Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #2.1

Thank you!

I want to thank Rosell Jardinico for nominating me for this award. She has an awesome blog with lifestyle, minimalism, food, travel and lots more. Be sure to check it out by clicking here. 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog

My Questions:

Do you consider yourself as a minimalist? A maximalist? Or somewhere in between?

I really want to be a minimalist but if I’m being honest I’m probably something in between.

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What’s your favorite thing you own and why?

My phone- it’s helping me stay in touch with everyone I love. 

Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?

A lot of stuff I did as a teenager I regret. I was kind of an asshole and stupid when it came to making decisions. 

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What do you consider your ultimate comfort food?

My mum’s khichdi or kimchi stew.

What are the ways/your ways to deal stress and anxiety in this Pandemic?

Meditation, yoga, maintaining a routine and staying busy. I have a detailed post on it in case you’re interested. You can check it out by clicking here. 

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My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.

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Ways To Remain Positive During Hard Times

Mental Health Awareness Month

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would do a post about “Ways To Remain Positive During Difficult Times” as I know for a lot of people the last few weeks/months have been very difficult and it may be difficult to remain positive when so much negativity is surrounding us. It may be even more difficult for people who were already suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. I think we could all use something positive right now and that’s why I decided to share these today. I just want to remind everyone that if you feel like you need someone to talk to about the situation please feel free to reach out via social media or email both of which is listed below.

Happy jar


This is something I found out about a few years ago and I think it’s a really great and fun way to remind yourself to be happy. Basically, what you do is get a jar and then write all your happy memories on pieces of paper and put them in the jar. When you’re feeling depressed or just sad you take out a couple of the papers until you start to feel better. This will remind you that things are not always bad and bad moments don’t last forever.

Take a walk


Personally, I’ve always found walking to be really relaxing and calming especially if it’s in an area that has some kind of nature around it- maybe some plants/trees. It helps you get some fresh air which is really good for your brain especially when you’re feeling down and it allows you to kind of step back and relax.
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Breathe


Sometimes all you need to do is take a few deep breathes. It’s pretty much as simple as that! Taking deep breathes can help you with stress, anxiety and other stress related issues. It can have an instantly calming effect on your mind and body and some people even use breathing techniques to stop panic attacks. There are multiple types of breathing techniques that you can find online and trying them out may help you find the perfect breathing technique for you.

Meditation/yoga


Meditation and yoga can be extremely beneficial especially if they’re done regularly and long term. It helps your mind break out of negative thought patterns and it helps you increase positive thoughts. It also helps you have better control over your mind and body. It can be quite calming as well.

Talk to people you love


Sometimes all you need to do is talk to someone you love/care about. It can really bring a lot of positivity into your life to just express your thoughts and emotions. Expressing yourself with help you get the burden off your shoulder and it will help you to see that you are not alone. Especially right now with everything going on it’s quite easy to feel alone and out of touch with others. So do reach out to someone you care about and talk to them.

Seek Help

If you or someone you know are experiences mental health problems please seek professional health. It can be extremely beneficial to talk to a professional. There are sites that offer online therapy sessions for those who may not be able to go to therapy.
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Ways To Remain Calm

It can be difficult to stay calm with everything going on and it’s natural to be worried. But remaining calm and doing your best will be much more helpful to you and everyone around you and these techniques can help you to remain calm:
Yoga/meditation- Yoga and meditation can be very relaxing especially when you do it after waking up because it helps you throughout the day. Try taking some time- even if it’s fifteen minutes- to do some yoga and meditation at the beginning of the day. Over time you end up learning how to stay relaxed and calm in stressful situations which can be very helpful.
Breathing techniques- Breathing techniques can really help you stay calm and relaxed. Learning breathing techniques that work for you can really help you out.
Online meditation apps- It can be difficult for people to meditate on their own especially when they’re starting out and that’s totally okay. Since this isn’t the best time to go to meditation classes in person meditation apps can be a great substitute. To find  the perfect meditation app for you click here.
Surround yourself with positivity- Even though it’s not the easiest thing to be surrounded by positive news right now it can help to take a break from reading the news and read something positive for a while even if it’s just some positive quotes or a pictures of cute animals.
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Changing Your Routine To Ease Your Anxiety

As you guys know I talk a lot about anxiety and my experience with it on this blog. I have received so much positive feedback from everyone which is so amazing and I really appreciate it. I’ve also received a lot of comments from people who are going through something similar and so I thought I would share what I’ve been doing recently to help ease my anxiety which has really been helping me a lot.

