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My Tips on How to Feel Festive Whilst Under Pressure

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

Hello all,

Sorry that it’s been such a long time since my last post. I’ve had so much work to do and obviously that was my priority. Speaking of this, I’m going to share with you my tips to help get into the festive spirit, even when under pressure. I’m sure many of you out there have been feeling the way that I have so hopefully these tips prove useful!

Don’t Force It

I know that there can be pressure to feel happy, jolly and gung-ho about the festivities and that this is sometimes difficult when you have a heavy workload. No good comes from trying to act a certain way and it may just make you feel worse. Please don’t feel as though you need to be fully involved 24-7. Granted, make sure that you take time out to enjoy some pleasures of the season (a change is as good as a rest) but it is equally okay to let some of them pass you by. Another tip I would give here is to talk about your feelings. I’m not usually a stressed person, so the feelings that I’ve been experiencing came as a surprise to me. I tried to hold them in for a while but made the decision to visit my Head of Department to talk about them before the end of term. The chat we had made me feel so much better. Of course, the feelings of stress have reared their ugly head once more but I’ve also been sharing my feelings with my family. Sometimes it really does help to talk it out.

Watch Some Festive Programming 

Now, I’m a Film and TV Studies student so you would think that I would want a break from these two mediums, right? Well that couldn’t be further from the truth! I won’t lie, after submitting my essays it HAS been nice to watch film and television without having to analyse them all the time (although I still find myself doing that) but I really do recommend watching some television that you don’t need to work hard on trying to figure out. This applies to whatever discipline your degree is in. I find that festive cooking shows work well for me. You can just sit back, relax and watch someone cooking delicious food without actually having to be involved in the process. The same can be said for morning television. This also works really well if you just want to switch your brain into passive mode for a short spell.

Leave the House

This one sounds a bit bizarre, but please allow me to elaborate. When under academic pressure it can be awfully tempting to not leave your bedroom/house until every last bit of work is done. Believe me, I know. Over the past few weeks I’ve learnt that this approach is no good (at least not for me anyway). The more I sat staring at my laptop screen, the worse the stress got. I urge you to take some time out and leave the house. Going for a bite to eat or even just a walk should do it. I found that going back to my work with a fresh pair of eyes really helped me to refocus my thoughts. You could always use such time to meet up with friends and family, thus killing two birds with one stone. I know that the pressure to ensure that you’re spending enough quality time with loved ones can also be immense, creating somewhat of a catch 22 situation!

So, there you have it, my tips to help you get into the festive spirit even when it seems impossible. I hope that everyone has a wonderful time celebrating (whatever you celebrate) and I’ll be back after the big day! Merry Christmas!

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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