In this post I’m going to talk about 20 ways that I like to spend time alone. Disclaimer: the things I consider to be fun may not be fun to you, what’s fun to you may not be fun to me. We’re all different and we all have unique taste. Let’s respect that. Hope you enjoy 🙂
1. Dress up/do my makeup
I like to try on different clothes and discover styles that may suit me. I typically don’t feel good about myself so experimenting with clothes and doing my makeup really can be fun sometimes. It gives me that confidence boost that I always need. And not only that but doing this helps me get to know more about my overall fashion taste.
2. Catch up on my favourite YouTube channels
Life can be hectic and busy sometimes so catching up on some of my favourite YouTube channels (such as makeup collections, DIY, home tours and haul videos) makes me feel that I have access to the break that I need. It’s just really nice sometimes to unplug and watch videos which I can learn and enhance my own skills from.
3. Discover new music
Although the music that I currently listen to is nice, I must admit that sometimes I get bored of listening to the same music every day. So I like to browse through undiscovered, low key artists – and to be honest I end up finding some of the best songs I feel like I should have listened to a long time ago. Old is gold!!!
4. Organize my room/wardrobe
Sometimes I love looking through my stuff to admire what I have and in the process of doing that I somehow end up organizing my entire room and wardrobe. There’s just something therapeutic about organizing and it’s always worth it when my room feels like a cluttered mess. It’s the feeling of cleaning, somehow makes me feel like I’m cleaning up my entire life too.
5. Vacuum every room of the house
This is going to sound weird but I like the sound that the vacuum cleaner makes. It feels like genuine alone time because the only thing that’s really on my mind is just me, the vacuum cleaner and my complete focus on vacuuming the entire house. The plus side is that it gets my blood pumping so it’s good exercise too.
6. Visit the library
I am fortunate enough to have access to a very big, traditional local library which is very close to where I live. I visit it quite often because it’s peaceful and not many people go there which is perfect for me. It gives me plenty of time to focus on getting my alone time and just catching up with general work for myself. I pick out random books and read through them to get inspiration. I do believe that the library is a great place to be, that’s where new ideas can be born and transformed.
7. Spend time on Pinterest
I’d say that my all time favourite social media app is pinterest. The main reason why is because of the endless ideas and inspiration that exists there in comparison to other social media apps. There’s so much pretty things to look at on pinterest, I can never resist logging in to that app and scrolling and pinning stuff for hours. Not only that, but I really love sharing my own work and ideas too, it makes me feel like I really own the platform and am part of such a mind blowing vibe of creativity. Pinterest is my absolute favourite, I don’t know where I’d be without it.
8. Paint my nails
I don’t paint my nails often so the majority of the time they are plain and yes, very boring to look at. So now and then, I like to paint my nails to add a bit of colour to my hands so that when I’m typing on a keyboard, I can look down at my hands and be proud that my nails look good, lol… I don’t know… I think that sounds weird but yeah. That’s that.
9. Curl my hair
My hair is always straight so I like experimenting with my curler to see how I look with curly hair. It gets boring doing the same hairstyle all the time so I like switching it up sometimes by adding soft curls to my hair.
10. Browse through different websites
I don’t always do this but rarely, I like researching websites from different niche/category groups and looking through their layout/content to spark ideas for my own website and content too. I try not to look at other websites because I’d rather keep my own stuff as unique as possible. I like thinking of ideas for and by myself.
Yes, I still like colouring. No, it’s not childish. In fact colouring is good for your brain and overall mental health. It helps you to reduce symptoms such as stress and anxiety. I have a colouring book which has different pattern outlines. I find that when I colour, I feel that my brain is focused on the simple activity of colouring, and nothing else becomes a distraction, suddenly my brain just feels relaxed.
