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We have been at this for what? March was what? Three months?

All this time we have been inside the home and getting crazy, many people have already finished their Netflix queues or rewatched Lord of the Rings entirely in one sitting. 

Some have finished the videogames that they couldn’t because of work. 

Others have taken to writing to keep sane. 

And most of us are reaching peaks of anxiety because of the news. 

My country is one of the few whose President is still downplaying this thing, and the numbers that are being reported do not match reality. 

This are uncertain times. 

Which is why we need to have routines and habits in place to ground ourselves. 

Routines and habits can give us an anchor, a feeling of control. 

I personally use an app called Fabulous. (the free version, I’m not made of money). It is a habit developing app, it helps to build a morning routine that is quite necessary right now, and this are some of the things that I do in mine.  

1- Drink Water 

After sleeping your body hasn’t drunk water in hours. Hydration keeps the mind sane and helps you feel less hopeless.  

2- Eat a big breakfast 

Eating a healthy breakfast helps build your mood, and if you work on something like trying new recipes you can get a sense of completion. Cook a lot of things!

3- Exercise. 

We make a lot of happy chemicals, we rely on other humans to create serotonin and oxytocin. But to fight anxiety we can rely on dopamine and endorphins. We get dopamine from sugar. We can get endorphins from exercise. 

I have been doing an indoor routine that the app recommends, it’s seven minutes long. And you can vary the exercises it doesn’t have to be what the app recommends. 

Other musings. 

Sure, I can say, get some time to write and fit it into the routine, but let’s be honest, if we haven’t been able to do it before, with these issues it is not easier. 

Which is why I take a page from “How to ADHD” and have created transition times. 

Between normal work or chores or whatever, take some time to listen to music, chat with people through the web, scroll through Tumblr. Do something that doesn’t stress you out. 

Yet…There is one thing that has helped me with my writing. 

A change of phrasing. 

Instead of “I have to” or “I must”, words that we associate with chores. 

Use. 

“I get to…” or “I can…” (I am partial to “I get to”) This imply opportunity, something that you “Get to enjoy”, “get to write”. 

It doesn’t “have to” be your WIP, but you could “get to” create something new, or try something new. 

You could write a post on quarantines, or reach to other writeblrs. 

You could also exercise a “Do Nothing” time. Some time where you get to just lay down and let your imagination drift. 

Personally. I have learned to juggle. 

To finish I just want to remind you all, that we are writers, creators, artists. 

You don’t have to keep up with the news. 

You could use this time to research. Follow the rabbit and fall down a curiosity hole in Wikipedia. 

Be disgusted. Be amazed. 

We can challenge ourselves to be better. 

Or simply challenge each other sane. 

I leave this here for people to build on. Share recipes. Share stories. Share art. Share the skills you aim to master, or a creative list of these movies/books to analyze during this isolation time. 

And if anyone needs it, here is the how to adhd video. 

Stay safe, stay inside.

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hello :) hope you all are well

I’ve started bullet journaling again, so here’s my April spread (excuse the handwriting).

The habits I’m tracking this month are:

working out - I’m doing the Fierce at Home program on this app called SWEAT: Kayla Itsines Fitness and trying to reach 10,000 steps everyday by walking with my dad.

no snacks - I’ve been stress/bored eating lately, so I’m trying to stop that.

brush teeth at 10 pm - ever since self-isolation began, I’ve been getting ready for bed around 12 am and going to sleep around 1:30-3:00am. This kinda messes up the next day for me because I would like to wake up at 8 am and get a decent amount of sleep.

ap review - i really need the motivation to start reviewing for my ap exams because time is passing by pretty quickly 😅.

learn korean - i’ve been slowly learning korean for the past year, and i think this is the best time to advance even further! it’s also a good break from all the school work :). my goal is to at least learn one word a day and learn new grammar once a week.

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A really interesting and inspiring video from a guy who challenged himself to do something for 30 days. And then something else for another 30 days, and so on, for a whole year. This is what he learned. I thought that @jacqattacq might like this with her #2020habitchallenge 😊

1st April 2020

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THE FRENCH NOVEL

CHAPTER 16: LES JOURS HEUREUX

La télé. Deux jours. Trois jours. Aujourd’hui, c’est lundi. Un jour. Ils regardent la télé. Il regarde la télé chaque jour. Jour. Elle regarde la télé. Ils regardent la télé. Chaque matin ils regardent la télé. Elle regarde la télé. Trois jours.

Les enfants. C’est mardi aujourd’hui. Les enfants. Elles jouent avec le chien. Duo joue avec le chat. Les enfants jouent. Chaque soir. Un enfant. Chaque soir. Après le dîner. Après. Les enfants jouent chaque jour. Chaque mardi. Duo joue avec le chat. Après le déjeuner.

