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24 things I’ve learned in 24 years as an introvert

Today is my birthday!  And because I’m officially turning 24 today (everybody seems to think I’m a lot younger!), I wanted to take a moment to share with you 24 things I’ve learned in the last 24 years as an introverted young woman in this world. May this inspire you to never stop growing and take every chance you can get to make yourself happy during this life! 1. It’s okay to worry and overthink, but you can alter the direction of your thoughts! “What can I learn from this? What’s an alternative right now? Can I change my situation?” 99% of the time, focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel helps so much. 2. Your words matter so much more than you think! More so, the words you hesitated to speak and never ended up saying out loud are the words with the most meaning and also the ones that should’ve been spoken. 3. Start looking for the beauty within yourself! This goes beyond your looks. Look deeper! Your personality is what makes you beautiful, …

Overthinking: Why it’s hard to stop & my tips to break the cycle

The past days, or should I say weeks, haven’t been easy for me. I’ve been struggling a lot with overthinking, especially in the past days, and it feels like it’s reaching its peak at this very second I’m writing this. My head feels like it’s going to explode any minute, my thoughts are spiraling inside my head, and I feel so incredibly mentally exhausted. Still, I somehow can’t make it stop. Negative thoughts, worries, self-doubt.Does this sound familiar to you? A couple of days ago, I posted a little introvert reminder on Instagram, saying: “Some thoughts are not worth overthinking.” Oh boy, am I right with this. And still, here I am sitting on my laptop on this wonderful Thursday evening, overthinking and overthinking… and driving myself mad… Does that make me a hypocrite and a failure? Of course not. Even I, someone who understands a lot about mental health and studies health psychology at university, struggles like every other human being. And overthinking is really my kryptonite… If you’re an overthinker like me, you …

Why where you live matters as an introvert (and HSP)

This probably doesn’t come to you as a surprise considering my website’s name (and on every other social media platform), but let me say it anyway: I’m german 🙂 And you might have already guessed it, I also live in Germany. More specifically, I live in the south of Germany, somewhere quite a bit outside of Bavaria’s biggest city Munich. And let me tell you, I’m so incredibly glad about the location I live in. Far away from the city, but also close enough that going to the city doesn’t take longer than an hour. (In case I need to be there for some reason.) After getting to know myself better and better over the past years and learning about my introversion and highly sensitive nature, I’m incredibly thankful that I don’t live in or too close to the city. And to be honest with you… the happier I become in my own skin, the more I actually crave to move away even more. Funny enough, it hasn’t always been this way! When I was a teenager, …

Positive affirmations for introverts 🌼

In case you are struggling right now or feel insecure about yourself, I gathered a few very powerful positive affirmations that you can use for yourself in your daily life. Either print out this whole blog post or select a few to write down on a piece of paper! I promise, reading them out loud or in your head every day will absolutely improve your mental state and how you perceive yourself as an introvert. Daily positive affirmations for introverts: „I am whole.“ „I am enough.“ „I am worthy of love.“ „I respect my own boundaries.“ „I love who I am.“ „I am aware of my needs.“ „I let go of judging myself.“ „I am proud of who I am.“ „I can achieve everything I want in my own time.“ „I deserve to rest.“ „I embrace my uniqueness.“ „I conquer my fears with little steps.“ „I am unstoppable.“ „I am powerful.“ „I am strong.“ „I attract the people who are good for me.“ „I allow myself to grow through making mistakes.“ „I am happy.“ „I …

CBD: My experience as an Introvert, HSP & Migraineur + why I use it regularly

AD | Werbung I first started to use CBD Oil about around 5 months ago. After debating about taking it for a little while, I managed to build up the courage to give it a go for the first time. Yes, I was a little bit concerned at the beginning, to be honest. I’ve been hearing so many different things about CBD online that made me a little bit unsure about it, nonetheless, I decided that I need to try it to see if it’s something for me. It didn’t take long for me to start doing my research, and by the end of the month, I ordered my first ever bottle of CBD mouth oil online. And honestly, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! How does CBD work? The body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a major role in your body’s central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors co-ordinate several functions in your body like, for example, …