12. Apply a face mask
At least twice a week I like to apply a face mask to rejuvenate my skin. I like to call this a part of my self-care routine because it honestly feels relaxing to just lay back and feel the mask setting in to the skin. Each time it takes up to 15 – 20 minutes to complete a face mask but I think it’s definitely worth the investment.
I shower literally every. single. day. I am obsessed with showering, I usually do so after I complete my exercise/work out routine after 9pm. Yes that’s quite late but that’s when I prefer to shower. Just before bed time. I feel much cleaner and sleep better. And also, when I’m in the shower I like to get in to a deep thinking mode about life, which explains why some days I take longer to shower than other days. But in the end I come out feeling refreshed so that makes me happy.
I like going out to big shopping centres on my own and looking around different high end shops for things to buy. I don’t always end up buying, but just the feeling of walking and looking at cool things has the power alone to make me feel like I’m spending quality time with myself. It makes me happy. Of course I’m even more happier when I make purchases on things that I love!
15. Read a self-help book
I don’t read much books, but when I do, I read mostly self-help books. I think that it is such a good investment to read such books because in the end they will help and inspire you to work on improving yourself and be the best version of yourself.
16. Imagine my dream life
I like thinking about my future, it keeps me motivated to work hard. My dream life isn’t all about a fancy house, fancy cars and millions of cash, but it’s all about happiness and peace. It’s about living the kind of life that personally makes me feel good, satisfied, over the moon and grateful. My idea of a dream life might not be the same for everyone, but I know what I want and I like to think about it a lot.
17. Research healthy meals
Currently, or should I say, for most of my life I just know about basic meals. I’m not really adventurous with food. And I don’t really know how to cook much. So in my spare time I tend to research healthy meals that appeal to me. I take notes of them and write down ingredients that I need, then for future reference I can look back and recreate those meals successfully. I don’t do this often but I wish in the future I have more time to do so.
18. Go through my social media posts
Believe it or not, I stalk my own social media content way more than I stalk other people’s content. I like looking back and reviewing my own stuff, comparing my own progress to previous months/years. It helps me reflect on how much I have grown as a person. I never get boring of doing this, lol. I spend hours and hours focusing on my own stuff.
19. Look for journal inspiration
I have always been inspired by the idea of having a journal, and I do own a few journal/notebooks. Unfortunately I can’t always be creative every day and I tend to run out of ideas, so I like looking through other journal page ideas on sites like Instagram and YouTube and recreate them for my own. I don’t have the best work so allowing myself to be inspired by other great journal creators really motivates me to fill up my own journal space just like they do.
Finally, last but not least, exercise is my absolute favourite way to spend time alone. I like to call it “me time” because that’s when I can be away from everyone, and just stay stuck inside a room all to myself with the exercise machines. I like being active and maintaining good health, so exercise can be really fun, especially knowing that I’m in control of increasing strength for my body because I don’t like to be weak.
You have now reached to the end of this post, thank you for reading! Also, don’t forget to leave a comment below with your thoughts and opinions. Let me know some of your own fun ways that you spend time alone. Share your ideas for the world to read, drop a comment 🙂
The Cold, Harsh Truth About “Detox” Products That You Never Knew
In the world of beauty, health and fitness business, the word “detox” is far too commonly used. For example, you may get offered skincare products such as a detox face mask that promises to help completely remove your blemishes if you use it in the exact way that it has been described on the packaging/label. But the sad truth is that “detoxing” doesn’t actually work; speaking medically, “detoxing” is nonsense. And simply enough, the only real way to get healthy is by diet and exercise.
In this modern era where social media (such as Instagram) exposes “flawless” fitness models to its audience every single day, it is so easy to get sucked in by the detox industry, especially when you are continuously following profiles that show off beautiful skin. You get blown away by the idea of cleansing away your many years of unhealthy eating habits and believe it to be the medicine to your sugar filled calorie intakes and sleepless nights. But wait… before you decide to take steps to a clinical detox solution, you need to first understand the concept of detoxing on a much deeper level: this whole idea that you can completely purify your entire system of flaws and leave your skin spotless and untouchable by toxins – is a scam. It’s a made up concept and the purpose behind it is to sell you products so that substantial profits are being made. It’s all part of business.
