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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Meet the Blogger!

since my blog is now half a year old I decided to write a post solely about myself for the first time.

this is me (hello)

1. Name

My name is Freddy (kind of)

2. Zodiac sign

Cancer sun, Libra Moon and Pisces Rising

3. 3 fears

large swarms of mosquitos, death and the zombie apocalypse

4. 3 things I love

autumn, holding hands and camping

5. Last song I listened to

(Re-education) through labour by Rise Against

6. How many tattoos/piercings do I have

none yet, except three earings in each ear

7. The reason I started blogging

To express myself in a creative way and to improve and make use of my English skills.

8. How I feel right now

I’m feeling very well and exhausted because it was unusually hot here today

9. Something I really really want

an environmental revolution with trees growing everywhere, no plastic in the seas, cute cats and good grades in my exams. also equality and world peace if we’re already at it.

10. My current relationship status

I am taken by the best guy I have ever met (lucky me!)

11. Meaning behind my URL

i love the ocean and i think it’s sick (dude)

12. My favorite movies

the lord of the rings trilogy, the hobbit trilogy, back to the future, my neighbour totoro, spirited away and endlessly more.

13. My favourite bands

Rise Against (since I was 14 years old, I just love them and know every song by heart) and a German band called Die Toten Hosen (since I was born or something). I also adore Jaya The Cat, Depeche Mode, Ghost and sooooo many more….

14. 3 Things that upset me

reading the news, when people do not care about the environment and sexism.

15. 3 Things that make me happy

lazy weekends, masses of my favourite tea and achieving a goal

16. My favourite holiday

Samhain I guess.

17. A confession

I’m not into clubbing.

18. 3 Things that annoy me easily

People who walk slowly, when somebody won’t accept a “no” and social media.

19. My favorite animal

all of them honestly, they are great.

20. My pets

i have none (sadly).

21. One thing I’ve lied about

I said i missed my underground but I really just did not want to come.

22. Something that’s currently worrying me

my exams and if I passed all of them.

23. An embarrassing moment

when the lead singer of Rise Against waved at me and I tripped very hard instead of reacting.

24. Something that’s constantly on my mind

my boyfriend and i’m trying to remind me not to worry too much and be more focussed on the moment I’m in.

25. 3 Habits I have

Sunday is self care day where i do face masks and things I enjoy, scratching my face when I’m anxious and writing too many to-do lists

26. My future goals

Graduate university and get a job as a teacher, moving to the countryside and owning a cat.

27. Something I fantasize about

how my future living space will look like and what furniture and decorations should be in it.

28. My favorite store

Lush i guess even though it’s very expensive and I rarely go there.

29. My favourite food

Pizza and Cous Cous

30. What I did yesterday

Breakfast with my boyfriend, then prepared Cous Cous salad. After that we watched Pokémon and went to a BBQ at a friend’s house. It was a great day.

31. My celebrity crush(es)

Tim McIlrath, Keanu Reeves, somehow Miley Cyrus and Sebastian Stan i guess.

32. One word that describes me

creative???¿?¿??¿?¿?¿!!?¿!

33. My favorite quote

“Real revolution starts with learning. If you’re not angry you’re not paying attention” – Tim Mcilrath

I found this tag online and personalised it a bit. So if you would love to write your own post about meeting the blogger, feel free to be tagged ✨

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How To: Survive this heatwave

since it’s really unusually hot all over Europe and every person living at the top floor of a house can tell that we need some tips to not just melt into our beds everyday.

it’s also exam season at some universities that’s why many students are also struggling to study since the heat makes clear thinking unbearable, so here are some tricks on how to survive a very hot summer!

1. Cover your windows in the morning

a very important trick to ensure that the sun will not heaten up your home and keep a somehow decent temperature, but open them when the sun went down to get in some fresh air ✨

2. Stay Hydrated at all costs

dehydration is very dangerous and can cause heatstroke and other unpleasant stuff like sunstroke. So if you’re inside get yourself some fruit to put into your regular water to make staying hydrated less boring.

