Dear Anxiety, You Suck.

I´m doing that blogger thing of staring at the blinking cursor and just not knowing where to start with this post. Truth is, this is not the post I wanted to go up today. But this is my little safe space on the internet where I talk about the things that are currently relevant to my life. As of right now, the most relevant thing for me is my anxiety. And it sucks.

50 Thoughts I Had While Watching Beauty & The Beast

Ever since I was a little child Disney films were my favourites... right after Barbie films (I was THAT girl). Telling tales of romance, family, friendship and bravery sprinkled with animal sidekicks, princesses and magic; what´s not to love for a little girl woman?! I still get super excited when there´s a new Disney film coming. Immediately, I knew I had to watch the new Beauty & The Beast and so I did last weekend. But what did I think of it? Ist is just as good or even better than the first Disney version? Here are 50 thoughts I had while watching the new Beauty and The Beast.

Warning: Spoilers ahead, proceed at your own risk.

7 Things To Make You Happy

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Despite the first day of spring having been on Monday I´ve been feeling pretty under the weather. I don´t know where this has come from but I know that I have to do something about it. And guessing from my Twitter feed, many of you are feeling similarly. I guess it´s down to this constant weather changing. But instead of sulking in self-pity here are seven things we can all do to feel happier!

Soak In Signs Of Spring

While it might look grey and dull outside most of the time right now, the weather predictions are actually quite positive. Spring is definitely on its way now and soon the glorious sunshine days will outweigh the rainy, dull ones. Also I can hear the birds chirp gin outside, there´s flowers and trees slowly blossoming everywhere and their smell is slowly taking over the air. Spending time outside and appreciating all the little signs of spring approaching will make you instantly happy. Just look at those happy, bright flowers!

Spending Time With Loved Ones

One thing that is guaranteed to make me happy is being around the people I love. As I´ve been at my parents for my semester break lately, I´ve been spending a lot more time with them and that is something that always pulls me out of a rut. Just being in contact with your loved ones, planning and doing activities can make all the difference in the world. As a little bonus, it´s sure to take your mind off of things and sometimes talking about whatever is putting you down can help you get through it.

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Escape The World

This might sound counterintuitive but getting out of your head and your problems for a moment can be so refreshing and make you instantly happy. It might even give you a solution which you haven´t thought of before just because you´re starting with a fresh and relaxed mind. So go, grab a book, catch up on Youtube, blogs or any tv show and just enjoy a bit of time outside of your own head.

Retail Therapy

I´m definitely not advising you to totally upset your bank balance here but treating yourself to something you´ve wanted for a long time can work wonders for your mind. This can be anything from the chocolate that has been banned from your diet, a new shirt you´ve fallen in love with or a foundation you´ve wanted to try for ages. Retail therapy doesn´t have to be about treating yourself to as many things as possible. Instead it can be about giving yourself a reward for a hard time and just something to cheer you up.

Bring Spring Into Your Home

If you can´t go outside because the weather still sucks, then just bring spring into your own walls. Get not hat good old spring clean an then start decorating again. Maybe even get some fresh flowers and dot them around with pastel colours. Those two things are always guaranteed to put a smile on my face. I´ve also discussed the healing powers of cleaning and getting rid of old things before and this is just one of the easiest things to do to clear your head and lift your spirit.

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Treat Your Body & Mind Right

This might sound ridiculous but we often abuse our mind and body to the point of breakdown. Making an effort to treat yourself right can make such a big difference to your happiness. Your body needs exercise, fresh air and nutrients. I always notice that after a period of eating only crap I feel like crap too. Making an effort to move your body just a bit (e.g. taking walks) and giving it nutrients can work wonders for me. Similarly, your mind needs rest and stimulation. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day is one of the main reasons I feel like crap. Allow your mind to relax in the evening by having a little pamper session and give it some much needed stimulation by going outside and changing your surroundings.

Appreciate Your Achievements

This is a very cheesy point but you can be so happy and proud of everything you´ve achieved in your life so far. You did survive 100% of the days in your life (which is an achievement tin itself) and you´ve dealt with and gone through a lot of hard times. It really doesn´t matter if you´ve not been productive in the last few weeks or if your grades suck right now or if your blog still doesn´t have thousands of followers. All that really matters is that you are here right now and that you did all of these amazing things in your life. Instead of knocking yourself down about everything that´s going wrong appreciate the things you achieved! That alone can make you so happy.

