Hello, there! Something exciting is coming up for me and I am pretty sure it's the same for lots of people out there. College is starting in a week! I couldn't be more excited - and scared. It is a huge step, going from living with my parents and going to school to living on my own for the first time in a whole different city and going to college where I don't know a soul.

Since I want to be prepared and stay motivated, I've been seeking help for myself and others on the web and stumbled upon great links that I'd love to share with you guys. I hope these help you!

Motivation


I love to visit Studyblrs which are tumblr sites by people who post and reblog advice for studying and inspirational photos. I have a Studyblr myself and you might know about it already, it is called ardenstudies.

I love browsing through studyblrs because the photos themselves make me feel so motivated to sit down and study. The advice I find on those blogs are super helpful as well. Motivation has always been essential for me to start revising because I can be such a lazy bum.

If you have more questions about the studyblr community, click here. There's also a pretty cool article about us.

General College Tips




"Adult" Things



Organization Tips



Study Tips



Writing Help



Playlists To Study With



Apps & Tech




Save Money



Now looking over all of these, I did not expect the list to become that long. But here you go. 

From a girl who tries to stay motivated at all times,
Arden.

College Master Post

9/26/2015


Hello, there! Something exciting is coming up for me and I am pretty sure it's the same for lots of people out there. College is starting in a week! I couldn't be more excited - and scared. It is a huge step, going from living with my parents and going to school to living on my own for the first time in a whole different city and going to college where I don't know a soul.

Since I want to be prepared and stay motivated, I've been seeking help for myself and others on the web and stumbled upon great links that I'd love to share with you guys. I hope these help you!

Motivation


I love to visit Studyblrs which are tumblr sites by people who post and reblog advice for studying and inspirational photos. I have a Studyblr myself and you might know about it already, it is called ardenstudies.

I love browsing through studyblrs because the photos themselves make me feel so motivated to sit down and study. The advice I find on those blogs are super helpful as well. Motivation has always been essential for me to start revising because I can be such a lazy bum.

If you have more questions about the studyblr community, click here. There's also a pretty cool article about us.

General College Tips




"Adult" Things



Organization Tips



Study Tips



Writing Help



Playlists To Study With



Apps & Tech




Save Money



Now looking over all of these, I did not expect the list to become that long. But here you go. 

From a girl who tries to stay motivated at all times,
Arden.



As you guys may already know from my past few blog posts, I have recently moved out for the very first time in my life. It is a bigger city which is only an hour away from my home town and the reason I moved after graduating High School is because I am now in college! (It is more of a private institution so I had to find myself my own place to live in.)

Needless to say, I was so excited (and still am because I only recently moved in). Here are some things I found out while going through the process of moving out for the very first time in my life. I hope these tips help you avoid the stress I've had. I'll also share with you the stuff I packed (which was a lot but oh so very necessary) and how I felt when I'd officially moved in.

First things first, apartment hunting is not that easy and it really does take a long time. You might think that there are so many sites and so many adverts so you should be able to find something shortly.

NO. It seemed like an easy thing for me at first: Many adverts, I'll just keep them in mind, add them to my bookmarks, schedule appointments and then just pick one -- done. It isn't that easy at all. Because it's not even just about the apartment itself.

It's the neighbourhood, the traffic connection, the distance to the college or your work place - and on top of that: you have to be quick. My tip is to start apartment hunting rather early because especially after graduation (which was in July for me), loads of students will go apartment hunting and all the good (and cheaper) apartments will be gone if you don't act quickly.

What I Did


Make a list of what you require in an apartment. My list looked something like this:

+ near the city centre (I work part time in the city centre and I also need to get there in order to catch the bus to my college)
+ small apartment (because I'll live by myself and a small space is enough for me)
+ nice neighbourhood
+ good traffic connection
+ any floor between ground and the highest floor is fine if there's an elevator
+ if there's no elevator I'd prefer 1st floor (not ground floor because of my privacy and noise)
+ if possible not the highest floor (because warm air does rise so it will be hotter up there)
+ easy access to college and convenient stores
+ budget friendly

Try to fit all appointments in one day or in one week so you won't have to keep driving back and forth (if you're looking for an apartment in another town) and you get more looking done in a short period of time. It's important to be quick or else other interested people will snatch a good apartment away from you (which you really don't want to happen).

