These Aren’t Your Regular Self-Care Tips

Don’t feel guilty for taking a break. Some of you say sorry and write a whole post of apology… You really don’t need to! Most breaks from social media benefit a person’s mental health and that’s brilliant. I think we all should be spending less time on technology – especially now brighter season’s are coming (for the northern hemisphere at least). Life is for living, not sitting in your room trying to gain followers. Instead of scheduling breaks, just take them when you need to. In Winter I tend to blog a lot because there’s nothing to do outside! However, when spring comes, I go on walks and enjoy the world around me. You should try it too. 

A lot of social media is now filled up with ‘self-care’ and ‘how to be happy’. Though those accounts can bring smiles to people’s faces, nothing feels better than experiencing the warmth of sun on your face. No bubble bath can beat the satisfaction of ticking a task off the to-do list. 

Self-love comes in many different forms. Getting things done is more kind to yourself than watching Netflix.

Please do what is right for you. Don’t feel that you have to journal because you have a lot of thoughts on your mind. Just because working out benefits your friend, doesn’t mean it’s going to benefit you. Different things work for different people. These differences make us all unique and, as they say, variety is the spice of life.

I’m not going to apologise that this post is cheesy. I’m not going to let any of you apologise for taking care of yourself. 

erin x

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Turtles All The Way Down | Anxiety, OCD & Book Review

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I’ve just finished another John Green book!

I didn’t read the synopsis of Turtles All the Way Down before going into it. I’ve never done this with a book before, but I quite enjoyed being blind. From the first few pages, I gathered that the main protagonist suffered from severe anxiety and OCD. Though I do not understand the conditions much, the book explained as much as I needed to know. This book brings awareness to mental health conditions without glamourising it. The story is told from the standpoint of Aza, an anxious teenager. Lots of people on social media these days talk about their ‘anxiety’. I understand that some people use the platform to express their problems, but sometimes it’s just a self-diagnosis. I think it is very offensive to claim you have a disorder when you don’t. It can often be stress: which is a daily experience for most people (sadly).

Sorry, I just went off on a tangent.

Back to the review: I think that this book is a realistic insight into the mental health issue, though I cannot say for sure. If any of you have anxiety, would you explain it similarly to this book?

The characters were all so well-written. I loved travelling down Aza’s spirals of thoughts. I’m sure that this relates to the cover, with having a downward spiral.

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You may think the title is random, but your question will be answered: why is it called Turtles All The Way Down? It was one of my questions before I even had my hands on it.

The first paragraph begins with Aza eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The same ‘flavour’ sandwich is introduced in the middle and the end. Isn’t that brilliant? Green certainly knows his cyclical structures. Good job.

I very happily finished this book in one sitting. I hope to read again, sometime, and discover things that I missed the first time! What about you?

Have you read any of John Green? Do you think you will read TATWD?

 

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Rainbow Ice-Cream and Books With Gay Protagonists

Hello, welcome back to my blog! In celebration of pride month, I would like to share with you a book I have recently read called Noah Can’t Even. The main protagonist is socially awkward and figuring out his sexuality. I think it’s a brilliant read. Apparently there is a sequel, so I will have to look into it. I personally got very attached to Noah!

Today I indulged myself in an ice-cream, for which I have no regrets. It was the creamiest ice-cream I have ever eaten. Ever.

The reason I decided to get it was because of the cone. Maybe you’ve realised by now that I get very excited by pride month. However, I think that the LGBTQIA community should be celebrated all year round. It does make me smile when people get less judgemental of the community. Societies are gradually getting less and less homophobic (woo-hoo!). I don’t have much experience with transgender people (I don’t know any) so I can’t really talk about that subject. I’ll have to educate myself before sharing any thoughts on the Internet 😊

And as for me, I’m too young to decide my sexuality. I don’t like to be labelled as ‘straight’ ‘bisexual’ ‘lesbian’. Love is love. I’ve never been in a serious relationship so I don’t know who I’m attracted to. And that’s that.

I would love to hear some love stories in the comments 😉 Romance is becoming my favourite genre 😂

Have a great month 🏳️‍🌈

Nine-Word Poem | Humanity Is Living Dead

A twist on the six word story challenge!

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Why Some People Live More In Ten Year’s Than Others Do In 80 | Philosophy

Welcome to my philosophy. Some people believe that humans are superior because we have minds and brains. I would not like to preach, but humans are animals – scientifically, but could also be spiritually and religiously. That ant you killed today, has a mind too. The fact may seem irrelevant, but once you read this you’ll understand.

We all have different ways of communicating. This is where people misunderstand each other and begin confusion. Just because we can’t understand a cat doesn’t mean we are more superior to it. Before you jump to conclusions, saying that you can understand your pet, think about yourself. People sometimes don’t understand you, they twist your words as they pass them on. If humans can’t understand humans, humans can’t understand cats.

That was a bit of an absurd example but I am trying to explain as best I can with the limited vocabulary palette I own.

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