In my previous post about my first impressions of living in London, I mentioned that I’ve been finding life here pretty stressful. City life isn’t exactly chilled-out and it can get a bit overwhelming at times. But after 4 months of living here, I’ve developed a few habits that have helped me with managing and reducing stress. So I thought I’d share these with you today!
I have struggled with stress in the past, at Uni for example when I was juggling part-time jobs and coursework or when I was doing my dissertation (my word, that was a stress). I normally react to stress physically before anything else – I suffer from stress-induced scalp psoriasis and also IBS, which make things even more complicated when I’m feeling overwhelmed!
However, while I have had issues with stress in the past, since moving to London I’ve found that it has got a lot worse. First of all there is the stress of commuting every morning and the general business. But then there is the stress associated with my current situation – balancing full-time work with blogging/YouTube/everything else, staying afloat financially and all the while trying to maintain some form of a social life.
So I’ve been changing some aspects of my life to help manage and reduce this stress, because if I didn’t do something I think I would have a breakdown! But in all seriousness, I think it’s important to take the time to think about our wellbeing and I hope that these little tips might help some of you with reducing stress too.