winter survival tips

it’s cold, it’s snowy, public transport is always late. That’s winter.

In winter I always feel like I should be sleeping like hibernation, you know? But however humans don’t hibernate. Soooo I decided that well I have to stay awake and maybe should even actually take action to make winter less annoying. Here are some of my tips to survive the dark half of the year.

  • try to keep a routine!

even though it’s nearl dark all the time, you should stick a routine like getting up at a decent time and try to manage living. For me it’s getting uup around 8am, making breakfast, drinking juice etc.

  • vitamin d

since the sun is not shining as often as we and our bodies are used to, a lack of vitamin d can happen. A lack of that vitamin leads to feeling sleepy, worn out, your hair falls out and you can’t sleep well. Therefore I recommend getting some cool vitamin d pills at your local grocery store (at least where I live you can get them at some stores which are not the pharmacy).

  • absorb light

like plants we also need light. Using so called “SAD” (seasonal affective disorder) -lamps might be a great idea to wake your body up when it’s dark outside. I purchased this one on amazon and for me it works. I turn it on while eating breakfast and I noticed that my mood got much better.

  • self care

since winter is also exam season some of us struggle with feeling overwhelmed. Try to make time for self care and catching up with friends and family. Find some ideas on my older post about creating a self care day.

  • don’t isolate yourself!!

very important for getting through rough and cold times is to make the best out of them. Don’t spend all your time locked inside: instead take a walk and get some fresh air, meet friends at the cinema or go ice skating.

 

I would love to hear your ideas!

 

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☁️ how to deal with anxiety â˜ï¸

that feeling when you’re stressed out about everything happening at once: your roommate listening to music way too loud, there are three essays left to finish, your laundry is not done yet and suddenly an unknown number calls you: ANXIETY KICKS IN.

Recently I felt really squishy and overwhelmed and could not really find a way to get out of my uncomfortable mindset, so I created this list to help you (and me) to find new focus when we need some escape of our feelings and surroundings. Everyone deals with anxiety differently and it kicks in individual situations, this is how I experience to calm down after everything got a bit too much.

  • get comfortable!

grab some warm socks, a big blanket or a general heating source (this includes pets and humans too). If you are in public try to find a place to sit down at first.

  • focus on your breathing

try to have a calm and steady rhythm of breath. Breath in for about five seconds and breath out for three. Maybe try to sync your breathing to the gif sets I found online:

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  • comfort food and drinks!

For inner warmth and a general good feeling, staying hydrated and full is always a good idea. Classic comfort food can be for example Mac’n’Cheese, chocolate or Noodle Soup. Ideal comfort drinks are: lavender or chamomile tea and hot chocolate.

  • talk to somebody about your feelings

text a friend, call your partner or your mom or try to visit an online chatroom (here is an article on why it can help to chat online) which was quiet helpful when I needed reassurance that really everything is going to be okay.

  • distract yourself for a while

this can work either with watching your favourite movie or tv series, reading your favourite childhood book or drawing in mandala. For me playing some Animal Crossing always helps, others recommend listening to audiobooks.

  • don’t scratch or itch your skin

on tumblr I read that peel-off face masks can help to stop the urge from picking your skin which is a common coping mechanism to escape anxious thoughts. So maybe you should give it a try.

  • calm music

those lofi/hiphop beat mixes on YouTube always calm me down, there are many different one which for example include video game or movie melodies. While writing this I chose to listen to this radio.

Q: How do you cope with anxious feelings? Do you have any other tips and ideas?

*Disclaimer: I’m no professional and this are just my personal tips to calm down, but if you still don’t feel quiet alright or you feel like anxiety is taking over you should definitely seek out and get professional medical help.

Some information on Generalised Anxiety Disorder by the NHS: here

Check out this website by the Mental Health Foundation to get an overview of how to get support.

