The Science Behind Self-Care

Over the past few years, self-care has been increasingly popular with the ever-growing acknowledgment of the mental health that plagues our society. Stress is our drug, it’s what keeps us going…right into an early grave. So naturally, we’ve decided that enough is enough, and we are just as important as what we’re fighting for. You can’t pour from an empty cup. But even with this common popularity, people still argue that they do care for themselves, and they can’t slow down too much. We can however agree that hygiene and taking care of your health is important and to that extent, I bring you to…The Science Behind Self Care.When It BeganAccording to ISF (International Self-Care Foundation), it was a movement that began during the 19th century and carried on into the 20th century. It was revolutionized as people began to accept the idea of the medical world. What It Is

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.”-Psych Central

Psych Central wrote an article summary on what Self-Care is-and isn’t. And in summary, it appears most everybody says the same thing-self care is taking care of those three aforementioned qualities.Why I’m Making a Whole Darn Series On ItI like to do research, and I like to make a point, but with facts, so here it is.What to Expect

  • Different Areas of Self-Care
  • Scientific Reasoning (A.K.A, Information pulled from studies/articles), on why you should focus on self-care.
  • Tips on how to manage self-care

I’m not a professional, by the way.I’m just a teenager who genuinely finds the reasoning behind these fascinating. I know last week I said I’d launch the series, but I wanted to provide an actual idea and cover what I mentioned above.That being said, I apologize for the delay, I got slammed with work, and then I’ve been procrastinating getting sick (it’s not worth explaining).Now, onto the sponsor.Today’s post is sponsored by FabFitFun. Fabfitfun is a seasonal subscription box that gives you a chance to experience quality products worth over 250 dollars combined, all for just $49.99. Fall’s box was a lot of fun, and I know they’re currently running a few a codes that gives you 50% off your purchase, so by clicking on the image bellow, and using for the code fall50, (for a limited time), you should be able to get 50% percent off this box, which will get you started down a path of, if nothing at the very least, some quality re-gifting. (Because if you’re cheap like myself and my mom, and some things make for great gifts for our friends).20190413_235924_00006191441673412637315.png

Back to School Lurnin’ Looks (Collab)

So school has or is starting back for most of us lernin’ children, and getting ready in the mornings can be…complicated. If you’re like me, you sleep in until thirty minutes to go. I don’t have attention to waste on a morning routine.

Or on anything, really. But that’s beside the point; it can be hard to find what to do, in a short amount of time-so, here I am, to give you everything you’ve ever asked for…in hair and make-up.

BUT before we continue, I want to say this blog is in collaboration with Bayance, and Aditi, both of whom, I highly suggest checking out. These girls are cool as hex, and this is a back to school COLLAB, so by checking out their blogs, you’ll unlock other Back To School tips, on how to survive making yourself look fashionable, and awake-when you’re actually half asleep.

Make-Up

Listen, I can’t do make-up. My foundation never matches my neck or actual skin tone (being half Asian has some flaws). I also have no balance, and my eyes usually end up…looking a little bit wonky.

I digress, the point is, Make-up; it can be complicated.

But it is a useful thing to have again, the art of confidence, the grace.

The ability to change your face. Maybe make yourself look like a celebrity. Get out of school.

I don’t have help for that, but I do have basic make-up ideas for my girls who are a little extra, and my girls who like to keep things natural.

Now, naturally, I want to state that you should use your foundation, and whatnot, that you find best for YOUR personal skin. I also want to say that this took some work to find some quality make-up ideas.

Au Natural

Simple, clean, probably takes ten minutes or so, and you can’t die with an eyeliner pen.

Again, pure, clean, natural. And my favorite, no death by eyeliner.

Now this one does have a bit more to it, but still embraces the more casual/natural look.

I do want to say that when it comes to this type of make-up, its definitely a little less stressful, and shouldn’t take as long. The outcome will naturally vary, but a general break down is…

Eyebrows:

Eyebrows are filled in ever so slightly, and with the natural shape of the brow.

