TOP•5 : Ways to Stay De-Stressed

This goes out to all my teenagers and procrastinators 😜

If you’re someone who likes to procrastinate (can’t relate, it stresses me out WAY too much to the point of emotional break-down… 👍) or some who is lowkey SO STRESSED out by work or school that sunlight hurts, then this is for you!

So like I said, I literally CAN’T procrastinate, but I know a lot of people who do, and I know from personal experience that these methods (which are my personal favorites) actually help because, um, I’m not stressed out? And I do these things? So like scientifically proven?

#5 : Being Comfy While Working

Okay, so like apparently studies show you’re NOT supposed to study or do work on your bed or a couch or ANYWHERE comfy because it distracts you and makes you feel sleepy or lazy, but like, being comfy is WAY less distracting because you’re not switching to a “comfy position” every two seconds… Um, don’t @ me science 🤷‍♀️

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Like, if you KNOW that you’re not going to be able to study because you’re going to fall asleep on your bed, then don’t do this, but if you just had an “Ah-ha!” moment, then you’re welcome.

Because isn’t it SO much more distracting to be constantly moving, trying to be comfortable when trying to get something done then when sitting down and being comfy?

Like, I get SO much done because I’m not constantly shifting in my uncomfortable desk chair while trying not to slam my knees into the top of my desk every time I move a centimeter.

#4 : Splitting Things Up

The most ANNOYING thing ever is when you look at your planner or agenda, and all you see is little scribbles in the “Today” box that say things like “Finish this paper” or “Watch this documentary (that’s 2 hours long) and take notes because there’s a test on it tomorrow YIPPEE!!” Yeah, no 😭

Breaking things down will SAVE! YOUR! LIFE!

No joke 😂😉

If you have (for example) three different assignments you HAVE to get done today because they’re due tomorrow, then break them down.

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Look specifically at…

  • How many tasks/parts to the assignment there are
  • How long each task/part will take
  • When’s your assessment/presentation
  • How much each assignment (or portion of the assignment) is worth (point/grade wise)

From there, break it down into a list on your plan-of-action! This plan-of-action should look something like this:

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For me, I always get the easiest things done first, specifically as a way to gradually ease into the harder things.

It’s crazy how much this ACTUALLY makes a difference! It’s easier to be motivated if you slowly build up instead of just diving head-first into the deep end.

 

#3 : Exercise

Ever come back from the gym feeling like you were on fire? Yeah, well, you’ve just helped your stress levels, that’s why!

If you’ve ever seen Legally Blonde, you’ll recognize this quote…

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Happy people don’t shoot their husbands…

Ahhhh, such a classic movie 😂

But Elle Woods is right; exercise does release a group of hormones called endorphins that trigger pain-relieving receptors as well as give you a similar “happy-effect” like morphine, another hormone.

Although finding the motivation to exercise is sometimes hard (who wants to run five miles for FUN??), it’s incredibly important to exercise weekly, if not daily.

It has been scientifically (and Elle-Woods-ly) proven to make you happier and less stressed.

Keeping your endorphin level high is good, too high of a level will make you constantly feel happy, so when the level returns to normal, you’ll plunge into a depressive episode which may result in a high-chase (or, in more simple terms, a chase for drugs that make you feel happy and de-stressed; NOT GOOD!!)

#2 : “Me Time”

Although it’s great to go out and spend time with friends to help you destress, it’s SO important to just put that and have some quality “Me Time”.

Turn off your notifications and just chill.

Read a book, paint your nails, take a nap, watch a movie, cuddle with your dog, whatever! Just do something that takes only YOU and nobody else.img_8921This is actually SO important, and people don’t forget just how important it actually is.

Although complete isolation is awful, it’s both mentally and physically important to have some R&R by yourself. In this article, it explains further how taking time to yourself always your brain to reboot, as well as gives you a sense of balance and motivation that all-around makes you a better person ☺️

If your a people-person like me, it can sometimes be difficult to dedicate an hour or more to just lounging around by yourself with no human interaction (unless you get sucked into the WORMHOLE that is Netflix 😂), but it’s SO important to spend at least an hour a day by yourself to allow your brain to completely reboot and process your daily intake of information.

#1 : Sleeping

I know you’ve probably heard it a MILLION times, but sleep is SO IMPORTANT!!

It not only…

  1. Allows you to physically and mentally recover (your brain works throughout the night preserving daily memories, but also helps you physically recover from wounds, illnesses, etc.).
  2. Sleeping fully prevents you from gaining weight (too little sleep changes your hormone levels and can make you feel unnecessarily hungrier as a result).
  3. Can drive chronic diseases and conditions like heart disease.

But also…

Chases away stress!!

Not-so-fun fact: stress can lead to sleeping-disorders, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and heart disease.

