10 May, 2015


How To Take The Pressure Off Yourself

For the first time in a long while I've been feeling quite anxious and overwhelmed with things going on in my life. I've always been one to deal with stress quite well but as my plate has been getting fuller and fuller, I've been finding it hard to not feel the pressure. I can't seem to sit still without thinking I should be doing something- my mind of constantly thinking of one thing to the next.

Don't get me wrong I love keeping my mind active and working on different things but knowing when to step back and take a moment to yourself is so important. Here are some ways that can help take the pressure off, when things get too much!


The only person that's hard on yourself is you. I know I push myself to do a hundred and one things at once and then feel guilty if I'm not working on something. If you can't complete something today, don't feel bad about doing it tomorrow. I don't know about you but I definitely have the perfectionist gene and sometimes it can be a blessing and a curse! But to keep my sanity I try and not be too hard on myself and just let myself off the hook ;)


This is really hard as I literally put myself through my paces from the moment I wake up but I'm forcing myself to take a few minutes in the morning and just breath. I've stopped checking my phone messages constantly and just let my mind and body unwind in the morning and evenings. I also really enjoy working out as it clears my head and makes me feel good.


I was ill a few days ago and I had some many things I wanted to do but if your body is suffering so will your mind. I couldn't think clearly and my thoughts were all muddled, I knew I wouldn't be able to focus on anything so I forced myself to rest! Don't feel guilty if you're sitting still or having a long nap. When I felt better I was able to work through my tasks efficiently with a clearer head.


I'm guilty of this one as I always like to push myself is every way I can - physically and mentally. I work out even though I sometimes have no motivation, I work on projects late at night and say yes to invites even though I should have an early night. If you know at the back of your mind it's too much then just stop, knowing your limits is not a bad thing - just be real with yourself. You will thank yourself in the long run.

How do you take the pressure off yourself?

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  1. Great article. I know that I'm harder on myself than anyone else ever was.
    I need to ease up.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  2. Definitely hard to give yourself a break sometimes! I think it's just about reflecting and doing the best you can without compromising your health/happiness!xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  3. Summer Whittaker10 May 2015 at 20:08

    I am guilty of putting too much pressure on myself, but this has really helped me to step back and reconsider all I do! Loved it.

    Love, Summer.

  4. Victoria Nightingale10 May 2015 at 21:38

    Some really great tips, I'm constantly giving myself a hard time - especially now it's exams. I just really can't wait till it's the holidays and I can properly chill out.


  5. Really useful, sensible advice - yet I'm typing this as I plan blog posts and schedule some tweets for the week! I think everyone (bloggers especially) find it difficult to create a no-internet, peaceful space for unwinding, but it's one of my goals for the future! Great post!

    Jess - makingitupblog.com

  6. Knowing your limits is so, so important! I always begin to feel run down when I have a lot on, and I know I need to listen to my body a lot more than I do. x


  7. A Sunday stroll or to stroll around is in general a good idea! Doing some work out or talking to friends is quite relieving! Thanks for sharing YOUR tips with us, Hanh! ;)


  8. I know it's really hard to do but when we ease up ourselves, it can only be a good thing :)

  9. Absolutely, great point Jasmin. We can only do the best we can! xx

  10. Hi Summer, that's great :) I didn't like how much pressure I was putting on myself, so writing this post was helpful for me too. Hope you're well. xx

  11. Thanks Victoria :) I think it's only natural you're feeling the pressure with exams, I hope they go well and then you can have a well deserved break! xx

  12. Hi Jess! I know what you mean, I feel like as bloggers we feel that pressure to schedule posts and tweets but just taking a step back now and then really makes a difference :) xx

  13. Definitely, when I get ill I know it's time to calm down and know my limits! x

  14. I agree, I love a good walk to clear my head! Thanks for reading :)

  15. I definitely need to start doing some of this! Life really is too short!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  16. That's is a motto I always remind myself! Thanks for reading Natalie :)

  17. Excellent post. It's all about perspective is it really worth stressing over if it doesn't get done? x

  18. Great post!
    Stress was what originally got me into my love for fitness, definitely agree it is the best stress reliever.
    It's always nice to take a step away from technology and all the white light for a bit too xx


  19. I'm feeling the same at the moment so this post came along at just the right time! I live by lists, which helps keep me organised, but sometimes they get so long that they start to stress me out, so I have to move a bunch of tasks onto a different day! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  20. Great tips, although much easier said then done :)


  21. Hi Leela! I'm glad you agree, working out is so good for mind and body :) Yes technology is so addictive but draining at the same time. xx

  22. I know how you feel Kate! When I look at the calender I feel a bit stressed but there's only so much we can do in a day :) x

  23. I know but writing this post did make me think twice about things, thanks for reading Rachel :)

  24. This post is so timely for me! I've recently started meditating for 5 minutes shortly after I wake up... makes a HUGE difference!


  25. Wow that sounds amazing, I'll need to try that :)

  26. Aww hope you're feeling better Lucy! Yes being ill sucks and actually resting can be hard but it's what our body needs! xx


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