Personal Reflection

Everything I Hate About Summer

Bugs

I can’t stand them. Frankly, any type of insect grosses me out.

Heat

Imagine me dripping with sweat. It is not a nice sight to behold.

Sun

Applying sunscreen falls into the category of things I rather never do.

Tan

I like my skin colour as it is. Any darker and I won’t look Asian.

Stress

There is a serious lack of stress in my life. I’m starting to miss school…

Personal Reflection

Where Do You Go When You Reach Your Limit?

I can list a few places I go or turn to when I hit my breaking point.

  • This blog. 
  • A book.
  • My room.
  • The library.
  • Anywhere unfamiliar.

My blog is a place I visit quite often, practically every day now. It’s a community. I belong here.

I love being transported to another world when mine disappoints. The best distraction is a great book.

Privacy is needed when I incessantly cry, laugh, and scream. Sometimes without good reason.

Where is my second home? The library. I could spend an entire day there and even a whole night if I was allowed.

Some days the change in scenery helps calm me down. The unfamiliarity means I can obsess over my surroundings instead of my stresses.

So where do you go when you reach your limit? What do you do when you hit your breaking point?

Studying

How To Survive Exam Week: Stay In Tact And Alive

Voila! My foolproof guide for getting through the stressful exam period, which by the way, seems to plague us all at one point or another.

Although I have 3 consecutive exams coming up, I know that if I follow the below, I should be perfectly fine. Best of luck everyone!

1. Select a safe study space.

By safe, I mean distraction-free. Phones away, electronics off, parents gone, just you and a textbook. Think of it as a date with a binder, a textbook, and some notes.

2. Seek help.

If need be. Ask your teachers any questions you have, ask your peers for missing handouts, ask your parents to leave you alone.

3. Start studying.

How else are you supposed to pass your exams? And no, cramming is not synonymous with studying.

4. Skimp on the coffee, caffeine, cocaine, etc.

Cease all addictions until after exam period. Remember short term pain results in long term gain.

5. Stop to blow off steam.

Take a break, take a walk, take some time off between study sessions to avoid burnout.

6. Sorry you worked hard but possibly partied harder?

Prepare for the worse but expect the best. It’s not the end of the world. So embrace the inevitable? Albeit an F to you might be an A minus.

7. Celebrate!

Perhaps you should postpone step number seven until you see your report card.

One last thing before I go, I will do my best to continue posting on my social media accounts during this time but I can’t guarantee anything. Even so, I know I have the most understanding fans in the whole wide world. Thank you.

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How To Cope With Stress

Unfortunately, stress is inevitable. Fortunately, there are ways to handle stress.

Let me start off by saying for every healthy way of coping, there’s an unhealthy way. Below I included 10 different techniques that I personally use to cope with stress.

Since exams are right around the corner for me, I figured writing this post will be quite beneficial to my sanity.

  • Blogging for fun.

I’ll admit: sometimes blogging adds additional stress. A few months ago, when I first started this blog, I felt like I needed to blog every day. Currently, I have started becoming a bit more lenient on my blogging schedule. Blogging is supposed to help calm you down, not agitate you further.

  • Eating right.

Eating junk food makes you feel great in the short term; however, in the long run, it just adds unnecessary negativity to your life. So be mindful of your food choices because a well-nourished body beats an under-nourished body any day. I’m not trying to nag but no matter how pressed for time you are, don’t skip breakfast.

  • Going for a walk.

Studies show that walking reduces stress and increases life expectancy. Remember 20 minutes of walking is still better than nothing. Besides, you’re probably walking more often than you even realize you do.

  • Listening to music.

Just about every teenager I know listens to music in some form, to some extent. I think I know why. Music has an uncanny ability to make even the most awful situations seem bearable.

  • Reading a good book.

Reading provides a get-a-way from the real world. And, sometimes, we all need a little vacation or two. When an actual vacation isn’t practical, curling up with a book is the best alternative.

  • Sleeping well.

The body restores and repairs itself during the night when we’re supposed to be asleep. Depriving yourself of sleep is the equivalent of torturing yourself. If you find that you are not getting enough sleep, see if caffeine or sugar is the culprit.

  • Taking a bath.

Think of something peaceful and soothing. Better yet, think of nothing at all. Your shower/bath time is yours and yours alone.

  • Talking to a friend.

Expressing your feelings to someone can be quite liberating. Try it and see if you feel better. There’s no harm in talking with a trusted friend or family member.

  • Working out.

Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that increases your happiness levels. Things like biking, dancing or swimming keeps your body fit, your mind relaxed, and your emotions stable.

  • Writing in a journal.

Well, well, well…you had to have known I’d include a writing related method to handle stress. Even though you may not be a writer yourself, that doesn’t mean you can’t write, right?

The above are things I try to do on a daily basis. Still, I can’t help but feel anxious, nervous, and uneasy. Perhaps I just don’t do them enough?

What works for you? In other words, how do you cope?

School

5 Things You Should Not Bring To Your First Day Of School

I’m sure those lists about what you need to bring on the first day of school are so omnipresent you don’t want to see another one of those lists. So to put us all out of our misery, I’m putting a spin on it with what not to bring on your first day of school.

  1. A past. It’s a new year so go in with a blank slate. Even if you left off on bad terms with some people, strive to amend your relationships. No, you don’t have to be best friends with them but be amiable if possible. It will make your life easier if there’s no awkwardness every time you walk by a certain someone.
  2. Stress. This won’t help you make the most out of your time at school. Besides, going in with too much stress will negatively impact your performance. A little adrenaline rush is not a bad thing however.
  3. An attitude. Nobody likes a negative or spiteful attitude. Your teachers don’t, your friends won’t, and your peers will be turned off before they even get to know you. So keep your emotions in check especially, in school when hundreds if not thousands of people are around to witness your behaviour.
  4. Misconceptions. Once again clear your mind, erase your preconceived notions, and start the new year right. You may hear rumours or stories from your older siblings or senior students but these aren’t always true.
  5. Excuses. “I missed the bus.” “I slept in late.” “My alarm didn’t go off.” None of that. You’re old enough by now to take full responsibility of yourself and your actions so if you make a mistake, correct it. If you slip up once, don’t slip twice. Forgo the excuses to get results. Or forgo the results and get excuses. It’s your choice.Back To School

This is also applicable to work too.

Writing

The Start Of July = Camp NaNoWriMo Madness Begins

I cannot believe that July is right around the corner. Which means Camp NaNoWriMo is starting again.

Are you participating? Are you attempting such a feat? Are you ready?

Can you do it? 50,000 words in one month? All from scratch?

Dare to take the challenge? Or are you modifying the word count to accommodate your hectic schedule and responsibilities? Whatever it is, just remember to have fun. Don’t stress yourself out. Breathe. Be happy!

Excited? Nervous? Anxious? Scared? Happy? Prepared? Ready?

Remember writing is difficult. Writing a novel is even more difficult. But I applaud you, great writer, for challenging yourself mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.

Good luck to everyone taking part this year.

Get ready. Get set. And you’re almost ready to go!Camp NaNoWriMo