Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.

Back To School Infographic Collection

I decided to make a collection of infographics that are related to school & making your school life easier, I hope it helps!

How to get enough sleep

Coping with stress

An overview of mental illness

Psychological Life Hacks

For your crush <3

School grades don’t define your intelligence

We need to talk about mental health.

How to improve your memory

Foods for brain power

The effects of caffeine

hey friendos!! so i don’t know about you but i’m at about that time in the school year where i really start to feel the stress of harder classes and the pressure to do well. it can be very difficult to work past these sorts of feelings, esp when you’re your own worst critic. here are some situations i feel happen to even the best of us, and the resources i use to sleep a bit better at night ~

“i’m so tired and i just can’t concentrate on all this work i have due”

“i’m scared that i haven’t accomplished enough but i don’t know where to start”

“i’m having trouble handling my anxiety”

“i’m hungry and cranky and i haven’t showered for three days and i’m generally just a huge mess”

“i’m really stressed and sad and i need to work through my emotions”

hope this helps!!! don’t hesitate to message me if you have any questions or requests for other masterposts :~) love y’all tons, take care of yourselves <3

Self-Care for Finals Week

Dun. Dun. Dun. The most dreaded week of the year is upon us! Therefore, I wanted to make a post to highlight some great self-care options for taking care of yourself this finals season!

1) Paint your nails

This is one of my personal favorite because it makes me concentrate on one task and helps my brain stop spiraling due to stress.

2) Get artistic!

Whether its playing an instrument, drawing, painting, writing, whatever! Just let yourself be creative and get out of your head for a little while!

3) Go outside

Fresh air really does work wonders! Even if its just going to the park to study, being outside will help alleviate stress and help you stay grounded!

4) Play with a pet

Self explanatory, animals = happiness. 

5) Hang out with friends!

Don’t let finals week cut you off from everyone! Try studying together at a coffee shop or quizzing each other in your dorm room, anything to get you some socialization.

6) Stretch!

Have you been sitting at your desk all day? If so, then you need to do a few simple stretches to help keep your muscles from locking up. “Do You Yoga with Erin Motz” is a great yoga course on youtube and each lesson is only 10-20 minutes long.


I cannot stress these two enough! All nighters are terrible for your body and wretch havoc on your immune system and memory. Try to sleep whenever possible and drink water (yes I know my own body is about 70 per cent caffeine during finals week but you need to stay hydrated too!). 

Stay healthy this finals season! I’m so proud of you all! You got this, I believe in you!


hey guuyss! the end of school year is coming up and AP exams and finals are on their way so I decided to create this post to help with all of the stress that we students feel constantly. so, here are some techniques to relieve stress!

  • Power naps
    • sleep is soooo important and as students we are always sleeping late, so a quick 20 minute nap in the afternoon really helps a lot.
    • for a more effective nap, try to avoid caffeine after 3 pm. 
  • Exercise
  • Deep breaths
    • taking deep breaths has been shown to lower cortisol levels which can reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Aromatherapy
    • lighting some candles, especially scents like lavender can reduce stress.
  • Drink tea
    • drinking black tea has been shown to relieve stress, so why not have a cup of tea during some study sessions?
  • Guided meditation
    • visualising a calm and peaceful scene can help ease anxiety.
  • Do an art project
    • art therapy can reduce stress related behaviors and reduce anxiety!
  • Take a walk
    • going at your own pace a breathing the fresh air outside has been shown to release stress.
  • Write it all
    • keeping a journal has many positive effects and has helped reduce stress due to the quiet, reflective attitude while writing.
  • Yoga
    • breathing exercises and poses can also help to lower cortisol levels. 

soo there you go! some quick tips to reduce stress! Hope you find these all useful!

how to beat stress from school

1. plan out everything from events and activities to homework and due dates at the start of every week

2. break down big assignments into smaller steps that are easy to do and non-intimidating 

3. light a candle whenever you can

4. take time for you and put on a face mask at least once or twice a week

5. treat yo’ self to little things every month

6. take a bath every now and then (bonus points for using a bath bomb)

7. make school fun again by getting some new school supplies or a new planner

8. be honest with yourself and the people around you when it’s time to get help with a school subject you’re struggling in

9. listen to me, do not beat yourself up over procrastination. everyone says that it’s the bloody end of the world to procrastinate, but i promise it’s not. in fact, studies have shown that some people are in fact more productive when they procrastinate. regardless, just do whatever works best for you and don’t worry about the haters. 

