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Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Top 3 things to do instead of going out

We all enjoy going out with our friends and have fun, usually accompanied by alcohol.

Unfortunately however, our bodies and minds need to take a break from these lucrative activities time to time.

 

Thus I am providing you, my precious readers, with a list of top 3 things to do instead of going out.

  1. A Venture To Nature

Our minds need a break from our daily lives, the best way to do it is to disconnect from all electrical devices and simply enjoy a long walk to a nice nature rich place.

It will allow you to release your mind from the shackles of technology and release your imagination and allow you to think deeply about anything you like, there will be no constraints on you.

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

We all have always wanted to do this. We have seen it movies, where someone climbs and is afraid to jump down.

 ‘Rock Up’, located in St Stephan’s shopping centre, allows us to actually see and have a feel for it, alone or with friends.

It is great fun and decent exercise!

  1. Escape Rooms

Fight your way through riddles and puzzles in order to free yourselves within a time limit at ‘Escape Hull’.

This activity is basically trying to solve riddles in order to find clues which will eventually allow you to open the doors, behind which freedom awaits.

 ‘Escape Hull’ offers a wide range of types of room you can escape from.

Tell me how you spend your free time below 🙂

Things to be aware of when choosing a student house

2018 marks the fourth year that I have spent living in student housing. Living in a different house each year, I have experienced my fair share of accommodation nightmares. Here are a few things to be aware of when choosing a student house:

Damp

Student houses are renowned for having damp and mould problems so make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for any dark marks on walls. Letting agents often try to hide mouldy walls behind furniture so it is always a good idea to look behind sofas or wardrobes.

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Unfair Contracts

Make sure that you are getting a fair deal and read the contract fully. Letting agents will aggrandise the quality of the accommodation and they may offer things verbally but not include them in the contract. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members for help if you are unsure about certain things.

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Pests

It may be tricky to spot the signs straight away so keep your eyes open for any slug trails on the walls and floors. Another thing to look out for are any slug pellets, mouse traps, or anything that would indicate that the house has a pest problem.

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Security

When moving into a student house it is always a good idea to do some research on the safety of the area. Get to know your neighbours and make sure that your house is fitted with an alarm and suitable locks.

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Two easy ways to make money at University

Life as a student can be a struggle. Tuition, rent, food, clothes, transport, books… These things are not free and can eat away at your budget. Here are two alternative ways to make money:

Paid Surveys

Online paid surveys are a simple and easy way to make a bit of extra money. My favourite company is Valued Opinions as they always have surveys available and they require barely any effort to complete. Brilliantly, most of the surveys do not actually take as long to complete as indicated. The Surveys available to me today:

It is perfectly possible to make about £60 a month by doing just 10-15 short surveys a week. The money earned can then be redeemed in the form of voucher.

Investing

This method of money making is risky so it is important to do a lot of research and watch the market extremely closely before making any investment. You must be aware of the risk of losing all of the money that you originally invested. However, I am going to share a story of when investing can go right, from a fellow student that would like to remain anonymous.

“I used an app called cex.io and made an original investment in Bitcoin of £200 at the beginning of March 2017. I then bought and sold about six times over the course of the year. At the beginning I lost some money but at the end I made money selling 0.24 bitcoin for $20,245.56. I made around £4000.”

Oh Ship, that’s Cheap!

Short of time? Short of cash? Or simply want a cheap alternative to flying? Well, what if I told you, you could get a 2-night onboard stay and a day in Amsterdam for as little as £40 pp with P&O ferries?

Amsterdam is one of my personal favourite destinations and is an ideal place to escape the stresses of term and explore somewhere new with your mates. After hopping on a P&O ferry mini cruise to Amsterdam, I would never fly to the city again! The ferry provides two full nights of comfortable, affordable accommodation and great entertainment, for less than the cost of one night out!

Cheers to that!

Although a single day may not seem long enough to explore the city in depth, it is still ample time to discover why Amsterdam is so brilliant.

Take a look at my recent visit, to gain some ideas on what to do:

Hire a bike:

With more bicycles than residents in the city (811,000 compared to 881,000 retrospectively), it is not surprising that Amsterdam is known as ‘city of bikes’. There are tons of bike rental stations around but I used Bike City. It cost only €14 and it was an ideal way to explore what Amsterdam has to offer!

Ice bar:

This was a really COOL experience (very original pun). Entry costs €19 with three free drinks and warm clothing included. Although it could be classed as a ‘tourist trap’, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and would definitely recommend it. 

I would love to return to Amsterdam soon, but what would you recommend? Comment below!

Did you say, Ljubljana?

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana (‘lub-li-arna’) is incredibly difficult to pronounce but extremely easy to love. Bordered by much larger and more popular countries – such as Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary – Slovenia tends to be overlooked by tourists, yet I cannot urge you to visit this beautiful country enough.

My time here was slightly different to my time in other countries because my boyfriend has booked this destination as a surprise. Usually, I create itineraries based on what there is to see and do, but not this time. I discovered we were going to Ljubljana at the airport, so there was no time to make a day-to-day plan, but this was perhaps the greatest part of the trip. We were forced to explore the city by just walking around. We wandered but never felt lost.

The Ljubljanica River
Prešeren Square
Dragon Bridge
Love Lock’s Butchers Bridge
Ljubljana Castle
View from the Castle Wall
Snowy walk around Tivoli Park

One of the most interesting parts of the city was Metelkova – an abandoned barracks that now host’s a variety of alternative and artistic events.

Just a one-hour bus ride away was Lake Bled, the most popular day trip from Slovenia and there is no wonder why. I had seen images of Bled in summer, lush green trees and clear blue water – but there was something so magical about visiting Bled in the snow. With temperatures reaching -4 degrees, we were virtually the only people here, adding to the tranquillity and pure beauty of the area.

Bled Castle
View from Bled Castle

The Famous ‘Bled Cake’
Think you know of a place I would love? Comment below!

TOP 4 STUDENT DISCOUNT CARDS IN THE UK

It is difficult for most of UK students to managing a busy and independent lifestyle on a tight budget. However, good news is there are many ways to help students save money. Using the following top 5 discount cards offered in the UK.

  1. The 16-25 Railcard (Young person card).

    This card will help you save lots of money in your travel, and it gives 1/3 off for students. The Railcard costs just £30 per year, and if you know you’re going to be doing a lot of travelling over the next 3 years, you can buy a 3-year with only £70.


  2. NUS Extra.

    The NUS Extra card costs £12 per year and let students enjoy a wide range of discount on necessity and leisure items. if you don’t want spend money, you can choose another card—the NUS card, and it’s free.


  3. International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
    International Student Identity Card (ISIC), this card can make you enjoy big discount not only in UK, but also around the world. The ISIC offer over 150,000 discounts in over 130 countries.


  4. YHA membership card.The Youth Hostels Association is a charitable organisation, providing youth hostel accommodation. The membership card only costs £5 per year, and you can enjoy up £3 off per night.

    At last, don’t forget your basic student ID card also act as proof that you have a right to get a discount at a lot of business. So, don’t be shy, ask the staff whether you can get a student discount when you pay the money.