Monday, July 14, 2014

Loot Crate!!!




A lot of people probably have already heard of this subscription box, but if you haven't yet, I highly advise you to check it out. I recently signed up for it and I'm so excited. It's a subscription box called Loot Crate where you get a bunch of geeky things sent to you every month in the mail. This can be video game merchandise, comic book merchandise, etc. The subscription box is around $19 a month and this month's theme is villains. There are 4 days left to sign up for the July box, and if you're interested in comic books and gaming, then I'd definitely suggest signing up. I know that last month was a Transformers themed box and it included a really cool figurine and a t-shirt.

There's a mega crate that one lucky winner will get each month that includes tons of things valued at over $750. But even if you don't manage to get that, the subscription box is still worth it with all the amazing things that they'll send you. If you're not into gaming or comic books, you could still buy this as possibly a birthday present of some sort for any family members that you know of that are interested in things like this. It's like they'll be getting a gift in the mail every month thanks to you! :)

If you want to check it out, go to lootcrate.com.  Also, if you want to learn a bit more about the subscription box, here's a video from Loot Crate's website:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Criticism -- Self or Otherwise


We all deal with criticism one way or another, whether it's created in our own minds (we are our own worst critics, of course) or said by someone else. I self-criticize myself all the time to the detriment of my self-esteem, and perhaps you criticize yourself a lot as well. Constructive criticism can be used for good. Perhaps you'll get a better grade, perhaps you'll do better with your writing skills, etc. But non-constructive criticism can be used to the detriment of everything. If you're constantly criticizing yourself, or listening to other critics who are not offering constructive criticism but rather practically bullying you, then you're not going to improve yourself or learn to love yourself. Remember that you are worthy, regardless of what anyone thinks of you. Stop being your own worst critic. Don't think of yourself as ugly, don't nitpick every little detail about you, because otherwise you're not going to be having any fun in your life whatsoever. If you let tons of criticism hold you back, you're never going to live. Instead your life is going to be filled with regrets.

I'm not talking about constructive criticism. I'm talking about the criticism that tears you down rather than builds you up. Don't listen to haters, even if you're your own hater. Regardless of who you are, you're gorgeous and worthy of love and kindness. I know that's been said a million times by tons of people, and you may still not believe it -- but it's true. It doesn't matter how many times someone tells you, until you convince yourself that it's true. Stop spending so much time tearing yourself down. Don't focus so much on negative talk that you stop focusing on positive things that people have said about you. No, I'm not asking you to think of yourself as perfect or to constantly be bubbling over with happiness. I'm asking you to take your imperfections as they are and your mistakes as they are, and instead of constantly focusing on them to the detriment of everything else, focus more on your good side, all of the things you like about yourself. A lot of people have a difficult time loving themselves because they think there's something selfish about that, but there truly isn't anything wrong with it. You need to love yourself before you can begin to care about others.

Don't be your own worst critic, because otherwise your going to be missing out on life.
Thursday, May 22, 2014

ASMR

 
I have a lot of anxiety and I also sometimes have difficulty sleeping at night, and I think I've finally found a remedy. The solution I found is through ASMR videos on YouTube. If you don't know what ASMR is, let me share a little bit of information with you. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Median Response. For a short description, let's just call it brain tingles. If you've ever had your head scratched or your hair brushed by someone, then you might be familiar with the sensation.

There are videos on YouTube made by people who will do things such as scratching, tapping, tasks, flipping pages, and even whispering and speaking softly, to trigger the sensation of ASMR. It all depends on what your trigger is, and whether you can experience ASMR in the first place (not everyone does.). And no, there isn't anything sexual about it. That is a common question asked by people who do not experience this sensation. I don't understand why anyone would assume that tingles in your brain is somehow sexual, but that is a rather common question that people ask about ASMR, so I just thought I'd put that out there that ASMR is not sexual.

ASMR videos on YouTube can help lull you to sleep (you can even buy sleep headphones to use so you can listen to videos while actually trying to sleep) and can relax you. Whenever I watch a video,  I almost fall out of my chair because my eyes start to droop down because I'm so relaxed. It's definitely an easy way to fall to sleep, especially if you can find out your trigger. Makeup rummaging is a specific trigger of mine.

Here's a video of makeup rummaging from ASMRtist QueenOfSerene:



I thought I'd share this with anyone who doesn't know about ASMR yet, because I know that there's a lot of people out there who have difficulty sleeping or struggle with anxiety attacks, and may not want to take sleeping pills or anti-anxiety meds to control it. ASMR videos may possibly help you with anything you're struggling with, whether it be anxiety, loneliness, depression, insomnia, etc. I'm not saying that it will cure these things, I'm just saying that it may help you cope with these things better. If you'd like to watch some more videos, simply type 'ASMR' into YouTube and you'll see a plethora of videos from ASMRtists. There's tons of videos, so you'll never run out of videos to watch. If you'd like to know more about ASMR, please go to asmrlab.com.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more random ramblings! :)