Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Be Good to Yourself

Let all the other people in this world vanish from your head for a moment.  Zone in on yourself, minus other people's opinions getting in the way.  When you stop thinking about that certain someone, or that reputation - suddenly you depends on you, and it's just a little bit frightening.  Without other people's thoughts or validation, what are you?  Where does you come from?  How do you expand on this you?

I've been weirdly nice to myself for the last two days, and I'm writing this post now because I'm scared that it'll go away any minute now.  Here's a little list of what I've been trying to turn into good habits:



Reading my daily horoscope

You know how there's those news things on snapchat, on the same screen as everybody's stories?  Well, if you click on the one that says Vice, one of the articles is always your daily horoscope.  Now, because I live on the other side of the world from the US, the time difference is over 12 hours, meaning my daily horoscope arrives some time in the afternoon or evening.  So at the end of the day I check my daily horoscope, in order to not self prophesise, because however much the stars may be respected I am not letting them dictate what I do.  Instead I analyse my horoscope to see how well it relates to how my day has been, and it's been surprisingly accurate lately.  I feel like there's so much uncertainty in life, and having something that predicts how you're going, no matter how far fetched your interpretations have to be to connect it to your day, gives you a little bit more control and peace of mind.


Joining a book swap (or get a pen pal or something)

This may just be related to what I've done over the last couple of days, but this is one of them.  It involved me actually posting something on Facebook, which is a shocker but has also showed me how sometimes social media can be a good thing that connects people and possibly exposes them to new, unprecedented material.  Agreeing to this was good because it's left me excited.  I just love the idea of sending a book I love to a stranger.  I want to leave a little note on the book and everything, and maybe it'll make this person happy.  Not to mention, I also get a whole bunch of free books in return.



Watching a TED Talk every night

This is one habit I love.  I've watched TED talks on personality, motivation, racial identity... all sorts of things.  Late at night, before reading, I plug my headphones in, play the video, and just lie there.  Sometimes if I'm really tired I'll close my eyes and listen to the voice, and other times I'll be fully engaged and watching, even writing down a quote if something jumps out at me.  TED talks are wonderful, wonderful things, and watching one every night is a good excuse to learn something new.


Watching Gilmore Girls

This show is innocent, relatable and the perfect thing to make you feel a little happier and warm inside.


Going absolutely makeup free

Okay, so if you're going to an event, or you're seeing a boy/girl you want to impress... fine.  I get it.  Makeup is confidence sometimes.  But what about all those days where you're literally just doing your usual?  Yes, you might be in public - but does it really matter?  Don't make putting makeup on become a daily ritual.  Your skin will thank you, and eventually your self confidence will too.



Trying free opportunities

So today we went to a free yoga class at school.  I mean, it wasn't great and it was a little dodgy, but it was nice to try something new.  It's like how in the holidays we went to a free boxing class, and a free weights class, or how we walked through free art galleries.  Doing stuff out of the norm makes you feel accomplished and more full, and the fact that it's free makes you feel even better.


Writing more

For the longest time I was only writing in my diary once a week maybe.  There was this month or two long period where I had absolutely no blog post inspiration, and no longing to even write one.  But over the last week I've been writing in my diary almost every day.  What I write about changes drastically on a day to day basis, because clearly my problems are situational, and my mind works in an 'out of sight, out of mind' way - but writing everything down makes me feel great and in control.  Having my thoughts laid out in words on a page makes me feel like I know myself better.  I know that not everybody's a diary person, but try writing whatever comes to your head down.  Just once.


Good luck and have a nice day.

Love,
M

20 comments:

  1. Making yourself happy and giving more time to your self is so important sometimes! These are wonderful ideas. I especially love the book pen pal idea

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    1. Ah I really really want a pen pal. It's a pity no one really writes letters anymore :(

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  2. Making time for yourself is super important! I love all of these habits, and I think I'll be adopting them as well. I really do want to get back into journaling every day, I miss it.

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    1. You should start again! And reading over your journal once you've done it for a while is honestly one of the most satisfying feelings. Having a book dedicated to your thoughts makes you feel like what you do matters, you know?

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  3. TED Talks are really important-- I can't even comprehend how people have survived without them. The book pen pal thing looks exceptionally exciting! Getting little things via snail mail is the best!

    xoxo Morning

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    1. TED Talks honestly expand you so much in a mere 20 minutes or less.

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  4. I really do think treating yourself, exploring new things and just even reminding yourself of the good things in life really do make a difference in your own self belief.

    www.nocatgotmytongue.blogspot.ie

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  5. These are all such helpful tips! <3 I'm glad you're feeling better, dear.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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  6. Dude YES! I love all of these! I used to check my horoscope every day but, unlike you I saw it in the morning and there's just way too much temptation to let it dictate my day! Maybe I'll check it at the end of the day instead (; As for TED talks... I used to do this! Don't know why I stopped, but I honestly think I'll go back to doing this. You can never _not_ learn anything from a TED talk. I've always wanted a pen-pal-- my grandmother (she's like, 89 now!) was lucky to have one as a hold during the war and they're STILL writing to eachother. It's such a great idea-- whether online or via the lost art of writing letters... How did you get involved in the book exchange? I totally also agree with the makeup thing. I know some of my friends go to the gym with a full face but I cannot imagine that. I've been ditching it in the mornings when I go running-- you're gonna be sweaty and gross anyways, why waste product on a striving-to-sweat-healthily group of facial pores? All in all, awesome habit list, and I honestly wish you the best of luck in coming weeks (: something tells me you've found a good groove!!
    xx
    Steph

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    1. Horoscopes make me feel so in tune with the universe, weirdly... AND YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S SITUATION SOUNDS AWESOME!! I honestly want that so badly. As for the book exchange, it was just some tag on Facebook so I'm not sure where it really came from or anything. And exercise should be an individual strengthening type thing, because we want to be healthy and better physically as well as mentally. That's why I find gyms somewhat like you're exercising on display. Why not go outside or work out at home?

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  7. Taking sometime for yourself can make a world of a difference.

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  8. Is it weird that i agree with everything here lol. And isn't it weird how Gilmore Girls makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?Or maybe it's just me and my nostalgia.And gurrl you deserve to be good to yourself!!!

    http://nownotforever.blogspot.co.ke

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    1. Gilmore Girls is perfect. I just want to be Rori Gilmore.

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  9. All I saw was Gilmore Girls, and I knew we were friends. <3 xoxo

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    1. LOVE LOVE LOVE GILMORE GIRLS

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  10. Love this post!!!

    Ruby x

    www.rubys-eyes.blogspot.com

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