Write a list of all the things you will want to have in your apartment, then mark what you already have and what you still need to buy. If you found stuff from Ikea or any other store, write behind every product the name and - if you know it - the price of the purchase so you will remember later. 

Think of every little detail so you won't forget anything. The best way is probably to go step for step in each room.

But trust me, some things you've written down won't even make it in your apartment and it's not a big deal. (I bought a wonderful vintage clock and then I had to realize that it wasn't going to fit on the wall because I'd already decorated it with artworks and quotes and I didn't want it to look too filled.)

Make a sketch of the apartment with its proportions (EVERYTHING. Don't forget windows and smaller spaces) and measure every purchase and every furniture to make sure it all fits. 

Don't go furniture shopping before measuring everything. I mean what are you gonna do if the bed won't fit? Eh. 

Click around on the web for inspiration or Ikea hacks, those can help you be more creative or even more space-efficient.

What about the Internet? That is something very important to think of as you buy/rent your apartment. Go on the Internet or ask the broker if he could suggest any packs and hosts. You can also go for WiFi and share it with your neighbour (if he or she lives close enough to your apartment/dorm) and divide the fees. 

In my case, I have decided to go Internet-less at home. (I use 3G on my phone so I'm not completely cut off.) Yeah, I know that's crazy on so many levels. I won't be able to watch any YouTube videos as I get ready, I won't be able to watch TV shows online when they air. But I've set some priorities and since my college fees and my rent aren't cheap, I decided to just use the WiFi in the library not far away from here. This is how I am still able to blog, update my Wattpad books, watch videos, etc. And to be honest, I'm doing okay. I'm even more organised now, I am more productive and I stick with my updating schedule. (In other words: I'm okay. I'm surviving. Don't you worry about me.)

Jot down important locations, bus stops and routes. 

For me that included the library, the routes to my college, to downtown, etc. It's a no brainer that you'll have to know how to get around in a new place.


And you can't forget the doctors.

Sooner or later you'll probably become ill. And then you'll need to find a doctor. Don't let yourself struggle more when the time comes and write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of general doctors, gynecologists, dentists - whoever you need. 


What I Felt


Okay, now comes the emotional part. I was so excited to finally move out, not because my family annoys me but because I wanted to be independent and explore the world, you know? 

I kept talking about moving soon to all my friends with such high hopes and over the top euphoria that I couldn't handle it until we finally got to my apartment and started unpacking and building the furniture.

That's why it hit me so incredibly hard when my family got out of my door and said their Goodbyes. 

I was overwhelmed when the evening broke in and there was nobody I could come home to in that new town. I knew some people, had friends there, but they were all busy and I felt lonely. 

Not even lonely, just... out of place. I mean this wasn't home. I had so many familiar things in my apartment to prevent homesickness but the place still felt foreign. 

I cried a lot. It was only the first day in my new home but I cried and cried and cried. I was the one who kept telling my sister that she shouldn't be sad because we could text every day and meet on every weekend because it's not too far from home. I was the one who told my mother that she shouldn't worry, I was going to be fine and be well, I was going to come back home sometimes. 

But in that moment, I felt like I was the one who needed comfort. It was hell and I didn't think it would hit me that hard. I knew I was going to miss my family because they're my everything and they've always been but I didn't know it was going to be this heavy, widespread feeling in my body, just aching, going away after crying and occasionally coming back in waves.

At first I was mad because none of my friends who moved away told me how hard the first few days and maybe weeks would be. But then again I understand why they didn't warn me. I would've chosen not to go, probably. But this is something I have to do. I came here for college, for stepping into my new adult life. And this is not a warning because maybe you'll see it differently and be happy and only feel homesick after being away for a while. Everybody is different. 

But just prepare yourselves. And I promise it does get better. If you want me to write about how to deal with homesickness, let me know.


I hope this helped some of you. Let me know about your experiences or tips in the comments! 


From the girl who feels more like an adult now,
Arden.