Eyes:

Stick with the more natural eyeshadow. Browns, Beiges, blacks, and greys. To brighten it up a bit, do a light shimmery color, or spice it up with some highlight. Mascara should be your go-to, and if you feel like it, go a little daring with your eyeliner. In the picture above, she has rather thick lashes and a wing. Eyeliner is suggested to be kept at a minimum, don’t fly away with your makeup.

Cheeks: Highlight should be done in moderation, and bronzer or blush should be used in moderation.

Lipstick:

Keeping it neutral, go with a gloss, or just plan chapstick. Keeping the colors toward colors of your natural lip shade will help to give a guideline.

A Little Bit Wild

Sometimes, in make-up, you might find yourself feeling years-and, that’s great! Trying to keep bright colors that might really pop off your skin tone, is an excellent idea. Having it flow with your outfit will help complete the elaborate look.

When working on bold looks, having it flow, or focusing on specific areas are definitely options. As you can see, the eyes are the focus on this one, but it still draws attention to the rest of the look.

Eyebrows might be more detailed, and lipstick is more common in these looks. It doesn’t have to be the way you go, but matte lipstick is definitely a popular choice.

In Other Words…

Going a little bit funky on your make-up is far from bizarre, and can definitely express yourself in ways you verbally might not be feeling at the moment.

Eyebrows:

Eyebrows are to have distinctive shapes, and a bit more defined. They are more prominent in the way they are filled in, and of course, as stated, in shape.

Eyes: Consistently, Eyes are the center of focus, finding the right type of glue on (or even magnetic)eyelashes would help improve, or lengthening/thickening mascara. Go with bold colors that enhance the skin, but also offer a slight contrast. For eyeliner, try going for a colored liner, or a thick winged black liner. Going under your eyes will help to enhance the look.

Cheeks: Go with a strong highlight, and maybe even contour. Use more noticeable blush, or even spice it up with glitter.

Lips: Choosing a more subdued color is highly suggested, but not necessary. Matte or lipglosses lip glosses that have different colors are commonly used to bring consistency into the look, without overpowering it.

HAIR

So I’m a hair girl.

I have scrunchies up the wazoo, it’s a signature thing for me.

Mainly because I have two go-to hairstyles:

The half Up

(Not me but because my photos are problematic).

And of course, the high ponytail. Why, you may ask?

Because if I can’t allude energy, at least my hair will, and so help me if my hair will look like a cheerleader on an Energy drink.

The point is, I take pride in my hair and its many styles, and I have some styles if that’s your fancy, too.

So I give you, there versatile hairstyles, no matter what make-up you choose.

BONUS

A little bit classy, but casual all at once.

So, for hair, a few extra bonus tips:

So, with all these tips, I hope you find yourself ready to take on (or continue) with the school year in half-asleep confidence. What are your go-to styles and make-up looks? I’d love to know!

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Mourning Routine of a School Girl

 

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Well

I’m a student.

I know, I know what you’re thinking.

You’re shocked, you’re confused, and you’re horrified. Don’t worry, so am I.

And yet, I still have another seven years I get to undergo.

I digress, as a High School student, a school girl-a lernin’ child, I have a weird morning routine.

AS IN

I don’t have one at all; but I do have a mourning routine before I start school-and I do kind of have solutions to my mourning routine-and for you if you have one similar, too.

MOURNING SCHEDULE OF A SCHOOL LERNIN’ GIRL

(Oh the irony)

****WARNING THIS IS NOT TO BE USED DURING ACTUAL CLASS IN BRICK AND MORTAR SCHOOLS*****

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STAGE ONE

So like any normal lernin’ child, I start the mourning off with subtle dread, before the process starts. It looks a little like a dying cat, but with the flourish of a ballerina.

You know that feeling, that feeling you get where you’re trying to get yourself to do something but you can’t do something, because, well, you can’t.

