I’m writing this from my desk at Uni, because I’m officially back in Bristol and term 2 has kicked off. It’s currently the first of two exam weeks, but after that it’s back to business as usual. So, why not kick off this new series by talking about how I intend to focus on me.
Last term was a term of a lot of firsts. First time properly living alone, first seminar, first deadline, first time putting a deposit on a house, and so so many more. I couldn’t be more thankful for the wealth of experience it provided me with. However, with so many firsts it was really a term of finding my feet. I learnt what worked for me. I learnt what made me smile, what made me uncomfortable and who I could run to in times of stress and sadness. Yeah I kept up with my work, but mentally, I wasn’t in the most efficient work mindset.
Every new term, I set myself a bunch of unattainable goals and I stress out and hate myself when I don’t complete them. So this year, I’m setting myself one goal Uni-wise. I suppose that it acts as a root that everything else will branch off of. This term, I want to take better care of myself.
I’m a very anxious person and it’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in the lives of those around me. I spend so much time trying to please others, forgetting to look after my own mental wellbeing in the process. As part of my work to make 2017 more positive overall, I want to take better care of myself.
How am I going to do that? I don’t quite know yet. I’m slowly finding things that are working for me. I’m organising my thoughts on this blog, I’ve been working on liking myself more as a person, and I’ve been spending less time on my phone. It’s only been a week or so, but already things that used to stress me out haven’t got to me as much. So, I’m hoping it will only be upwards from here.
If you find yourself feeling sad, stressed or anxious, whether it’s all the time or just every once in a while, find a way to deal with it that works for you. I can’t control my emotions completely, but I am trying to take back as much control as I can. We often forget how important mental health is, at every stage of our lives, so this year, make more of an effort to focus more on you.
Hope your 2017 is filled with more joy!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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