Le journal. Je lis chaque soir. Je lis beaucoup. Lundi, mardi, mercredi. C’est l’après-midi. Après-midi. Très souvent. Tu lis beaucoup? Mercredi. J’écris souvent. Je lis souvent. Le journal. Tu lis le journal? C’est mercredi aujourd’hui. Tu lis souvent?

La nuit. Le lit. Chaque nuit. Je dors dans le lit. Chaque jeudi. Jeudi. Je lis chaque vendredi. Deux nuits. J’ai deux enfants. Deux nuits. Deux nuits. Jeudi, vendredi. Je dors beaucoup. J’ai un chien et un chat. Je dors dans le lit. Deux nuits.

La radio. C’est dimanche aujourd’hui! Dimanche. Samedi. J’écoute. Nous écoutons parfois la radio. Parfois. Samedi. Samedi, dimanche. Nous écoutons la radio. Chaque soir j’écoute cette musique. J’écoute souvent cette musique.

(Translation:

The TV. Two days. Three days. Today, it’s Monday. A day. They watch TV. He watches TV every day. Day. She watches TV. They watch TV. Every morning they watch TV. She watches TV. Three days.

The children. It’s Tuesday today. The children. They [fem.] play with the dog. Duo plays with the cat. The children play. Every evening. A child. Every evening. After dinner. After. The children play every day. Every Tuesday. Duo plays with the cat. After lunch.

The newspaper. I read every evening. I read a lot. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. It’s the afternoon. Afternoon. Very often. Do you [sing. inf.] read a lot? Wednesday. I often write. I often read. The newspaper. Do you [sing. inf.] read the newspaper? It’s Wednesday today. Do you [sing. inf.] read often?

The night. The bed. Every night. I sleep in the bed. Every Thursday. Thursday. I read every Friday. Two nights. I have two kids. Two nights. Two nights. Thursday, Friday. I sleep a lot. I have a dog and a cat. I sleep in the bed. Two nights.

The radio. It’s Sunday today! Sunday. Saturday. I am listening. We sometimes listen to the radio. Sometimes. Saturday. Saturday, Sunday. We listen to the radio. Every evening I listen to this music. I often listen to this music.)

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“you’re gone and i gotta stay High all the time to keep You off my mind.”

“Y bebí todo mi dinero, sabía un poco a soledad, te has ido y tengo que estar drogado todo el tiempo para mantenerte fuera de mi mente.”

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Mental Health. It’s hard. It is so hard to understand sometimes or more like I’m hard to understand sometimes. This topic seems so heavy and so light at the same time for me. I made this blog for my academic project but I’ve felt so attached to it that I may continue even. Why though? Why would I continue this blog even though it’s only supposed to be for my project?

Let me tell you its cause of our topic right now. My mental health isn’t as great. I caught myself doing things I wish I didn’t. I get caught harassing the person I simply HATE the most in the world, myself. I hated this person for so long and now I have to learn to love this person? That was my goal with this blog.

This blog…I used to have one back in the day. I have been told by my psychiatrist that blogging is healthy. So I decided to come back to it. I don’t know what I’m doing honestly. I have been dumbed down by bad thoughts and bad boys, no not the type to wear denim jackets and smirk at the camera but by boys who have left scars into my being. I don’t know if this is a blog or just a story honestly. I had friends who told me to stop from all of these boys cause of the amount of damage they do. Before I started posting yesterday I was crying over a boy. I hate how much I cried so I decided I’m going to start loving the person who I blamed all of life’s problems on.

Mental Health is such a shaky topic for me it’s unstable because I was once unstable. I still drink medicine for it. I’m not depressed but I used to be severely depressed. When I mean depressed I mean not right now. My head is a piece of sh*t. I hate it. I hate me and that’s why I made this blog. I’m going to blog and blog and tell stories about myself. I’m not hoping to get attention over here. I’m hoping to heal. I’m not used to doing this however. I’m not used to loving myself and I’m not used to taking care of myself but I know I’ll eventually learn. I have a small portion of love inside me left and I hope to make it last.

This blog seems like a dream for me. It’s beautiful but it might fade as soon as possible. I’m happy about this blog however. I want to ramble on and on about my experience with something because even though I love my friends they won’t be able to handle to towers and castles of words I have about a song I just heard. This blog will help with that. I might lose interest at times but that’s why I need it. If I keep myself enjoying and keep being busy then I’ll eventually learn to do the things I don’t know how to do now. This feels like my self-care. Sitting in front of the computer just typing my heart away every day. It’s not going to be easy however. It’s going to be difficult like loving myself. There will be days where in I don’t have a topic or I don’t have love for myself but that’s the point, I say this repetitively, If I love or write when I don’t feel like it then I’ll learn to do it as a habit. My teacher did say…Life is made out of habits.

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What I do in the morning to make it productive

  • I always wake up around 6 or 7 ☀
  • Make my bed
  • Tidy up the room (I’m currently living in a dormitory, I’m an Erasmus student 🇨🇿)
  • Change my clothes 👕
  • Open the windows
  • Read my Bible 🙏🏻
  • Have a coffee or a tea 🍵
  • Study something on coursesa or Edx
  • Read 1 chapter of a book 📙
  • Skincare 💄
  • Do some exercise
  • Shower
  • Start studying 📚
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Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Your brain needs 21 days to learn an habit,

YOU CAN DO IT!

