit off-balance that you’re reminded how very important spending time with friends and family is. And it’s also at times like this that you’re reminded how incredibly supportive and patient they are - listening to the same grumbles and worries over-and-over again! As well as support though, spending time socialising gives you some much needed psychological distance from your worries.
  1. Escapism
Sometimes psychological distance isn't enough and you just need a bit of physical distance to jolt you out of a stress-ridden mindset. When you’re in a new environment, you’ve got all sorts of new and unfamiliar stimulus to take in - there simply isn’t as much room for real-life worry. I escaped London life this month and visited Rome with my Mum, a city which definitely ticks the ‘plenty to take in’ box! More on that soon...
  1. Grounding advice
I might be a bit biased here, but I have the best boyfriend. Not only does he support me emotionally, treat me to my most favourite things and write me little notes just to put a smile on my face when times are stressful... But he’s also incredibly grounding. And sometimes - after you've got all the grumbling out the way and you've recieved all the empathy and comforting you could ask for - a bit of grounding advice is just what you need. My favourite example of this, and one that I remind myself of whenever I start worrying about something I've said or done in front of others, is:

“Remember that whilst you're thinking about this and spending your time worrying about it, they're definitely not. It won't have even crossed their mind since”

If you've got any tried and tested stress-busting or anxiety relieving tips, please share - I'll take as many as I can get!

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  1. I really really love your blog! It's ever so inspiring, and has really been a great source of motivation for me! Thank you xoxox


    1. Thank you so much for this Hannah - so lovely of you! And I'm really you're getting something out of my rambles! Hx

  2. I left my heart.


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