All posts tagged: psychology

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 …

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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3 Signs you might not be a real introvert – maybe you’re an extrovert or ambivert?🤷‍♀️

As an introvert, I know what it feels like to be one. I was born an introvert, and I will most certainly die an introvert as well. It’s nothing that changes over time or that I can influence to change. So, you could say, at this point, I’m quite sure that there is no way I will ever experience what it feels like not to be an introvert. (Scary thought that there are people who don’t know what it feels like, huh?) As an introvert, I’m quite sure I know how most introverts feel like deep inside. I know from my own experience where particular behavior comes from, and I think I can kind of predict it as well, thanks to my knowledge in psychology. I don’t believe that people don’t have a free will – even an introvert can behave totally differently to their personality if they want to. Still, I think that most of us have specific behaviorism in common, making it easy to tell us from extroverts apart. Have you been mistyping …

Do we become more introverted or extroverted with age?

“Do we become more introverted or extroverted with age?” – This question is one of the most interesting ones for an introvert like me who is very interested in human psychology and personality development, and also loves to have deep discussions! Many introverts are interested in these types of topics for various reasons, which is also why I want to share with you my experiences and thoughts about this specific topic today! My experience: Has my introversion changed over the years? At first, this seemed like a tough question to answer, especially since I just started with my health psychology study and try my best to adjust my lifestyle to my personality. But the more I began to think about it, the clearer I saw my viewpoint on this. Before I tell you exactly what my opinion about this whole topic is, let me tell you a bit about my own experiences! When I was a young kid, I always knew that I was different compared to other kids my age: I never particularly liked …

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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 …

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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 …

Why being spontaneous is hard for introverts

For the longest time, I actually thought that I was the most spontaneous person on earth.  I always disliked having plans or setting dates into my calendar. I felt like I needed maximum flexibility every day of the year. Committing to plans? No way. Even the thought made me feel like I’m putting myself into a prison. There are only a few exceptions I was willing to make – other than that, I tried my best to avoid these kinds of things. But does that make me spontaneous? No, it doesn’t. I just recently discovered that the reason for “planning” my life this way was more based on fear than anything else. The fear of letting go, the fear of the unknown … even the fear of leaving my normal daily routine that made me feel safe. As an introvert, I can tell you that being “spontaneous” is not exactly something I like doing. And if you’re honest with yourself, you might feel the same way about that – and that’s totally okay! Because, you …

5 reasons why you should love being an introvert

I know that many introverts are currently on their path of self-acceptance and self-love which I totally love. But I also know how hard this can be sometimes, therefore today’s blog post is all about embracing your introverted self! So, in case you’re having a bad day today and/or are just disliking some parts of your introverted personality right now, I hope this little list of reasons to love being an introvert helps you to shift your thinking at least a little bit and makes you become more selfloving of yourself (again). Embracing who you are isn’t always easy, I totally get that (been there, done that), but I know that every little step counts. So we have to do just a little step today and I hope every other step after today will feel a lot easier and lighter in the future. So let’s go! As an introvert, you are… …. naturally very empathic! We are really good at understanding human emotions, and as people who are very sensitive to outside stimulation, we notice …

How to make and maintain new friendships as an introvert

As I’m living the life of an introvert myself, I know from my own experience how hard it can be to make friends. Real friends. Those you can count on whenever something happens, who are there for when you need their help or advice and who would always have your back if you’re in a situation. Not that those situations would happen, since most of us introverts usually live a very calm and settled life but – you know – just in case! Who wouldn’t want to have a reliable friend like that?  Growing up as the introverted kid that I was (and still am), I definitely struggled with finding the right people and becoming friends with them! I used to be a very shy and reserved kind of person which – guess what – wasn’t really the easiest foundation to make any kind of friendships but I eventually figured it out and found a way around it. So here I am today, explaining to you how to make real friends and connections yourself so …

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The fear of wasting your time and how I managed to lose it completely

Time. We all know about the concept of time. Every day consists of 24 hours. Every hour has 60 minutes. Every minute has 60 seconds. And most importantly: time never stops. As you are starting to read this blog post, time is passing by every millisecond. Sometimes we notice it because we are used to looking at a clock multiple times a day. On other times its nature that tells us. When the sun sets, we know the evening has arrived. When the sun rises, we know that a new day has begun. Times rules everything. It tells us when we have to get to bed. It tells us when we have to arrive at work. And it for sure tells us, how much free time we have left after returning home. And if you’re an introvert like me, “free time” is the most important part of the day for you. Free time is the most important time of the day for mostly every introvert In my free time I do all the things I …