 

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bye 2018 and hello 2019

it’s a new year which means my blog is already turning one year old (yay). Generally speaking I really enjoy setting goals but this year for me won’t be much about achieving but more about figuring out the goals I really want to anticipate, whatever that means for now.

In 2018 a lot of cool events happened and well in this post I wanted to tell you about 18 things I enjoyed last year!!

  • meditating

i really enjoy checking in with how i’m feeling and actively noticing the world around me, using headspace i got into the habit but since I can’t afford a subscription I just do it by myself or with youtube videos at the moment

  • short trips to the beach with my boyfriend
  • campfire evenings with the gang   img_0172

 

  • writing this blog

after a year of writing a few posts every month i really came to enjoy expressing myself online and sharing my thoughts does not make me uncomfortable anymore

  • taking photos

still no photographer but well it’s fun.

  • levelling up my communication skills

talking helps a lot, i really noticed that in 2018.

  • painting on canvas
  • journaling
  • trying recipes off Pinterest

here a some of my favourites: Bruschetta Noodle Salat & Veggie Quesadillas

  • concerts
  • watching youtube videos

my favourite YouTubers last year definitely were Ally (i just love her??), neonfiona and Harmony , definitely check them out if you like self care and lgbtq stuff ✨

  • studio ghibli movies

always enjoying a calm evening watching spirited away or my neighbour totoro.

  • reading cute books

my favourites of last year were Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson.

  • practising self care
  • reducing my plastic use

conscious shopping should just be more present on our minds since well the earth has about 13 years left before climate change hits. (find a post about my tips for you here)

  • using a planner
  • buying vinyls
  • doing yoga

yoga really fits into my routine and i really need to strengthen my back and shoulders which works pretty good with yoga, at the moment i practice at home but i’m planning on starting yoga classes this year (go me!!)

☁️ What did you enjoy most in 2018? ☁️

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The Gift of Friendship (it’s a personal post)

this post is for the people which i am very grateful for and I feel like I need to tell them how much they mean to me.

I am not a very direct person which means I don’t tell my friends how much i love them very often, I express my love and admiration for them differently. I listen, I help and I care. This year I tried to thank them more often for being there for me and for being part of my life. Sometimes I felt left alone somehow and that has guided me to learning that every single human being expresses their love and feeling of friendship in a very different way.

This year a lot of things happened and change has been a constant occurrence. We all grow and we all did experience unpleasant times in which advice and general support of our friends were needed. For me I am grateful that I can seek my friends any time and anywhere if I need someone to talk to or just to rant.

Additionally communication seems to be difficult sometimes. Texting is not easy for me because I tend to type fast and not really reflect before typing, also I enjoy face-to-face communication much more. It’s easier for me to sense and understand my friends’ feelings if they are directly in front of me (some of them call me an empath btw). That’s why appreciate when my friends make time to see even though life is busy. I deeply enjoyed many spontaneous meet-ups this year where we just hung out and chatted about what was going on in our lifes.

A few of my favourite moments with my favourite people this year:

– our May Party, we all had such a good time

– when we were at the campsite before our youth groups arrived

– the bbq’s at our oldest friend’s house!!

– my birthday at the lake with my best friend

– a sleepover after years of not having one

– every monday walking around at night

Рpok̩mon go sessions

– every deep talk that accidentally happened

– when we went to the club and we all were tired af

– sitting outside together in summer and just having a relaxed time

I just wanted to say thank you!! Thank you for everyone reading this and thank you for supporting me ✨

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December Times

every year it’s here: December! Suddenly everyone is going crazy and starts reflecting on their achievements and stresses about buying the perfect Christmas presents. You can’t even catch a break of that feeling online since every user shows off how much they have changed this year and will guide you through their busy present shopping.

But not everything is tense.