10. watch a funny tv show or movie

11. hangout with friends

12. listen to happy music

13. clean your room and desk

13. go outside

14. when you start to feel overwhelmed/stressed/anxious remember that:

- you’re not alone

- you will get through this

- a bad grade or late assignment is not the end of the world 

- this homework assignment does not define you

15. cuddle a cat/dog/human if you can

16. keep your focus on positive future events (spring break, graduation, etc.)

17. take each day as it comes, go with the flow, and don’t get overwhelmed by what the rest of the week has in store. one day at a time, my friend. just get through today.

18. strive for the best and do your best work at all times

19. remember why you want to succeed and do well

20. remember that perfection is an unattainable goal

To those that keep Trying, 

It’s okay to take a break. It doesn’t mean you suck, or you’re a quitter. I think realizing, “hey, I’ve been doing my best and am fucking tired” and being okay with that mindset is important. Living every day isn’t always easy. Give yourself some credit and get some rest.

- someone who cares about you

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Entering University

These are based on my personal experience (and that of people I know directly). Learn from our mistakes, peeps! Life’s too short to keep on repeating mistakes you could have avoided and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make original ones of your own, I guarantee you.

1. Once you have the necessary basic courses done, take the harder courses within your first two years if possible - if you’re applying to grad school they’ll usually look at only the grades of the last two years. (In Canada, anyways - don’t take my word on that for other countries!)

2. If your university has multiple campuses, don’t assume courses are transferable just because the campus is part of the same university.  I know, it makes no sense, but most of the time they don’t actually transfer. Check with your advisor first.

3. Always get   everything  your advisor tells you in writing. That way if the information they gave you was wrong you have a way of proving the mistake was not on your end.

4. a) If you can, take a course during the Spring and one during the Summer semester. That way you can take one less class during the normal semester and make your life a bit easier. You usually end up with a week or two between semesters anyway, so it’s not like you’ll have no vacation whatsoever.

b) If you can, make it a class you know you’ll need to take at some point but you know you’re likely to struggle in/have more work assigned; that way you only have the one class to focus on and you can actually do well on it instead of barely scraping by.

c) Don’t take more than one class per semester in the spring/summer semesters. One a semester is more than manageable. Two is insanity, because they’re compressed courses.

5. Always save screenshots of any and all payments you make online, regardless of whether you get an email reciept. If it gets sent to the wrong place or there’s some internal error you’ll have a copy to show as proof of payment.

6. Do your best on the little assignments. They’re a great grade cushion for the big tests. If you go to a small university (or attend small classes), it will also show your professor that you’re a responsible student, so if you have a problem with handing in something on time in the future they’ll be more likely to be lenient and understanding.

7. Back up  everything. Always. Without fail. Don’t put it off for even a day.

8. Take opportunity of your resources. If your school has a writing centre,  use it. Even if you just want someone to help you get your essay planning in order, look over your final copy of a paper, or to look over the bibliography to make sure it’s ok.

9. If you have the books or readings before class starts, get ahead on notes and reading as much as possible. ‘Cause once the semester starts, ain’t nobody got time for that.

10. Start on your essays as soon as possible, even if it’s just choosing a topic and doing preliminary research. Later on in the semester when due dates and exams pile up it’ll save you a world of grief.

11. Don’t bother to make perfect citations as you write, but make sure you have a way of knowing where the citation came from. You never know what you’re gonna cut out in the end, so taking the time to make perfect citations as you write your essay is a waste of time; but you need to have some way of knowing where it came from so you’re not having to hunt it down later. I usually just use a keyword I know relates to a certain article (or even make a list of which keyword goes with what) and then go back in the end and make the citations.

