My experience at a digital detox

So I spent the last 2 weeks in lanzarote enjoying the sunshine and peace hence my lack of posts! I made a commitment before I went on holiday to spend less time on my phone, I felt like i was checking my phone every 5 minutes and I couldn’t put it down! So as soon as the plane landed I switched my wifi and mobile data off and immersed myself in reading my books and sunbathing! I felt so much better not constantly checking my phone for notifications, it was hard initially but once I got used to not using it i was surprised at how much you don’t miss it! Admittedly I did use it to take photos but apart from that I refrained from using it as much as possible! I found i was listening to conversations a lot more attentively than i used to and found my concentration levels much higher! Now i’m back home i find only turning your wifi/ data on every now and again helps to stay off your phone!

Have any of you done a digital detox? If so let me know how you got on in the comments! I’ll leave you with a picture from my holidays!20180622_140314

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Quote of the week

I love this quote by swami sivananda, nobody knows what is around the corner, i know it sounds a bit cliche but we should try to take the most out of every day! Take the opportunity when it arises because you don’t know if it will again! Accept that job offer or say yes to that holiday. Live each day to the fullest as you never know what is round the corner!_There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living_ (1)

Meditation, why should you do it?

I only discovered meditation a few months ago and boy do I wish I had found it earlier, as someone who suffers with anxiety and stress (especially during exam season!) I felt I needed to get away from it all but found I couldn’t. Until I discovered meditation, after reading the book of joy written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu I was fascinated to learn more. When I first started meditating I found it hard to stay focused as my mind would often wonder but I have since discovered the more you practice meditating the better you become at letting go of these distracting thoughts. So why should you meditate?

  • Relieve stress- In a eight week study carried out it was found that meditation reduced the amount of cytokines released (secreted from the immune system, has effects on other cells)

 

  1. Reduced anxiety- Due to the reduced stress levels, I often find the breathing pattern when meditating often reduces/relieves my anxiety and taking a few good deep breaths in really helps!

 

  1. Increases self- awareness- Meditation helps to focus your mind on your body and the way it is feeling thus gaining a stronger understanding of yourself.

 

  1. Increases attention span- I mentioned this earlier in the post but I have found myself being able to concentrate on subjects a lot longer since meditating. When meditating I can often focus my mind without having distracting thoughts for a longer period from when I first started!

If these benefits don’t make you want to start meditating I don’t know what will! Just give it a try I promise you’ll love it!

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3 Simple ways to motivate yourself

Motivating yourself isn’t always easy, it comes in waves sometimes lasting for days yet other times it seems impossible to motivate yourself. I’m quite lucky in the fact that I find it pretty easy to motivate myself but if you don’t always find it easy here’s some simple tips to become motivated!

  1. Watch YouTube video’s- this is often a favourite of mine, there are tonnes of motivational videos on YouTube for all different kinds of motivation from exercise to work goals. I often find ted talks to be really useful in helping me stay motivated and on track.
  2. Envision your goal in the future- what do you want to achieve and when do you want to achieve it? I find by envisioning my goal it inspires me to keep going to get where i want to be and reach that final goal.
  3. Take some time away from daily life- Now this doesn’t have to be a long time away, nor does it need to be somewhere hot and sunny, Often taking a break away from any distractions can be beneficial in getting your mind active and letting you think more about ways to achieve your goal.

How do you motivate yourself? Why not share in the comments below? motivation

Acts of kindness

Ever so often we go about our daily lives being immersed in the digital world constantly checking into twitter or Instagram always keeping up to date with the latest news. But how often do we look up from our phones and take note of the people around us? The old lady struggling to stand on the bus or the young mother struggling to get her pram on the train. Just delivering small acts of kindness can really make someone’s day even if it is something as simple as smiling at a passer by or offering your seat up on the bus.  Not only does it make the person who you are offering the kindness to feel happier it makes you feel happier! Only the other day I noticed a lady drop her watch in the street, I quickly notified her and gave her the watch and you know what she said? That I had restored her faith in humanity. She expected the watch would have been stolen and never to be seen again. So you never know just by showing kindness to another stranger you may be restoring their faith in humanity!

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The power of fitness

One of the ways I achieve positivity/happiness is by using fitness getting out for a run and breathing in the fresh air there is quite no other feeling like it, the blood pumping around my body and my legs aching. It feels strange saying its a good feeling, at the time it feels a lot different and you find yourself thinking what in the world possessed me to do this but once you’ve got your breath back and recovered you get that feeling. Almost a high of exercise. Not only does it help your physical health but your mental health. Studies have shown that physical activity improves our mood helping to feel content and calmer, relieving stress and has a positive impact on self-esteem! Now if that doesn’t encourage you to take part in some physical activity I don’t know what will! It doesn’t have to be anything to strenuous just a brisk walk can give you the same effects!

What activities do you do to make you feel positive/happy?

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