Evening Routine

My evenings are the time I take for myself. Of course, my evenings aren’t always the same. Sometimes I come home straight from a long day at work and crash, sometimes I go to my second job as a school tutor. I hang out with friends, go to dinner, hit up Thursday night shopping or go for a walk.

For the most part, however, I like to use my time to reenergize myself for the day to come, and these are the steps I take to make that happen.

The first things I do when I walk in the door are essential for me; I turn on my salt lamp, play some music through my bluetooth speaker, and take my makeup off. If I’m not working out, I’ll immediately put on some comfy clothes too.

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I’ll then set up my clothes for the following day. I do this every night and it honestly takes the stress out of mornings for me! I grab my workout clothes and do a workout after a doing this and a bit of tidying if my flat needs it. I try and tidy for 15-20 mins a day to make sure it’s always beautiful. Tidy house = tidy mind.

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Weights, resistance bands & shorts, Kmart | Sports bra, Forever21 | yoga mat, Cotton On Body

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After I finish a workout, I’ll eat something. I tend to meal prep or food prep, so this takes me 5 minutes to whip up. I’ll also tend to make a bit extra of whatever I’m having so I can take it to work the next day for lunch. Tonight, I had a salad with chicken, rocket, sweet potato, ricotta, pine nuts, parmesan and balsamic glaze. Sometimes I’ll have a protein shake after a workout, and if I do it’s a LUXE Fitness vanilla shake.

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I’ll take my time eating my dinner to chill out, watch some TV or YouTube, and make sure I’m drinking enough water.

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I’ll then pop into the shower before doing my skincare and brushing my hair. I’ll definitely be doing an updated skincare routine sometime soon!

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After this, I’ll turn off all electronics and read something, or write in my bullet journal. A blog post all about my bullet journal is coming super soon 🙂 I’ll also tend to make a cup of calming tea. This night it was chamomile, in this gorgeous one-cup teapot from T2.

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When I’ve properly chilled out, I’ll brush my teeth and go to bed. Some nights I meditate, some nights I stay up till 1am on my phone even though I said I turned off my electronics… life is about balance, haha.

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Sweet dreams!

Zoe x

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My Festive Relaxation Routine • Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

The silly season is named so for a good reason, and it is only natural that it is a high stress period in terms of family, finance and just general business. Due to this, it is more important during this time than ever to give yourself an opportunity to relax. So when times are getting a bit overwhelming, this is the relaxation routine I will do to reset and give myself pause in a busy day. If you want to see more like this, My Relaxation Routine went down very well, so go check that out too!

The first thing I’ll do is put on some comfy clothes and turn my phone off. This doesn’t mean silent, it means completely off. I don’t want anyone to contact me, and I don’t want any of my social media to distract me when I’m trying to be mindful.

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If I’m feeling particularly angry, I’ll have a hard workout and sweat it all away. If not, I’ll go for a long walk. Either way, exercise during the festive season is paramount as we aren’t exactly our healthiest, are we?

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After this, I might take a long shower or bath, and really take time to look after my body, by exfoliating or washing my hair. Being in the water does wonders.

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Lighting a relaxing candle that smells fresh and not too sweet can immediately put me in a calmer state of mind.

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Alongside this, using an essential oil in lavender on my pulse points (wrists, behind my ears, temples) gets the relaxing scents going and makes relaxing practically impossible.

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Brewing a herbal tea is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the moment. I try and take my time drinking it, being grateful for every sip. I like to do this outside, as sometimes what is making us stressed is being cooped up inside. Fresh air can work miracles, and people watching or simply observing nature at work in your own yard can really put your stress in perspective. A good way to help sort out your mind is journalling, so while I’m drinking my tea, I try and figure out the exact cause of my stress, and work on ways I can help resolve it. Just writing it all out – or drawing it if you’re that way inclined – has some kind of magic powers, I swear.

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Is there anything else that you do to relax over the silly season? Let me know!

