Stress-free Camping Tips

This blog aims to bring practical ways to avoid common sources of stress that can even cause Alopecia or what we commonly call hair loss. Stop stressing yourself thinking about the upcoming camping trip, you’re supposed to have fun. So, let’s say no to Alopecia!

4845436294_7e683729ec_zCamping can be a great experience, being out in the open; spending quality time with the family; not being distracted by computers and work…unfortunately the stress of packing can be a bad start to the holiday, here is a list of tips to avoid any problems so you can set off successfully into the wilderness…or a local campsite.

Firstly, I have found that lists are crucial when packing for a camping trip, you ought to start writing one in advance so you have time to make any amendments in case you originally forgot some important equipment, or you come to the realization that perhaps a whole suitcase of socks is a bit excessive. When you’re actually packing, lists are great because you can check things off as you go meaning there’s less chance of leaving something behind.

Packing the essentials first is also a good idea as it means 1) you won’t forget them and 2) you then know how much space there is for any ‘luxury’ things which are far less important (makeup, books & ten pairs of shoes for example).  Keeping what you’re bringing to a minimum with perhaps a few things to do is best as it’ll make packing easier, everything lighter and the tent will be less cluttered.

Although I doubt that many would do it differently, I advise that you pack everything in a rucksack. Rucksacks are brilliant because as well as being lighter to carry than suitcases, you can fold them up when not in use & you can use them as a day bag instead of having to bring a separate one. If you were hiking to your destination then suitcases would obviously not be a good idea, they’re just too heavy and awkward to lug about.

In order for you to not have to pack too many unnecessary clothes look at the forecast before you go. If the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny you know that you’re then able to leave your thick jumpers and shirts behind, this will mean you’ll have more room in your bag if you’re just packing thin layers. Even if good weather is forecasted it’s advised that you at least bring a thin coat just in case the weather does take a turn for the worst.

Next, thinking about how you’re travelling to your destination originally is very important, for example, it’s very unlikely that a family of four would be able to fit two weeks’ worth of camping equipment into a mini along with themselves. Although in most cases you’d be able to fit most things in, it is always a good idea to just double check, perhaps your car boot is not as big as it seems.

Instead of packing thick towels, micro-fiber towels can be a great alternative. Micro-fiber towels are great as they’re super absorbent; relatively cheap; soft feeling and quick drying and although they come in a range of sizes they can all be rolled up very small into little bags. They’re so light whilst also being so effective, in my opinion they’re a must have.

985725985_a83ecfc97c_oFinally, my last tip to you so you’re able to avoid stress when packing for a camping trip is to simply not leave it all to the last minute. If possible try and start loosely planning it out a week or so in advance so you have time to collect everything and make sure nothing is forgotten. If packing is left to the morning of the trip you’ll most likely find yourself rushing around frantically – it really isn’t worth the stress!

So, next time you’re planning to spend a few nights in the woods remember that packing efficiently with a lot of time to spare is key to a stress-free time away!

4 Top Tips to stay sane during exams

This blog aims to bring practical ways to avoid common sources of stress that can even cause Alopecia or what we commonly call hair loss. Stop stressing about your latest exams. Learn the practical ways and say no to Alopecia!

1) Stay motivated

You have to, during this time, remember your long-term goals and what you’ll achieve if you work hard enough and succeed. Motivation is so important otherwise you’ll slowly stop putting effort in and then your worst fears come true on results day; family and friends will all be there supporting you and they should be there to help you keep on track too.

Another way to stay motivated is to just think about how if you work hard now you’ll be free all summer to do the things you want to do and guilt-free and that if you stop working hard now you’ll be having to put in more time working for resist.

Alternatively having small rewards during your study session can just help you along on perhaps a dull topic, for example “I will allow myself to eat some Ben and Jerry’s if I complete two essays”.

2) Get your mind off things occasionally 

Now of course you should be having breaks during the session anyway but for the moments when you’re feeling especially unmotivated allow yourself a bigger reward/longer break.

Taking evenings/the occasional day off are just as important as taking small breaks throughout each study session because sometimes you and your brain really needs to just relax, it also allows for you to learn more effectively when you return to working as you’ve had time to take in what you’ve covered before and you have a bit more energy and enthusiasm this time around. Although you may feel slightly guilty/worried about having an evening not doing any work it is really beneficial as long as you don’t do it too often.  * don’t forget to actually go back to work and don’t allow the break to go on longer than it should*

3) Don’t pressure yourself too much

Obviously having some pressure on you is useful and, to many, a necessary thing as that is what gets you sitting down and working when you’d rather be elsewhere. Too much pressure however can lead you to being far too stressed, which then affects how efficiently you work and how happy you feel. Believing that these exams are the be-all and end-all can bring you down and the simple matter is, although it would be disappointing to not do well, failing exams is not the end of the world even if at the time it may feel like it!

Being calm and relaxed before and during the actual exam is just as crucial too. Due to there being a big build up to that one moment when you walk in, some people may crumble under the pressure and panic, this obviously is not good! If you feel panicky just stop writing for a couple of minutes if that’s what you need and just tell yourself this is no different to any of the homework you’ve done for class. If you believe it is really necessary perhaps ask the invigilator to go to the toilet or just sit outside the room for a bit to collect your thoughts so you’re ready to start writing again s soon as you get back in.

4) Stay organized but don’t fret over minor details

It is all well and good having a color coordinated schedule that you’ve copied out 5 times due to not having straight enough lines, but in reality creating the schedule more than once, if not at all, is just a bad method of procrastination as it may actually lead you to believe you are actually doing something proactive and productive. Once you’ve settled on your planner and you actually start working don’t get too caught up in sticking to any specific timings you may have originally set yourself. Perhaps a piece of work is taking longer than you planned for or perhaps you just started it a little late – surely it’s better to finish something to a high quality and properly learn it than to rush it so you don’t mess up your schedule. As long as you don’t get too far behind your workload, for example getting to the night before an exam and having 3 topics to go overeverything should be fine!