Moving out for the first time

9/18/2015



As you guys may already know from my past few blog posts, I have recently moved out for the very first time in my life. It is a bigger city which is only an hour away from my home town and the reason I moved after graduating High School is because I am now in college! (It is more of a private institution so I had to find myself my own place to live in.)

Needless to say, I was so excited (and still am because I only recently moved in). Here are some things I found out while going through the process of moving out for the very first time in my life. I hope these tips help you avoid the stress I've had. I'll also share with you the stuff I packed (which was a lot but oh so very necessary) and how I felt when I'd officially moved in.

First things first, apartment hunting is not that easy and it really does take a long time. You might think that there are so many sites and so many adverts so you should be able to find something shortly.

NO. It seemed like an easy thing for me at first: Many adverts, I'll just keep them in mind, add them to my bookmarks, schedule appointments and then just pick one -- done. It isn't that easy at all. Because it's not even just about the apartment itself.

It's the neighbourhood, the traffic connection, the distance to the college or your work place - and on top of that: you have to be quick. My tip is to start apartment hunting rather early because especially after graduation (which was in July for me), loads of students will go apartment hunting and all the good (and cheaper) apartments will be gone if you don't act quickly.

What I Did


Make a list of what you require in an apartment. My list looked something like this:

+ near the city centre (I work part time in the city centre and I also need to get there in order to catch the bus to my college)
+ small apartment (because I'll live by myself and a small space is enough for me)
+ nice neighbourhood
+ good traffic connection
+ any floor between ground and the highest floor is fine if there's an elevator
+ if there's no elevator I'd prefer 1st floor (not ground floor because of my privacy and noise)
+ if possible not the highest floor (because warm air does rise so it will be hotter up there)
+ easy access to college and convenient stores
+ budget friendly

Try to fit all appointments in one day or in one week so you won't have to keep driving back and forth (if you're looking for an apartment in another town) and you get more looking done in a short period of time. It's important to be quick or else other interested people will snatch a good apartment away from you (which you really don't want to happen).

Write a list of all the things you will want to have in your apartment, then mark what you already have and what you still need to buy. If you found stuff from Ikea or any other store, write behind every product the name and - if you know it - the price of the purchase so you will remember later. 

Think of every little detail so you won't forget anything. The best way is probably to go step for step in each room.

But trust me, some things you've written down won't even make it in your apartment and it's not a big deal. (I bought a wonderful vintage clock and then I had to realize that it wasn't going to fit on the wall because I'd already decorated it with artworks and quotes and I didn't want it to look too filled.)

Make a sketch of the apartment with its proportions (EVERYTHING. Don't forget windows and smaller spaces) and measure every purchase and every furniture to make sure it all fits. 

Don't go furniture shopping before measuring everything. I mean what are you gonna do if the bed won't fit? Eh. 

Click around on the web for inspiration or Ikea hacks, those can help you be more creative or even more space-efficient.

What about the Internet? That is something very important to think of as you buy/rent your apartment. Go on the Internet or ask the broker if he could suggest any packs and hosts. You can also go for WiFi and share it with your neighbour (if he or she lives close enough to your apartment/dorm) and divide the fees. 

In my case, I have decided to go Internet-less at home. (I use 3G on my phone so I'm not completely cut off.) Yeah, I know that's crazy on so many levels. I won't be able to watch any YouTube videos as I get ready, I won't be able to watch TV shows online when they air. But I've set some priorities and since my college fees and my rent aren't cheap, I decided to just use the WiFi in the library not far away from here. This is how I am still able to blog, update my Wattpad books, watch videos, etc. And to be honest, I'm doing okay. I'm even more organised now, I am more productive and I stick with my updating schedule. (In other words: I'm okay. I'm surviving. Don't you worry about me.)

Jot down important locations, bus stops and routes. 

For me that included the library, the routes to my college, to downtown, etc. It's a no brainer that you'll have to know how to get around in a new place.


And you can't forget the doctors.

Sooner or later you'll probably become ill. And then you'll need to find a doctor. Don't let yourself struggle more when the time comes and write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of general doctors, gynecologists, dentists - whoever you need. 


What I Felt


Okay, now comes the emotional part. I was so excited to finally move out, not because my family annoys me but because I wanted to be independent and explore the world, you know? 