Edzard Ernst from Exeter University describes two types of detox where “one is respectable and the other one isn’t”. He goes on to explain that people with life-threatening illnesses that start from conditions such as drug addictions deserve medical treatment, and this may be regarded as a respectable detox. However, the not so respectable one is simply the word “detox” being hijacked by entrepreneurs who want to sell a bogus treatment that apparently detoxifies all the toxins from your body.
Detox doesn’t make sense because you would most likely be dead if toxins actually built up in a way that your body couldn’t excrete. And, the healthy body has kidneys, a liver, lungs, skin, all of which are detoxifying as we speak. So, there is no actual way – and most definitely not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.
Too many products out there in the market mention “toxins” as the poisonous substances that you take in to your body, even though it’s not certain what those toxins are. A group of UK Scientists in 2009 carried out an experiment where they had made contact with the manufactures of 15 products that were being brought from pharmacies and supermarkets that promised to detoxify. These products ranged from dietary supplements to shampoos and smoothies. What’s weird, is that when evidence was being asked for behind the claims, not even one manufacture was able to define what they meant by detoxification. And yet, shelves are overloaded with products with “detox” stuck on their packaging..
The thing is, nowadays you can buy pretty much detoxifying-anything including supplement tablets, face masks, shower gels, yoga treatments, as well as seven-day detox diets – yes you might lose weight but the only reason why you’ll lose it is because you’ll have went without proper food for a week, and unfortunately that has little to do with toxins. Ernst describes all this as a scandal because “it’s criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street who would love to have a simple remedy that frees him of his sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that it could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”
So let’s talk about alcoholics. Would a detox from alcohol be a good thing? Of course it would be great to go days without alcohol as part of your lifestyle, and it may even give you the opportunity to think about your drinking habits if you’re drinking above the limit. However, the idea that your liver needs to be “purified” through detox is just ridiculous.
If you think about it, the best lifestyle detox involves not smoking or drinking, avoiding processed foods, doing plenty of exercise and overall just enjoying a balanced diet as much as possible, all of which is healthy for you. Just imagine a diet full of all the right treatment and care that your body needs. Wholegrain cereals, fruits, vegetables, plenty of water, sleep, etc. All of this naturally strengthens your immune system without the need for a so called “detox”. So why do all those detox advertisements make you feel like you need to punish yourself in order to be healthy?
In conclusion, I can tell you that detox will never benefit you in the long-run. Sure, you want results from detox, and you’ll get them – but the effects of all those products and treatments will not last for as long as you live. If I could invent an actual definition for the word “detox”, then it would be “getting to the bottom and root cause of every problem in your life and work towards fixing them naturally to ensure the happiest and healthiest version of yourself”. I’m sorry, but you need to be committed to healing the right way, not through some temporary relief in the name of “detox”.
5 Beautiful Reasons Why Traveling Is Good For Your Mind And Soul
In this blog post I’m going to discuss 5 points which explain why traveling can be good for your mind and soul. I hope you enjoy reading. 🙂
1. The less stress, the higher mental well-being
The benefits are enjoyed without distinction, regardless of the type of trip you make, either a long trip abroad or a short getaway to a nearby destination. Leaving the routine behind produces a state of relaxation that reduces stress to unsuspected limits. Traveling is the best way to live in the present and worry only about what you are going to live on a specific day. This directly influences mental health, since according to studies conducted by the University of Arizona, people who make a couple of trips a year have less predisposition to be tense, are more satisfied, and enjoy a better quality of life.
