The importance of gratitude

I think gratitude is something a lot of us lack, we all have it in us deep down but how often do we actually express gratitude? Some of you may do it regularly (if so you’ll know how beneficial it can be) But the majority of people hardly express it. How nice is it when somebody comes up to you and thanks you for something you have done or achieved. Its a wonderful feeling and it often brightens up your mood. Just think how much nicer the world would be if we gave one person a genuine thank you or let them know how grateful we were. One little thing could really brighten a persons day and I think recently we all need that! So go out of your way today and tell someone how grateful you are, I promise you’ll make their day and maybe even your own!

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If you believe you can, you will

So often I hear people complain that they can’t do something, whether that be down to financial issues or a lack of knowledge. My main pet peeve is when people believe they can’t do something, as soon as you say you can’t do something it almost tricks your brain into thinking you can’t so you don’t try you just give up. The one thing I’ve proven to myself over these past few years is that you can do anything you put your mind to. Just recently I graduated from university as a qualified veterinary nurse, now those 3 years were some of the hardest years of my life, there was so many times I just wanted to give up and quit but if I did I wouldn’t be where I am today. You truly can surprise yourself when you put your mind to the task. Studies have shown that if you can see your goal happening in your mind and you believe in yourself that you can achieve it then you sure as hell can achieve it. DON’T PUT YOURSELF DOWN! Just give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen?

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Your time will come

So we all have goals we want to achieve and an idea of a time frame in which we want to complete that goal, but life doesn’t always go to plan, things happen out of our control and our goals can sometimes be pushed back. We often feel as though they are going to be impossible to reach. I’ve been there before where I’ve seen my friends/family around me achieving their goals and I’ve sat wondering where I went wrong but the problem with putting a time frame on a plan is that you can become really disheartened when the plan doesn’t fall to place in that time frame. Everybody reaches goals at different periods in their life and just because you haven’t reached yours yet doesn’t mean you won’t. It just means you’ll have to work a bit longer to get there but it will be so worth it in the end!

Thank you for reading my post! What goals do you have this year?

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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

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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