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8 Simple Tips To Boost Your Mood

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8 Simple Tips To Boost Your Mood

We can all feel sad and a little under the weather from time to time, and it can really affect our day-to-day lives. While it is perfectly normal to feel sad or even a little frustrated sometimes, we should try to make sure it’s not ruining our entire day! Here are eight simple tips that will shift your mindset and will also help to boost your mood…

Move Your Body

When you are slumped on the couch feeling miserable or angry, the last thing you want to do is get up and exercise. While you don’t need to kick-start a brand-new, intense workout, moving your body can really help shift your mood. Exercise releases endorphins in the body, which naturally improve your mood and increase your levels of the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin.

You will be amazed at what ten minutes of activity can do for your body, and your mind. Gently warming your body up and reminding yourself of your ability to move is something you can do at any time of day. Take a quick break at work to do a few laps of the office, and perhaps go for a wander on your break if you are feeling a little frustrated or under the weather.

Hydrate

Dehydration can have lots of physical effects on our bodies, such as headaches, dry skin and irritated eyes. These symptoms, as well as the dehydration itself, have an effect on our minds and moods. Staying hydrated is key to having a healthy body, and really helps keep our minds engaged and focused. It is no surprise, really, that being dehydrated can make us feel grouchy, miserable and feeling like we don’t have any energy.

Aim to drink at least 2 liters of water each day. It may sound like a lot, initially, but it is pretty easy when you break it down – this works out as around 8 glasses per day. If you are struggling to drink water on its own, opt for a herbal tea! Fennel tea is a delicious choice for anyone who needs a mood boost – it’s formed from a complex carbohydrate and will help your body produce more of that mood boosting serotonin.

 

8 Simple Tips To Boost Your Mood

Treat Yourself

If you are reading this and instantly panicking about your bank balance, don’t worry – you don’t need to buy anything! For free ways to look after yourself, consider taking some time to do something that makes you feel good. Baking, reading and watching your favorite box-set from a den of cushions are all great ways to show some self-love. We all know that eating healthily and exercising are good ways to maintain a balanced body and mind, but we don’t always feel like doing that!

If your mind is telling you to take a time-out and nap, or eat chocolate, or have a long, hot shower, do it. Listening to our bodies and minds is the best way to tap into what affects our moods, and will help us improve them more efficiently if we get hit by the blues.

Grab a Snack

Our blood sugar levels can have a big effect on our moods. If you are finding yourself getting irritated easily, reach for a healthy snack. Go for something like fresh fruit or a handful of cashew nuts. Eating regularly throughout the day is a good way to maintain balanced blood sugar levels, which will help stabilize your mood and our energy levels.

It’s pretty easy to carry around snacks with you, so try making up your own trail mix in batches. You can also make energy balls – try mixing dates, cacao powder, coconut flakes and pecans in a blender! These will give you plenty of energy and only contain natural sugars, too.

Release Stress

It can be tempting to brush aside negative feelings and try to ignore them. This can often make things a lot worse in the long-run, as they simmer and often boil over at the worst possible times. Rather than refusing to acknowledge triggers that can start a downward mental spiral, start making a note of them.

One way to release stress is to literally release it. Sometimes, by simply writing down our worries, our minds can feel more at ease. Designate a notebook to your worries, and carry it around with you so that you can use it at work, or if you wake in the middle of the night. Getting something physically written on paper can help to shift it from our minds – sure, we’ll still think about it every so often, but it will be no longer in control of our moods.

Meditate

Try and make this a regular positive habit so that it is part of your daily routine, and not just something you turn to when you are feeling blue. Take ten minutes out of your day to sit, on your own, and calm your mind. We all get caught up in our phones, laptops and TV shows, and it takes a while to train our minds to just ‘be’.

By meditating, you will be able to free yourself from your stresses and worries. Try and clear the mind, or, if this is too hard at first, focus on positive aspects of your life. It is important that you use this time to relax and self-soothe, and not just to panic and stress even more! Focus on your breath and let yourself melt into your positive thoughts.

 

8 Simple Tips To Boost Your Mood

Make a Small Change

Sometimes changing something small, physically, can really shift our mind-set and help to boost our mood. You know how good you feel about yourself when you wear your favorite shoes, shirt, tie etc. If you want an extra mood boost, make a small wardrobe change by wearing your favorite item of clothing and stepping into character as someone who looks great, feels confident and is ready for the day. It’s amazing how much of a difference this small change can make. Think of it as Feng shui for the body.