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My Relaxation Routine

As uni comes to a close and I’m in the process of moving house, I am well in need of using my relaxation routine. This is my go-to way of calming myself down and making sure I’m resetting to get the most out of my day (and not go insane).

Firstly, I take some time out to just breathe and stretch out my body. I try to take big, deep belly breaths on the floor with my legs up, or in the foetal position to make sure they are proper deep breaths. This can sometimes be all I need to readjust myself.

I love to make myself a soothing herbal tea, like a peppermint or chamomile. Taking the time to enjoy this really makes me take a step out from the stress going on in my head.

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I’ll try and put on some calming music, like classical or spa – anything without lyrics. Otherwise, I’ll give myself a moderate distraction, maybe by reading some poetry or a short story, or watching someone on YouTube that I find relaxing (my favourites for this are Rachel Aust, Vivian V and Zoella’s 24 Days of Zoella).

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Listing down five things I am grateful for can really help put my stress in perspective. It is something I like to do once a day, just to keep my grounded and remember that although bad times happen, good is in every day, and we always have things to be grateful for.

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Sometimes calling a friend and venting can be all it takes to get the stress out of our mind. Friends and family can offer wonderful advice and simply talking it out can do some pretty incredible things.

Popping on some tea bags over my eyes or putting in some eyedrops can help wake me up and refresh me if I’m feeling stressed. You definitely should try it as it helps you feel cleaner and a bit more awake.

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If I only have a minute to relax, as I’m really stripped for time, I will do the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 exercise. This means I name five things I can see, four I can hear, three I can smell, two I can touch and take one deep breath. If my entire attention is on this exercise, I come out of it feeling much more grounded. Sometimes all we need is to just get out of our own head for a moment.

I hope this helped those of you going through finals, a stressful time or just in general! Sending you all calm thoughts and positive vibes.

Zoe x

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What’s In My Uni Bag?

With back to school season happening in the Northern Hemisphere and my own final semester of University in its first few weeks, I thought it was appropriate to share what I carry with me always in my university/college/school/whatever you need it for bag. Hope this gives you some ideas of essentials to take with you!

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  1. Phone – Samsung Galaxy S5 with Marble Case from Kmart
  2.  Mimco Purse
  3. Dangerfield Sunglasses
  4. Notebook – Typo
  5. Umbrella – from an Easter Show bag? No idea lol
  6. Water
  7. Headphones – Ladies Markets Hong Kong
  8. Portable Charger – typo
  9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A with case from Paddy’s Markets
  10. Pendo tablet keyboard
  11. Blistex Lipbalm
  12. Coin purse

In terms of the two pouches you see, one is for my pens and the other is my anxiety/emergency kit.

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In my pencil case, I always carry a shitload of pencils and pens, as well as a highlighter, USB and post-its. My pouch is from Smiggle (maybe 7 years ago, sorry!).

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I’ve done a post previously on my anxiety kit, but it’s been a bit updated, so I thought I’d show you what I keep in it. The pouch is from Forever 21.

  1. Pads/tampons
  2. Spare headphones
  3. Mouthwash (or gum)
  4. Hand sanitiser
  5. Hand Cream
  6. Solid Fragrance
  7. Face Wipes
  8. Nail File
  9. Lollipop (or any snack with sugar in case I feel like fainting #lowbloodsugarproblems)
  10. Safety Pins
  11. Mirror
  12. Hair ties & bobby pins
  13. Throat lozenge (I normally also have panadol in here too)
  14. Facial water spray for when I feel a panic attack coming on

I hope you guys found this helpful! I have a few more posts on university, such as makeup and everything you need to know. I’m also doing an entire series of university tips over on My Trending Stories, so go check it out! I’ve learnt a few things in my years at uni.

