Lifestyle, Personal Growth

Gratitude: the true antidote to any rejection

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.

But nowadays we still feel this social pain even when our survival does not depend on it.  What to do when this happens?

Lifestyle, Personal Growth

The challenge of being yourself in a foreign country

Who are we? This is a question that seems easy for each one of us. But at the end of the day, and for some of us who have spent a decade abroad, the question of who we are is not as simple to answer as it was when we left our country of origin, almost a decade ago.
We try to adapt, we want to speak more fluently, and yet we have this whole personality and cultural identity dormant waiting to be awakened somehow. We are bicultural.

healthy living

A natural way to get rid of your anxiety? Black & Green tea to the rescue!

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.

Personal Growth

How to stop the need to fit in

<<Wanting to be accepted. Longing to feel welcome.
Trying to fit in however it feels right. Saying yes all the time. Being as ‘nice’ as you should be.
Jumping through every hoop , saying all the ‘right’ things.
And yet, all your efforts still aren’t good enough.
You’re sick of trying to fit in.
You just want to feel like you belong just the way you truly are.
Beautifully imperfect>>

Inspiration, Personal Growth

Why celebrating every single thing will make you happier

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.

To me, there is a fundamental difference that differentiates my way of thinking from their way of thinking: GRATITUDE.

healthy living, Lifestyle

Walking & nature: the latest trend to improve our well-being

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. 

Inspiration, Mindtravel

Reasons why Ireland is the best place to be in the summer

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!

Some of my favorites are:

healthy living, Lifestyle

How to mentally prepare for a fertility treatment

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.

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