I kept talking about moving soon to all my friends with such high hopes and over the top euphoria that I couldn't handle it until we finally got to my apartment and started unpacking and building the furniture.

That's why it hit me so incredibly hard when my family got out of my door and said their Goodbyes. 

I was overwhelmed when the evening broke in and there was nobody I could come home to in that new town. I knew some people, had friends there, but they were all busy and I felt lonely. 

Not even lonely, just... out of place. I mean this wasn't home. I had so many familiar things in my apartment to prevent homesickness but the place still felt foreign. 

I cried a lot. It was only the first day in my new home but I cried and cried and cried. I was the one who kept telling my sister that she shouldn't be sad because we could text every day and meet on every weekend because it's not too far from home. I was the one who told my mother that she shouldn't worry, I was going to be fine and be well, I was going to come back home sometimes. 

But in that moment, I felt like I was the one who needed comfort. It was hell and I didn't think it would hit me that hard. I knew I was going to miss my family because they're my everything and they've always been but I didn't know it was going to be this heavy, widespread feeling in my body, just aching, going away after crying and occasionally coming back in waves.

At first I was mad because none of my friends who moved away told me how hard the first few days and maybe weeks would be. But then again I understand why they didn't warn me. I would've chosen not to go, probably. But this is something I have to do. I came here for college, for stepping into my new adult life. And this is not a warning because maybe you'll see it differently and be happy and only feel homesick after being away for a while. Everybody is different. 

But just prepare yourselves. And I promise it does get better. If you want me to write about how to deal with homesickness, let me know.


I hope this helped some of you. Let me know about your experiences or tips in the comments! 


From the girl who feels more like an adult now,
Arden.

1. Bored of your nightstand table? Why buy a new one when you can just restyle it? The result can be so pretty.

2. Add something unique and lovely by making your own sculptural hand dish

3. Who doesn't like having some plants in one's home? Flower pots can be made so pretty!

4. In need of some wall hooks? Try drawer knobs

5. You have so many pretty postcards and no idea how to display them in an even more creative way? Here are some gorgeous variants.

6. Need inspiration for your cozy space? Here you go

7. Organization, as you know, is super important for me. So I went and found some great inspiration for my and your apartment. 

Stay tuned-- and I will see you with a post on moving out for the first time,
Arden.

Things I'm loving: Decor Inspiration

9/12/2015


1. Bored of your nightstand table? Why buy a new one when you can just restyle it? The result can be so pretty.

2. Add something unique and lovely by making your own sculptural hand dish

3. Who doesn't like having some plants in one's home? Flower pots can be made so pretty!

4. In need of some wall hooks? Try drawer knobs

5. You have so many pretty postcards and no idea how to display them in an even more creative way? Here are some gorgeous variants.

6. Need inspiration for your cozy space? Here you go

7. Organization, as you know, is super important for me. So I went and found some great inspiration for my and your apartment. 

Stay tuned-- and I will see you with a post on moving out for the first time,
Arden.

Throughout the day, I'm quite the busy girl. Most of the times. I know, with that college coming up and all that, it's going to get a tad busier but I actually can't remember when I wasn't a busy person after, like, 10th grade. 

It's very important to stay organized so I can manage the stress and keep up with what's important while exercising my hobbies and passions at the same time (which is very important to me). Sometimes it's not possible to combine hobbies and priorities but I try my best to do so, just because I need and want to live a well balanced life. I like my ambitions but I also like my free time with friends and good books. 

So as the busy girl that I am, I'd like to tell you about my routine. Maybe some of you who aren't very organized yet or overwhelmed or not used to busy schedules yet can adapt some steps. Trust me, you'll master this insanity! You will survive. Rest reassured.

This routine was for usual days at school but mostly I don't change very much of it even now on holidays. 


The Evening Before



No matter how tired I am and how desperately I need to crawl into bed immediately, I push myself to pack my bags and check everything before I go to sleep. I could never pack my school bag or any other bag in the morning because I would most definitely forget something. 

Now my usual school days weren't those kind of days when I'd go to school, get home in the afternoon, do my homework, eat dinner and go to sleep, no. I'd usually go to the library after or head downtown or have some appointments with my therapist or whatever there is. 

