Thinking positively and keeping calm at the moment.

Hi everyone. How are we? Are we all keeping safe at the moment? What I’m doing is washing my hands regularly with hot water and soap, I’m socially distancing myself from others, so not touching anyone and most of all, I am staying at home and trying to keep positive.

It’s so scary out in the world at the moment and I think because it’s so uncertain, it’s so hard to know what to think and feel. Everyone is anxious and stressed, and everyone is worrying about their friends and loved ones.

I’m finding it really hard at the moment because I’m at university in my last year, and work deadlines are all up in the air. I’m not ever feeling in the right mindset because this situation is all that’s on my mind. It’s all everyone is talking about. You feel like you can’t get away from it.

I thought I’d write a blog post about why we should be looking positively, and things to read to hopefully put your mind at ease.

Let’s remember:

  •  We know what it is. ‘The first cases of AIDS were described in June 1981 and it took more than two years to identify the virus.’ We also know that ‘the first cases of severe pneumonia were reported in China on December 31, 2019 and by January 7 the virus had already been identified.’
  • We know how to detect the virus. Since January 13th, there has been a test to use, which is available.
  •  80% of cases are mild. ‘The disease causes no symptoms or is mild in 81% of cases.’
  • People recover. ‘There are 13 times more cured cases than deaths, and that proportion is increasing.’
  • The virus can be wiped clean. ‘The virus can be effectively inactivated from surfaces’ in just one minute. ‘Frequent handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid contagion.’ Please make sure you are washing your hands with every new surface touched, and before and after you go somewhere or do something.
  • There are already vaccine prototypes. ‘There are already more than eight projects underway seeking a vaccine against the new coronavirus.’
  • Antiviral trials are underway. ‘There are already more than 80 clinical trials analysing coronavirus treatments. These are antivirals that have been used for other infections, which are already approved and that we know are safe.’

This website argues that ‘we have never been better prepared to fight a pandemic.’

Here’s the link below if you want to read it properly 🙂

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-ten-reasons-why-you-ought-not-to-panic-132941?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=bylinefacebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR0no4-DfChOr2nVE333jg6v8dYUPv2LnlUzfwBiwT2N6VqD3qXwm2SkoG8

I don’t know about you, but reading this really helped calm me down. I felt at ease and a bit reassured. Let’s try and look for that light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

I also wanted to look at the impact this situation is having on mental health, the physiological effects. Here’s some things you can do that may help:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. At the moment, it’s all I’m hearing. Because everyone is scared and it’s all over social media and the news, people are just freaking out and panicking. It is the unknown. I’ve ended up deleting my social media apps on my phone so that I can take a break. When you feel overwhelmed,  try take a break and do something different to take your mind off it. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. I am a big believer of deep breathing and meditating. I like to do body scans where I can focus on different parts of the body and look at the present moment. Why not try that? I go onto YouTube and type in ’10 minute body scan meditation’ and it’s the first one that comes up. I like to get fresh air, so I’ve gone to the garden and opened my window in the bedroom. I am trying to go to bed at the same time, and wake up at the same time. I really think the routine is helping me. (As it’s the only routine I can control at the moment!) 
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. I am trying to do things that make me laugh and help me feel relaxed at the moment. I’m watching things like Benidorm, Friday night Dinner, Gavin and Stacey and Chick Flicks. These all make me feel better because they’re familiar. I also plan to read and write more stories because that’s my safe place. 
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. To get through this, I know I’m gonna need my friends and family around me. I am talking to my parents and partner every day, and I am trying to Facetime and message my friends as much as possible. I still like to be in the loop, and I still see it as a way to talk to them, catch up. A way to socialise. If you’re feeling lonely or low, why not talk to a friend? Just keep communicating guys 🙂

Here’s the link if you wanted to look at it:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Also, there have been decreases in air pollution and with coal consumption.

China difference

pollution levels before and after

Coronavirus Emergency In Venice

^ Have you noticed how much clearer the water is in Venice due to this outbreak?

Please keep your head up high and look a bit more positively. I am trying so hard to be optimistic. Let’s all come together, and help each other. We can do this. We’re all in this together.

‘Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.’ 

Much love guys, and please please keep safe.

Asha

 

Take the plunge and make no regrets!