Now, this stage is a pretty big stage, and it can be hard to hit. It may be level one of a boss battle, but then, when it comes to the Mourning Stages of  Learnin’ Child-everything is ten times worse.

As stated before, if I catch it in enough time, I do have a solution to this problem of mine.

It starts with a little reward and a little bit of time management.

I highly suggest starting off with an alarm. Set the alarm for a certain period of time (perhaps one hour), and reward yourself with something small, like maybe a chapter in the book your reading (but not video games, those can pull you so far in).

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STAGE TWO

So, you’ve manage to completely skip the dying cat stage. Somehow, you’ve managed to completely procrastinate your way through it-maybe you used my tips. That’s okay, I oftentimes manage to rationalize that, if I allow myself just a little bit more time, I’ll work longer next time. Hex, I’ll go as far as completely rebooting my system just to avoid having something block my search results.

I don’t know why, I’m just desperate to do something-anything different from school.

So you’ve hit stage two, and really, this is where things get tricky, considering there are only three notable stages of a mourning schedule.

So, stage two, the stage that seems impossible, you’ve done the above, or else you’ve managed nap right through the amount of time you should be awake-and welcome to the crunch time.

But of course, you could really use a nap to…so here’s my advice for you.

Pack up your books, because it’s time to leave what you know behind.

It’s best to find a new spot to study-a place you don’t know like the back of your hand-but know well enough. Drop yourself there, plug in a playlist, and get started. You might find yourself distracted at first, but using the same advice from above, and possibly making it a bit more of an enjoyable experience by treating yourself to a special drink and/or snack.

And for the Final Stage

Well, welcome to the end game of all stages. This stage-this final boss battle, it’s the most painful. This is where you’ve managed to do the above, all the while being half-asleep at the same time. And so here you are, minutes away from class. I know what you’re thinking.

There’s no hope here.

You’ve been defeated.

You’re in the final mourning stage, their’s no help, and you’re not awake.

Well grab your coffee and dark chocolate, and have a seat.

Writing things down helps to kick things into your brain, even while on autopilot. Put on Sims music or another game of your choice, and get started. Write every important piece you find on ONE notecard, and at the end of it all, read it. In your autopilot mode, read the notecard. Now, take a quick five minutes to walk, review the notecard, write down the information again, and, above all.

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Are you the type of person to be a mourner of your study schedule? And if so, how do you get out of the slump? I’d love to know!

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So I’ve Put Together a List of Writing Help

Well

So I’ve done a thing…

I’ve found some very interesting ways to improve your writing.

Whether it be prompts to tips on the internet-Welcome to your go-to-guide on Writing Help.

Let’s have a look-see at what’s been found.

1) Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts are incredibly helpful, and I believe I have found the best source, would The Fake Red Head. She has writing tips and prompts that can be accessed on both her blog-and on Pinterest.

2) Grammar Advice

If your anything like yours truly, you might find that you have a hard time with certain types of grammar rules/writing. There is help for that so you don’t have to spend hours browsing the internet looking for the perfect source, I can give you the one I learned from my English Class. (My college English class, so you know – educated). Grammar Girl has been the best-found source, and personally, I do enjoy the advice it gives. It offers the information, practice activities and provides it in a way that’s short and simple.

3) Character Creation

Having a hard time figuring out how to write a character-or even creating a character? Well here’s a Character Generator website for you to check out. It offer’s fun details about a character, and gives you a chance to expand your horizons on how you usually write characters!

4) Character Profile

Dani Lee Collins offers excellent tips and layout profile templates for those in. With an array of other articles on the website- this one, in particular, offers the templates that I would highly suggest using.

5) Grammar Checking

Unsurprisingly, one of the websites that I’m here to suggest to you is commonly known- and used already. If you haven’t heard of it though; and you’re looking for an excellent grammar checking website (I’m currently using it to write this post and if you think this version is bad, you should see the errors that pop up while writing it) is Grammarly. There are a variety of ways you could use Grammarly, and I actually used it to double-check errors made in my essays.