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Self-care tips for bad days as an introvert

I think we all have those weird days where we don’t really feel like ourselves. Everything could possibly make us cry, nothing really makes us happy, and we don’t want to talk to anyone! Often, it feels like there is no real reasoning behind it, but we know that there is this huge imbalance inside of us that really wants to be taken care of. If you feel like that right now, I hope this will help you get out of this negative mental state again! Step-by-step: Self-care for bad days 1. Slow down, my friend! Drop everything you intended to do today and slow down. You are your top priority right now, so don’t be too hard on yourself, put away the leftover tasks for today, and postpone every single one of them until you feel like yourself again. This is important. Give yourself the space to breathe again and remove any unnecessary stress that could affect your mental well-being right now. Your introverted self needs a pause from everything! 2. Turn off your …

My meditation journey & how to start practicing

“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.” – J. Donald Walters As an introvert, I have a deep love for meditation.I started my very own meditation practice roughly half a year ago and I meditate at least three times a week, sometimes even daily, depending on the given circumstances. I have been meditating long before that every now and then, but I didn’t practice it regularly nor did I took it very seriously back then. I used to do it more for fun than for any real purpose, and I often forgot about it right away after doing it only once every few weeks. I always thought it was rather boring, hard to do, and nothing that I “really needed”.Well… until the last semester of my study at university! My starting point… It was at the beginning of my last semester at university when I suddenly began to experience severe anxiety. The finals were approaching faster and faster every day. …

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How to get started: Intuitive journaling for introverts

If you’re one of my followers on Instagram, you know that I love to journal! This has many reasons, one being that I find it to be an incredibly relaxing and grounding practice and two, also experience it to be a very helpful tool to explore my inner world without creating more chaos in it. That’s why, nowadays, I journal nearly every day – depending on the current life circumstances I’m in. Sometimes I skip a couple of days, but when I do, I always kind of miss it from my routine.  How have I started my (intuitive) journaling practice? I started my journaling practice back in September 2019 as part of a gratitude exercise I was doing at that time. This gratitude exercise was supposed to help me see more positivity in my life and create an overall more positive outlook on life itself. This mainly included writing down lists of things that I was grateful each day for a time span of four weeks into a journal or diary.  After the second week of writing …

What I learned in my first week of quarantine + my tips on how to cope with fear!

I live with my parents (and my younger sister) in a suburban area in Germany, and luckily enough, we are a household full of introverts! Sounds perfect, right? Must be so good when you are forced to self-quarantine with each other, you might think. And I agree with you to a certain extent! We are like every other introvert out there. Each of us loves to spend time alone, preferably at home, while unconsciously avoiding social contact with other people.  We all do have friends and things to do outside of our home like, for example, work, running errands, or going to school or university, but as the introverts that we are, we usually prefer to return home whenever we can just to be by ourselves again. So, whenever I would return home from somewhere myself, I knew everybody else would be at home, too. You can say, that I’m pretty used to having all my family around all the time – it has been like that since my early childhood and never really changed. …

How to properly take care of your introverted personality during self-quarantine

I’m sure, as you have been reading the title of today’s blog post, you were wondering what this will be about. Maybe you questioned yourself if you would learn something new reading this. I can assure you, you will! Why? You ask. Because the majority of us introverts, even though we spent so much time alone and with ourselves, have no clue how to properly take care of themselves. And let me tell you, I didn’t know about it for the longest time, too! In times of pandemic outbreaks like the coronavirus, it is now more important than ever to sit down for a second and think about what you need to maintain a positive and happy mind. But – this can be harder than you might think, especially if you don’t live on your own and/or have to take care of more than just yourself. Why is taking care of yourself so important right now? Your mental health directly influences your physical well-being. Ignoring your needs is the worst thing you could do for …