2. Your brain thanks you
Until recently, scientists thought that the brain did not follow its development once adulthood was reached. Today it is known that our minds can continue to grow, neurons can create new connections, and even new neurons can be formed thanks to the training and stimulation of our brain. Scientists find the key in facing the brain to novelty, challenge, and variety. Key pieces that are activated when we plan and enjoy a trip. The need to adapt to a new environment and make a mental map of the places visited are activities that generate a strong mental stimulus, even in people who already have a neurological disease. So there is nothing better for your brain than to take a trip.
3. A stronger heart
According to various studies, traveling reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, especially in people over 45 years. On the other hand, when we travel we stay longer in motion, we walk more and develop more social activities, so that the activity of our circulatory system is benefited. Being on vacation in a different destination than usual also breaks the monotony for our organs.
4. Self-esteem through the clouds
Traveling is a challenge for the body and mind when moving to situations that break our usual dynamics. On many occasions traveling makes us leave our comfort zone, live with different customs, new gastronomies and face unknown languages. Face all these situations and move forward, manage to “survive” in a different place boosts our self-esteem as almost nothing else could do, helping to regain that self-confidence that we sometimes lose in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
5. Time for ourselves
Taking a trip helps us take a distance from our lives and problems. A break can make us find new ways to solve a problem. It helps us to see the difficulties with perspective and relativize the problems that make us worry too much. Learning to value what you have is much easier when you enjoy time to reflect, and this makes us feel better about ourselves.
Traveling makes you happy
Finally, I must add that travel creates illusions, new memories, and links with people of all cultures and races, as well as irreplaceable experiences, since no material good can replace them. From these studies, a definitive conclusion is drawn; traveling makes us happier, in a unique and special way.
6 Great Practices To Be Mentally Strong
6 Great Practices To Be Mentally Strong
Every day we must make decisions and, although some have more impact than others, our future depends on them. There are situations in which it is good to listen to our hearts and let it guide us; However, there are others in which it is better not to get carried away easily by the feelings and decide with the brain. Those who do this are called mentally strong.
These people think well before making a decision. They also put into practice some good customs from which we can all learn:
1. Don’t be afraid of the challenges
It is natural to be afraid of the unknown, to fail, not to do a good job, etc. Sometimes we can be too much of a perfectionist, too judgmental of ourselves, or we have a bad habit of setting high expectations and comparing ourselves to others. All these bad thoughts prevent one from daring to accept new challenges and difficulties. Mentally strong people know that, while it is true that failure is probable if they do not take risks, they can never learn or overcome.
2. Accept the changes
The changes are never easy, but they have a great reward in the process and in the result. If a change is hard to bring, pray constantly for God to provide the necessary wisdom and patience.
3. Look for opportunities
Sometimes, opportunities come to us; Sometimes, you have to go looking for them. Mentally strong people know that persistence is the key to success. If a situation does not go as expected, they continue in the search for new possibilities and do not give up until they find them. They know firsthand that if they fail, again and again, it does not mean that they are unsuccessful, but that they have not tried hard enough.
4. Have a positive mind
People who let their emotions guide themselves are predisposed to a situation without having tried. This bad attitude prevents them from seeing the positive side of life and paralyzes their progress. It is important to understand that every circumstance has a positive side and that if one concentrates on it, it is much simpler to have a more affordable and efficient behavior.
5. Know how to handle criticism
Someone once said criticism hurts like a shower of bricks. Receiving such a blow leaves wounds and marks; However, if you know how to take advantage of them, you could build a house with them. Not all criticism is usually true, but at all times, you can learn from it. Instead of taking negative comments as a discouragement, they should be seen as an incentive to improve and get ahead.
6. Learn from mistakes
Many inventors throughout history had to do many trial and error practices. If they had given up on the first attempt, we would never have been able to enjoy the things we have today. Similarly, mentally strong people see their mistakes as one more attempt, but not as the end result. They make their failures guide them to seek excellence in everything.
…So that’s the complete 6 practices of being mentally strong. What did you think of them? Do you agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below, I look forward to reading them 🙂
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