6) Story Structures

While there are a plethora of sources for finding the perfect way to layout your story,  Kristen Kieffer, of Well-Storied offers an excellent source, providing 3 plot structures -giving you the optimal options for your storytelling.

With these websites, I hope you find some help with whatever your struggles might be. I personally have recently discovered or used these sources for a while. As someone who’s just getting back into the writing game, I find myself more excited about the idea of using these.

And don’t worry, if you’re more of a mobile device user (I started off that way), then I have a list compiled of the apps I suggest for you.

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Have you used any of these sources-and if so, what are your thoughts? Do you have any source suggestions? I’d love to know!

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Articles Referenced

Kieffer, Kristen. “3 Awesome Plot Structures For Building Bestsellers – Well-Storied.” Well-Storied, Well-Storied., 8 Feb. 2015, https://www.well-storied.com/blog/3-awesome-plot-structures-for-building-bestsellers

Collins, Dani Lee. “Free Character Profile Template: The Author’s Journey.” Dani Lee Collins, 27 Nov. 2018, http://www.danileecollins.com/2018/05/character-profiles/

 

Story Starter Boot Camp: Settings

Now, I know what you’re thinking.

About food, most likely, or I don’t know, on the off chance you’re thinking about me posting…

Well…

I’m a teenager who takes a lot in, being a drill sergeant isn’t really my niche.

But you know what is?

Running this story starter boot camp!

It’s time to delve deep into the world of settings, and when I say world, I mean more then just your settings or world-this is becoming more complicated then it should be.

Sharpen your pencils, have a test “Clickety-clack” on your keyboard, and let’s “clickety-crack” down.

(I am SO not sorry).

*(Yes, I really am).

Settings can be complicated, especially for yours truly, often times I leave alot to be desired, and I think it’s something several writers can attest to having trouble with.

Especially when writing about a place you don’t know too much about, which is, when starting a story and setting the scene, I’ve got a few tips to get the inspiration grooven’ and the general information and fundamental’s moven’.

(Again I am both sorry, and not sorry).

1. Bust out the travel guides.

When creating a story, it’s often said that you write what you know-where you’ve been, what you’ve done, but if you’re anything like me, this concept can be a little awkward, as you try to write your stories furthest from reality. However, while writing what you know is a definite contender, I suggest you break out the travel guides, to get an idea of where you want your story to take place, and get some general information.

2. Map your place.

Now that you’ve chosen your place, whether it be city direct, or just a general providence/state, get a general idea of where your story is taking place. Are you creating a town in France? Where in France? Is it set permanently in France, or do they travel around? While these are things you might nowt have planned out just yet, it’s important to think about, and get a map set up of where you think the city, whether imaginary or real, is, and what opportunities surround it.

3. Dive into History

Now, I’m not a personal fan of History, I could never memorize dates, and to be honest, events don’t fascinate me as much as humans interactions.

*AHEM*

Psychology.

I digress, it’s still very important to have general information and history on this town, whether that’s something you have to create (I will release a blog post on this topic following boot camp), or a history existing. This will give you some description to play with, a possibly something to revert back to, should your story need it.

4. Research Cultures, Traditions, Religion, Population, and any other social aspects of things that occur in the country/area that your story is set in. It would be very strange to have a prominent Jewish community if it were actually Catholic or possibly Buddhist community. Make certain to note the struggles that your characters might have. Don’t forget to research the industry, and social status, as this information can also play into your character.

5. Research the Architecture, as well as the people’s responses to outsiders, and in general their responses to social situations.

I’m not sure how logical a Tudor home in predominately traditional Spanish style villas. It would also be strange to have the characters open to outsiders, if they were struggling after a war.

Of course, while this is just the general idea for setting the scene, a few more tips for this will be listed down below with your prompt of the day, and your tip.

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As always, I hope to see you back next week, pencil ready, thinking caps on, because we’re not even close to finished on your work of art.