What works the switch in your brain to find happiness and motivation again will definitely depend on a lot of factors. In the end, it´s up to you to find that one thing that´ll do the trick. For me embracing the little signs of spring and the beauty of the season as well as cutting myself some slack and scheduling in relaxation times help a lot. That always goes hand in hand with spending more time outside which my mind definitely appreciates. I´m very much determined to get out of this rut and start working productively again and those seven things are definitely going to be a part of it.

What´s one thing that immediately puts you in a good mood? What signs of spring can you already see?

Battle Of The Beauty Sponges

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When I looked back through old posts for my Blog Photography Journey post I was very surprised to find that I have been talking about Beauty Blenders almost right from the start on. Can you believe they´ve been around for almost 4 years now? I feel like a Beauty Blender is a staple in every blogger´s makeup bag now. But they´re certainly not the only sponge applicator in the beauty universe. Recently these Silicon Sponges have been popping up all over instagram. They have been preached to be even better as they save product and blend everything into a flawless foundation. I was intrigued and ordered one for myself. Does it hold up to its claims? Which beauty sponge is actually better?

Note: I´ve been using a dupe for the Beauty Blender for years now. As I got the Silicone Sponge form Amazon, there´s a chance that it´s a dupe as well. Still, they serve the exact same purpose as their originals.

Blog Photography - My Journey & Tips

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On the 1st September 2013 I pressed publish on my first ever blog post. That´s so crazy to see written out! Obviously, my blog has been on a big journey ever since that first post. I have evolved, my design has changed multiple times, I´ve found my style of writing and most of all, my photography has gotten so much better (if I may say so myself). Because I always feel so inspired when reading how much other´s have improved in some part of their life I thought I´d share my journey with blog photography. I´ve also added a few helpful tips I wish someone had told me earlier.

Three Spring Outfits On A Budget

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Have you cleaned out your wardrobe for spring yet? I´ll admit it first: I haven´t. But I´m definitely looking forward to it. Mainly because cleaning out my wardrobe means I get to buy loads of new clothes, right? As a student I don't have a massive budget though. While scrolling through my favourite online shops recently I realized that I definitely won´t be able to fulfill all my wishes unless I robbed a bank (and that´s illegal even if you have a good reason for it). So I´ve set myself a little challenge and tried to create different spring looks based on three different websites within a budget of £80 each.

#Girlproblems - Switching Seasons

Pink Spring Flowers against Blue Sky
It´s March which means spring is finally coming! I´m writing this as the rain is pouring down my window but I´ve decided I´d rather focus on the beautiful tulips in front of me. It´s spring now! As happy as I am for the seasons changing (because I love them all equally) this is always associated with a few problems, especially for us girls. Life as a girl isn´t easy. Life as a boy isn´t either and don´t even get me started on minorities. But I´m coming from the standpoint of a 20-year-old woman/girl so I thought I´d approach all the problems we girls experience in a little series called #Girlproblems. Today let´s talk Switching Seasons.

5 Psychological Tests That Are Fooling You

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A very big part of studying Psychology is methodology (and statistics). It´s something almost all student moan about as it´s not "interesting enough". But here´s the thing: How are psychologists supposed to know what goes on in your mind without these standardized tests? Unfortunately, the mainstream media takes some of those tests and really hypes them up without looking behind their facade. Because the hype about some psychological tests drive me crazy, here are 5 hyped psychological tests that psychologists don´t use.

Reacting To Old Tags

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My sister recently turned 18 and I am so proud of everything she has achieved in life so far (she´s still my little baby sister though). I really wanted to gift her something memorable and made her a slideshow of her life so far. It was so much fun but it also meant I had to look through a bunch of old video clips and pictures of her and me. Oh my, was I an asshole as a kid and such an awkward teenager. I then started looking back through old posts on this blog and I did quite a few tags at the beginning which are cringy interesting to read. To embarrass myself even more (because that´s what this blog is for) I´m now sharing those old tags with you.