12. As much as I hate doing them, essay planning actually helps. It saves on a lot of editing later. Dammit.

Today we’re discussing something that isn’t strictly school-related, but that has many benefits and is an activity I wholeheartedly recommend for all students– journaling! I was inspired to write this because I actually just filled up my first journal ever a couple days ago. I’ll be talking about types of journals you can keep, benefits of journaling, supplies I recommend, advice I’ve accumulated, and my experience with keeping a journal for the first time in my life.


There are many types of journals you can keep, including, but not limited to:

(click links for more information)

  • Traditional “diary” journal: This is what you probably associate with teenage girls and pink gel pens, but it’s a popular choice amongst all kinds of people! In it, you could write what happened that day, your thoughts and emotions, fun memories, rants, and anything else you would talk about with a friend.
  • Bullet journal: An analog task management system and a studyblr favorite! Consider starting a bullet journal if you’re looking for a flexible, customizable way to organize all aspects your life.
  • Travel journal: Whether you’re going across the world or to the next town over, keeping a journal can be a great way to record your trip. In addition to writing memories, you can paste in photographs, ticket stubs, and other souvenirs/memorabilia.
  • Reading journal: If you’re a bookworm, you may like to keep a reading journal for recording book summaries, after-reading reflections, ratings, and reviews. You can keep similar journals for movies, TV shows, podcasts, etc.
  • Gratitude journal: In an increasingly hectic world, a gratitude journal can help you appreciate all the joys of life. Recording things you’re grateful for, whether big or small, encourages mindfulness and positivity.


Journaling has countless physical, mental, and emotional benefits such as:

  • strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes
  • decreases stress, anxiety, and depression levels
  • helps you work through problems, decisions, and conflicts
  • provides a safe, non-judgemental place to vent
  • builds self-confidence
  • increases your self-knowledge and provides insights about yourself, your relationships, and your goals
  • harnesses creativity
  • preserves your memories and thoughts for you to look back on and see how far you’ve come
  • makes you a better writer!


You can begin to journal in all sorts of mediums with any notebook/pen/app you choose. Don’t hesitate to start because you don’t have the fancy markers and shiny washi tape you see on Tumblr. Download a free journaling app right now, or grab a $0.50 composition notebook and just start writing.

However, if you’re ready to commit to journaling and you’re somewhat sentimental, I’d recommend investing in an acid-free, archival-quality pen and notebook to ensure your writing won’t fade or disappear over time. These are a little pricier than regular supplies, but they’ll ensure that your journal entries will be in good condition for decades down the road.

I recommend the following archival-quality supplies:

  • Sharpie Pens (NOT the permanent markers!): These are my personal pen of choice. They’re available in an assortment of colors. They’re relatively inexpensive and can be found at almost all Target, Walmart, and Staples stores.
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pens: I used these before I found the Sharpie Pens and loved them. The black ink is a much deeper shade of black than the Sharpies, although they also come in a variety of colors. They offer several tip sizes while the Sharpie is limited to just one. However, the tips tend to flatten extremely quickly and they don’t last as long for what they cost.
  • Moleskine Notebooks: These are the notebooks I use for my journals (I’m on my second one now). The binding is durable and the size is perfect for carrying in my backpack. Both the Sharpie Pens and the Sakura Microns will shadow/ghost through the paper, but they’ve never bled through, and it’s not severe enough to bother me.
  • Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks: Never used these myself but I’ve heard good things about them. Generally seem pretty comparable to the Moleskines, although a tad bit bigger and available with dotted paper.

Of course, if you want to keep a digital journal, archival-quality materials aren’t an issue! Search for some app recommendations to find a journaling app that’s accessible, reliable, and suited to your needs.


The following are some pieces of advice that I’ve accumulated while keeping a journal that can help you get started.

DON’T feel pressured to write every day. Journaling is supposed to relieve stress, not provide another burdensome commitment. If once a day is too much for you, it’s perfectly fine to write once a week, once a year, or simply whenever inspiration strikes.