Writing Emotions: Positive Emotions

Right, positive emotions. We have only positivity here folks, no self-deprecating thoughts, no sad emotions.

That’s right, let’s wash that all away, and acknowledge that we’re all beautiful amazing, creative people, who are slaying the writing game.

That being said, positive reactions to certain situations can be a bit more… complicated, so here’s my short guide to Positive Emotions, for your Positive…and you’re less positive characters.

  •   Moody Characters: These characters are the type who are more commonly written to “smirk”, then to smile *ahem* that’s a lie. If you’re trying to write them like an actual attitude-induced person, then please take it from your local expert, (me), that they aren’t actually cold, and they might smirk if it’s kinda funny, but don’t forget to write the inner charm, and make sure to write the smile that reaches the eyes.

*When writing this character, make certain that they’re not so broken that they can’t laugh at a comedy show, or smile at a video of a Step-Dad being given adoption papers. This wouldn’t make them moody, this would make them numb. They still are humans, and their loved ones aren’t the only ones who can make them giggle-they are, however, the only one’s that can light up their face, and that is the most positive reaction of them all.

  •  The Bubbly Character: The bubbly characters love when everybody is laughing, and nine-times-out-of-ten, won’t fully be laughing until everybody else is. These characters are usually more in tuned with positive emotions of others and will never feel laughter, unless everybody else is.

*All to often, bubbly characters are written to be the positive outlet, smiling at all times, and this is true, HOWEVER, in retrospect, they would more likely work themselves to stress trying to make someone smile, then they would be focused on their own.

  • The Edgy Character: They have a crass sense of humor, I’ll give you that. George in Rampage, is a brilliant depiction of an edgy character. He might be the type to cringe at a dad joke, but will definitely crack a smile at a “Guess I’ll die” joke. They wouldn’t be the type to laugh so much at a comedy routine, but at a fart joke during church.

*Edgy characters are more of the “class-lacking” type if you will, and can easily become that annoying kid in class that everybody hates, but can’t help but laugh at. However, even in the laughter, don’t be afraid to peel the layers in a character, and definitely DO NOT, leave the “Suicide” jokes lying in a book, without a clear up in what the character might be going through. They might act like a living meme, but like the meme-makers, or the scene-makers (from the show/movie/picture), their’s usually a deeper, or more hidden meaning.

  •  The Drama Character: You know, the ones that role their eyes at the edgy ones, get upset over simple jokes, but will definitely know how to “guffaw” too much at others jokes that they’re trying to suck up too. Usually, though, even though I’d like to say that they have a sense of humor, something tells me that even a Best Man Joke at a Wedding speech would kill them.

*Please DO NOT write a drama character without a soul, though, they might laugh, HOWEVER, as I mentioned, most jokes frustrate them, intentionally, or unintentionally.

  • Numb Characters: They’re numb, they won’t laugh, and with these characters, now’s about a good time to bust those bad-boys write open, and let your characters get a good idea of who they are.

*By this, I mean if someone asks why they aren’t enjoying it, they’d probably tell them why. Avoid too many emotions, and more specifically, watch the movements, all too often body positions can be taken the wrong way, so if they’re stance was defeated shoulders, one might expect sadness from them, rather then no emotions at all (more likely to use the “crossed arms” position, as this is a sign of close mindedness, and less attentive to what they might be hearing.

  •  The Wise Characters: These Characters laugh when they need, and smile the most, but given the chance, and they would most definitely use it for a lesson for both themselves and others.
  • The Intellectually Driven Ones: These characters wouldn’t be making only nerdy dad jokes, they’d also most commonly laugh at any joke that was correct, as in a joke about an impossible brain cancer wouldn’t be as funny as just a simple relatable joke about their mom.

*However, they common chance that they get stuck in a situation of laughter is rare, so be careful not to write it as a norm.

And guess what? That ends today’s short guide to Character Responses to laughter/playfulness. What are your thoughts? Is there anything I missed? How would you write these characters, and their responses? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

 

 

Writers Square: Negative Emotions Part Two

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the art of keeping up with a schedule-something I can’t relate too.