Hey everyone! How are we all doing? I hope everyone is keeping safe, washing hands and doing a lot of self care. I find myself washing my hands for 20 seconds, whilst singing to ‘Happy Birthday’ or Love on Top’ by Beyoncé. It’s all fun and games!

I’ve thought about writing this for a while, but haven’t had the time to do so until now.  I wanted to talk about my latest experience with elections at the University, and campaigning, and how I got an amazing job out of it. I therefore wanted this post to be about not having any regrets, and doing what you gut tells you to do. Take the plunge and just do it.

When I heard about the job, I thought about it for a while, trying to figure out whether I should go for it or not. I knew it meant taking some time out to make posters and go around different campuses to talk to people, as well as a few cheeky nights out, but because I am in 3rd year, I didn’t know whether I had enough time. I remember speaking to people saying: ‘Should I do it?’ ‘Can I  handle this alongside Dissertation?’ and I found myself in a predicament for ages! I just couldn’t make my mind up. It was only a few nights before nominations opens that I decided to go for it! I kept thinking ahead about accommodation and travel etc but I needed to cross that bridge if I ever came to it. One step at a time.

Once I  put my name into the system,  I did feel quite good about it. I was glad to have done it, but I felt nervous. By the time it got to briefing, I felt so anxious because I was constantly thinking about how many people would go for the same role and the competitiveness of it made me scared. I still kept an open mind, and kept positive, and just knew that I needed to do my best, and see where fate took me. After that, I put posters up around all campuses so that my posters and flyers were all distributed everywhere! The amount of people that said that they could just see my face everywhere, and couldn’t get away was funny.

When it got to Question time, I was so so scared. I didn’t know the questions that were going to be asked, and the audience questions were all unexpected too. I just tried to be myself and answered all the questions honestly, and clearly. I wanted people to see my passion for welfare and mental health, so that hopefully they could see me, on a personal level.

Campaigning was fun, but tiring! I liked having a bus tour on the first day, and I liked speaking to different people. Once it got to the results day, I felt so tired. When you really put yourself into something, and work hard, it can make you feel drained and wiped out when you finally do stop.

I remember when they said my name at the results. When they said I’d won, I was so happy! I couldn’t believe it. We all did so well in the week, and all worked as a team to make sure we all got through it. I am so proud of everyone.

If there is an opportunity that arises, such as a new job or a trip, please, take it. Don’t hold back. Yes, you’re going to have some thoughts on it, and maybe even some ‘What if’s’ but I don’t think you’d want to look back and regret anything. Looking at it now, I would have kicked myself if I didn’t put my name in. I know I would have really regretted it. Listen to your gut and just do it. Don’t hold back, because life is short. The world is your oyster. Take every opportunity you can get.

comfort zone 1

comfort zone 2

If I hadn’t taken a step out of my comfort zone in campaign week, I wouldn’t have secured this job of Welfare Officer. If I hadn’t socialised with lots of people, and spoken about my manifesto points, or my opinions, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

I really do believe in fate. If something is meant to be, it’ll be. It’ll happen. Everything happens for a reason, is something I live life with. It’s my motto.

Just do it. You won’t regret it. You’ll only regret something you don’t do.

regrets 1

regrets 2

Until next time,

Asha

It’s about time that we learnt to love ourselves.

Do you look in the mirror in the morning? Do you see your reflection in a car window? What do you see? Like it?

I went on a night out on Wednesday and you know when you are getting all dressed up…putting makeup on…straightening your hair maybe? You want to feel good about yourself when you are doing this. You want to feel beautiful and pretty. Sometimes, I do feel like this when I look at myself in the mirror, and then other times I don’t. I think we can all relate to this from time to time.

You know we compare ourselves to other people? We may see a girl with really nice hair or another girl with nice legs. When she see these people, I know that we can sometimes wish we were them. We wish we were thinner or had longer blonde hair or had different teeth. I know because I’ve done it myself. I’ve done this at a club, in a park, in a Tv show. I remember watching Geordie Shore when I was a teenager and I would see them looking good all the time and going out on dates and I’d think ‘Why doesn’t that happen to me?’ I know now that it’s all fake what we watch on TV and to get your hair and makeup like that takes hours. It’s not realistic. Lets stop comparing ourselves to people or things that are not real.

The same goes for Love Island. I watch it and I enjoy watching it, but I used to compare myself to the girls in there wearing tight bikinis and then tight short dresses in the evenings. I used to wonder why I wasn’t like that. All the girls in there are thin (why isn’t there more of a variety) , so I always thought I need to be like that. right?