Technology- You’ve probably heard a lot of people say that technology is bad for people with anxiety or mental illness but I tend to argue against that. I don’t think technology is bad for your anxiety as long as you use it right. There is a lot of stuff that you can do that will worsen your anxiety but there are a lot of benefits too. For example, I love meditation apps (check out my favourite five here), yoga tutorials, and my recent favourite relaxation/meditation music. At the moment I have been listening to Aroshanti’s ‘Zen Relaxation’ album which is doing wonders for me. It is a mix of Japanese Shakuhachi and Chinese Dizi flutes, echoed with Tibetan chanting which has really been helping me relax. I usually listen to the tracks “Compassion”, “Inner Peace”, and “Inner Illumination” in the morning to help start my day with positivity and calmness and in the evening I usually listen to “Acceptance”, “Stillness of Zen” and “Inner Peace” which has really been helping with my insomnia.

     

Meditation/yoga- Meditation and yoga both in the morning and evenings is really helpful too and if you suffer from anxiety I would definitely recommend trying to meditate or do yoga for at least a few minutes everyday. Meditation has really helped me calm my mind and regain control of my feelings. Yoga is helping to control my body and mind as well as help me open up and be more in touch with my emotions.

     

Relaxation- A lot of times we are so preoccupied with our life we forget to slow down and just breathe. Seriously, try sitting down and just taking deep breaths! It is such a wonderful experience and really clears your mind and helps get rid of pent up energy/anxiety. I usually like to listen to “Acceptance” or when I feel stressed out I like to listen to “Searching Within Zen” by Aroshanti which helps me think logically and helps me find solutions to my problems without freaking out. You should definitely try taking a few minutes every morning and night to just relax and calm yourself down.

       

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How To Relax

I know this is a bit of a random “how-to” but the truth is that our lives have become so fast and we’re so used to doing something that we have kind of forgotten how to relax and do nothing for a while. We’re always stressed about something or the other and we’re constantly thinking of the future instead of concentrating on the present. Our brain is always switched on no matter what and sometimes we just need to turn it off for a while. Here are some things you can do to relax your mind and just switch off your brain for a bit!

Yoga– If you’re a beginner in yoga try some super easy beginner poses and if you’re used to doing yoga try out some harder poses that help you relax. There are lots of specific poses that are there to help you calm down and feel at ease. Yoga definitely helps keep your mind off everything that’s stressing you out and it makes you physically and psychologically healthier!

 

Meditation– I’m not going to lie, this is much harder than most people think. Meditation is great but you need some practice before you learn to not let your mind drift. However once you learn how to do it right it’s a great way to switch off your brain and just relax.

 

Watch TV– TV is always a great way to take it easy and relax! It helps distract your mind for a while from life! I would recommend watching something intense so you’re really into it.

 

Hobbies- Instead of stressing out or letting your brain run free do something you enjoy doing like cooking, makeup, reading, playing an instrument etc. It’s always a good distraction and a great opportunity to take some time off from your schedule and do something for yourself that you like!

Eat- Honestly, there is no problem food can’t solve! If you’re on a diet have a delicious salad with extra dressing and if not I would recommend stuffing your face with pizza (that always works for me). Food helps you forget about your problems and concentrate on the present.

 

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How To Look After Your Mental Health When Physically Sick

Recently I was really sick and I realised it affected my mental health more than it should have. When I thought about it I noticed that my physical health plays a big role in my mental health and when I’m feeling sick physically my mental health also seems to deteriorate. It’s like your brain knows your defences are down and it attacks. Anyway, these are some of the things that help me out with that and I hope they help you too!

