Pancake Day!

So as everyone probably knows, today is Pancake Day! (Shrove Tuesday if you want to get technical)

The premixed batter was only £1 from Tesco and the chocolate sauce was also £1. Cheap and cheerful and very easy to make.

Just because you’re a student on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t join in with what everyone else is doing!

Please post your pancake photos too as I would love to see them!

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Helping Someone With Depression

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After a survey on Instagram, you guys have voted for a new post on Mental Health.

I wanted to share with you a blog post written by my wonderful friend Kim from her blog: Musings of a Vehement Vixen (link can be found on the homepage!)

Help Tips

Having been asked for help explaining how non suffers can help and support those who have anxiety and depression, I wrote the following. 

As far as anxiety and depression goes, at least in my case as others might be different – reassurance is a big part. Don’t reject them, hurt them or leave them stranded in some way (may not seem to you like you are, but to them it could feel like you’re pushing them out of a plane into the ocean and they can’t swim), keep your eyes open for signs of panic and uncomfortableness – could be anything from silence, nail biting, finger twiddling, refusal to put down their phone etc – constantly reassure them that they’re gonna be okay and that you’re there for them. Don’t force them into situations you know/think they might be uncomfortable with, but be there to support them if they try and do something outside of their comfort zone. Don’t always believe ‘fine’ as an answer when you ask how they are, but don’t try and push too far for a better answer, just let them know that you’re there if they need you. 

Depression is a lot of the same, but needing extra encouragement to try and do things rather than just wallow. Too much wallowing means not wanting to do things, which means when it comes to actually trying to do things it could have been too long since you’ve seen people and the anxiety kicks in, and beliefs that there will be endless questions as to where you’ve been or what’s up or things like that then make you not want to do anything again.

Try and get them to do things, but within their limits. Ask if they wanna go for a drink or a walk or something, and even if you normally get the same answer of no, keep trying – but don’t push. Let them know that they’re not alone, even if that’s all they feel, constant reassurance that they’re not a hinderance, annoying or ridiculous/pathetic can mean a lot.

Just trying is the main thing though. Even if you feel like you may have failed because they’re still panicky or crying or suicidal, the fact that you even bothered trying in the first place means a hell of a lot, as so many people just ignore those with anxiety and depression, or think we’re attention seeking (which maybe we are, but at least in my case it’s generally a cry for help) and the fact that there’s someone on the planet that actually seems to be showing compassion towards us can at least make stepping stones towards helping recovery.

http://vixenmusings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/help-tips.html

Mental Health

Something that is very important when starting university is taking care of mental health and well-being.

In fact, this is a very important topic for everyone and something that is not talked about enough.

Starting university can be a scary experience, especially if you are living away from home for the first time

It’s ok to admit that you’re having a hard time. It’s also ok to admit when you need help. Too many people are afraid to speak up because of the fear of being stigmatised, not being taken seriously or simply because they do not know who to contact.

There is help available and nobody should ever feel ashamed about speaking up.

I’ve listed below a couple of places you can speak to but I will be updating this soon with more information.

Samaritans – 116 123

Mind – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

iPad Keyboard

When I first started uni, the best piece of advice I was given was to be prepared to make notes!

Not wanting to miss anything (or kill my wrist in the process of trying not to), I decided that I was going to get a keyboard for my iPad as it’s lightweight and a lot easier to carry around than a laptop.

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I had a look around and being a bit of an Apple fan girl I was originally going to purchase the official iPad keyboard. However, after speaking to my friend Jan she recommended a much more cost effective option that has turned out to be one of the best purchases I’ve made.

It’s lightweight, has all the functions of a laptop keyboard and matches my iPad perfectly!

If you’re new to uni or have started already, I would highly recommend this product and have included a link to it below. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you!


iPad Pro 9.7 Keyboard Case, KVAGO Luxury Elegant Wireless Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard Cover with 7 Colors Backlight Turn iPad into Macbook Aluminum Finish Hard Plastic QWERTY Keyboard Shell for Apple iPad Pro 9.7 inch 2016 Champagne Gold

Earn as you spend

As a student, it’s tough to manage on your maintenance loan. Even if you get a job, it’s not a full time income and you need to fit work around your studies. Also, if you’re like me – it’s hard to stay away from sales and the odd bit of retail therapy.

The good news is that you can profit from what you spend. I use Quidco for everything that I buy in order to get cashback!

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Join Quidco

What is cashback?

All you need to do is use the links provided on their website to visit the retailer of your choice and then make a purchase. They’ll let you know how much cashback you will receive. For example, if you use a cashback link with 5% cashback and you spend £50, you will get £2.50. This may not seem like a lot, but it all adds up as long as you keep using the links on their website (which includes 1000’s of retailers!)

How can I sign up?

As a thank you for visiting my blog, by using the referral code below you will get £5 automatic cashback into your Quidco account as soon as you’ve used it to make any purchase of £5 or above. It’s that simple!

https://www.quidco.com/user/8174169/2669703/

For more money saving and making tips – follow my blog!

The Journey Begins

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Thanks for joining me!

I’m Hannah and welcome to my blog! Since this is my very first post, I will start off by introducing myself.

I’m a twenty-something student who woke up one day and decided to ‘do a Rachel’ and quit my job! But, instead of entering the fashion world, I decided to go to uni since I didn’t go when I was 18. (Yes – I am a mature student and the oldest on my course!)

I’m studying Sociology and I can tell you that getting back into studying after some *cough* time out has been tough. I’ve also been used to having a steady income so dealing with Student Finance and paying the bills has been a hurdle!

As to what I’ll be talking about on my blog: it’ll be a mixture of my journey through uni; tips on how to survive it (studying, money etc) and more than likely posts about my ridiculous purchases (I do like to shop!)

Most importantly though; I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below and I would really appreciate your ideas and views for further content.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Thank you again for joining me and I hope you all have a great week.