3. When outside…

…cover your scalp with a hat, a scarf or whatever to avoid getting dizzy or worse side effects of the weather

…put on sunscreen to prevent sunburn or skin cancer risk!!

…always carry something to drink with you and try to not walk in direct sunlight

4. Get a fan

If you are able to buy a fan, do it! You can put a box filled with ice cubes in front of it to achieve the effect of air conditioning! I tested it myself and it worked out pretty good

5. Make yourself some ice cream

one idea is to put a spoon into a box of yoghurt and put it in the freezer to create delicious yoghurt ice cream (probably children’s yoghurt is the best for this, in Germany we use “Fruchtzwerge” for this).

6. Take a shower

it’s just incredibly refreshing and helps to get your body to its’ normal temperature, don’t shower too cold though because that’s can cause circulatory disturbances (says my mom). for me I also love to use the Jelly Soap from Lush because you can put it in the fridge to cool it down!

7. Mix yourself a cooling spray

a cooling spray is amazing to just sprinkle some water on your face to help your body cool down and smell great! Just put some tap water in the fridge and add essential oils or some cold green tea ✨

Have you got any other tips and tricks? Put them in the comments to help each other survive the heatwave! 🔥

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Goodbye Teenage Years!

the sweet event of saying “goodbye” to my teenage years has arrived! I just turned 20 which is weird but I’m not really sad to let go of the strange years of puberty and so many uncountable changes.

remembering exactly the time i turned thirteen i was terrified. Becoming a teenager meant for me to fall in love, go to parties, finding the friends of your life and probably stuff like using make-up and a  l o t  of school work. Reflecting I can say that yes I fell in love for real, went to a few parties, kept the friends I already had when I was thirteen and met a new group of people who I can call my second family by now. Honestly the make-up thing just clicked like this new year’s eve and school was not even that hard. So maybe I was just a bit overreacting.

Today, as a twenty year old individual (lmao), I see that many people and interests stay consistent. If people want to stay with you, they will. Regarding interests they might change over time but there are a few cool facts which my thirteen-year-old-self would love to hear: you will still love Pokemon and Green Day when you’re twenty and you will also still love to write and watch YouTube videos. Actually your oldest female friend is still with you and you are also still into Studio Ghibli, as well as Star Wars and that kind of stuff. So don’t panic. Calm down. It’s fine.

Maybe I should also tell my twenty-year-old-self a few uplifting words: you won’t change as much as you think you will and you probably have already found the people who will stay in your life. So don’t worry and don’t even start to overthink every decision.

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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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How to: spend a day by yourself

finally you have a day off after stressing about work, uni or school. But what now?

each one of us knows this feeling. After being finally done with your work you do not seem to have any idea what to do but here are five ideas on spending time alone ✨

  1. Self Care!

If you have been reading my posts you will know how much i love and need what i call “self care”. Just reflect on your busy week, make yourself a drink you love and put on soothing music. If you have the time shower or take a bath (it will make you feel good, i promise!). Wanna know more about this? Check this out.

2. Grab a book!

Reading is always a good way to relax and leave reality behind for a bit. It’s comforting but for some a book just does not do it, so maybe check out recent blogposts or listen to your favourite podcast instead.

3. Video Games and YouTube

When you’re busy it’s hard to keep doing the things you love (for me it’s video games) that’s way a day off might give you the opportunity to do those. It’s also great to just sit down in bed and watch a few YouTube videos in peace. I don’t recommend watching scary videos on your own because you could get anxious! 😅

4. Cooking!

I love to scroll through Pinterest to find some amazing and easy recipes to try at home. Maybe also ask your grandparents for some delicious recipes. If you have some great ones you recommend put them in the comments below!

5. Declutter

Getting rid of old objects is hard but sometimes it’s necessary. We tend to keep small things like receipts, grocery lists, old business cards and pens which do not really work. Also clothes we are not comfortable in anymore or which do not feel “right”.

If you have any more ideas I would love to read about them in the comments. Also I would like to know if you might be interested in a blog series about my “forest adventures”? ✨

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Review: Radio Silence – Alice Oseman 🌹✨

A book inculding diversity? representation of various sexualities? a woc as the protagonist?

