Study Recovery!

If you're anything like me you've just skipped straight over January and landed face first in 2014 in the middle of February.

You're wondering where on earth all the time went and then you remember it was that exhausting period of study study study that got you here.

I've just come out of the longest study slog of my life and my insides and outsides are in a real need of TLC, so I've come up with a plan to get myself back on top, feeling healthy, pampered and ready to take 2014 by the horns.

If you've just been through exams, an assignment or any project and your feeling a little neglected this should get to you back on track, and feeling like your old (or new) self!

So here's my ten steps to study recovery!

Step 1: Turn your phone off

I always find when I've been on a study spree my brain in zapped, all I can think about is sleep and the last thing I want is to be woken up by alarms, texts of phone calls. It's so important to take time out for yourself, unwind, recoup and remind yourself of all the things that are important to "you".

Step 2: Get some sleep

By now you're probably exhausted, I know I am so once your devices are all turned off, make sure you get a good nights sleep. Last night I turned the lights down low, grabbed a quick shower and a cup of cocoa and went straight to bed at 9pm. Luckily I had nothing to get up for this morning so I didn't even have to set an alarm and I slept straight through to 9:30am! If you can I'd recommend doing the same, and when you're body is feeling regenerated it will wake you up naturally and you can really get started with your recovery.

Step 3: Shower & Shave

You might now be well slept but I bet your body is still feeling sluggish and lets face it a little bit gross. I don't know about you but I have to admit when I'm mid study my daily showering routine tends to get a bit neglected, not to mention meals times and bed times! So first thing on my list is to get a hot shower, scrub my skin, shave my legs, nourish my hair and start feeling more human again. When you tire yourself out there's nothing like a hot shower to get your you feeling alive again.

Step 4: Go for a run

If you can manage it I'd really recommend getting outdoors too. If you're not a runner, maybe go for a brisk walk and get your blood pumping. Especially at this time of year it's so important to get outside, feel the fresh air, soak in some Vitamin D and put some exercise into your regime. It's amazing what a 20minute run outdoors can do for your well-being and will ramp up for motivation and productivity, which is just what we need right now!

Step 5: Get a good breakfast

After that exercise (and the several days of missed meals!) it's so important to make sure you are getting good nutrients back in your system to keep you going through the rest of the day.

I think you can never go wrong with a big glass of OJ and I'm loving this quick and easy after workout breakfast by Miss Glamorazzi, which I'll link here (I think it's at 7:39).
It's so quick and easy and really healthy too.

Step 6: Relax! Get a bath

I don't think there's anything more relaxing that running a hot bath, treating myself to a Lush melt and relaxing with a book or an episode of Desperate Housewives! The bath is somewhere I can really let my mind wander and I've come up with some of my favourite blog posts while in the bath! But if you're not a bath person find a quiet corner of the house, get cosy with a hot water bottle and some snuggly slippers and relax with a good book, and give yourself a chance to unwind. You've certainly deserved it.

Step 7: Pamper time

After a bath I love to finish my pampering experience with my favourite moisturiser, a face mask, and painting my nails. While I'm studying I never have time to worry about my appearance so doing my nails is a real treat for me after all that hard work.

Step 8: Shop!

Shopping can also be a great way to unwind and treat yourself after a long study period. But if you're like me and you live in a small town (where it ALWAYS rains) nothing beats a good old internet shop in the comfort of your own home an the warmth of a blanket.

Step 9: Watch a movie

After all that, finish it off with your favourite easy viewing movie and sit back and relax. Hopefully after all that relaxation and time for you, you'll be feeling back on track and ready to take on the world tomorrow.

Step 10: Get ready to go!

After a day of TLC hopefully you'll be feeling more awake and refreshed. You might not want to do all the above, or maybe you'll want to split it across a few days, but hopefully you'll find something that works for you and you'll be feeling as right as rain in no time.

I hope this has helped you with your study blues and if you've got any tips or tricks to recovering I'd love if you left a comment below so I can try them out!

It's so good to be blogging again and I can't wait to share all my up coming plans with you.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now

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