Self Care Tips for Anxious Students

Hi Everybody,

So I know it has been months since my last post – I’ve been taking a little time away from the digital world to really focus on my own health and wellbeing. Last semester I got so caught up in the stress of exams and so overwhelmed with the constant pressure of wanting to do well that I lost myself a little bit and towards the end I was pretty unhappy.

It was obvious I needed to make a change so I decided to take things a little slower this semester and as a result I’m feeling a lot happier, I’ve found time to branch out my “friendship tree” and I’m still getting the same high grades.

So , without further adieu (did I spell that right?) here is my little list of self-care tips ❤ Enjoy!

1. Eat Right

You are what you eat! (Without going to vegan-white-girl on you…) Fruit and veggies are literally my life blood. I don’t want this post to turn into a vegan rant but  I couldn’t skip over it completely. Fresh fruit and veg teamed with lots of healthy fats (from walnuts or avocados) are the best way to keep your mind clear and focused. Steer away from heavy takeaway foods, energy drinks and anything high in sugar – it tastes amazing at the time but in the long run it will leave you feeling bloated, sleepy and more burnt out then you were originally. Drink plenty of water and DON’T SKIP MEALS!!

2. Don’t compare yourself to others

There will always be that one person in your class who has everything finished weeks in advance, knows all the answers and in general just seems like they’re crushing it. Don’t compare yourself to this person.  Every person’s mind is different. We all learn at different rates and with different styles. You need to work with the rhythm that is right for you. You can’t get there before you get there; don’t try to force your mind and body to move too fast – trust yourself.

3. Have a snooze

Sleep is important for physical and mental health. When you sleep your body becomes involved in an intricate healing cycle that not only replenishes your energy, but allows your subconscious time to sift through all of the little highs and lows you’ve experienced throughout the day. Busy students often fall into the trap of thinking that all-nighters and long hours are the key to success, but in truth if you don’t get enough sleep your memory becomes unstable and the basic process of acquisition, consolidation and recall become heavily compromised.

4. Make your bed

A healthy home environment is essential for reducing anxiety. Everyday when you wake up, take 2 minutes to make the bed. Simple little rituals like this take next to no time, and go a long way to helping keep your mind clear and your anxiety levels low.

5. Don’t live in the Past

So you failed a subject last semester, maybe you failed 2, maybe you failed all of your subjects and you’re starting to feel snowed under and you can’t shake that little voice in the back of your mind that is telling you “you’ve already failed once, so you’re doomed to fail again”. Take a deep breath, summon all of your positive vibes and tell that voice to Fuck Off. Einstein failed high school math, J.K.Rowling was a jobless, single parent who got knocked back by numerous publishers, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and Van Gough was constantly told he was  a terrible painter (he didn’t become famous until after his death!) – my point is failure isn’t a bad thing. Failure is a stepping stone, learn from your mistakes, look at what you did last time and do it differently this this time. It’s not over until you say it is.

6. Meditate

Meditation is so easy, and so beneficial. I’m not saying that you should sit in a meadow full of flowers surrounded by weed-smoking hippies and talk about the meaning of the colour purple (if anybody actual does do this – you are the best – please take pictures for me!! ) . What I mean by meditation is to take time every day, as little as 2 minutes before  you fall asleep at night, to think about all the great things that are going on in your life. Make a list of all the people you are grateful for, think about how lucky you are to be where you are, to be given the opportunities you’ve been given and in general just how lucky you are to be alive.

7. Exercise

Not going to lie… I hate going to the gym. I find it boring and uneventful and smelly. My exercise of choice is either a quick run around the block or yoga ❤  But that’s just me … find what you love and do that. Just because all the insta models enjoy lifting weights doesn’t mean that you’ll love it too. Give yourself the freedom to explore, try new things, maybe play a team sport – you’ll be amazed at what you could discover.


So that’s all I’ve got guys.. I hope you find this list useful. Are there any self-care tips that you swear by and thing I should add to my list? Please let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for dropping by ❤ ❤ ❤

Namaste xx

Goal Tracker

Hello hello hello!!!

It has been sooo long since I last posted 😦

I just finished my exams at university and I’m in the process of finalising all of my notes so that I can upload them for everyone 🙂


However I took a little time out today to make up this Goal Tracker… I’ve seen a few similar designs floating around and it seemed like an awesome way to keep track of all the little day to day things we tend to forget … so I jumped on and designed my own 🙂

Also, I re-did the decor for my blog :/ I hope you guys like it !! I was trying to make it less girly-girl!!

Anyways… enjoy 🙂 xx

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A whole lot of Maths <3


Afternote: Originally when I published this post I made an error in the “vector calculus” summary. I wrote divergence as du/dx, du/dy, du/dz —- this should actually by du/dx, dv/dy, dw/dz — the error has been fixed but if you downloaded these notes any earlier than 3rd May 2017 there is a chance that you downloaded the version with the error! Sorry guys !

