Challenge yourself.

Have you ever really wanted to try something new, but have always been too scared to give it a go or didn’t believe in yourself enough? Don’t worry, I think we have all done this sometimes.

However, this time give yourself a challenge. Grab the bull by the horns and give it a try. You never know you could end up finding out that it’s something you find really enjoyable.

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Aim high.

If you believe in yourself more, the more you will be able to do things and the more comfortable with yourself you will become. If we do not believe in ourselves and avoid things, the more we will continue to do that and it will end up becoming a negative habit. It will just hinder us in life and will not not allow us to reach our full potential.

Personally I am starting to challenge myself more. I decided to finally go for a committee space in one of the university societies. Beforehand I had always chickened out and did not believe that I would be good enough. However, I proved myself wrong there.

I’m also going to try out other new things which I never really got around to doing and I want to become more active in green issues. Finally I want to break myself out of all my negative habits. If anyone else has simular habits, then also set yourself this challenge. Go out, try new  things, believe in yourself more and do all that you can do.

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Quick Update

Hey everyone, currently I have a lack of access to the internet, so I won’t be able to do much blogging until I manage to sort out the internet in my house. I moved in last weekend, so I have yet to talk to my housemates about which internet company they want to opt for. At the moment everytime I post, it will be while I’m sitting in a coffee shop. I don’t really mind anyway, the atmosphere in here is good and Frank Sinatra’s come fly with me is now playing and I do have a soft spot for that song.

Anyway, just thought I would make a quick update on how things are going at the moment.

These past few days have been so busy for me, but in a good way, having things to do is helping me to maintain a motivating mind-set. A lot of friends have also been in touch lately, which has been really nice. Not to mention it has also been keeping my mood up lately and I am very keen on keeping it that way.

I’m learning to compliment myself too, which is cool. I feel a lot happier if I think nice things about myself. My therapist has actually taught me recently that it’s not how I act sometimes that I  need to strive to change, it’s my core beliefs. At the end of the day they influence how you act and the only reason I interpret things negatively when something does not go according to plan is because I already have these poor beliefs about myself, so naturally I jump to negative conclusions. I therefore have been trying to see things in a new light. I also am learning to like myself more and see what people think positively about myself. So far I can feel the improvements already and it is becoming a bit easier to push away bad thoughts each day. Basically, everything has been going good and I’m so glad to be back at university now.

I promise once I have the internet up and running in the house, I will post a lot more often. If I see any more posts which I think would be valuable from other people, I will re blog them too.

Stay positive people!

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Suicide Awareness Day.

As some people may or may not know, yesterday was a national Suicide Awareness Day. I therefore thought that I would focus today’s post on the topic of suicide, as a way to raise awareness.

The Facts: Around 3000 people commit suicide daily and at least one in six people will suffer from depression at some point in their lives, which for some people can result in suicidal thoughts.

However, no one should ever have to feel so unhappy that they consider taking their own lives, but unfortunately some people do end up feeling like this. A person’s mental health needs to be taken more seriously and more support should be offered to those who need help.

Another issue in relevance to suicide which I think is very important, is the impact of bullying. There have been cases where young people have committed or tried to commit suicide due to extreme cases of this. Unfortunately bullies don’t really think about it and some just consider it to be a bit of ‘fun’. In reality it is far from a joke. Even though it’s true that not everyone who is bullied turns suicidal, it can still cause other problems in later life, such as a damaged self-esteem.

In order to raise awareness about the problems of suicide, people worldwide decided to dress in yellow and write the word ‘love’ on their wrists. The word is still on my wrist today, as you can see bellow.

However, it is still important to realise, while it has been great that there is a day to raise awareness about suicide, people should support those who need help and try to prevent people from reaching this stage no matter what day it is.

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Sorry for the lack of posts!

Just thought I would quickly mention that the lack of posts these last few days were due to me being away over the weekend.