DON’T filter your thoughts. Write anything and everything that strikes you. Don’t worry about sounding whiny or frivolous or repetitive or annoying or weird. If you’re having trouble with self-criticism, try using pen-and-paper instead of a digital notebook, which will make it harder to edit and filter yourself.

DON’T get hung up on aesthetics. All the “journal inspiration” on Tumblr and Pinterest with beautiful pastel stickers and perfect handwriting made me scared to start journaling at first, afraid of “ruining” my notebook with my chicken-scratch. Only decorate your journal if it’s helping you express yourself, not because you feel pressured to conform to an online aesthetic.

DO experiment with several styles. Along with your standard “here’s what I did today” entries, try mixing in journal prompts, doodles, and other various forms of self-expression. Write about silly things like “What would I do if I won a lifetime supply of ice cream?” as well as deeper personal things like “What advice would I give to my younger self?” Eventually you’ll figure out what you like journaling about best, but when you’re first starting out, it’s a good idea to give everything a shot!

DO make it a habit. As mentioned above, it’s absolutely fine to journal randomly and spontaneously. But if you’d like to make it a regular ritual, make sure to set aside time that’s devoted to journaling and nothing else. For me, this is at night just before bed, so I can reflect on the day that’s passed. Maybe you’d like to journal in the morning, so you can set the day’s goals and start off strong. Whatever time(s) you prefer, it’s important to block off parts of your schedule and make journaling a priority.


I began journaling on January 1st, 2016 as one of my New Year’s Resolutions. It started off as a half bullet journal, half diary in which I wrote some personal reflections underneath the day’s tasks. However, the bullet journal system didn’t work out so well for me– setting up the layouts was too time-consuming, I never remembered to refer to it, and it didn’t do anything that my planner couldn’t. So I gave up on bullet journaling a couple months in and started keeping solely a personal diary-type journal instead. I try to write in it every night but I don’t beat myself up if I miss a couple days. In my journal, I write memories from the day, my thoughts and feelings, and prompt responses. I also put in movie tickets, dried flowers, small mementos I come across, and cute labels from items I buy.

Although I’ve only been journaling for about six months, I’ve already experienced many positive changes. Writing each night is a fantastic stress-reliever and helps take my mind off school and responsibilities so I can sleep better. If I have an argument with a friend, writing out the entire conflict helps me see it from a more objective viewpoint and enables me to determine the best course of action. I can now let out and work through all my frustration, anger, jealously, fear, etc instead of bottling it up inside me. I recently read back through my first journal after filling it up and it was amazing to revisit all the joys and pains of the last half year of my life. I could see all the places where I started writing faster out of excitement, where my hand trembled, where tears fell. As I flipped through the pages, I could literally see myself growing up and changing, just like a book character would as the novel progresses. Keeping a journal has allowed me to read the story of my own life, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

So long story short: journaling has changed my life. Now I encourage you to give it a go and see if it changes yours.

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, feedback, or post requests, feel free to drop me an ask.

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Sophia :)

You need to rest and recover from physical stress.

Recovery time is important because it is then when the body adapts to the stress from the new exercises and the effect from your workout takes place. Your workouts cause muscle tissue breakdown and during the recovery period does your body repair the damaged tissues as well as replenish the energy lost during the exercising. (Source)

You need to rest and recover from mental stress.

Relaxation lowers your stress levels, reducing the likelihood of developing depression, boosting your immune system, and raising your metabolism.

  1. Acknowledge any stress that you carry and set aside some time to truly relax. The hour before bedtime is good because it eases you into a sleepy mentality which will improve your sleep quality and in turn lower your stress levels!
  2. Practise breathing techniques, yoga and meditation to slow your heart rate, reconnect with your body and clear your mind.
  3. Make it a ritual to pamper yourself. Whether that’s curling up with a blanket and your favourite book, or putting some relaxing music on during a bath.
  4. Stop feeling guilty. 
  5. Learn to prioritise.
  6. Get enough sleep.
  7. Give hugs, especially to your lovely friends who care about you. Physical contact is important.

Source information 1, 2

Part of my Beautiful Health series.

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