Right now plenty of young people will be feeling fearful about the future. They may be anxious about starting university, nervous about their career or worried about not making new friends.
I know I experienced all three of the above when I packed up my things and headed off to the South West of England to start my new life as a university student many moons ago but things didn’t exactly go to plan when I dropped out after just one month (see below).
Back then university ‘care packages’ weren’t a thing but I think they’re a brilliant idea, especially if they’re filled with items to help get you through testing moments. For this very reason, I’m thrilled to team up with Rescue Remedy to give you the chance to win a hamper of goodies worth £60.
Designed to provide support in times of emotional demand, the original Rescue Remedy is a blend of five different flower essences discovered by Dr Bach in the 1930s. The products can be used to help keep you calm or stay focused during stressful situations such as a move to unfamiliar surroundings.
The good news is this competition isn’t only open to students. Anyone – including empty nesters or those going through stressful times – can enter the draw!
Win a Rescue Remedy Hamper worth £60
One lucky winner will receive the following:
- RESCUE® Pastilles (Orange & Elderflower and Blackcurrant) worth £6.45
- RESCUE PLUS® Lozenges worth £3.99
- RESCUE REMEDY® 10ml dropper worth £8.49
- RESCUE REMEDY® 20ml dropper worth £10.99
- RESCUE REMEDY® 7ml spray worth £7.99
- RESCUE REMEDY® 20ml spray worth £11.49
- RESCUE® Night 20ml spray worth £10.99
To enter simply tell us what is stressing you out at the moment and why the prize will help. For a second entry simply like and share our Facebook post.
The winner’s name will be drawn out of a hat at 8pm (GMT) on September 16 2018.
Terms and conditions apply. The competition is only open to UK residents.
Life after dropping out of university
I always knew I wanted to become a journalist – a job I’ve been fortunate to do for the past 18 years. Only, my careers adviser had other ideas.
“Everyone wants to be a reporter,” he insisted. “The industry is too hard. You’re better off doing a media studies degree, not journalism. It’ll give you more choice.”
Being young and impressionable I accepted his advice but by week three of university I felt awkward, alone and on a course that held little appeal. Deep down I knew I’d made the wrong decision.
Weeping and trembling with fear, I called my dear mother from the phone box – we didn’t have mobiles back then – and apologised for letting her down. I felt like a worthless ‘drop out’ but my mum was brilliant and not upset in the slightest. The weight on my shoulders instantly lifted.
In the months that followed I contacted numerous consumer magazines and newspapers for work experience but they knocked me back time and time again. The reason? Oversubscription.
I pasted every single rejection letter into a scrapbook.
Was I disheartened?
Was that careers adviser right?
The competition was fierce but deep down I knew I wanted to be a reporter. I didn’t give up.
I then contacted my local newspaper. The editor called me in for a ‘work experience’ before eventually offering me a part-time job. My life changed in an instant.
During that gap year, I cut my teeth on local news stories. I then secured a place on an accredited journalism degree course at a different university and the rest, as they say, is history.
Even so, I’ll never forget the fear that consumed me when I made that initial call home. Or how I beat myself up for thinking I was a complete and utter failure. I felt lost. I had no idea how my life would pan out. And I even remember standing in the street looking at an elderly couple thinking: “I wish I was their age and retired.”
Yes… I was THAT concerned.
So how do you stop feeling fearful about the future?
The lessons I’ve since learned are:
1. Take one day at a time and avoid thinking too far ahead or worrying about a situation that might not unfold *This is far easier said than done*
2. Talk to someone if you’re feeling uncertain, low or unhappy. It’s cliche but a problem shared is a problem halved. Check out the websites of Mind and Young Minds which are filled with lots of helpful advice.
3. Always listen to your gut instinct and have confidence in it. It is, in my experience, always right.
4. Follow your dreams and never give up. You can DO it. *It took me three attempts to pass my driving test!*
Are you looking for further ways to manage your stress levels? If so, you might like to read the following:
20 ways to relieve stress
Review: How a tapping session helped my anxiety
Review: Gazelli House hypnotherapy mind massage
Review: Chilston Park Hotel Wellness Retreat
Could this psychology app improve your life?
Or read the health and wellness tips of stars including Katie Piper and Jonny Wilkinson below: