$13 – hm.com
$54 – topshop.com
$310 – lkbennett.com
BUT HEY- WE RAISED MORE THAN £500!
This Saturday, me and my 3 other (very tired) friends woke up at 7am and ventured out to our local high road to raise money for Marie Curie, a charity that provides quality care for those with terminal illnesses. To say it was rewarding would be an understatement; it’s an amazing feeling to raise money that will provide the best possible quality of life for people who are in the last stages of their life, and just hearing people’s personal experiences with the charity was heartwarming- and at least we made people laugh in those ridiculous hats!
If you would like to find out more about Marie Curie or would like to donate to an amazing cause, click here!
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote anything on here! I’ve been so busy with college I haven’t had the time to write for fun and i’m also experiencing writer’s block at the moment :(
Nevertheless, I refuse to abuse this blog for another day…
So, i’ve been really happy lately (at least until this week where everything just got so much more hectic) but i’ve still been prone to anxiety attacks. Not panic attacks though. Anyway, I thought i’d share what helps me to calm down when i’m feeling panicked, just in case it helps a least one person :)
1) Breath (yes I know it sounds stupid but go with it). I focus solely on breathing, taking deep breaths in and out, and it helps my heart rate slow down
2) Play/fiddle with something. Distract yourself.
3) Rationalise. In most cases when we panic we’re in a completely harmless situation. As my old counselor told me: what’s the worst that could happen? You could get a bad grade? It’s not the end of the world. You mess up your words? Again, it’s not the end of the world.
4) Bring yourself back to reality, or at least try. This one is more for someone suffering depersonalisation or derealisation: feel the different textures around you, take a cold/hot shower, or clench your fists. It should help ground yourself.
5) Distract yourself. Read a book and soon you’ll be so engrossed in the book you’ll have forgotten what you were even worried about. Listen to a song that calms you down. Draw (if you like drawing that is, I find it soothing personally)
What about you? Is there anything that particularly helps you? Comment down below :)
We are put in school for 6/7 hours a day with only a short break (I only had half an hour for lunch and 15 minutes for break). Then you have an hour’s worth of homework from each subject and revision on top of that, because there are always tests and exams. You never really unwind from school work because you’re made to do even more at home, a place that should be an escape for you. Even in the holidays you’re given MORE work to do because you have a break. Do these teachers not understand the concept of a break?
I do think that doing work outside of school helps your learning- but in moderation. Teachers give you homework and essays to do and then don’t even MARK them. Each teacher seems to think that they’re the only subject we learn so they pile on the work forgetting that we have several other subjects. Shouldn’t learning be something to enjoy? How does memorising a page of words show how well you can speak French? Or how does memorising a whole book of quotes for an English exam help show how you interpret a book? How does finding the square root of x help you balance a checkbook? I’ve spent hours revising, trying to cram useless facts into my head for an exam, only to forget them all a month later.
Adults moan when kids act too grown up, but they forget that we’re forced to. You have to decide your life plan at 15 now so you know what GCSEs to pick so you can go to a good college, then a university just to be qualified for a job that you probably don’t even enjoy because you were forced to choose a career so young. And even then you’ll be paying off the debt for the rest of your life.
I have had so many breakdowns because of the pressure of exams and school. When I explained to my counselor all the stresses in my life in 2012, a majority was school related. The amount of times me and my friends have had to not hang out because we’ve so much work and revision to do is ridiculous. There is no such thing as having fun when you’re young anymore. We can’t enjoy being young and having no responsibility because we have the whole world on our shoulders. Schools prioritise their position in the league tables more than the health and happiness of their students.