Surviving a week you know you might not survive – 8 tips

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Here is the profile data; you are a student or you have a job, you have on average a minium of 5 meetings per week, you multitask and you’re not too bad at it, you are organized or not, yet somehow things seem to keep coming to you, asking for you, needing you… and, you end up having to postpone constantly due to priorities, priorities, priorities… well ain’t that a nice word that resonates well in your head?

So here’s to you, cheers! If you are Obama or you have an ‘’agenda de ministre’’ like some like to say, or what I call a ‘’busy bee’’, welcome to my world cuz you are not on your own!

I know you only have 2 minutes to read this article, as you probably have better things to do, but stay, don’t go now! Read me through!

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How to: be less sleepy in 10 simple steps

”I woke up like this” – wait, no, that’s a lie.

Since exactly one week, one of my close friends has been requesting me EVERY single day to give him advice on how to be less sleepy. Apparently, my ‘’8 tips to being more productive & tick off the to-do-list’’ just aren’t enough for his daily life at school. As mentioned previously, I am a busy bee, and sometimes I do wonder how it is that I manage to still be awake. I think I might be a little hyper. Anyway, that’s not the point! The point is, it is exactly 11:15 PM on Sunday night and his late night texts shouting out for help have inspired me to write this article.

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So, how do you have a beauty sleep? This is quite a complex topic; whether you have insomnias, or despite having slept 8 hours, you still don’t seem to be waking up! I will not elaborate on the insomnias, yet if you want some advice, I suggest to listen to calming music found on YouTube (relaxing music), breathing veeeery slowly, opening a book to read, writing in your diary, opening the window and avoiding black tea or singing before going to bed.

So more specifically, how do I fight sleepiness? First of all, we all, individuals, function differently. I, for instance, know that I have a fast metabolism, meaning that my body will soak up all my energy to digest immediately after having had some carbs, sugar or proteins. Thus, having no energy, I literally need a 30-minute nap and am absolutely unable to focus in class. As I have 3 times statistics class and macroeconomics after lunch, I make sure to just have a light lunch (salad or the 5 snacks per day policy), without starving, of course. So here’s my first tip; know how your body functions and plan your day around that. Following that, here are little things you can do that actually make a difference (you can trust me on this, I have personally experienced it and all that is written here has been backed up with research as well).

  1. Avoid eating too much sugar, carbs or proteins before an important class
  2. DON’T SKIP YOUR BREAKFAST!!!!! (my favorite meal of the day). Or any other meals. Honestly, you haven’t eaten in like 10 hours! Why do you make yourself go through hell by skipping breakfast? And remember food = energy.
  3. JUICES! Fresh juices = fresh fruits = vitamins. The logical continuity of this equation would be vitamins= healthy. But wait, don’t forget that vitamins are healthy because they BOOST your immune system, hence your energy. AND if you like having sour drinks like me (strawberry, orange and lemon, my ultimate favorite) you can be sure that the sourness will wake you up!
  4. Take a cold shower (obviously, I don’t do that, but go for it, if you’re up to it)
  5. Don’t take the bus, WALK. Fresh air and cold weather WILL wake you up. Or do 10 minutes of exercise in the morning, trust me, as controversial as it sounds, it actually boosts your energy through the increase of flow in your blood.
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8 tips to be more productive & get things done

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Did you ever measure the hours you spend on Facebook or any other social media? Shameful no? Do you ever wish you had more than 24 hours a day because you’re such a busy bee? Do you have trouble focusing on your work, ticking that to-do-list (laundry, cleaning, projects, DIY’s etc)?

Sometimes, life is a struggle. Yet, what you might not know, is that there are a lot little things you can do in order to tick your to-do-list, be more productive, hence, feel satisfied from what you managed to do in just one little hour. Time flies when you’re on social media. Instead of watching useless animations, that precious time could be spent more wisely doing other stuff. So here are a few useful tips that have proven to be quite effective to my relatives, friends and to myself.

  1. Get your working clothes on

Although it might not seem like it, trust me it is one of the most effective ways to get things done. Feeling clean, fresh and professional (yet still comfortable, blazer NOT required), it will immediately put you into a more serious work atmosphere.

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I dare you to make me stop laughing

I am often told to be quite the positive person. Cheerful, joyful and always smiling, that’s because; ‘’I chose to smile’’. But that’s a whoole other story and not today’s topic.

Did you know that you can lose 2000 calories if you laugh the entire day?

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  • Am I always laughing? Yes. If I can laugh at 8 AM before the exam I feared the most among 8 others, is that I am a pretty happy person right?
  • Do people get nagged because of that, or comment on it? Yes, but haters gonna hate, too bad for them, at least I’m having the time of my life. They are shadowed by negative clouds.
  • Is laughing essential ? YEEEEEES. It means you’re happy, so you have your mind at peace, you sleep well, you work well, you study well, you enjoy life more, basically, you achieve more. Moreover it has positive impact on the people around you.
  • It’s contagious; if you laugh, everyone laughs. So smile to the world and the world will smile back.
  • And for the scientific part, it is said  ‘’releases tension, lowers anxiety, boosts the immune system, and aids circulation.’’ (Psychology Today)

So welcome to the first article of the ‘’When Life Gets You Series’’. This series of articles will be further explained on its main page, yet, I thought I’d start by introducing this chapter with a small topic, which is ‘’laughter’’. The reason why I chose to start with this subject is because I’ll often be revolving around the theme of happiness, which is quite broad and complex. To make it short, I would like to highlight and encourage the importance of laughter throughout life. Though you can not force yourself to laugh if there is nothing to laugh about, there are some changes you can do in the way you perceive things, life and how you decide to endure it. It is all a matter of perspective taking, which I will further elaborate in other texts.

To wrap it up, I was not always such a laughing chimpanzee, but many people often pointed out the fact that I seem to laugh a lot, hence, that I am a happy person. And trust me, no one can make me stop laughing. I have my wall of China, which does not let any negativity trespass it. So you know, I am always laughing and smiling. And now, it’s your turn to laugh!

Xx, Clari