The answer is no. It isn’t real life. Not every girl you meet is going to look like that. We come in all different shapes and sizes and I think we need to remember that. Everyone is beautiful. Whether we are thin, curvy, short or tall…we are gorgeous people.

On Wednesday night, I looked in the mirror and simply smiled. I told myself I looked good and I was beautiful. I said I was going to have a good night and I wasn’t going to worry. I don’t think that we are being big headed by doing this because it’s always important to be reminded of this. We need to know our worth and our beautifulness. We need to tell ourselves how fab we look and how we are perfect just the way we are. Try not to compare yourself to others when you are lush just as you already are.

Be confident. Respect yourself and make others respect you. Be beautiful and just smile. Do you know how great it is just smiling? I feel so good when I do it. It sets you up to have a great day if you try it in the morning. Give it a go. What have you got to lose?

Have a great day everyone! You are beautiful and inspiring. Keep going as you are.

Until next time,

Asha

 

Proper quality time at Christmas!

Hey guys, how are we all doing? Looking forward to Christmas? Stressed? Not feeling the spirit yet? Or are we working in retail or another job doing lots of hours? I’m currently in retail and it is so busy, so if you are like me I feel ya!

Now I wanted to talk about Christmas time. What do you think it’s all about? Is it about the time off work or the presents or the cards? I think for me this year it is about family time. Being at third year now at university, and with it being stressful, I’ve really missed being at home surrounded by family.

For me, it isn’t all about the money or the presents or the spending loads of money on other people, I think it’s about seeing others and catching up. Chatting, hugging and seeing those who mean the most to me. I have got a few presents this year, but I’ve kept it small because it can really add up and be so expensive. I think in years before, I would go mad and buy lots of things and be seriously out of pocket. I’ve learnt from that and only bought for close ones, and I think it’s worked really well.

I can’t wait to sit around at Christmas, and have all the nice cards that have a lovely message in, as well as the hugs and kisses. I love the realisation of how much I love all these people around me. I am so grateful for everyone for who they are and what they do. I don’t think we really realise until we stop and have some proper time with others. When life is so busy and hectic, and we find ourselves running around like headless chickens, we need that Christmas holiday to sit down, take a moment and say thank you to those who are in your heart.

I just want to say thank you to those who have been there for me, cared for me, loved me and helped me in so many situations. Thank you for loving me and holding me hand. I am so grateful for all of you in my life and hope this time of year shows you just how much I love you, and thank you.

May this post be inspirational and useful. I hope we know how lucky we are to have great people in our lives. Remember to say thank you, and remind them how great they are 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a great time!

Much love and until next time,

 

Asha

Good and bad days!

Hey everyone! How are we feeling? Sorry for being a bit MIA, I’m currently in my last year of University so it’s been so hectic and all over the place with the workload and deadlines. I’ve decided It’ll be nice to write a blog post about when you have good and bad days and how to get through both with a smile of your face.

In life, we all have really good days, where everything goes right and you’re in such  good place and mood. You’re smiling and joking with people and you’re really feeling yourself and your clothes etc and you know nothing will ruin it. Other days, you feel rubbish and everything goes wrong and you just want it to be over. Trust me, I have both of these days and I find it tough to manage the bad days sometimes. I feel like writing this will help me when I next have a bad day and I hope it will help others too.

Here’s an example of one of my bad days. You wake up and you already feel moody, so being around others can irritate you and then you go to university and receive feedback but you’re not in the right mindset to get those comments and then you end up falling out and arguing with others and then you are rushing around with time when you’ve got so much to do. You want to help a friend but you need to book onto ambassador work then you need to make up with someone. It all can get a bit too much. I’ve felt like a headless chicken at times and so flustered with everything going on. I get into bed and can’t wait to sleep because I’m so buzzing for this day to be over. I’ll get into bed thinking ‘Tomorrow’s a new day.’ I’m hoping that the next day will be better, but I wake up and go to sleep moody.

