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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Testing the Headspace App for a week

Mindfulness and Meditation is one of the latest trends all around the world and I decided to give it a try using an App called Headspace!

Being interested in meditation for quiet a few time made it easy for me to get into the right mindset. I’ve tried other Apps and methods concerning mindfulness before, that is why I now chose to use Headspace. Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in the moment and giving your thoughts a rest. By using breathing techniques and other methods one can practise to have a time during the day to stop focussing on stress situations, general problems or just life.

First Impression

First the App looks very cute with cartoon graphics and an orange colour scheme. At the Beginning they ask if there is already experience with mediation and why you want to try it. I chose to click that I had “a little” experience and just wanted to try it out. My timer for the length of my sessions was set at 10 minutes.

Starting the Basic Sessions

Day 1

Starting to find a comfortable position with a straight back and watching a cute animation about the purpose of mediation. The voice which guides the session sounds male and appealing.

Day 2

It begins with a reference to the first session and keeps focussing on breathing techniques and slowly introduces the bodyscan which is focussing on how the body is feeling in the exact moment. Additionally the male voice is assuring and motivates you to keep on practicing.

Day 3

Another cute animation showing how to stay focused during the sessions. Getting deeper into the bodyscan and I honestly felt relaxed after the session.

Day 4

Sadly I was not able to concentrate a lot on this session because my environment was loud and busy (but of course I tried my best). This session also talks about how to notice the changes happening around oneself.

Day 5

I was feeling very calm and focussed after this session of meditation. Loved that the guiding voice was talking less and left me alone while i was practicing of not keeping focus on everything happening in my brain at once.

Day 6

This time I tried to lay in bed while meditating. It was refreshing and the guiding voice this time helped to give myself even more space. The topic was focussing on being aware of what is happening in the body and how one is emotionally feeling.

Day 7

The last day has arrived!! My last session started with another cute and helpful animation which gives advice on how to watch your thoughts from afar. After that the guiding voice focusses on a few aspects of the animation which is cool because it makes it even easier to visualise.

Conclusion

After a week of almost daily meditation the impact on myself is at least a bit noticeable. The few minutes of the day just focussing on nothing almost felt great and I would absolutely recommend the Headspace App because of its’ beginner lessons and cute animations (I loved them!!).

Get the App in your App Store (if you want to). Check out their website here 🧘🏼‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the Headspace App or any of its’ creators etc. All opinions stated are my own.

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My first experience with a bamboo toothbrush

one of my goals of 2018 is to be more aware of the environment and to start using sustainable products! My first sustainable product is a bamboo toothbrush which I bought at a local sustainability event.

After I carried it home, I decided to take it with me to my camping trip and when i first used it i was surprised: it literally tastes like putting wood in your mouth?!? But the bristles were very soft and felt nice on my teeth.

close up of my bamboo brush

In general it is like a usual toothbrush and it works just fine. Also it looks much better and is much more ecofriendly than the usual plastic brushes, that is why i decided to list some information for you below:

Some facts about toothbrushes and waste:

  • 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced every year
  • usually a person uses up to six different toothbrushes a year
  • the plastic is not sustainable because it takes years to be dismantled
  • bamboo toothbrushes should be stored dry so they last longer
  • toothbrushes can be boiled and then be recycled for cleaning

If you want to keep up with my journey and my blog check out my instagram and if you have any product recommendations write them in the comments below ✨

disclaimer: i am not associated with any of the companies mentioned and my opinions are solemnly my own.

source: http://www.ecoplanetbamboo.com/

toothbrush from: https://www.hydrophil.com/

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