I am SO sorry, Monday was a weird day, and out of the ordinary, that being said, Today is Writers Square Day, TOMORROW is Skin Update day (and let me tell you it’s going to be a sad, sad, update).

So now, let’s all take in the positivity of writing negative, and get into common character responses to Negative Emotions.

So Last week, we more-or-less covered (without me mentioning what type of negative emotions, I am writer goals, aren’t I?), dealing with situations in which one might be sad, but what about those situations where your character might get angry, how would their responses be then?

  • The Sensitive Character: Not to be taken for weaklings, a sensitive character may break down and hide, possibly afraid of their own anger, or as a way of expressing their sorrow. Far to often, if a sensitive character is angry, it’s at themselves, rather than others. A sensitive character would only lose their temper in the following situations are to occur.

*If they are with loved ones. Often times if a sensitive character expresses anger, it is because they are with the ones they trust.

*If the situation is something they are really passionate about. I mean, really, really passionate about the situation, or the cause at hand.

*If they become the next character I’m covering for smooth transitions.

  • The Moody Character: These characters are the main characters of almost every title on Wattpad-the Bad Boys. And they can be represented quiet well, you know, in some ways. But more commonly then not, the moody ones will yell throw some punches, but most of all, really just give you the cold shoulder. In the situation that things get aggressive? Let’s have a look.

*If someone they love is hurt or challenged. Yes, this is common, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a firm believer that the Moody Characters are the first to throw a fist, but also, the last to give up, and this can be their saving, or hurting grace, depending on how you writer it.

*If they’re being challenged by someone who claims intelligence or something of the sort over them. Moody Characters are jealous, but that’s a post, for another time).

  • The Bubbly Character- Their typical response as a bubbly character in angering situations would most likely be a total Unikitty Situation. Spouting out positive words to fight the bad, however, they will use their fighting words, and most likely, they will hurt(but also not really), but in what situations?

*In situations that they have been pushed to their limits, they will snap. Often times, what they say will hurt those they love, but will be a little painful to others.

*When it comes to loved ones, bubbly ones tend to take on a “mama bear” status, ready to attack, and make it a shockingly painful treatment, however, be weary of turning them into monsters, because that is something, that if a bubbly character succeeded at, then they would become a sensitive one very quickly.

  • The Edgy Character: These characters tend to take on a more chill way of things, however, their eternal dialog is raging. Often times they might make jokes, or mock the person in an argument. When the going gets tough though, the edgy character would be the one most likely to take several steps back, and…cry.
  • The Drama Character: These characters will take it to an extreme. Often times their Ange will range from the start, and due to pride and the love for you know, drama, they’ll usually have a tendency to turn the situation into something huge real quick, only to…

*Step away, no matter the person, because it wasn’t actually…their fault. Seriously, nine times out of ten, it genuinely wasn’t, at least, intentionally. Good luck figuring out the lie.

  • Numb Characters: These characters don’t respond. They don’t joke, they really don’t do anything, and when the situation intensifies, they still, don’t do anything. However, are they completely depthless? Never, because their responses will full others, and some might say they’re…
  • The Wise Characters: Wise characters are never perfect, and unfortunately, in the worst situations, their response might be the most harsh of them all.

*These Characters will snap, and not just yell, often times they’re the ones to do the “off with their head” charade, that will have everyone in shock, and will walk off, becoming the previous character-the numb one.

  • The Intellectually Driven Character: These Characters will fight with their brains, and will refuse to show heart. Often times they will struggle to understand emotions, and will most likely stop fighting you, assuming that the oponet is the one who’s a fool. When they’re completely enraged, phowever…

*Not typically driven by passion for others, but rather for what they know. They will not be so rash as to pull the “off with their head”, but rather pull a very clever, ehem, “off with their head”.

And so, we conclude this week’s Writers Square. This is HaziWords, reminding you to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

Stay Ginchy!

HaziWords