Posted in DIY, Mental Health, Self-Care

Review: MAMBI Happy Student Planner

Hello, everyone! By now, most students have gone back to school, whether that’s to high school, college, or beyond. Unless you worked or took classes this summer, chances are you might be struggling to get back into a set work routine. Time management is a learned skill, and some people need more help than others to figure out how to do everything in time, remember important dates, and still have some time left over for self-care. I’m the type of person who needs to write things down and keep track of things. If you’re anything like me, you might benefit from using a planner or bullet journal!

I personally don’t like spending too much effort on making templates for a bullet journal, so I decided to test out the Me & My Big Ideas Student Planner! I purchased the one that I linked to, but there are a variety of different cover styles if you don’t like the one that I have. Here’s my review on what’s good and bad about this planner system, and whether or not I think it’s worth it!

Pros

Course Contacts and Class Schedule Pages

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This was ultimately what made me decide on the Happy Planner over other brands of planners, especially the Course Contacts page. There’s absolutely nothing worse than wanting to meet with a professor but not remember their office hours or what their email is. Usually, when that happens, you have to dig through your papers to hopefully find it on the syllabus. But sometimes professors simply announce that type of information on the first few days of class without writing it elsewhere. Eliminate that possible stress by having all of their contact information neatly in one place.

The Class Schedule Page is nice, too, because then I never have to reprint my schedule if I ever forget it. Though this aspect of the planner is really only helpful for the first few days of class.

Monthly “At-A-Glance” Planning Pages

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At the beginning of each month, there is a page with space to write down your monthly goals, important dates for that month, birthdays during the month, and topics to study. This is great because I like to plan in advance for certain assignments or activities, so I can keep a list of due dates right at the front of each month to keep as a reference so I don’t forget what’s due when. I also really like the space to keep track of what to study because I can use that to mark down any older information that I want to review that month so it stays fresh in my mind. If I didn’t write that sort of thing down, I probably wouldn’t end up doing it.

Vertical Layout

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For my whole academic career, I’ve only ever used planners with a horizontal layout, but wanted to shake things up a bit. I love it! Plus, each column is split up into three parts, so I can use each section for a different purpose. Plus there’s plenty of space left over for stickers and other decorations!

Appearance

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Okay, this is a bit of a shallow point, but I love the look of this planner. It’s bright and happy. Each month has its own unique divider that has either a cool design or quote on it. The name “Happy Planner” is truly accurate, since it makes me feel cheery when I use it.

Cons

Ring Binding

Unfortunately, this planner isn’t perfect. Even though I really like it overall, there are some things that I dislike about it. The ring binding is one of them. Essentially, each ring has an open slot so you can add and remove pages without damaging them. And while the rings are secure despite having an opening, it does make the pages a bit difficult to turn or to close the planner. It’s not a huge issue at all, but it can be slightly annoying.

The Size

This is less of a con and more of a “sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t.” On one hand, the size is a bit obnoxious. It’s about the size of a regular notebook instead of the typical A5 or smaller. Don’t expect this to be a pocket planner. However, because it is so big, there’s tons of extra space to write and add stickers. So, meh.

Conclusion

Overall, I love my Happy Planner. I’ve only been using it for a short time now, but I can already feel myself being more productive. Since using this planner and adding stickers to it, I find that I also enjoy planning so much more. Planning (and even the responsibilities I have) have become a lot less like a chore. So, if you’re looking for a planner that’ll keep you organized for school and let you express yourself artistically, the MAMBI Student Planner is right for you!

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Posted in DIY, Religion, Witchcraft

Witch Tips for the Eclipse

Today is the big day, everyone! In just a few hours, we shall see the moon totally (or partially, depending on your location) eclipse the sun. Though this will be a fantastic event to witness (through ISO approved eyewear or projectors), it also will come with quite a few witchy benefits. Here are my witch tips for the eclipse to make the most out of the day!

1. Since the moon is currently in Leo, the eclipse signals a time in which personal change is very possible. If you feel compelled to improve yourself or make changes in your life, now is the perfect time to get started!