Self-reflection always play a big part because a new year will start soon. People reflect on what they did right, what they have learned and maybe also on what they wish had never happened. I agree that self-reflection is a good method to improve and even address change but why do many of us practice reflection in December only? Maybe it’s already too late to adapt to new opportunities or to act on mistakes one might have made. This is what all of us could change in 2019: reflect on our actions shortly after we have done something. For example: You got drunk and told someone that they have hurt you and then accidentally knock yourself unconscious? Maybe it’s time to rethink your behaviour and if getting knocked out is really the right solution to life. But well since there is no new year approaching and “new year – new me” is not happening yet, why bother?

Making people happy by getting a cool present for them always creates a feeling of genuine happiness inside my soul. Even when I did not spent a lot of money on it, like buying a coffee for a tired friend or bringing snacks for them with you. Gift-giving can be an amazing love language if the goal is to make your receiver feel appreciated and loved. Nevertheless in the merry holiday season suddenly many folks decide that it is the time where stuff like “secret santa” just has to be done. I myself wonder sometimes if those people are into giving only when they too receive something?

Maybe I’m too critical sometimes. Maybe I’m just noticing how different everyone acts when winter is here. What do you think about December Times?

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Rant: let’s talk about stress

we all get bummed out sometimes but the feeling when the to-do lists stay unfinished, getting up turns to : “please just five more minutes”, and catching oneself stumbling through a never ending spiral of chores is way more damaging than just being unmotivated.

It’s when motivation is not enough anymore.

It’s when lying in bed and trying to catch sleep gets harder because your brain won’t shut up.

It’s when you know there is more stuff to be done which you don’t even really care about.

That’s Stress.

I never thought in my life that I would be unhappy because of work. You have to know, I deeply enjoy learning new things and engaging with and discussing about them but I reached the point where all of the readings and exercises don’t really bring me any joy anymore. It makes me feel stuck knowing that everything of which my uni timetable exists is not worth anything in the future job I’m taking the classes for. The problem: all of them are mandatory and not interchangeable. I’m stuck and I’m stressed about it.

But I won’t stop trying to find a solution and I won’t bend down for a system which clearly does not work. And being stressed is unhealthy for the body and for the soul. It takes away your freedom and it tenses your muscles so that moving even becomes painful.

Basically, stress fucking sucks.

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My Autumn Favourites!

1. Hilda on Netflix

An incredible and super cute show about a little girl living in the wilderness and meeting weird creatures. The artstyle is also amazing and I just love it, 100% recommended!!

2. Tea!

Who doesn’t love a hot cup of tea once in a while? My favourite sort of teas are herbal ones that’s why i love chamomile tea but in autumn I as well enjoy a tea called “Turkish apple”!!

3. Trench by Twenty One Pilots

The new Twenty One Pilots album really hit home with me, I enjoy the beats, the poetic lyrics and the artstyle as well. Additionally it’s not as emo as their old albums which resonates with me because well I grew up??

4. Halloween Decor

The picture says it all honestly!! I got this fairy lights at a store called “action”.

5. The “headspace” app

After a very stressful day I like to calm down while meditating and feel my body relax after carrying my backpack to uni and back. If you want to know more about it, you can check out my review here.

What do you enjoy this October and do you participate in any challenges like Inktober or Blogtober? 👻

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☁️💀 Too much inspiration? ðŸ’€â˜ï¸

The urge to create can appear out of nowhere and in the last weeks it just blew me away like a north sea storm.

Imagine this: you get up in the morning, still feeling dizzy from the dream you just had. Your eyes feel heavy but you know this day is going to be alright. Getting up you stretch and your mouth is dry, so you make yourself some tea and suddenly you feel the urge to be creative!

This happened to me literally everyday in the last weeks (which is amazing!). So much creative energy which needs to be processed and turned into something… into something..! But what should I create? Why should I create? How should I create?

So I’m sitting here wondering whether i would love to write a ton of blogposts, start a novel, try digital art, do youtube videos or get back into photography??!!??!! Maybe taking baby steps is the answer, that’s why I’m writing this post. Maybe just doing all of it might be the solution. Maybe doing nothing is.

