Listening to your body…

So I’ve just began my final year at uni and that’s screaming alarm bells in my head. Third year = work load bigger than a mountain, not to mention the fact that I’m doing a dissertation project I have very little clue about and will have to plan and carry out my own lab project!! (This coming from a Biology student who pretty much hates labs!) 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I came to uni – I’ve met some brilliant friends, had loads of laughs and experiences and I do genuinely love my course (even if it’s just the theory I find interesting not as much the practice) – and I’ve definitely learnt a lot about myself over the past 2 years. The thing is, I think having been home for the 3 month summer, I’ve gotten used to the old ways and it’s made me a bit nostalgic having to leave again. Not only that but I’m terrified of being put back into the working environment where I’m not capable and I’m scared of getting things wrong. I guess I’m remembering all the less fun, lonely, cold and scary times that I’ve had at uni (and now associate with it) over the past 2 years and I’m wondering whether I’m strong enough to cope another year. 

As well as this big, scary ‘final year’ I’m starting a new part time job that is completely out of my comfort zone and to be honest I’m not sure if I’m capable. It’ll be great experience (as is anything) but I’ll be working closely with people and I don’t want to let them down. This is also going to be alongside a very busy and stressful academic year so I’m getting a bit anxious.

So, sorry about the ramble for a bit of context, the point I wanted to write about is, that over the past two weeks I’ve been feeling very run down and ill. I’m constantly tired, painful throat, sneezing every 5 sec – achuuu – onds and it often takes everything I can muster to not cry. At first I thought, oh it’s just a cold. But since it’s lasted for a while now (usually it’ll last a week tops) and I’m still feeling really rough, I’m thinking it might be linked to my mental health.

I’m getting the feeling that even though this started out as a simple cold, I’m probably making it much worse and making myself ill by continuing to feed my unhealthy thoughts and worries. And it’s probably working in a huge circle so that my health is making me feel bad, therefore feeding these anxious thoughts which are making me feel worse, making my health worse etc etc.

So I guess what I’m trying to put into words is that when we feel ill or get these anxious thoughts, there may be an underlying reason and when this comes out in forms of physical illness, it’s your body talking to you. I think then, it’s time to take a moment to reflect and try and sort it out. 

Here’s a few suggestions that I’m giving a go at the moment;

Talking about it to someone. Obvious I know, but often with anxiety/depression, talking to someone – anyone – can give you some perspective and help ease the anxious thoughts.

Meditating/Mindfulness – This is something I’ve always wanted to do and since I’m about to form a somewhat busy and stressful routine I’m going to include a period of destressing every day and hopefully if I implement this routine addition early I might stick to it.

Yoga – One good thing about coming back to uni is that I can start going to the yoga classes again regularly and I have found in the past that this really helps me feel both relaxed, productive, and healthy.

How are you all feeling at the moment? Do you agree with this? Let me know in the comments;


  1. Keri H
    October 10, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Hang in there, girl. University is definitely a struggle sometimes – especially in the third year. Good luck <3Enclothed Cognition

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 10, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much Keri!!

  2. Cara E
    October 10, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Sending you so much love girl <3 uni and anxiety can be a horrible combination but I totally believe in you

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 10, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks Cara, that's so sweet, made my day Thank You!!

  3. Hale Saaw
    October 10, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    I've just started my final year of high school and I know that's no where near as hard as uni, but…. it's my first year of proper hard work and my first year of working towards proper qualifications… i'm so scared!Aleeha xXx

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 10, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      Oh I know how you feel Hale! Someone told me today to stop thinking of the end goal and thinking you won't be able to achieve it and just take each day at a time and by the time you get to exams you'll be ready!Good Luck my sweet!!

  4. kerstinix
    October 11, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Oh I know how you feel. I'm currently having a bit of a stressful time at Uni as well and I feel like going nuts. It's just so annoying and hella hard work, yet nobody appreciates it. Love, Kerstin

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 12, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      I know right! I feel like I'm constantly working and not really experiencing the other side of university while a lot of my friends doing other subjects seem to not work at all and still get amazing marks! So frustrating – what is it you're studying?

  5. Misha K
    October 11, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Awe Josie! You know, I REALLY resonated with this post. For me personally, I'm glad I went to university, but it made me realize that it wasn't the right fit for me. Though I had originally planned to complete even more school, I understood that this type of learning wasn't the right fit and I was feeling anxious and bored and lonely. The same thing happens to my body when I'm stressed and unhappy or anxious and depressed! Your body really connects with your mind and though we try to tell ourselves that "we're fine" even though we're not, it's like our bodies have this obligation to tell the truth. You are doing amazing and you are capable of all of this and more. I'm someone who LOVES to pile things on my plate until it becomes this giant burden on me and I feel like a complete failure by not being able to handle it all. Just remember that we are human beings, not robots. You are allowed to rest and have days for yourself and make time to breathe. As for the job, I personally found that when I began working part-time during uni, it really helped me schedule everything else and prioritize. Something about having limited time and a set schedule just made me learn how to go around it and get all my uni work done. I've heard a lot of the same come from many other people too (but of course, not everyone is wired the same way). Just know that you are doing an amazing job and you are not alone in feeling this burden. <3

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 12, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Wow Misha – this has really made my day and helped give me a little more encouragement today! Thank You so so much for your advice and opinions. I completely agree, I'm starting to see that my body knows best and no amount of work or pressure should make it feel this way and it's no point crying over. I agree, I've got my (almost) regular hours now and I'm starting to prioritise and get into a slight routine, I'm just finding it hard to balance things and make time for socialising because any time I get to myself without working I just want to sleep! Haha! But I'm sure I'll get the hang of it in the end!Thanks again so much for your help, I really appreciate any advice on these things! And the support so Thank You!

  6. Anonymous
    October 13, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Hang in there. You'll do amazingly!!Hugs, Hannie | Missing Wanderer

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 14, 2016 / 8:18 am

      Thanks so much Hannie! It really means a lot! *Hugs back*

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    • Josie Brownlee
      October 16, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      Aww thanks so much Eri!

  8. kyna gem
    October 16, 2016 / 12:51 pm


    • Josie Brownlee
      October 16, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      I'm so glad you agree Kyna! Exactly, what are we doing if we're not sharing our experiences and helping others!? Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it!

  9. Furiously Chic
    October 17, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Being ill or tired and knowing you have lots of things to do, it's not easy. I've learned over the past years that you and your body is much more important than anything else, so I take breaks until I feel fine. That way I'm ready and full of energy to work on projects the best that I can… and also trying to be as much positive as possible!Good luck!Laura |

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 17, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      I completely agree with you Laura! It's so much more important to listen to what your body needs and to take the time to rest and recover otherwise everything is compromised and it drags on for longer! And that's a great point about positivity, I definitely should have remembered that!Thanks

  10. Mia Mi
    October 30, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I just found your blog (I'm on down the blogosphere rabbit hole hehe) and I just love your character like you just seem like a really cool down to earth person. good luck with going back to university, im sure once you're there you'll be back in the swing of things in no time 🙂 mia //

    • Josie Brownlee
      October 30, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Aww Thank You so much Mia! This has really made my day, I really appreciate that!! Thanks so much, I'm starting to get the hang of things a bit now I've let go and I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself!

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