Listen To Music

Sometimes, all it takes to boost your mood will be to listen to a great song! Make yourself a fee-good playlist that you can reach for when you are feeling blue. Include your favorite music and start feeling instantly better. We tend to associate music with situations or memories, so find songs that remind you of happier times.

Go for the soundtrack of your favorite movie, songs you listened to on a great trip, or just some 90’s pop! It might not fix any long term issues, but it will cheer you up for now and will make a big difference to your mood.

Many of us can feel sad or a bit low from time to time, So, if you are in need a mood boost why not try some of the tips in this article.

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

There is nothing quite like a strong friendship. Having someone that you can truly count on for anything and everything can completely change the way you think and feel. Unfortunately, far too often in today’s society, we seem to focus more on how many friends we have.

Or, worse, how many acquaintances we can keep in touch with via social media. But, having a true, strong friendship is something that cannot be replaced or replicated with lukewarm substitutes.

Are you already thinking about someone in your life who fits that description? Or, are you wondering if you truly have a strong friendship with one (or more) of the people who are closest to you?

While every friendly relationship is different and unique, there are some common factors associated with a strong bond and true friendship. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can feel even more confident in your close friendships, and grow even deeper with the people in your life who truly matter.

1. Communication is Always a Priority

It is easy to talk to your friends when everything in your life is on track. Sharing laughs, light conversation, and exchanging stories are all important parts of a healthy friendship.

But, a strong friendship goes deeper. It allows you to communicate with that person, no matter what.  That includes telling them about your struggles or anything you might be going through. It also includes communicating effectively when you are not getting along.

Through proper communication, especially when things are hard, you will build trust within that relationship. Going through difficult things together will make you stronger individuals, and stronger friends.

2. You Know You Are Equals

Almost everyone has known at least one person in their lives who seems to think they’re “better” than everyone else.

Strong friendships need to be based on equality. You and your friend should always be on the same playing field when it comes to who you are and how you are living your life. If you embrace your differences and do not see one as superior, you can take comfort in knowing your friendship is sincere.

3. Respect

Even the best of friends clash from time to time. You might have similar personalities, but no two people are exactly alike.

But, if you can still show your friend respect (and receive it from them) even in times of turmoil, your friendship will be stronger than any disagreement you might have. When someone chooses to respect you even when they are upset with you, it shows that they value your relationship more than their pride.

4. You Can Be Yourself

Do you ever feel like you have to put on a show for other people? Or, are you afraid to let your true personality shine through when you are in certain crowds?

A strong friendship is one that allows you to be yourself. If there is someone in your life who truly likes you for who you are, hold onto that friendship tightly! Most people spend far too much time pretending, whether it’s online or in-person. Someone who loves your quirks and uniqueness is someone who loves you, as a person.

Honesty is also a huge part of being yourself, and a huge part of a strong friendship. Friendships should be based on trust, and that starts with being honest. Telling the truth about how you feel and what you think is important. If your friend actively listens, appreciates, and comments on that truth, you can take comfort in knowing how secure your relationship is.

5. You Experience Joy

While a true friend should be there for you during hard times, the bulk of your relationship should be joyful and fun! Again, think about that person in your life who makes you smile. Is there someone who you are always happy to be around? Does thinking about your friendship cause your heart to race?

Strong friendships should absolutely be joyful. You should find yourself laughing a lot, and being completely at ease with one another. That person may be the first one you think of when you want to experience something new or go somewhere different, just because you know that you will have more fun with them around.

6. You Respect Boundaries

No matter how great your friendship is, no two people can be together 24/7. A great friend will understand that and respect your boundaries. Alternatively, they might be going through something that they are not ready to talk about. If you can respect those boundaries, it shows them how much faith you have in your friendship.

Many people are too quick to think the term “boundaries” as being negative. But, boundaries are completely healthy and necessary in a strong relationship of any kind. Having someone in your life who respects those boundaries understands what it takes to build upon that strength. 

Having a strong friendship – even just one – can add so much to your life. Take a look at your current friendships. Is there one that stands out to you with these characteristics? If so, do what you can to continue to build and grow that strength, and make sure that friend knows how important they are to you on a regular basis.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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