Hi, it’s werelivingarts, and it’s officially the AP mock season in my high school. Even though my high school just returned back from spring break, we started to face a huge amount of anxiety and stress due to assignments and tests.
Here are just some ways that I use to cope with anxiety that save me from having a mental breakdown while studying UwU!
Some music + meditation resources I'm obsessed with:
Relaxing Music with Rain Sounds
Stress Relief Music with Rain Sounds
chill bts lofi hiphop mix // study playlist
Focus Music: Lo-Fi Times
10-Minute Meditation to Reframe Stress
5-Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere
Best Sleep Ever: Put Your Mind to Bed with Midnight Launderette
10 Minute Sleepcast: Rainday Antiques from Sleep by Headspace
Yoga poses for a better sleep after a stressful day
1. Marjaryasana-Bitilasana (Cat-Cow Stretch)
This pose stretches the spine, hips, neck and abdomen, and can help relieve lower back pain, restoring mobility through the hips, spine and shoulders at the end of a long day.
2. Bālāsana (Child’s Pose)
A zero-impact, resting pose that allows you to focus on breath and reflect. Just 10 deep breaths in Child’s Pose can begin to shift your mind into a calming state, prepping you for a restful night’s sleep.
3. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Spinal Twist)
Gentle twists stretch the spine and can help melt tension in the shoulders, chest and upper back.
4. Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose)
A great pose to practice before bed as it helps improve blood circulation and relieve stress. It’s a great way to get grounded and release tension.
5. Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Lying flat on your back in Savasana helps stimulate a relaxation response. Your brain gets a chance to relax and all of the pieces of the day get put back together so you can fall asleep with less stress and more peace of mind.
This comic is actually a redraw of one of my earliest comics and I drew this when I was still working as a nurse. I'd be knackered coming home, but as soon as the pups would greet me they immediately light up my day. It's always a good day to come home to these cuties, I'm really grateful for them! Best stress relievers >:D
You hated to call it spiraling. But with the way you rung your hands as you headed to the training hall, there was really no other way to put it. It had been one thing after another:
You were overworked and under rested from missions.
Your friends nearly died seventy-five percent of the time you’d gone.
Finals were around the corner and you could barely even keep your eyes open enough to study let alone concentrate.
It was all becoming far too much for you to handle, and what was usually a solid proverbial swim for you now felt like you were starting to slip under the waves. You took to trying to meditate. The soft sway of the trees that peered just outside of the window’s view would be enough to settle most weary spirits...but not you. Deafening silence was your environment, and this peace was more of a mockery than a tranquil escape. Your body shook as you sat cross legged on the hardwood floors, praying for your wound up nerves to somehow release. It was too much. Too much fear, too much death. How could you even call yourself a jujutsu sorcerer when you were barely keeping yourself together right now? Frustration settled deep within your chest, bubbling and boiling into an ugly beginning of self-loathing and confusion. You desperately tried to swallow the lump in your throat, but to no avail. Vision growing glassy, it took several deep breaths to keep yourself from keening in a full sob. Your thoughts whirled in your consciousness like pendulums, swiping at resolve at an unforgiving force.
“Isn’t meditation supposed to be a lot more quiet?” came a low voice. You jolted at the sound, wild dark hair being the first thing that caught your eye. Fushiguro’s usually bored look switched immediately to one of concern upon seeing the tears that trailed down the apples of your cheeks. He wasn’t expecting something to be actually wrong when he teased you. Unsure of how to properly approach you, there was hesitance in the steps he took towards you. This did nothing to stop your tears, in fact it probably served to make you feel embarrassed that your friend had caught you crying. Fushiguro wrestled with the words on his tongue, finally settling with,
“What’s...wrong?” And you could visibly see how he wanted to kick himself by sounding so awkward. Suddenly it became difficult to look at him, the urge to run tugging at your seated legs. A pregnant pause rolled thick over the confines of the room...you couldn’t get the words out quite yet. With a gentle sigh, Fushiguro moved close enough now where he could crouch down to your sitting level. His eyes never left your face, “C’mon...I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what’s up.”
That allowed you to finally meet his gaze, your face heating the stinging tears that still stretched over your cheeks. You bit your lip, “...What isn’t wrong, Megumi?”
You caught the slight tilt in his head as if to say he wasn’t sure what that meant; and his eyes still held focus. Before you knew it, a few words about what ailed you turned into chopped up expressions. Those, transforming into full fledged sentences that spelled out your concerns in detail. Choking out your frustration and sadness proved difficult when you fully felt the weight of it all. What was once being unable to let it out became everything but that - you were almost concerned you may have overshared your heartaches to the ravenette in front of you. The words spilled and spilled until you could spill no more, tears and overwhelming emotions kill them as they hit your throat. Fushiguro stayed silent once you were finished. This made you silently burn with embarrassment - he’d think you were being ridiculous for sure with the way he gawked at you. You closed your eyes, not wanting to face that reality.
What you didn’t expect however, was feeling arms close around you. A gentle hand came to the back of your head, holding you to the padding on the shoulder of his jacket. At first you felt confused, unfamiliar with the action you suddenly became a part of until it hit you.
Oh. He was hugging you.
Your body shook at the affection, registering that Fushiguro was physically comforting you now. It made you feel grateful.
“Tch...you idiot,” he began, though the insult was said with an inexplicable softness, “You know better than to hold that stuff in.” You grimaced, burying your head further into the fabric he wore. You two had been friends for such a long time now…he was right.
“‘m sorry…” you mumbled. Fushiguro rubbed your back in soothing circles before slowly pulling back from you, “We’re here in this together...you know you always have me to lean on and help you, don’t keep this to yourself anymore.”
He leaned his forehead against yours, gesture delicate, though his tone sounded almost like he was lecturing you. Fresh tears slid from your lashes, but he quickly brushed them off before they could burn your already red cheeks. You managed to croak out an “O-Okay…” before he lent you a small smile. He picked himself up slowly, hand outstretched shortly after towards you.
“Let’s go, I’ll treat you to some lunch.”
Your hand found his, and he helped you up; you noticed how suddenly everything felt a little bit lighter. You felt a small smile break through your features, bits of peace finally settling into your spirit.
Caduceus Clay stimboard for anon! This was great fun, I really love the color scheme of this character. It’s naturally calming! :)
Sources and image description under the cut!!
[Image Description: nine images arranged in a three-by-three grid. From top to bottom, left to right, the images are: a gif of pink flowers floating on clear green water, a puffy dandelion drifting away on the wind, and a steaming cup of tea in a green and white teacup. The middle row consists of: a time-lapse gif of red and white mushrooms opening, a digital painting of Caduceus Clay, a pink and green firbolg, and a gif of water dripping from tan mushrooms on green grass. The bottom row shows: a gif of milk or cream being poured into a cup of tea sitting on a green saucer, a hand holding a four leaf clover, and another gif of the pink flower petals on the green water. //End Description]