April Listens

Yes, I am doing an April Listens. Despite the impending 3-hour exam at the end of the week I am writing this blog post. I am a blog-trooper (lmao why). Honestly, even though it’s not appreciated as much as my other posts, my ‘Listens’ segment on my blog is my favourite thing to do every month. I’m far from properly informed or trained in music, but it is nice to just gush about the stuff that I have been listening to and loving for the month long.

 Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac

This is perhaps my favourite album. Anyone who knows me at all, know that I live for 'the mac'. Particularly this album. I can listen to it from Big Love to You and I, front to back. I love this album for 3 reasons:
1.     Pure escapism. I feel majestic and wonderful listening to this album. God bless Seven Wonders.
2.     It is genuinely uplifting. A very upbeat album, it is hard to be stressed and listen to this.
3.     It has got some of favourite mac songs on: Seven Wonders, Everywhere, Mystified, Little Lies, When I See You Again. (tbh, the whole album. Soz Rumours)

Ten by Pearl Jam

This month for me has been a month of revisiting. The albums I have been listening to are tried and tested ‘Nat Albums’. I know that I love them. I know that they do something for me. I also know them so well; I don’t have to pay them any proper attention. That means I can groovey and get on with ALL the work I need to be getting on with. An example of that is Pearl Jam’s Ten. Again, probably one of my favourite albums, ever. I even know most of the words to the songs, which (for me) is testament to how much I love and have listened to this album.

Favourite songs would be: Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Oceans, Gardens.

 Hunky Dory by David Bowie

I don’t know what I find so therapeutic about this album, but something about it just makes me feel completely as ease. Even though I know and love university as whole, my university room is another story. When I walked into this room last Sunday, I felt a black, melancholic cloud come over. I just felt sad. I felt down. With a suitcase, two huge bags and groceries to unpack, I wacked this record into my player and got on with it. Within thirty seconds of it playing I was sing along. I still felt a little down, but I just felt a little less on edge with le Bowie by my side (loves).

Favourite songs: Changes, Life on Mars, Oh! You Pretty Things, Queen Bitch, The Brewely Brothers.

Handling Stress When *Literally* Everything is Stressful

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? The time of year where literally everything is stressful. Whether GCSE, A-Levels or University, everything is pure stress. I, as a self-proclaimed “stress-head”, don’t fare well this time of year.
Doctor Nat here to halp (not a real doctor. I do english.)

Stress causes me to do silly things. During my AS exams, I put together a routine of waking up between 5:30 AM-6 AM to do an hours work with breakfast before heading to college for 8:46 AM. I would do a full 7-8-hour day at college, working in lessons and in free periods, come home for 5 PM, have tea and then work until about 1 AM. This was far from healthy, both physically and mentally. I was running of stress and a solid six-cups of coffee per day. My whole body erupted in eczema. I also experienced anxiety for the first time. After a couple of panic attacks and developing a tendency to scratch my skin until it bled as a release from the anxiety and stress, my doctor gave me a sick note for my part-time job. Even though the sick-note took some stress off me, I still went through my exams on this ludicrous routine. When exams ended I hit rock bottom. Mentally, it was a real low that lasted a couple of months. 

solid procrastination. pens in hair, playing with photobooth.

After that time of my life, I realised that I just do not handle stress well. I knew that if I wanted to pursue university I would need to develop some ways of dealing with stress. Although I still suffer from stress and the things that come along with it, I do think that I have got better at dealing with it. Here are a few things I would recommend doing if, like me, you’re a bit of a stress head:


Plan what you are doing that day, roughly when you are going to do, and then (most crucially) do it. Be realistic about what you are going to do, and make sure to plan yourself breaks. Having a plan, or a to-do list makes the amount of work you have to do seem a little less daunting. I would recommend planning your day around your prime working time, and not working more than about 10 hours a day. A nice benefit of this is that if you manage to tick off your to-do, you feel so good about yourself, which is usually much needed when you’re stressin’.

 Be Kind to Yourself

Take a break. Eat that chocolate. Have a nap. People who stress more, in my opinion, are usually the people who can be a little hard on themselves sometimes. Even though you have a million really important things to do and no time to do them, remember that you are only human. You can only do what is in your capacity and that is not a bad thing. If you find it hard to cut yourself some slack, I have a pro tip. It’s called the ‘Best Friend Exercise’. Imagine that it is your best friend who is in a stress-fuelled, self-destruct mode. What would you say to your best friend to help them? I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say “You’re an ugly, stupid mess who can’t write an essay and you need to stay up till 3 AM to compensate for that”. No, you’d probably tell your friend that they need to go watch a couple episodes of Made in Chelsea and chill for an hour. Be your own best friend, not your own worst enemy.


Don’t have eyes too big for your belly. Don’t pile so much on your plate you won’t be able to handle everything. There are 24 hours in the day, you can only do so much in those 24 hours. Prioritise what is important to you and what is not. What is not important can go away until you have more time! I have something to help you!


Do when you can

You need to do these ASAP

Don’t do these, you don’t have time.

You can knock a lot off your to-do if you just work out what is important to you.

On that note, although my blog is important to me, it is not urgent right now. Therefore, until my exams are done my blog is going to be taking a back seat.  LOV U LONG TIME