Stress Management

So as I am slowly approaching the end of my degree, I felt it was time to share a little bit about how I am trying to remain sane through all the chaos that is assessments, grades, feedback and hours of revision.

     1. Chocolate


A little bit of comfort eating never killed anyone !

      2. Talk about it


A good way to de-stress is to talk about your concerns, whether that be a family member, a friend or even your local shop keeper.

     3. Nobody has it figured out.


The older you get the more you realise that even adults don’t have it all figured out. Life doesn’t come with instructions, so breathe and take it day by day.

     4. If things aren’t going to plan, it doesn’t mean you are doing the wrong thing.


If life was stream line and you got everything you wanted, when you wanted .. what genuinely would be the point? There are hardships even in the greatest aspects and experiences in life, that’s just how it goes.

     5. You’ve got this, even if you don’t right now.

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I know that from time to time it can feel like you literally can’t do anything right.. but you are wrong about that. It will fall into place, it always does.. it always has .. and it always will.

      6. Talk about it.


Once again.. don’t bottle it up, nobody has time for high blood pressure and headaches, not worth it.

       7. Breathe


You’ll be surprised by how much a few deep breathes can help you to feel more at ease. Yoga is also a great way of de-stress as it forces you to concentrate

       8. Smile..laugh..


Find a reason to get out and hang out with family or friends. Taking a break from your studies will help you to be more focused when you get back to it. Everyone needs a break.


How do you manage stress in your life? Let me know !


Until next time!




3 Tips for Solo Travel

 1. Plan.. Plan.. Plan.


– Research the area you are going to.

– Figure out a budget. Know how much money you have and write down every individual cost, from checking in a suitcase at the airport to the amount of money you are setting aside for meals.

– Research your travel options and figure out which one suits you best such as: travelling by air, by bus/coach, by train etc.

– Decide what kind of accommodation suits you best – Hotel, Hostel, Airbnb etc. AND whether you want to be in a more central area or if you intend to travel into said area.

– You can even go as far as checking out what food is in the area surrounding your accommodation. #foodislife

– Figure out what you want to do, see and visit whilst you are there.

– If you are feeling super organised you could go as far as making day plans like the one below. Yes, I put together a pdf file outlining my plans, I then saved it on my phone so that I could access it with ease. It’s handy in two senses, firstly it acts as a reminder of what you have planned so that you aren’t late and secondly, you can also send it to family members, so if you are in a different time zone for example, they have a rough idea of where you are and what you are up to.


2. Find the balance.


Fill your time with cool and exciting things but schedule time to rest. It is important to find the balance between seeing, doing, visiting and taking the time to chill. For example, if you go somewhere for 6 days, you may want to fill 4 or 5 of those days but on your final day you could consider having zero plans and just take it easy. It also acts as a good time to reflect on all you have done on your trip.

3. Tours.


– Consider a tour. Tours can be really helpful if you visit somewhere that is near impossible to navigate without a vehicle and you don’t intend to drive.. let a tour company do the driving for you whilst you soak up the sights ! Also, it’s a great way to meet new people who are often solo travellers.

Just Enjoy !

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Make the most of your solo trip. Yes it can be a bit daunting but there is a point where you’ll realise how capable you truly are. I would 100% recommend solo travel to everyone, even if you start with a place that isn’t all that far from home.


Bon Voyage ! 

Learn French – YouTube

Language learning can be quite a tiring, continuous thing and let’s be honest, nobody wants to have to spend hours and hours with their head stuck in a grammar book.

I like to use YouTube as a way to learn French, from watching more academic videos to enjoying a good vlog. For me it’s important to find entertaining ways to be educated.

Here are 4 YouTube channels that I am subscribed to:

Petite Douceur

Petite Douceur aka Laurie posts videos about food, make-up and she also shares recipes with her viewers. From time to time you’ll find a vlog style video on her page also. Definitely worth a watch if you want to become more comfortable with the Quebecois accent.

I contacted Laurie to ask her precisely how she would describe her channel and she said the following: Je décrirais ma chaîne comme une chaîne lifestyle sur le bien être. J’y partage mes coups de coeur du moment et des parcelles de ma vie // In English: I would describe my channel as being a lifestyle channel that focuses on well-being. I share my current favourites and parts of my daily life.

Laurie also has a blog which you can check out here.

Damon and Jo

Damon and Jo speak many languages between them, they travel all around the world and the best part about it is that they make the effort to speak in the language of the country that they are visiting. You will find videos in Italian, Portuguese, French and so on. This is the sort of channel for those of you that enjoy travel videos.  Their motto is to “Shut up and Go”, the idea is to stop making excuses, if you want to travel, learn a language.. get on with it. They are just two young people, living the travel and language dream all without breaking the bank!

For those of you who are wanting to talk/meet with other language lovers, Damon and Jo have set up a Facebook page called: Shut up and Go.

Francais Authentique

I had to include at least one “academic” based channel because although it’s great to find fun ways to learn French, sometimes you need to make sense of some of the terms you hear and this is where Francais Authentique comes in. There are soo many videos on this channel that explain in very brief but comprehensive videos, the terms and expressions that can often cause confusion.

Marie Anne

Marie Anne’s videos are always interesting, I love this channel ! Long story short, she is from France, she spent many years living and studying in Korea and now she currently lives in LA. All of her videos are in French and they vary from discussing the cost of living in LA to testing out different flavoured oreos. There are also many vlogs to choose from.


I hope you enjoy their videos, there are plenty more youtubers out there that can be of use throughout your language learning journey ! I picked the ones that I find the most entertaining and easy on the ear.


What other channels do you watch to help you with your language learning?


Until next time !