Here’s how I’ve started trying to cope with a bad day. I wake up but I smile in the mirror or listen to a good song as I’m getting ready. I tell myself an inspirational quote to get me motivated and then I chat with others who I see. I may briefly mention that today is a tough day, but that I’m trying to make it better. We talk about the other person and I get invested into what they say. I go to university and instead of looking at the bad comments, I look more at the good and take on board the constructive criticism. I take it all in and know that I will be able to edit my work and change it, but maybe tomorrow. I walk away from any point of conflict and try not to get into any sort of confrontation. I go home and manage my time so that I can book onto work, without it stressing me out or impacting me. It’s just work. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t book onto all of the work, but if I do that would be great. When I feel myself getting stressed or panicky, I stand still and stop, wait a second and take deep breaths. I breath in, then out, then back in and I find myself in the present. I feel the moment I’m in and I feel calmer already. I know that I  can deal with everything I need to and that everything will be okay. It’s fine. I get into bed knowing that today wasn’t the best day, but it wasn’t bad. I put things into perspective and took a moment. I looked with a different mindset and all the things I did changed my mood and my day. It’s all about what you can or can’t control.

Equally, when you have a good day, it’s all about living in it, knowing how precious it is and really remembering it. When I have a good day, and everything  goes right, I know to really treasure every second. I tell myself that what I’m feeling is such a good feeling and I won’t get everyday to feel like this. I tell people that today is a good day, and try to help those that may be having a bad one. I try and give the advice to change what you can control, as above, and I think it helps a lot of people. I just think that it’s not wallowing in the bad days, but also not taking the good days for granted, it’s accepting both and knowing that they will both happen.

Remember, there’s only so much you can control. Sometimes, I smile at myself and although I’m not feeling my best, it does make a difference. It does cheer you up a little bit if you smile to yourself and have that positive mindset. Look at the beautiful things in life and live in every second. Every part of life is so important so I don’t like to waste it.

We are all so lucky to be alive, and healthy, and happy. Let’s give ourselves a little smile and pep talk in the mirror as we get ready. It’ll make the absolute difference.

Lots of love and remember, we are all beautiful and so so lucky.

Until next time,

Asha

Don’t rush because it’ll happen when it happens.

Hey you lovely people! How are you all doing? I hope your Summer is going well and you aren’t working too hard! If you’re like me and you are working a lot, try and still do things outside of work which make you happy. Go for a meal or see a friend or maybe family? Don’t let work be the only thing you do or you’ll go mad!

I myself feel this way, so thought it would be worth writing a post on it to see if anyone can relate. Since finishing university this year in May, I’ve found myself going into work from one to another. I do long hours and get up early, but make some money so i guess it’s not all bad. I think because i need the money, sometimes it can be hard to do anything else when you want the hours and work. I’ve realized that although I know i need to work, it doesn’t mean i can’t have fun and make the most of my Summer before third year comes around.

Even if you do an all day shift, it can be nice to go home and chill, but why not maybe meet a friend for a few hours or go and do something before heading home? I don’t want to look back on Summer and see all i did was worked. I want to be able to look back on memories and say I’ve seen friends and family and gone on day trips or a festival. You only have one life and it’s not a dress rehearsal- live it right and love every minute! Take every opportunity and embrace it!

I think sometimes you will just want to do nothing and relax, which don’t get me wrong, is absolutely fine! You are going to have the time to do that, but maybe ensure you do other things too? I like having a balance between work and play, so will try and go out and be active as well as earning money, because i think that’s important.

So, what’s the point in this post? I think the real message here is that you should grab every opportunity with both hands and make those arrangements. Go and see that friend that wants to see you or go and pop out with your parent. Make sure you see everyone you want to see over the Summer break and don’t go back to work or back to university with any regrets. Live those days and evenings to the fullest. Go and see that sunset or take a late night drive and don’t forget to smile!

I must be so impatient because I’m worrying about how there’s so much i haven’t done yet before I go back to university like nights out/ catching up with people/day trips and a holiday and festival, but i think it’s good to remember that it will happen when it happens if you put your mind to it. There is always going to be the opportunity to do these things, you just need to find the time and make it happen.

Hope this has helped people like me who was worrying about it! It will all happen, just set your mind to it, be determined and it will all work out.

Until next time,

 

Asha

 

Do yourself proud and smile!

Hey lovely people! How are you all doing? It’s so lovely to be writing again! I’m sorry I haven’t posted lately, it’s just been so much with university deadlines and coming back home and working for the summer. Busy busy! But here I am, back and positive as ever!