Zoe x

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How To: Make Your Room Relaxing

Your room is your sanctuary. This applies to anyone, but more so if you still live at home and your room is where your entire life is stored and happens. Since I live with my best friend (and have for two years), I have been lucky enough to make my entire house a great place to live, but I’ll often have a ‘sorting my life out’ day, where I get my room back in order from the stresses of university/work/social life and I never fail to feel calmer in it. You want your room to be that one place that is separate from the drama of your everyday life, and is the place that you can relax and be yourself. Hopefully some of these ideas help you to do so 🙂

  1. Candles. I mean, is anyone not going to mention this? If you don’t like candles themselves, opt for an oil burner with wither wax melts or essential oils, incense or a room diffuser. Scent makes a huge difference.
  2. Clean the fuck up. Your room needs to be tidy and hygienic for you to feel like your life is in order, and therefore, to be relaxed. This does not mean it needs to be spotless constantly, as that’s impossible for most of us. I just mean, set aside a few hours and tidy, dust, vacuum, and wipe down your vanity and desk. All it takes is the lack of dust for us to breathe easier and automatically feel more relaxed.
  3. Clean out clutter. Following on from number two, cleaning out unused clothes, books, games, stationary – anything – will instantly make you feel more accomplished and less cluttered in your mind. A lot of people probably need the things you’re going to give away.
  4. Use old fabric. I have a few bookshelves that I use for storing things like candles, hair tools, uni stuff and my printer, and those things I don’t particularly want to be displayed. So, I came up with the idea of using these bits of fabrics to cover them up, which are really pretty of course, but also add colour and softness to the room, which I really enjoy.
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  5. Put things on display that you enjoy. If your room makes you feel like it’s only full of things you don’t like, you need to change that. Grab what you love most, be it makeup, your perfumes, your books, clothes, etc, and put them on display. That way, when you see these things, you will automatically feel happier, and basically condition yourself to feel calmer in your room. Here’s how I store my perfumes alongside my memory board.

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  6. Make your bed. I legit never used to do this, because I thought, what’s the point? And I totally understand that when you’re in school/uni, you just don’t have the time or the energy. I only really recommend this to people who spend a lot of time in their room/home, by studying, working or such, because when you finally do get into bed, you aren’t just rolling into it. There’s actually a distinction between waking and sleeping, so your room feels calm, but not tiring. Does that make any sense? Feel like I’m rambling here hahah
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  7. Fairy lights. Fairy lights, like décor and candles, change the mood of your room in a crazy way, and I love having mine on when I’m just chilling out, reading a book or listening to music. 20160110_173332.jpg
  8. A lot of people will tell you to make your bedroom a tech-free zone, but I certainly don’t have that option when my phone is my alarm, so I need it on my bedside table, and my desk is in my room. Therefore, I say try and ease back on the phone/computer like an hour before bed, so that you can distinguish the difference between awake time and sleep time.
  9. Music. Playing a simply youtube mix of classical/chill music will instantly change the mood of your room, and help you feel much more relaxed.

Thanks so much for reading!

Zoe x

How To: Make Your Room Relaxing

How To: Make an Emergency Kit to Deal With Anxiety & Stress

Hey beautiful people! Today I wanted to tackle a good ol’ ‘how to’, in this instance a bag of stuff that can help you if you’re stressed or anxious in public.

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My take on an emergency kit is a small pouch filled with goodies that will allow me greater comfort in an array of different situations. As a sufferer of Anxiety myself, I can safely say this pouch has helped me get through many times where a panic attack was seeming inevitable.

Contents of my emergency kit:

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(bag itself was free in Elle Magazine)

-headphones
-tweezers
-water spray
-pads
-panadol
-nail file
-hair tie & bobby pins
-chapstick
-hand sanitizer
-lip colour
-hand cream
-pen
-perfume
-loose coins

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEADPHONES

If you are prone to anxiety, there is nothing worse than being stuck in public on the verge of a panic attack. This is why I have headphones – because they can help me block out the anxiety. I can’t tell you how many times I have saved myself from panicking because of having headphones. I do one of three things on my phone to calm me down

– Meditate with “Smiling Mind” app
– Listen to Relaxing Music; these are my favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZbuj3RJcjI

– Watch YouTube videos – most likely Zoella, Shaaanxo or Tanya Burr vlogs

You can always add what you need in there – be it gum, BandAids or whatever you feel is needed to stop feeling anxious. The choice is endless.