That is why it's important for me to pack everything before I go to sleep, I'll make sure I have my laptop (in case I'm going to use it in the library) fully charged and if not I'll make sure I have my portable power bank with me. I have to pack every book I'll need for the lessons, I'll need documents that I'm going to hand in in the boards, I'll need an amount of money that will be enough for what I have to buy and what I'm going to eat combined, etc. etc. 

I also decide what to wear on the next day and pull the clothes out of the closet, onto my hook by the door. Sometimes I even lay out ready my socks and a bra (sleeping without bras is a must, I mean hello? Boobs need freedom, too). I mean this is a simple thing to do but in the morning when you're all grumpy and sleepy and don't want to move too much? Yeah, you'll be glad you did it. 

Thing is, if you don't forget anything, you'll spare yourself some unnecessary stress

Now this is optional but it's what I do: I shower in the evening. I know some people shower in the morning but I prefer showering in the evening, even when I always decide to wash my hair in the morning after (because it loses its volume once I sleep on it and I like it all fresh when the day starts). When I do wash my hair while showering at night, it's when I want my hair to be curly or wavy on the next day and I'll braid my hair when it's still wet and go to sleep with that. 

Although my alarm clock on my phone is set to Monday to Friday, I always check if it's on; sometimes when I decide to wash my hair in the morning I'll wake up half an hour earlier and change it to that. And then I hop in bed, check my social media (*cough* Instagram *cough*), reply to some people, read something. But I usually go to sleep as soon as I can because you should never underestimate a good long nap!

In The Morning


I do that thing in the morning where I'm unbelievably lazy and need ten horses to drag me out of the bed. I mean, who doesn't like to stay in bed just heavenly ten minutes longer? It's 6 o' clock in the morning, way too early to be functioning. 

Nevertheless, I push myself to get up once my alarm clock blasts through the room. No snoozing allowed, no staying in bed for just 5 minutes longer - because you know if you don't get up now, you'll have to hurry up and you probably won't even have time to get some breakfast before you go! 

When I get up everything is already ready to take, all I have to do is eat breakfast, brush my teeth, dress myself, put on minimalistic make up and make my hair look acceptable. 

At colder days, I put the kettle on and drink a cup of green or earl grey tea to be calm and happy for the day. I pack some breakfast, then one or two water bottles and off I go. 


Throughout the day


So I have rules for myself that I must not break throughout the day. No matter how stressed you are, you should always:

1. Drink lots of water. Stay hydrated. No matter how many times you have to go to the restroom. You. Need. Water. For me it also has the second function: It helps lose weight - and I'm not bullshitting. 

2. Eat snacks that don't make you feel all heavy and stuffed (for me this is chocolate bars, etc). Energy bars, light snacks and even fruit - they'll do you good and keep you happy throughout the day. 

3. Try to be on time. Seriously, nothing stresses me more than strolling around and then realizing that I have about 30 seconds left to catch my tram. Keep in mind when you'll have to start walking to the station, how much time you'll have left for other stuff.

4. Write notes/ use a planner and actually look at them/in it! I always have a planner with me and I write every little thing down, even if I'm sure I'll definitely remember to do certain things. And then I just tick whatever I've already done. It's such a satisfying feeling when you've ticked off the last thing and you know-- you're done for today and you can do whatever you want for the rest of it. 

It's important to jot down what you need to do or start doing on a certain day because if, for example, there's a test next week that you need to study A LOT for, you'll have to plan sooner, which means you'll decide on a day of this week where you'll start studying already so you won't have to stress out during the next week. 

When I think it's too bothersome to have to be taking my planner out of my bag every time, I take notes on my phone. I either use the normal note taking app or I'll use SomNote (a free app).

5. If you have to study or work, taking a power nap at day time would be a great idea. The best time to take a power nap is from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. and your nap shouldn't last longer than 10-15 minutes.

The Afternoon


The afternoon is mostly filled with homework and studies, revision and writing my books. At least it is that way for me. Often I'd hit the library when I do all that because it's peacefully quiet. I'll plug in my earphones and listen to playlists I made for studying, I'll relax and don't let my phone distract me. When I need to study for an important test, I turn it off. When it's just the writing, I sit down in coffeeshops and let creativity flow.