☁️ easy ways to reduce your plastic use â˜ï¸

since well the earth is literally dying you might be interested in creating less waste to reduce your single use of plastic.

As a student it’s not always easy to be neglecting plastic completely. The reasons for that are simple: not much income and spending most of the time at uni. But I decided to try to create less waste and be more conscious about the environment, here you can find a few reasons why.

Baby Steps

At the beginning one has to realize that choosing not to buy any single use plastic is a choice one actively has to make in many situations.

Grocery Shopping

When buying groceries keep an eye out for unnecessary plastic like not putting fruits, vegetables and other greens into a separate plastic bag because well most of them have pairing anyways, right? Also if there is the option to buy for example sauces, cheese, dairy or cereal in glass containers, always choose them. Glas is easily recycled.

Additionally bring your own bag! Personally I recommend cotton bags or nets which can contain all the groceries you need.

A Night Out

When going out you can reject plastic cutlery and straws which again takes conscious effort. If you still want to eat takeaway I would recommend the use of tupperware or any other non plastic storage for food.

Maybe also check if you can avoid to drink out of plastic cups and get glass cups for your drinks!

In the Bathroom

Instead of regular soap plastic bottles try to switch to a soap bar, a small step which can create great impact because first it’s funnier to try to catch it when it falls into the sink and there is obviously less plastic in your daily view (while sitting on the toilet).

Choosing Plastic Alternatives

Everybody loves to drink out of straws sometimes! One of my alternatives to plastic straws is a reusable metallic straw which I bought at a cute local zero waste shop (can’t wait to use it when I’m going out!!).

Bamboo toothbrushes are another amazing way to reduce your waste, if you want to know about my experience with them you can read my post about it here.

Surprisingly small changes like usage of a reusable bottle and coffee cup can also avoid an astonishing amount of waste! I got my reusable coffee container at Starbucks on Earth Day and the bottle at TJ Maxx (picture below).

sustainable options!

Every little step is a good way to try to create change and if you have questions about my steps presented here just let me know (you can write me a dm on instagram)!

Of course there are many other ways to reduce your general waste but getting rid of single use plastic is the first easy step towards conscious ecofriendly living!

XX

Freddy

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☁️ stepping out of your comfort zone â˜ï¸

the fear of being made fun of or not taken seriously while acting on new opportunities or interest is omnipresent, here is how I overcame most of them.

recently my mind was wandering, thinking about all the things I wanted to do but I never did because I was afraid. I was afraid about what other people would think, I was afraid about being judged and I was afraid about being too weird. Considering that I have been called weird and strange after doing what I actually wanted to do a few times, it is hard for me to act on my visions.

Changing my hair colour?!

One of them was dying my hair. I once dyed my hair in eighth grade and got many comments on it (it was not the prettiest look but honestly rude comments have been unnecessary). So naturally I was afraid to be judged again even though I now desired a different colour, still have a completely different haircut and even do not look much like me in eighth grade anymore. It took some time and many supportive words of my boyfriend to make my vision come true. End of the story I got it dyed and I look good!!

Blogging?!

That’s one thing I have achieved while putting myself first for once. Starting this blog was another step, I was afraid again that people from real life would throw mean comments at me or just start to backbite about what I was putting out in the world. Nevertheless I did start this blog and kept writing and it feels great. What even could go wrong? My writing skills are alright, I told myself and the thought processes before I upload anything anywhere will take place anyways (I overthink for like a year before I put any content out on the internet – well because it never forgets, right?). Also I only received nice words from people at uni and old friends, I am happy with my decision and stepping out of my comfort zone!!

A new project?!

Right now there have been other creative steps rushing through my brain. And again I have to battle my comfort zone and fear of being judged. If I am comfortable with sharing my new creative process you will find it here on my blog (hint: it has to do with using a camera).

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