Yeah, not so fun right?

I cannot stress ENOUGH (pun intended 😉) how important it is to sleep a full night’s rest EVERY night!

But sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep… It may be caused by stress, but a lot of things actually contribute to not being able to fall asleep.

Let’s take a look.

#1 : Blue light

Okay, if you’re on your phone 30 minutes before you plan to go to bed, you’re going to have trouble falling asleep.

The bright light your electronic(s) produce(s) (even when the brightness is down) is called blue light, and actually prevents sleep due to its color. Yes, night-shift mode on your phone helps a little, but it doesn’t make it easier to fall asleep.

The best thing to do is turn off your device(s) close to 30 minutes before you plan on going to sleep, do your nightly routine, and then go to bed.

Not only is it scientifically proven, but I’ve started doing it, and the difference it makes is incredible!

#2 : Don’t take naps

If you’re a napper, try to break the habit (sorry….).

Naps in the mid- or late- afternoon affect your sleep schedule drastically and aren’t going to make you feel replenished.

They’re only going to make you MORE tired since your sleep schedule is going to be all out of whack!

#3 : No caffeine or alcohol

While the caffeine one is self-explanatory, it’s NOT a smart move to drink alcohol in the late afternoon.

Not only does it elevate human growth hormone, but it also makes you snore and wake up at random spots in the night.

As for caffeine, just don’t consume any beverages with caffeine, like sodas, coffee, or tea, before bed to prevent you from struggling to sleep!

TOP•5 ; Underrated Shows

Okay, so I’m very passionate about several shows that are honestly so underrated? Like, these shows are so incredible, and it astonishes me that they’re not as popular as they should be! In some cases, it is hard to find at least ONE of these shows in certain countries, but I just wish the media would highlight them more because they are, truly, so awesome and fun to follow along with! So without further ado, my TOP•5 underrated shows.

#5 : Gilmore Girls

Don’t get me wrong, this show had a lot of hype when it first aired, but I feel that as it continued, it lost some of the attraction, which makes absolutely zero sense!! I mean, who didn’t fall in love with Lorelai and Rory? And like, what about Luke? And Sookie? Like, it’s such a classic!

I was introduced to this show on a car trip home from a lacrosse tournament, and I immediately fell in love with the show, mostly because the characters have such beautiful bonds.

They all just mean so much to one another, and ugh that makes me so happy!! 😄 One of the things I love so much about this show is the bond between Rory and Lorelai. Like, name THREE other mother-daughter bonds like that on tv. Can’t? That’s what I thought.

Not only is it what everyone can hope they can have with their mom, but also it’s just so sweet and simple. It is so obvious that Lorelai wants what best for Rory by the sacrifices she makes, and how she just wants to help Rory get what she wants in life. Like, I’m sorry, but the FEELS. 😭

I was recently re-watching some of the episodes, and like I forgot how much I missed the show? I mean, every character is just so great, and the show itself is honestly gold.

And can we just acknowledge that it was one of the first big hits written by FEMALE writers!! Like, to me, that’s one of the greatest accomplishments of the show; I cannot think of another show written in not only the 2000s but also in the twentieth century that was written by women and became a major hit. World: 0 Ladies: 1 😉

#4 : Supernatural

Another incredible show with Jared Padalecki because, um, he’s awesome and I adore him so much? 🖤

So my friend actually thought that I would love “Supernatural”, so we watched most of the first season together, and I honestly got addicted. It’s just too good!! Like Sam and Dean Winchester, I love you so much more than words can even BEGIN to describe my precious beans.

I think the only issue with the show is that it’s SO! LONG! (which is fine by me 😉), but I think that’s honestly what sabotaged it. When it first came out, I feel like it was relatively positively, but when the seasons started coming out and it was just like season after season after season, I feel like the show lost some momentum.

And that sucks SO MUCH because it’s honestly such a good show, and it only gets better as it goes on. I mean, Castiel? My holy child/king of hell I absolutely adore you and everything you stand for, and Bobby, my man, I miss you, you precious man who raised my children.

The show isn’t for everybody, hence the amount of gore and the fact that over the course of 14 seasons, only 6 episodes consist of no death, but if that kind of stuff doesn’t bother you, I seriously recommend this show because it is beautiful and I love it too much. 🤷‍♀️

#3 : Dog with a Blog

OKAY don’t judge me right now, but “Dog with a Blog” is SUCH – and was when it was released – an underrated show! Like, Michael B. Kaplan and Philip Stark are actually geniuses!

The first time I watched it was at a friend’s house, and I honestly was annoyed that they wanted to watch a show that was called “Dog with a Blog.” It just sounds so lame! But it ended up being super cute and super funny, so I ended up loving the show so much.