When I'm home, I'll make sure I make it comfortable - it's home after all. And then I work, study, write, whatever I need to do. And after all that I'd probably cook some meals for the family or just for myself. Sometimes my mother would come home earlier and cooks instead.

And again I'll make myself some tea, eat some grapes, an apple maybe. And when I'm off for the day, I'll grab my blue mat and do some yoga exercises. I'm currently working out to lose some weight but also to stay fit while dealing with all the stress instead of stuffing myself with every existing junk food.

I don't like going to the gym or anything but I absolutely love working out to YouTuber Blogilates who is very motivating and I can say for sure that my body's sore after every exercise. In a good way.

After that I stretch and do some Yoga which helps me find my balance and feel unladen. I've got some inspiration from Miranda Kerr's Yoga routine but have already found my individual routine which doesn't take more than 20 minutes (max).

After that I'll probably be watching some TV series, I'll read the paper (online) and read a good book. Or continue studying, if there's an upcoming test very soon (which I am afraid of if it's maths or physics).

Ever since I've started practicing Buddhism, I started meditating as well (5-10, sometimes up to 20 minutes). There are many different positions and techniques. I will tell you about Buddhism and how I meditate in another post which will be up soon.

And that is pretty much what I do all day every day to stay relaxed, to stay organised. Let me know what you do to stay organized on busy days and if this helped you in any way!

From a girl that is always kind of busy but dislikes being stressed,
Arden.

My Busy Girl Routine

9/03/2015


Throughout the day, I'm quite the busy girl. Most of the times. I know, with that college coming up and all that, it's going to get a tad busier but I actually can't remember when I wasn't a busy person after, like, 10th grade. 

It's very important to stay organized so I can manage the stress and keep up with what's important while exercising my hobbies and passions at the same time (which is very important to me). Sometimes it's not possible to combine hobbies and priorities but I try my best to do so, just because I need and want to live a well balanced life. I like my ambitions but I also like my free time with friends and good books. 

So as the busy girl that I am, I'd like to tell you about my routine. Maybe some of you who aren't very organized yet or overwhelmed or not used to busy schedules yet can adapt some steps. Trust me, you'll master this insanity! You will survive. Rest reassured.

This routine was for usual days at school but mostly I don't change very much of it even now on holidays. 


The Evening Before



No matter how tired I am and how desperately I need to crawl into bed immediately, I push myself to pack my bags and check everything before I go to sleep. I could never pack my school bag or any other bag in the morning because I would most definitely forget something. 

Now my usual school days weren't those kind of days when I'd go to school, get home in the afternoon, do my homework, eat dinner and go to sleep, no. I'd usually go to the library after or head downtown or have some appointments with my therapist or whatever there is. 

That is why it's important for me to pack everything before I go to sleep, I'll make sure I have my laptop (in case I'm going to use it in the library) fully charged and if not I'll make sure I have my portable power bank with me. I have to pack every book I'll need for the lessons, I'll need documents that I'm going to hand in in the boards, I'll need an amount of money that will be enough for what I have to buy and what I'm going to eat combined, etc. etc. 

I also decide what to wear on the next day and pull the clothes out of the closet, onto my hook by the door. Sometimes I even lay out ready my socks and a bra (sleeping without bras is a must, I mean hello? Boobs need freedom, too). I mean this is a simple thing to do but in the morning when you're all grumpy and sleepy and don't want to move too much? Yeah, you'll be glad you did it. 

Thing is, if you don't forget anything, you'll spare yourself some unnecessary stress

Now this is optional but it's what I do: I shower in the evening. I know some people shower in the morning but I prefer showering in the evening, even when I always decide to wash my hair in the morning after (because it loses its volume once I sleep on it and I like it all fresh when the day starts). When I do wash my hair while showering at night, it's when I want my hair to be curly or wavy on the next day and I'll braid my hair when it's still wet and go to sleep with that. 

Although my alarm clock on my phone is set to Monday to Friday, I always check if it's on; sometimes when I decide to wash my hair in the morning I'll wake up half an hour earlier and change it to that. And then I hop in bed, check my social media (*cough* Instagram *cough*), reply to some people, read something. But I usually go to sleep as soon as I can because you should never underestimate a good long nap!