Here is a quick update on my current progress. It’s a bit late now, so I think any proper blogging will be saved for tomorrow.

It must be said though, during the whole weekend I have managed to keep myself in a positive mindset for most of the time.

I actually had a negative thought randomly pop up earlier on the train, but I managed to push it aside and think things through more rationally. I was really proud about that, it’s a good start for me. Although it is still something I need to keep on doing more.

On another good note, the friend I was visiting has been really supportive of me, which is lovely. I have also received a fair few compliments from people over the past few days, which is always nice. I must remember to add these to the list of my good qualities in my positive thinking diary.

Overall, a great weekend with plenty of positives.

Keep happy people, you are all beautiful!

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Which is why it is so important to eiminate any negative beliefs in life. If you are not happy in your own skin, it will be hard to gain full happiness in life. Negative beliefs have a poor impact on our lives and on how we percieve and handle the things around us.

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“We can never obtain peace inthe outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

– Dalai Lama

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Don’t feed your insecurities.

This is so true and it’s something that I need to learn to do more. 🙂

Ermilia

Some food for thought. Don’t feed those insecurities! You are all so awesome. 🙂

– Ermisenda Alvarez

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Learning to accept my positive qualities and not to disregard my talents.

There are some days when my mind concerns itself with all that I am unable to do and fails to recognise all of my strengths.  However, recently I have been trying to focus more on the positives, because if I can accept my good qualities I can become a happier person and will not need validation in order to feel like I am good at something. Learning to reinforce positive statements about yourself can help you to finally realise them, which will help boost self-esteem.

This is one of my current goals, to be able to associate more positive qualities with myself, feel more comfortable in my abilities and to stop focusing on my weaknesses and rather, look at my strengths instead.

Sometimes I find it’s easier to try to note them all down. Even if you cannot think of many positive qualities, think back to all the compliments or praise you have received and write them down too. If someone says something nice or compliments you in the day, when you get home, write it down. You will eventually end up with a big list of good qualities about yourself, that is also what I am really trying to aim for at least.

 

 Some positive statement which I’ve currently managed to build up about myself:

  • I’m a fun person who has a great personality and loves to laugh.
  • I’m an easy-going person to talk to and I have many people who care about me.
  • I can be quite passionate about issues that are important to me.
  • I’m an intelligent person who gets good grades.
  • I have the determination to overcome all my problems and make people proud.
  • I have a nice pair of legs and my eyes are a pretty colour.
  • Even though my drawing skills are far from being the next Van Gogh, if I put effort in they can still be quite good.
  • I’m eccentric and full of some great and abstract ideas.
  • I have a wild and vivid imagination.

Naturally there is still plenty of room for improvement as I need to accept a lot more positive aspects about me, but so far I am making a great start.  I just have to keep reminding myself of them, so that if low moods do hit, they will not cause my positive statements to all go out the window.

 

Embrace your talents.

Just remember everyone is unique and different and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately we are more likely to over look other people’s weaknesses and notice their strengths more than our own.

 

So what if you can’t pick something up and lack skills in a certain area?

As long as you enjoy doing something, it should not matter as to how you compare to others, at the end of the day its your hobby, it’s for your enjoyment. Some people may be better than you at some things, but you could be better than them at other things.

After thinking things through, I have even told myself that maybe some people have an abundance of talents, but I could be more fun to be around and a nicer person, which sometimes can be better than any talent out there.

 

Sometimes you just need to enjoy your skills and avoid comparing them to others, otherwise you might start wrongly believing that you are lacking in talent. I have done this many times, for example I believed that my art work was terrible, just because in comparison to those better than me, mine didn’t really look that good. In reality there were a lot of people who I ended up being better more skilled in art than and through their eyes, they consider my work to be really good. A skill does not have to be as good as someone else’s to still be considered a good skill.

Besides even if you can’t do something, you are only human, you won’t be able do everything, but that’s fine, its normal.

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