Yes! All of this can be found in the novel Radio Silence by Alice Oseman!

“What is the book even about?”

Okay let me explain the general setting and content first. The story is set in England in a small town and our protagonist is a girl just finishing High School. She is living with her single mother and is a bit of a nerd tbh (i love her). Adding to that she is a massive fangirl of a podcast called Universe City which she even draws fanart for, and one day she randomly meets the creator. No spoilers but the book represents friendship and romance how it really is. It also represents different sexual orientations which can not be found in the usual young adult fiction category.

“I understand but what makes this novel so special?”

It is for once the accurate description of social media use and not some person recreating teen language. As on the other side the relatable struggle of the big what if question haunting everyone making big decisions about their future. Personally I also loved the progression of friendships and the ups and downs of it as well.

Radio Silence is highly recommended by me and I would rate it as a 9/10.

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Disclaimer: this is my personal perception of the book and i am not affiliated with the author

keeping up with resolutions

goal setting, to-do lists, planners and journals – all of us keep chasing goals and ideas we want to achieve. Why? The answer is simple: Improvement. But on certain days we get overwhelmed and unmotivated which is not really special or rare. We all reflect on our progress and maybe even track it with lists and graphs.

My “New Years Resolutions” this year consist of reading more books, to not fall behind with uni work and keeping my workout routine. Well, I actually try to read more books for my pleasure and uni work is also not too heavy at the moment but i totally lost track of my workout routine (which is climbing once a week, not that gym stuff). And I try not to blame myself – that does not change the fact that resolutions and goals sometimes make us feel bad about ourselves. So I decided to tell all of you:

not achieving your goals is fine and you should take more time to tackle the challenge!

How do you keep working on your attitude towards your goals? And do you have any tricks on how to stay motivated?

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Mindset in Blogging – a rose post 🌹

since my blog is titled rants&roses i now want to introduce my “rose posts”

this is my first post of a new series called rose posts where i write down thoughts which seem to spin around in my mind for awhile.

writing spontaneously has a lot of positive sides, i can just spill down a waterfall of words without trying to do a perfect job. I feel like blogging has to be perfect, so you see the best of me and so that i can give you my best advice (honestly most of my posts are just like that). But this should not be a rant about blogging or the community. Creating is all about mindset, if the only ambition on your mind is clicks or likes that is probably unhealthy. Blogging should be about creativity and expressing oneself. That’s why I came in here, not to make money or get attention. This has been on my mind for a couple of weeks which is why there has been a lack of posts and motivation. But I remembered that mindset is the key and i started writing to lift my spirits and maybe be quiet helpful which sharing my knowledge and experiences.

A rose post should be positive and soothing to read and it should create the feeling of comfort. If you like the idea cool and if you don’t that’s fine too. 🌹✨

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Everyday is Earth Day

this Sunday is the so-called “earth day” where various ngo’s and otheres want to drive our attention to our planet.

we seem to forget that earth is the only planet our species is able to live on.

everyone of us is responsible for our future.

Some Facts

  • climate change is real and natural but the increase in it is dangerous
  • water is a human right and in some countries (even the USA) not everyone has access to clean drinking water
  • the amount of CO2 in the air is damaging to us
  • the oceans are full of plastic
  • a lot of animal species are endangered (even giraffes)
  • the rainforest size is shrinking massively

“We have got one planet – one chance” – Tim Mcilrath

But now you will ask yourself: What can I do stop this?

  • First of all educate yourself! Read about environmental issues and what is causing the most damage (surprise it’s the meat industry).
  • Try to recycle and create less waste. It’s easy – take a bag to the grocery store instead of buying a plastic one (In the EU you have to pay for plastic bags in most countries).
  • Try to be aware of yourself and your habits, try to notice unnecessary plastic
  • Get involved in a local ngo which informs about environmental issues. If you are interested you can check out these NGOs:

Greenpeace – generally fighting for the environment and are involved in politics

Viva Con Agua – fighting to make drinking water available for everyone

  • check out your local organisations and try to shop more ecological ✨

My sources:

my brain & various movies, flyers and websites (message me if you want to know all of these)

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