Learning How to Accept Change

First of all, I want to apologize for skipping last week! Things have been absolutely crazy on my end and I wasn’t able to get this out in time. I’ve gone over two years without skipping a week, so I felt terrible about it. Anyway, please enjoy this week’s topic!

Life changes are typically bittersweet when they happen. You can be in a miserable situation for a long period of time, and still be sad when change is finally taking place. Even though it’s one of the top 10 cliche sayings of all time, you really never know what you have until it’s gone. Now even though there were probably some positives in your previous situation, that still doesn’t mean that it was healthy or beneficial for you to maintain it. It can be hard to not reminisce on the good times and let those times influence your future. Like almost everything in life, these principles are pretty universal in the different areas in your life such as work, your personal life, school, family, health, etc. Even though I’m still learning on how to more easily accept change in my life, the following things are what have personally helped me as of late. Continue reading

How To Treat Yourself in Moderation

One of the areas of my life that I have the hardest time with, is the concept of moderation. Ever since I can remember, I tend to have phases of going from one extreme to another, especially when it comes to things such as eating and my daily performance. As my luck would have it, moderation is what not only keeps you on track, but keeps you sane as well! Having too much structure can you turn you into an extremely bitter person. Having absolutely no structure can make you feel like an absolute failure. So, let me explain how I’ve personally been fitting moderation into my life.  Continue reading

How Moving Forward is the Key to Happiness

I don’t know if you can tell from many of the topics that I’ve covered over the last several months, but my life has been extremely weird lately. And I don’t mean the good kind of weird either. Even though things are starting to improve, the process is taking a whole lot longer than I was expecting it to. Remarkably, despite little actual progress, my attitude and outlook has changed considerably. I realized that these things started changing as soon as I had hope about the future again. I’ve always been a hopeful person, so when I started losing hope in my future, I felt my personality changing for the worst. Once I started striving for things down the road, I noticed my current situation changing. Here’s what helped me… Continue reading

How Having Empathy (or at least Sympathy) Can Drastically Change Your Life

sym·pa·thy

ˈsimpəTHē/

noun

1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.“they had great sympathy for the flood victims”

synonyms:

compassioncaringconcernsolicitudeempathy

em·pa·thy

ˈempəTHē/

noun

1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sometimes it can be hard for us to see outside or our own bubble of stress! Depending on our experiences, we can either become more enlightened or jaded towards other people’s behaviors, actions, or dilemmas. It’s easy to judge others from afar, but it’s much harder to walk a mile in their shoes. It’s almost completely impossible to have empathy for others in every single situation, but you can at least develop some kind of sympathy towards the person and their situation. Here’s where having empathy and sympathy has helped me personally lately. Continue reading

Knowing How to Ask for Help

Let me start off this week’s topic by saying, I have learned a very valuable lesson lately. For the last year, I’ve been internally harboring my feelings to the point that it’s severely effecting my life. Not to sound like I’m bragging or anything, but I graduated college, found a good job, beat my health scare, and accomplished even more difficult feats. By getting through these situations, I drove myself to believing that I can ultimately help myself through anything. Even though I’m a fairly independent person, there were several weekends where I felt so alone and sad, that I’d sit in my bed for hours and avoid everyone. After a while, I started to realize that by trying to help myself, I was in-turn shutting myself off from the outside world. Sometimes we don’t realize how many people and resources there are out there to help you get through the rough patches of your life. Here are some key takeaways that I think will help you too! Continue reading

How To Get a Handle on Your Paranoia

I wasn’t always this way, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become quite the “Paranoid Pauline”. I think as life started to slowly burden me with more responsibilities and stress factors, I started to overthink EVERYTHING. From constantly checking if I had certain necessities in my purse, wondering if people whispering from far away were talking about me, to questioning if something was actually happening, there was a period of time in my life where my paranoia started negatively playing a major role in my life. I justified my thought process by pretending it was a normal side effect of growing up. Even though I can still be a fairly paranoid person, I now realize that I need a grasp on reality in order to succeed. Here’s how I started dealing and preventing my paranoia. Continue reading

5 Quick Ways to Feel More Energized

As I’ve gotten older, the word energy has become synonymous with the word unicorn- as in I often question its existence. I love sleep probably more than guacamole, donuts, and heck, even life itself. Just like the many things we love, we usually don’t get enough of them in our daily lives. When it comes to having energy, you always hear the same advice: sleep 7-8 hours a night, exercise, and eat healthy. Well some of you are super heroes and can manage to do all of that on top of being extremely busy individuals, and I commend you for that. For the rest of us, I feel your pain. Trust me, I really do. Having learned this lesson the hard way after many years of spreading myself too thin, these are some cheat-tactics that have helped me. Continue reading