  1. Talk to someone- talk to your family members, friends or even a professional if you feel as though your physical illness is seriously effecting your mental health. Talk to someone and tell them how you feel. I can not emphasize enough how important it is to make sure as you recover physically you are feeling good with your mental health too.
  2. Meditation and yoga- if you can’t do a lot of stretchy yoga positions there are still some really easy ones that pretty much consist of lying down or sitting. If you still feel as though you can’t do these try doing some meditation. You don’t even have to move to meditate and it’ll make you feel tons better to just clear your head for a bit and relax.
  3. Check for side effects- A lot of medicines have horrible side effects including things like depression, anxiety and insomnia. If you already suffer from any of these they might make them a lot worse so make sure you know what you’re taking and that it doesn’t have these side effects. Or if you can’t change your meds try taking something along with them to counter the side effects.
  4. Talk to your doctor ahead of time- Talk to your doctor and let him know if you have any mental disorders that you fear may have gotten worse or will get worse because of your physical illness. Be open about it because that’s the only way they’ll know what’s going on with you. And even though it can be terrifying to open up about your mental illness/es it’s important to remember they’re professionals and it’s their job to treat you not judge you.
  5. Take extra care of yourself- Remember that you should be the most important person in your life. Take care of yourself- eat healthy, drink lots of fluids, get lots of rest and just do whatever it takes to make a speedy recovery. Once you feel better physically, you’ll feel better mentally too.
  6. Stay distracted- Read, sleep, play games, start working on your doctorate… whatever, just keep yourself distracted from negative thoughts. I’m usually not one to say distract yourself or bottle up your thoughts but sometimes it’s better than dealing with them when you’re already feeling down. You can deal with them when you get better.

If you feel like your mental health is still not improving please seek medical help as soon as you can.

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My Daily Routine

I got the idea to do this post purplebutterfly964, on my “Ideas” post. She is always so supportive of my blog! Thank you so much for the idea! I hope you guys enjoy this post, it’s a little different

I wake up on the morning!

And then I drink a smoothie because I used to drink coffee/tea but I’m off caffeine now. And I usually don’t eat in the morning because eating in the morning just makes me feel nauseous and disgusting. Then I usually do about half an hour of meditation or an hour of yoga which helps make my entire day more positive!

Then I usually go to my blog and read a bunch of posts from you guys and respond to my notifications!

Then I make some lunch! I’ve been super into cooking these days for some reason it just really relaxes me!

And once I’m done with lunch and look a little like this:

I check out my blog again and post if it’s a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Then I read for a while.

Or if I’m not in the mood to read, I write.

And if I’m not in the mood to write either I do some art.

And then since the cats usually wake up by the time I’m done with any of the above I go play with them for a bit!

Sometimes I go out shopping in the afternoon too.

Or hang out with my friends when they’re not busy with work or university!

Then I make some dinner.

Then I watch some TV with my family!

Than I write for a bit and check up on my blog. After that I do a German lesson for about half an hour.

Then I meditate because I can’t sleep without meditating because my mind refuses to shut up!

And then I finally go to sleep and my day ends!

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One Lovely Blog Award! #2

I really want to thank wavesofawesomeness for nominating me for this award! Thank you so much and I am so sorry it took me forever to do this! Wavesofawesomeness has an amazing blog so please do check it out because the blog has a bunch of different niches and I am sure you’re going to find a bunch of posts you love there!

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link.
  2. Post about the award
  3. 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate bloggers and notify them
  5. Give your readers good news.

Facts About Myself:

  • I am obsessed with makeup and anything to do with makeup
  • I am currently learning German
  • I want to travel the world
  • I love cooking
  • I love animated movies and TV shows
  • I hate carrots
  • I’m really into yoga and meditation right now

My Nominees Are:

Shweta Suresh

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tonysonblogger

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Shay-lon Moss

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