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To Keep Or Change A Habit

I took a look at habits by listing ones which are considered as “keeping” meaning they already are a habit such as watching the news on a sofa, but I also looked at “changing” habits which means they are not currently widely recognised as news-type viewership media. By creating a list of habitual and non-habitual viewership types, I will later be able to take a look back at these and recognise which media is suitable to my selected idea, for example if I choose news about fictional books this topic will not be suitable in a work environment.

Changing habits is always more difficult than keeping them; a lot of people have to first “hit the stone” before others begin to roll it further. Such an idea must be innovative and people will need to see potential, this can be more-so achieved if the changed habit is easier to operate and work with. For example people took a lot longer to learn how to use a telephone than they did to learn how to use the internet and Twitter, this is simply because the telephone was a new habit which didnt focus much attention on being easy to use and understood while the other ideas were a continuation or a “rolling stone” of the first that knew what users expected. Only after a while people begin to learn, understand and live with this new habit which was the same scenario we seen when cars were first introduced.

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- doubting yourself

- keeping stuff to yourself (try talking to a trusted person in your life)

- biting your nails

- comparing yourself to others

- listening to others opinions about how you look

- procrastinating

- always having to be right (admit your mistakes & get over it)

- using your phone ALL DAY

- putting others down to feel better about yourself

- keeping quiet about something you’re passionate about

- keeping toxic people in your life

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I read somewhere that it takes two weeks to establish a habit…unless we are talking about crystal meth, because I’ve read that habit forms pretty immediately.  I would consider this to be about the two week mark for my pandemic living.  I would consider the habits of what used to be daily living changed and a new pattern mostly established.

My new daily life still consists of being at home, going to work and going to the barn to ride Violet.  Sounds much like my old life, however in my new life I  see less of the humans in my close circle of friends and family because…social distancing.  This part is my least favorite part of my new life. Going to work has also changed.  It has become more like going into a daily battle.  I dress and head into work and I don’t always know what to expect.  Shopping and prescription filling habits have changed.  Shoppers are more methodical…get what they need quickly and get out quickly.  The initial surge of humans who requested early refills of their life sustaining medicine has subsided a bit.  

Not everyone still goes to work like I do.  For those who are laid off or now working from home, I can’t imagine how much more foreign this new world is.  I still have work to fill some of my days and keep a familiar structure.  I do imagine (and correct me if I’m wrong) that being plunged into a daily life of no structure is extremely hard to adjust to, especially if you’ve got any sort of already existing  depression or anxiety.  I can also imagine if you didn’t have any metal health issues prior to this, you are about to find out what it’s like to have some (welcome to the club).

I’ve noticed a new surge in cooking and baking at home.  Yesterday, I made four  loaves of bread because I had the time to do it.  I also did several loads of laundry because I had the time to do it all at once. I’ve seen pictures on social media that other humans are doing the same.  

I’ve never seen so many people taking walks.  Kudos to the humans that are staying resilient, dedicated to physical fitness and finding ways to occupy their time without the use of gyms.  

Phone calls have also come back in fashion as we strive to stay connected during this isolation.  I spend more time reaching out to the humans in my close circle of friends and family via text, phone call and FaceTime than I used to. 

This new way of life is still a bit foreign and yet it’s also becoming more familiar…more “normal” if you will. New habits are being established, new ways of living are being adopted.  I can’t help but wonder what life will look like on the other side of this (mostly because my anxiety make me think ahead so I have things to worry about).  Will we remember all the activities that we now deem non-essential and go back to them?  Or perhaps just some of them?  Will we keep the new habits that keep us more connected to the humans in our lives and will we appreciate those human connections more than we once did?  

Time will tell, my friends.  Time will tell.

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Quarantine challenge

Because I have been feeling so low and unmotivated over the las couple of weeks, I decided to take better care of myself and build better habits. Over the next couple of weeks I will try to:

  • Do my face care routine every day
  • Take my vitamins every day
  • Workout at least 5x a week
  • Eat healthy and minfully
  • Study, read or do something productive and beneficial for 8h a day

It’s not too much, but it’s a start. After I get used to this I would like to incorporate meditation, journaling, learning new skills and reducing my social media time.

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Loosen up the frown, make them feel alive. Oh, make it fast and greasy, I’m numb and way too easy…

You’re gone and I gotta stay, high all the time, to keep you off my mind. Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh. High all the time, to keep you off my mind. Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh. Spend my days locked in a haze, tryna forget you babe, I fall back down. Gotta stay high all my life, to forget I’m missing you. Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh..

Staying in my play pretend, where the fun ain’t got no end. Ooh, can’t go home alone again, need someone to numb the pain…

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