Winter is a harsh season for your body. One of the best things you can treat yourself to during the cold whether is a daily/weekly skin routine – morning and evening, pre- and post- makeup. I’m not talking loads of products that all claim to do lots of different things – that’s a) expensive and b) exhausting. Who on earth wants to take 30 minutes out of their day to apply 100 products when they’ve been at work all day?
I’ve always been a fan of drinking. When I finally reached the age where my dad started letting me take more than one Smirnoff Ice to the “parties” my friends used to throw, I would always take any opportunity I could to get at least tipsy and have a good time with my pals.
When I got to the age of 18, where I could legally drink in clubs and bars, I wanted to be out every weekend with my friends. And then when I got to university, I found myself in the bizarre situation of being able to go out almost every night of the week because, and here comes the most frequently spoken sentence in of anyone at university, “first year doesn’t count”.
It’s estimated that 1 in 6 people worldwide have, in the past week, experienced a common mental health problem – be that a panic attack, a bout of depression or behaviour that is symptomatic of OCD. In the UK, between 4 and 10 percent of people have depression and mixed anxiety & depression are said to be the cause of 1/5 of Brits missing work.
With these stats in mind, it’s safe to assume that the majority of people have at least one close friend who suffers from mental health problems. I am one of these people, and although I’m aware that other people’s mental health is not about me at all, I know what it’s like to be the only (for lack of a better word) “stable” one out of my friends.
My pals’ mental health has really come to the forefront of our conversations over the last year or so (thanks again, 2016). Because of this, my understanding of how to be there for someone who suffers with their mentality has improved a great deal.
When it comes to trying to clear up my skin, I can confidently say I’ve tried the majority of home remedies for getting rid of spots. Now, at the royal age of 20 (nearly 21), I’m using my experience with all these “remedies” to give a succinct list of the one’s that actually did help my skin, rather than leave me stood in the mirror the morning before school wondering how on earth that massive spot managed to appear in the middle of my forehead overnight.
1. Create your own space
The stereotype of any university bedroom is for there to be posters. Posters everywhere. I wouldn’t put it past some uni students to put posters in their en-suite bathrooms if I’m being honest. And although it might seem cliche, and you might be one of those weird people who hates cliches – a cliche is a cliche for a reason. Putting up posters, photos of your family and friends, bringing cushions and a blanket for your bed, and some stuff to put on the desk genuinely does turn a room that has belonged to hundreds of other people’s into a room that belongs to you.
The one with mental hair is my friend Liv. Olive. Olivia Jane. Wifey 4 Lifey. Dick’ed. Or however else you want to describe her.
We do the regular best friend things, like go out for coffee, get way WAY too drunk together, take stupid photos on each others phone and then set them as the wallpaper. Just the general everyday stuff that most bffls do.
However, we also do things like Liv wakes up at mine in the middle of a hypo (hypoglycemic shock) and I have to quickly run downstairs to collect all of the sugary food I own to get her blood sugar levels back to normal.