Not to mention, like, it’s about a dog who blogs and talks (somewhat of a cliche – I know), but they made it work? The whole plotline where the kids are trying to hide the dogs secret because they don’t want to lose him because A) he’s their dog and they love him and B) because he is the ONE thing that brought them together. 🖤 Like, how is that not adorable and lovable??

It’s somewhat similar to most Disney shows where there’s a lot of sarcasm and dumb jokes, but it’s also really different because I feel like it’s got more of a steady and consistent plot throughout the seasons, where most Disney shows – well at least nowadays (but we all know the 2000s had the real Disney shows like the “Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Hannah Montana”) kept the same idea, but the plot changed a lot.

In general, it was just a super cute show and I absolutely loved it, and like the last episode honestly broke me. I literally followed that show for 3 years, and the ending was kind of bittersweet 😭

#2 : Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016-2018)

Yeah, yeah, it’s a kids “show.” Uh-huh, whatever you say Dreamworks/world 🙄 Y’all so wrong that it physically hurts

Another recommendation from a friend that led to not only devastation, but also obsession 👍 I wasn’t expecting the show to be as captivating as it, mostly because it’s a Youth-7 (per Netflix rating) animated series about space lions based off of a 1980s series.

BUT I was quite wrong!! The show is actually phenomenal, and so much cuter and entertaining than I expected. From absolutely hilarious and memorable quotes like “Girl, you’ve already raised my particle barrier” and “When I say vol, you say….” “Vol…tron?”, it’s impossible to not fall in love with the paladins.

Although I know of a lot of teenagers who have also gotten super into “Voltron”, mostly because of the {unfortunately not-canon (YET)} ship between Lance McClain and Keith Kogane (aka my sexy ninja sharpshooter and my favorite mullet 🖤). However, I feel like the show didn’t get as much hype as it should have.

Not only is the writing phenomenal, but the characters and their development individually and as a team was just such an experience. It literally takes one second to fall in love with the show, but I feel like most people don’t give it a chance because it is an animated picture.

Some of my close friends and I got one of our non-obsessed friends to watch the show, and she got super into it (especially since she’s literally Keith), so I feel like if more people would give it a try and NOT reject it because it’s animated, it would be more popular by a lot.

#1 : SKAM (aka my favorite show ever)

Okay, this title may give you one of two reactions:

  1. The best reaction, MY personal reaction, would be like this: Oh my god, I LOVE that show, I can’t believe she knows that show!! Isn’t it the most beautiful thing to ever exist? Oh my god, Evak though?!
  2. OR, for most people, unfortunately, they’re reaction will most likely be like this: I’m sorry, but did you just sneeze? Is that even in English? What’s a scam; I literally asked if you sneezed, so don’t be rude!!

To answer your question, no, it’s not in English. It’s actually in Norwegian and has officially consumed every ounce of my being (not to be dramatic BUT).

For those of you who have Instagram, if you look in your suggested, have you ever seen those clips from tv shows? Well, that’s actually how I first saw a bit of the show, specifically, the scene where my girl Noora roasts William so bad 😂 I then heard more about the show when I saw some clips of Isak and Even, as well as Sana and Youssef, on YouTube.

You actually CAN’T access “SKAM” in most countries (at least, to my knowledge) because Norway protects it’s internet very securely, so it made it somewhat hard to watch the show. HOWEVER, being the desperate fangirl I am, I just HAD to get more of the characters I had already become emotionally attaches too 🤷‍♀️ So I ended up finding it on a free site with English subtitles, and make a long story short, I ended up ruining my own life with that freaking show 👍

Okay, so what is so great about this show? How about absolutely everything? When I say it has something for everyone, I mean everyone; we’ve got diverse relationships, ethnicities, and religions, as well as several, downright badass characters.

What’s really cool about this show is how with each season (there are four in total – NOT ENOUGH JULIE; GIVE US MORE!!), a different character is brought into the light. We are introduced to about 95% of the characters in the first season, and the last three season follow three different people introduced in season one. Another thing I really love about this show is how you watch all the characters grow, which I think is honestly so important and it’s just so underrated.

Season one is all about Eva Mohn, an insecure girl who is struggling with her introduction to high school, her relationship, and her old friends. I don’t really like who Eva becomes personally, but that’s just me.

Season two follows Noora Sætre, who is SO awesome and just kicks ass and I love my little feminist baby. In her season, I feel like she faces one of the biggest challenges out of any of the characters, but I’m not going to spoil anything. 😜

Season three chases after my precious gay bean, Isak Valtersen, who I adore so much, and, although I’m pretty sure it’s self-explanatory, the season is about him coming out.

And lastly, my badass, Sana Bakkoush is the queen of season four, which actually made me so happy because she’s awesome. Because she’s Muslim, she has to deal with unnecessary hate, and the season is about how she learns to deal with the anger that builds up.