So I was having a think on what to write about and I had thought about something I’ve taken up lately, which is watching what I eat and doing lots of exercise. This feels really important to me and I am glad to be taking this on. Being all determined! My point is that when you take something on, or achieve something like a good grade or good feedback, it is vital that you tell yourself you’ve done a great job and to be proud of it! I think as people, we are so quick to judge and be hard on ourselves, but what about when it’s the other way around?

To get an end result, we tend to work so hard for something and we put in blood, sweat and tears until we get what we want. It can be so difficult, and there can be times when we feel like we should give up, but we get there. We see the light at the end of the tunnel and we realise we’ve done it! And it’s honestly the best feeling ever! Why don’t we grin from ear to ear and smile and tell everyone in excitement? Why don’t we do this more?

I decided to be really proud of myself for getting an average of a 2:1 at my second year of university. When I got all my grades back and saw that I got what I wanted, I knew that my hard work had paid off and I had done it. It can take so much to get to somewhere; a massive challenge along the way…but it’s worth it! So for those who haven’t said or heard this yet, well done you! You’re amazing! Keep going! Be proud!

I know how lovely it can be when people tell you they are proud of you and that you’ve done really well on something. It’s always lovely to get that acknowledgment from others and makes you feel much better too. If you can’t, I will do it and say a big well done!

There are so many things in life that we can’t control or change, so why don’t we work hard on something that means a lot to us and get that good feeling when you have achieved it? We tend to focus on the bad things in life, but why don’t we balance it with the good too? We are such amazing people with such great prospects. We all do ourselves proud and we should take the time to appreciate that. Let’s take a moment to celebrate it!

I just want to say a big thank you to those who read my blogs and take the time to give me feedback. I am so grateful for you lovely people! Thank you so much! Let me know if there’s anything you’d want me to write about or bring to attention for all you readers!

Until next time,

Asha

Expect the unexpected sometimes…

Who said life is a smooth ride? A journey that doesn’t go over any obstacles or have any bumps in the road. I have learnt that in the last few weeks. I have found that there are going to be things that go on in life that are completely out of our control and something we need to accept, deal with and accept whilst we get through it.

Sometimes, it means we have to alter and change plans and commitments and prioritise what is important. There will be times when it gets difficult and it feels as though you can’t do it, but I promise you, it will be okay. If you have to cancel plans with people, I think this also shows you who your true friends are. Some people will moan and complain and get annoyed with you, but others will be really supportive and help you through it. I think when something bad happens, it does show you who is really there for you. If there are those that you don’t hear from, that will then show you something about the people around you. With what’s happened with me lately, I have really discovered who’s there for me and who’s not. I think I would know now who I’m going to keep in touch with after university, and who will fizzle out when we leave.

Thinking more about yourself, I would say please take care of you. There is nothing worse than being run down, low and unwell when you are trying to be there for someone or sort something out. What good are you to someone if you aren’t even good yourself? That’s what people always tell me if I am not doing well, because surely I can’t be any good to anyone else? Go and have that hot bath or go and watch that tv show. Relax and be good to yourself. If you are getting upset with the situation and you feel really low, please know it is temporary and it will get better. I went really sad last week and thought this feeling would be here forever. I convinced myself that I would always feel that way and that I wouldn’t be okay. I was exhausted and drained but the people close to me reminded me that it will be okay. Things usually get bad before they get better and I kept telling myself that. What happens before a rainbow? Rain.

I certainly think it makes you stronger too. It forces you to carry on, face it and get through it, which takes a lot. I know how it feels to think you can’t do it, and that you’re not brave enough, but you will surprise yourself. It is always good because as well as being lovely and strong yourself, you will also have people around you to help in case you lose your balance and start to fall a little. They are the people to catch you and get you up straight again. I had times when I thought I couldn’t do it and that I would give up, but the people around me told me I could do it. I was strong enough and I did do it. You can too.

When life throws you lemons, karate chop them and make that flipping lemonade. Show them who’s boss and do everyone proud. Show yourself just how great you are. We can all get through a tough time and it will make you better for it. It will enhance the better times and make you appreciate the better days too. Everything will be okay, just hang on in there okay?

Lots of love and take care of yourself.

Until next time,

Asha

 

Why don’t we smile more?

I was driving home from university today and I saw a man crossing the road. I looked out my window and smiled at him. He smiled back and it made me think, why don’t we smile more? Why don’t we show kindness and compassion more? This world can be hard enough and with people always going through stuff in their lives, I think it’s nice to just smile or do nice things every once and a while.