In The Morning


I do that thing in the morning where I'm unbelievably lazy and need ten horses to drag me out of the bed. I mean, who doesn't like to stay in bed just heavenly ten minutes longer? It's 6 o' clock in the morning, way too early to be functioning. 

Nevertheless, I push myself to get up once my alarm clock blasts through the room. No snoozing allowed, no staying in bed for just 5 minutes longer - because you know if you don't get up now, you'll have to hurry up and you probably won't even have time to get some breakfast before you go! 

When I get up everything is already ready to take, all I have to do is eat breakfast, brush my teeth, dress myself, put on minimalistic make up and make my hair look acceptable. 

At colder days, I put the kettle on and drink a cup of green or earl grey tea to be calm and happy for the day. I pack some breakfast, then one or two water bottles and off I go. 


Throughout the day


So I have rules for myself that I must not break throughout the day. No matter how stressed you are, you should always:

1. Drink lots of water. Stay hydrated. No matter how many times you have to go to the restroom. You. Need. Water. For me it also has the second function: It helps lose weight - and I'm not bullshitting. 

2. Eat snacks that don't make you feel all heavy and stuffed (for me this is chocolate bars, etc). Energy bars, light snacks and even fruit - they'll do you good and keep you happy throughout the day. 

3. Try to be on time. Seriously, nothing stresses me more than strolling around and then realizing that I have about 30 seconds left to catch my tram. Keep in mind when you'll have to start walking to the station, how much time you'll have left for other stuff.

4. Write notes/ use a planner and actually look at them/in it! I always have a planner with me and I write every little thing down, even if I'm sure I'll definitely remember to do certain things. And then I just tick whatever I've already done. It's such a satisfying feeling when you've ticked off the last thing and you know-- you're done for today and you can do whatever you want for the rest of it. 

It's important to jot down what you need to do or start doing on a certain day because if, for example, there's a test next week that you need to study A LOT for, you'll have to plan sooner, which means you'll decide on a day of this week where you'll start studying already so you won't have to stress out during the next week. 

When I think it's too bothersome to have to be taking my planner out of my bag every time, I take notes on my phone. I either use the normal note taking app or I'll use SomNote (a free app).

5. If you have to study or work, taking a power nap at day time would be a great idea. The best time to take a power nap is from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. and your nap shouldn't last longer than 10-15 minutes.

The Afternoon


The afternoon is mostly filled with homework and studies, revision and writing my books. At least it is that way for me. Often I'd hit the library when I do all that because it's peacefully quiet. I'll plug in my earphones and listen to playlists I made for studying, I'll relax and don't let my phone distract me. When I need to study for an important test, I turn it off. When it's just the writing, I sit down in coffeeshops and let creativity flow.

When I'm home, I'll make sure I make it comfortable - it's home after all. And then I work, study, write, whatever I need to do. And after all that I'd probably cook some meals for the family or just for myself. Sometimes my mother would come home earlier and cooks instead.

And again I'll make myself some tea, eat some grapes, an apple maybe. And when I'm off for the day, I'll grab my blue mat and do some yoga exercises. I'm currently working out to lose some weight but also to stay fit while dealing with all the stress instead of stuffing myself with every existing junk food.

I don't like going to the gym or anything but I absolutely love working out to YouTuber Blogilates who is very motivating and I can say for sure that my body's sore after every exercise. In a good way.

After that I stretch and do some Yoga which helps me find my balance and feel unladen. I've got some inspiration from Miranda Kerr's Yoga routine but have already found my individual routine which doesn't take more than 20 minutes (max).

After that I'll probably be watching some TV series, I'll read the paper (online) and read a good book. Or continue studying, if there's an upcoming test very soon (which I am afraid of if it's maths or physics).

Ever since I've started practicing Buddhism, I started meditating as well (5-10, sometimes up to 20 minutes). There are many different positions and techniques. I will tell you about Buddhism and how I meditate in another post which will be up soon.

And that is pretty much what I do all day every day to stay relaxed, to stay organised. Let me know what you do to stay organized on busy days and if this helped you in any way!

From a girl that is always kind of busy but dislikes being stressed,
Arden.

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