I also always wear a bracelet of ‘Worry Beads’ which I can play with when I’m feeling stressed, and a stone that brings good vibes and luck.

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I hope this gave you some ideas! Like this if you would like to see more Anxiety-coping how-tos.

Love you guys!

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How To: Make an Emergency Kit to Deal With Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety AF

Here we go, another blogger that has a sob story *sigh*. I know, I know, I’m over it too. But, like it or not, mental illness is ridiculously common, and today I’m going to talk about it.

Look guys – this is not a post I ever thought I would have to write, but my favourite (not) thing about struggling with Anxiety is that my last post said I would be writing twice a week…and I haven’t written anything since the middle of June. Oops.

Since I’ve accumulated quite a following on this blog, I felt I owed it to you to explain why I have been absent for so long, and maybe help some of you out there.

Basic background – I have had Anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’m currently on a low-dosage medication that helps me deal with it.

I’ve been absent for so long simply because I took on an extra job (meaning I had university and three jobs), plus I am constantly maintaining an extremely long distance relationship, a social life, university grades, eating healthy – ugh. I could go on. Basically, I’ve been busy as hell, and my mind has not thanked me for it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being busy, I actually love it, but there were a few events in the midst of all that business that made it all the more stressful. An interstate trip. My dad getting remarried. Losing close friends. Writing a novel. It’s all just been… full on. Fucking full on.

I do really enjoy blogging, and I am going to do some posts on travel, wedding makeup and writing tips in the near future, but I’ve just not had the time or the energy. Unfortunately, my Anxiety has just gone haywire in the past few months and all I have wanted to do is curl up on my bed and watch YouTube videos.

Still, I feel like I’ve turned a bit of a corner, and I thought I’d do a short post telling you guys what helps me cope the most. If any of these tips help you, PLEASE let me know. Even if I just help one of you, it’s worth it (cliche, I know. Just go with it)

Things that help me:

-friends & family
Yeah, of course. Family & friends yada yada yada. But, seriously, having a small, close group of friends and family out there that accept you having a bad day makes all the difference. No one needs to feel like a burden or embarrassed for experiencing a mental illness. If your friends make you feel like shit about it, they need an adjustment. Seriously.

-emergency pack
This is one of my favourite things in terms of helping with my Anxiety. I have a small neoprene bag with lip balm, hand cream, hand sanitiser, panadol, headphones, pens, safety pins, hair ties, pads & tampons and a water mist. Literally I have everything I could ever need to help me get through any situation.

-music & videos
I have a whole heap of my favourite music and youtube videos downloaded onto my phone that I can watch/listen to if I’m in public feeling anxious. This really helps you to escape for 5 minutes, and get your breathing down

-meditation
I try and meditate a few times a week, and I use the app ‘Smiling Mind’. This makes my sleep better and the day after calmer. It’s also really easy to follow along!

-organisation
I have a planner that I always take 10 mintues every week to write in. When tests are, work shifts, Rent due dates, when to go shopping, dinners, etc. When I have everything planned out, I can see just how much time I have free to do what I want to do and I can fill my days with constructive things. For example, if I see I have an hour between classes, I can put down ‘blog’, so I can use that hour constructively. Also, I like to plan out my meals for the week, which saves money and time going shopping, as I do one big food shop of good, healthy food. This means I am not (always) snacking on chocolate.

Thank you all for reading, and I am so sorry that I’ve been gone for so long.

I love you guys!

Zoe xx

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Anxiety AF