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Downloadable PDF Versions 🙂 Enjoy ❤ ❤ ❤

Vector Calculus

Fourier Series

Partial Differential Equations

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Hello hello hello 🙂

Today’s focus is Sir Isaac Newton… the closest thing the physics world has to a rockstar ❤ I’ve included a summary of Newton’s Laws below and just for fun here are my top 3 fun facts about this telescope-inventing, apple-catching genius.

  1. Sir Isaacs mum wanted him to be a farmer but he rejected this career path and even failed his ‘farming exams’
  2. He owned more books on historical subjects than on science
  3. He actually had a Law Degree and was even elected as a member for Parliament for the university in 1700 – but he only held this post for a year.

Bonus Fact: Newton was known for having a massive set of cranky pants that he was constantly causing drama. He had two nervous breakdowns and after his mum died in 1678 he went into a state of withdrawal – basically locking himself away – and only communicating with the briefest of notes.

Okey dokey so here you go… a brief summary of Newton’s Laws. I included some revisionary material in this summary (dot product, conservation of mechanical energy etc.) but hopefully I should have full summary sheets done up for these topics soon.

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And here’s the pdf version 🙂 Newton’s Laws of Motion 

If there’s anything you don’t understand or if you would like a simpler summary uploaded (I know this one is pretty maths heavy) drop me a line in the comments 🙂

Happy studying ❤ ❤ ❤


Who Loves Summary Notes?

Good evening you beautiful people 🙂

So every week for I do up a quick summary sheet for the topics I’ve covered in class at uni. I know that they help me out a lot during exams when I need to find an equation quickly so I’m going to start uploading them for everyone to use.

I’m a little bit behind but I managed to get the first two done this afternoon 🙂 So here you go.. I hope they help you as much as they help me 🙂

Line Integrals ❤

Partial Derivatives ❤

Does anybody else do 1-page summaries? How useful do you find them come exam time?

Keeping on top of College Assessment

Hello all you beautiful people 🙂

I’m currently in week 3 of semester 1 and all of my assessment pieces are looming in the not-to-distant future. So I thought this would be the perfect time to procrastinate a little and write this post about keeping it together when things start to get the most stressful!

Step 1. Make a plan!

As soon as my subject outline (or syllabus) is released I go through that bad boy with a fine tooth comb. I list all of my assessments (major and minor) and I write them down in order of due date on my assessment planner. Then I pin my planner up right above my desk so I alway know what I’ve got coming up and how far into the future it is.

Additionally I also write my due dates in my little hand-held planner AND I save them into the calendar on my phone ~ with reminders set a month in advance just to keep me on my toes.


Step 2. Read the assessment rubric.

All assessments should have some form of criteria or rubric associated with them. When I start revising for a test or planning for an essay the rubric is always the first place I start. It is literally the criteria that your professor will be marking you against. Treasure it – Don’t neglect it ❤


Step 3. Do the Assessment.

So we’ve arrived worst part. Actually doing the assessment. I’m pretty lucky in the sense that as a Maths/Physics major I don’t get a whole lot of written assessment pieces… I get a hell of a lot of problems to solve and a little bit of matlab code to write (ugh) but in general I only have to do around one major essay each semester. So I’ve broken this section into 2 – so I can better explain how I prepare for essays and on-course tests.

  • Essays
    1. Start with a mind map (should only take a few hours)- this should build straight from your essay question and your assessment rubric. I’ll write a separate post (hopefully in the not-to-distant future) explaining exactly how I mind map.
    2. Decide on your key talking points(~ a day or two to decide).  Pick one and stick to it.
    3. Research your key talking points (the bulk of your time should be spent here!!). I use a special “Research Note template” for all of my notes. I include the focus (or talking point) on each page and I always list my sources as I go.
    4. Put it all together – I like to leave myself enough time to do a paragraph or a section every 2 days… this means I’m not rushing and I can really focus on the point I’m trying to make
    5. Proof read, once twice, three times…
    6. Have somebody else proof read
    7. Proof read again, check sources
    8. Final draft


  • On course tests
    1. Keep on top of your tut questions – the majority of test material will come directly from these!
    2. Know the due date – these little tests ALWAYS sneak up on me
    3. Start revision 2 weeks prior
    4. Start intense revision 4-5 days prior
    5. Go in and smash it

On-Course tests are designed to make sure that you are keeping up with course work… the best prep you can do is to not fall behind with your homework!

So that’s all I’ve got to share with you about staying on top of college assessment. Are there any other tips and tricks that you can think of? Drop me a line and let me know 🙂

Oh, and also … here are some of the planners I use to keep on top of stuff… they are yours to enjoy 🙂

Assessment Planner


Weekly ToDo List

xoxo Millie