When I’m going through something horrid, I can tend to be in a bad mood for it. I can be grumpy or rushing around stressing, and I’ve had it before when people have held a door open for me or complimented me or smiled, and honestly it’s made my day. I don’t think we realise just how effortless it is to be kind and random to people we see out and about. It costs nothing and yet it can make somebody’s day.

There are going to be people who may not smile back, or say thank you, but I think like everything that’s gonna happen. There will always be people like that, but I come across those who are genuine and kind and that’s why it’s worth doing it. If you don’t get the response back that you’re looking for, it’s a shame. If you do however, you can make them a lot happier with their day and you can feel good about yourselves. Give it a go! What have you got to lose?

I love being kind and going that extra mile. I love giving a homeless person a drink or a sandwich and I love giving up my feet for someone who needs it more than me. I love smiling at an old lady or grinning at a baby in a pram. I think it’s something little that can make such a difference, so why not see how you get on? I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Give other people a positive day and show those out there that there are nice people in the world who care and are nice to see. When you see a person looking sad in the high street, smile at them. If there’s an elderly lady walking down your wrong, why not wish her a good morning and a smile? If you see someone you know, ask them how they are and make an effort, it goes such a long way, trust me!

Have a great day everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day!!

Until next time,

Asha

Make yourself happy.

At the end of the day, this life that we live isn’t a dress rehearsal. It’s the real thing. I think it’s so important to be happy and to do the things that you wanna do to make you laugh and smile. Why do anything in this world if it makes you miserable?

I know there’s people out there that have jobs that they hate, or live in a life that they don’t enjoy, so why not do something about it? I know plenty of people that have regrets and hate going to their office job, or don’t like going home and I just think it’s a shame. I understand that there are specific circumstances sometimes and it’s really hard to change, but I wonder, can we try to? I’ve been in a job that I hate and it makes me miserable to go. I wouldn’t wanna get up and travel there and I wouldn’t want to actually work, and one day I realised I needed to do something about it. I needed to quit and find something else because it wasn’t making me happy. I thought long and hard about it because it was nice to get the money and all, but if its feeling sad and fed up the whole time, just to get a bit of money in the bank balance at the end of the month, it just isn’t worth it. If this is you and you aren’t happy, why not have a look online for other jobs that are out there and change it. Just think how much happier it’ll make you.

I also know people that don’t enjoy going home, for whatever reason. They feel trapped and alone and so they will stall to not go there. I think this is so sad because your home should be somewhere where you can go that’s safe and homely. It shouldn’t be a place you dread all day, but something to look forward to. Why not find out what is making you not want to go home and try and fix that problem? I get that it’s not always the easiest thing, because some things are horrible and out of your control, but there can be times when you can fix it. Try it! There is also the option to speak to someone about it- always! There will be someone to confide in when you feel able to speak; a parent, a friend, a teacher or a counsellor. They could help you if you feel you couldn’t on your own. I just want people to be happy and enjoying themselves. Don’t be in something when your heart isn’t in it.

Of course there’s gonna be school or university or a task that you may not like. I feel that with things like this, there is gonna be parts that don’t suit you, but overall you see what’s truly important. I don’t think many people are a fan of school, but you enjoy seeing the friends and having the routine and making a future for yourself. University now can get hard, but I try not to think of the assessment work or the pressure of the workload, but instead look at the friends I’ve made and the independence I’ve found through living for myself. I’ve changed a lot as a person from coming to university, so I look at that and that is what makes me happy.

What makes you happy? Think about it. A film maybe or a bath or seeing a friend? Why not organise the time to see them? It’ll help so much because you’ll be doing the things that make you smile. You’ll be able to watch Miranda in the bath or you’ll reminisce on that really funny story with your close friend. All these things help, and without them you wont be able to get that time for you. You won’t be able to relax or chill. You’ve got to treat yourself and give yourself that time out. If you don’t, then it just makes you in a routine feeling low. I had some time when I was on the go constantly with work and then with uni and I didn’t have any time for myself. I hated it because I didn’t stop and so couldn’t enjoy a break. It brought me down, so now I make sure I do something for myself regularly.

Whatever does it, make yourself smile. Go out and have a pizza or go and watch that movie. I wanna see that lovely smile of yours.

Until next time,

Asha