2. If you don’t have proper eyewear to view the eclipse, you can make a DIY projector to view it indirectly. Since it’s made out of cardstock, you could draw sigils on your projector that will be activated by the eclipse. I suggest using sigils for personal growth and new beginnings. 

3. Set out your crystals/other items to charge, as long as they’re safe to be set out in the sun! The sun/moon combo will give anything you charge an extra boost.

4. If you worship deities or work with spirits that are associated with the moon/sun, now is the perfect time to communicate with them! Break out your pendulum or tarot cards and have a spirit eclipse party!

5. This is an especially important tip, though it is directed at everyone, not just witches. If you have any pets, please keep them inside during the eclipse. It may be tempting to bring your familiar with you to any rituals you may have planned today, but your animals may be frightened by the eclipse. Or worse, they might accidentally look up to the sun and damage their eyes. So please, keep animals inside until the eclipse is over. Then they can join in any festivities!

No matter what you decide to do, I hope you all have a fantastic day! Happy Eclipse Day!

Question of the Day: How do you plan on spending the eclipse? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted in DIY, Self-Care

How to Make a Self-Care Box

Content Note: descriptions of anxiety and panic attacks

One moment, I can feel perfectly okay. Then the next, my heart will begin to race and the room will close in around me as I break out into a cold sweat. Panic attacks can be unpredictable, which is why it is absolutely vital to always be prepared for one. In the heat of the moment, it can be difficult to think how to stop the oncoming storm that is a panic attack. It is all too easy to feel helpless in those moments, like nothing could possibly ease the terror and tension. However, in my calmer moments, I know what calms me down when everything feels like it’s falling apart.

That’s why a self-care box is so important. Think of it like a first-aid or disaster kit. You compile the items you will need to help ease your panic attack ahead of time, and then when a panic attack does occur, there is less stress and confusion over what you should do to help yourself. Also, a self-care box can be helpful in relieving regular day-to-day anxiety.

Here’s how I made mine:

1. Get a box or container

I recommend getting a box that’s a pretty decent size, depending on what you plan on putting in it. You want to make sure that everything fits. Optional: either get a cute-looking box or decorate it! My self-care box is a purple Pusheen box. It’s so cute that it makes me smile, and that helps make me calm down a little.

2. Add a journal and something to write with

It has been proven that writing about your emotions can help ease the symptoms of anxiety and help you gain more control over your emotions. This may not be helpful in the middle of a panic attack, but it can certain help you recover after the worst parts have passed. Writing about the attack may help you identify what triggered it and help you plan how to avoid it next time.

3. Add a coloring book and colored pencils/crayons/pens

Coloring in a coloring book can greatly reduce feelings of anxiety and fear because they calm our amygdala, the part of our brains that cause us to feel fear in the first place. They also help focus on on a positive task instead of focusing on our panic. By keeping a coloring book in your self-care box, you have something on hand to do when you feel your anxiety creeping up. They may even prevent an anxiety attack before they even start.

4. Add something to squeeze or squish

I keep Play-Doh, a stress ball, and a Squishy Panda in my self-care box to squeeze and squish when I feel anxious. I find having something slightly physical to do helps keep my mind off of my anxiety and focuses me on something else. Having something to squeeze seems to relieve some of the tension I feel during the worst parts of my panic attacks.

5. Add something to chew on

I keep a chewy necklace in my self-care box to gnaw on when I feel extremely anxious, but you could also keep a pack of gum or some type of snack in your self-care box if chewy jewelry isn’t your thing. Chewing on something helps reduce anxiety by stimulating the vagus nerve, which is responsible for lowering heart rate. By lowering your heart rate, you’ll start to feel calmer and less panicked.

Lastly…Add whatever else you think would be helpful!

Anxiety and panic attacks can be debilitating, but with the proper preparation, you can reduce the lasting impact they have on your life. Hopefully your own self-care boxes will have the same positive impact on you all as mine has for me.

Question of the Day: What would you put in your self-care box? Let me know in the comments!