We have all felt rejection at some point in our lives and I guess we can all agree it is not a great emotion to feel. There are studies that show that the areas that activate in the brain when we feel emotional pain are the same than when we receive physical pain. From an evolutionary perspective we needed this pain to avoid being ostracised as the chances to survive were better when you were part of a group.
Nowadays almost everybody suffers from anxiety one way or another. Often times this is related to stress at work. Other times it is triggered by other factors. When you do to the doctor for anxiety issues, you will see that the treatment recommended is usually based on oral medication with really strong effects. It blocks the negative reaction of your body to stress but I have noticed that it also reduces my reactions to positive events while taking this medication. I guess it balances everything but the secondary effects seem a bit much to me.
You will read and hear many stories these days about probiotics and how good they are for you. But sometimes I miss reading about this in more simple terms so…
Since I live in Ireland, I have gotten into the habit of spring shopping way before it is even warm to wear theses clothes. But I have noticed that to…
I believe that we should be celebrating every single time things go well, we achieve things, we get love or we have lots of fun. I profoundly believe this is important and also a big part of why I am getting happier and more grateful with my life every day. I also find that some people do not react well to this and prefer to look at the glass as half-empty or just to focus on the 2% of negative from what otherwise would be a fantastic piece of news. I see these people as always walking under a dark cloud, they always seem to get the shorter end of the stick, they are always the unlucky ones and misfortune seems to follow them around wherever they go. But another characteristic of these type of people is that they do not get why other people see life in such a ‘happy’ way when there is so much going wrong, in their opinion.
We all know that exercise can improve our mood and our health. That is why most of us go to a particular gym or sign up for a class like Pilates, Spinning, Box fit, you name it. Mine is swimming, I love to disconnect from everything and spend an hour swimming non-stop to quiet my mind. Yes, 90 times out of a 100 I do it more for my mental health that for my physical health.
I like the gym, and going is a great way to recharge the batteries especially if your job is to do something for a few hours in front of a computer. But since I started running a few years ago, I discovered the joys of just walking/jogging/running outdoors or even better in nature.
We all know that it rains in Ireland and that weather is completely unpredictable. But even when I go to sunny Spain in the middle of the summer I find myself missing activities and places that can only be done and enjoyed here in Ireland, and more specifically in Dublin. The weather is so warm in Madrid, that you can barely move during the day, except for going to the pool. But in Dublin, there is so much you can do in the summer that it is truly the best place to be.
The weather is fresh, nice but not too warm, the days are long (sunset starts at 9-10pm!) and all the sudden weekend fairs start popping out. It is the moment of the year where we spend most time outside and there are so many things to do outdoors!
For those of you who are thinking about starting a treatment or have been already through one, it is very important to start with the right mindset and thinking about ways to better cope with a process that is already quite overwhelming for most people. I don’t think that it will make it necessarily easier but at least it will keep you sane and mentally strong through the whole treatment.