We’ve all heard the word stress and we’ve all felt it, some more often than others. However, it has become more and more normal to see people putting in extra work hours, skipping lunch and drinking way too much caffeine.
I am no exception. Stress and I are good friends and lately we’ve been hanging out a lot. I often work late and worry about work during the weekend but I ask: when did we start accepting that putting all this pressure on ourselves is OK?
I mean, we all know that stress is a negative thing. No one wants to be stressed but in spite of this, we work ourselves to exhaustion.
At the beginning of the year we all have the urge to make changes. Most of us start thinking about the past year, what we’ve achieved and where we are in life. I know I do that quite a lot. I also know some people have that constant fear of failing and not being where they thought they would be. A lot of people compare themselves to others and wonder why they don’t have it all figured out.
SPOLER ALERT: You don’t have to have it all figured out, and here’s why:
I’m an Instagram addict.
Although I use other forms of social media, Instagram is by far my favourite. In fact it’s the first app I check every morning and the last I check before going to bed. I’m not an Instagram pro and I don’t have a theme (I know it’s become quite trendy to have a theme on Instagram like all whiter photos, etc.) but I love it.
I follow a lot of accounts (when I say a lot, I mean A LOT) for different reasons. All of them inspire me in some way: some of them give me travel inspiration, some of them give me recipe ideas and some of them are just plain pretty. As 2015 has come to an end, I thought it would be good to share with you the ones I visited religiously during 2015. Trust me, some of these will make your day.
So, in no particular order, these were my favourite Instagram accounts of 2015:
I have mentioned before that I was reading “Quiet” and how much I loved Susan Cain’s book. She talks about the Extrovert Ideal and how today it is seen as a virtue to be talkative and in the spotlight. If you think about it the notion we have of a successful person is an extrovert – someone who is comfortable speaking in public, someone who is charming, good with words or as Cain put it, a modern day salesman. These are the people who are seen as great employees and who will have a great career. Being an introvert is seen as a weakness.
But you know what? Rosa Parks and Steve Jobs were introverts. And so are Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. We tend to think of successful people as loud and extroverted but that is not always the case.
Here are a few things you need to know about being an introvert:
As hard as it may be for me I have to admit that summer is coming to an end. Don’t get me wrong, I love autumn and its falling leaves and I’m almost in full autumn mode (almost – summer is still on my mind).
As a result of that, I want to share with you what I’ve been listening to lately. As I work in an office all day I like to listen to a more chilled out playlist – not too crazy but just the right amount of beat to keep me going.
About 4 years ago I moved to Brighton to do my Masters at Sussex University. Fast forward almost two years and I’m still here, working and living by the sea. There have been times when I’ve thought Brighton is too small and I needed to explore somewhere new but the truth is Brighton has a special little place in my heart. I don’t plan on staying here forever but when I leave I’m going to miss it – and this is why:
If there is one thing I love doing when I have some free time it’s watching TED talks. If you’re looking to get inspired, motivated or need to relax for a bit then get a nice cup of tea, sit back and watch a TED talk. I promise you will not regret it! They are simply inspirational and some of them are mind-blowing. If you haven’t heard of Ted Talks – they are a set of global conferences founded in 1984. They started off focusing mainly on technology and design but have since broadened to almost all subjects – from education to slavery, it is all about “ideas worth spreading”.
If you have never watched a Ted Talk then you MUST watch at least one NOW.
To make it a bit easier (as there are so many to choose from!) I’ve made a list of some of my favourites – get ready to listen to some awesome people. In no particular order:
Do you spend your time going over situations over and over again asking yourself “why” and worrying about different scenarios? Do you find it difficult to actually make a decision? Do you worry about the small details and panic under pressure because you don’t have the time to go through everything the way you would want to? If so, you are probably an overthinker – like me.
The truth is overthinking will cause your stress levels to rise – you will constantly be tired of worrying and you will create problems that weren’t even there in the first place. It will stop you from doing things because you think about all the possible outcomes and you prefer not to take the risk. It will eat you from the inside.
The bad news is it’s not an easy thing to get rid of, especially if you’ve been doing it all your life. The good news? There are a few things you can do to have control over it – it takes time but it is possible. Here are a few things I’ve been doing:
I’ve been a blog lover for a long time now (way before I started my blog) and have a list of blogs I go to either for positive thoughts, for fashion&beauty tips, career advice, restaurant reviews, recipes, travel ideas or simply to make me smile. These blogs all have inspired me in one way or another and I hope to be able to inspire some of you in the same way one day!
So, before I give you my list of favourite blogs, I just have to say that I love so many and picking 10 was no easy task! Still, these are the ones I tend to visit the most – some have been a love for longer and some are more recent loves. In no particular order: