Wednesday, May 27, 2015

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood

Have you ever felt lazy and a little down to even get yourself out of bed? Have you been working hard lately and you feel exhausted? We've all been through that in a way or another. In fact, I just finished my final exams and I feel exactly the same. However, I do have some simple ways I usually do when I go through tough times. Here are simple but effective ways to boost your mood and energy.

1- Read something positive:
I always start my day by reading one of my favorite quotes. I do have lots of them and each day I read something different. Quotes inspire me and motivate me to get out of my bed and be ready for the day. I read quotes in both languages, Arabic and English. They make me feel blessed and grateful for everything I have..
Here are few of my favorite quotes: 

2- Drink lots of water:
Water, water, water! We all know how important it is to drink LOTS of water but we're guilty of not doing that. I used to drink 3 to 4 glasses a day. For a while now, I'm trying to drink more, at least 6 glasses a day and I've been loving it. Water has lots of benefits for the body and the skin in general but it helps to relieve stress as well. It also helps to fire up your metabolism, so if you hate coffee then water is a good and healthy alternative.
3- Refresh your look:
Updating your beauty routine doesn't necessarily involve big changes. It's important to realize that few changes to your look can make a big difference in the way you feel and it can also boost your confidence. Wearing a new lipstick or painting your nails are the easiest but they work very well. However, changing your hair color or getting a new cut might be bigger changes but what's better than that? Simple ways but yet effective. All these are few examples of what you can do and remember you can always do more.  

4- Take a walk:
Take a long good walk without bringing your phone or any other distractions.Take a deep breath, enjoy the sounds of nature, the calmness of the night and feel the soft wind gently blows. I usually take a long walk for about 1 hour to 2 hours. When the weather isn't helping me, I take a 30 minutes walk for about 3 times a day. I never skipped a walk, not even when I'm sick because I find it really helpful and it relieves me in ways I can't describe. If you never tried it before I HIGHLY recommend it for you, you'll thank me later.

5- Workout:
I don't have a specific routine for working out but I know working out regularly can make a huge difference. I usually do squats, push ups, jumping jacks or wall sit for approximately 30 to 60 seconds each. It takes no time but it really helps.

6- Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee:
Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea if you prefer, enjoy every sip of it. Don't distract yourself with either important or less important things. Set your mind free from all your daily stress, make it your time to be relaxed and alone for a few minutes.

7- Pray:
Praying is the most important way to relieve your stress.Take a long time by yourself to pray, talk to Allah and ask for everything you want. There's nothing impossible when it comes to praying and asking from Allah. Thank him for everything and tell him what you feel. He's the only one who listens without interrupting, judging or blaming. Don't be ashamed to cry like a baby, Allah loves you more than your own mother.  

P.S all photos (not the quotes) are taken by iPhone 5 and 6.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"How you treat others, is how you really feel inside"

How to deal with negativity or negative people? I'm sure we all have negativities in our lives. Personally, I deal with that almost every day! I don't know why we have to face them but I know for sure that everybody teaches us a lesson we need to be taught. We just have to be patient, to open up our minds, accept it, learn from it and move on. I know sometimes we let negativity brings us down, make us cry or worse. I don't have a particular way to deal with it but what I'm about to share might help you, inspire you or waste your time.  

Honestly, negativity gets to me differently every day. Sometimes I'm strong and nothing can or will bring me down. Other times, I'm weak and the smallest thing could tear my heart apart. I don't know how to deal with it, I don't have a specific way to do that. I've been criticized a lot in my life about almost everything. People criticized me on my choices, thoughts, decisions and every other thing. What I learned from being criticized, judged and bullied is that we live in a society that cannot see the best in us. We live in a world that won't see us good enough. People will always find a way to criticize you, no matter what you do you'll be criticized, it's either in a good way or an aggressive, destructive way. Either ways, you have to deal with it.

Sometimes I let it affect me by thinking about it, talking about it to someone or trying to understand it. It would literally make me depressed for a while, I would cry for days and it might lead me to take a break from everyone in my life. It depends on how deeply it hits me. I know I shouldn't be saying that, I should give you some advice and I should be telling you it's all gonna be alright at the end.

 Let's be honest, no matter how many people praise us, telling us how good we're or how amazing we look, always the one that says nasty things about us would affect us the most. Even if you think that small comments won't do any harm, it's just a ridiculous thing to say, she or he wouldn't be hurt. I'm telling you, since its the wrong thing to say then don't say it.

If you stopped yourself from being negative to people then you would really master it. If you hate being criticized then don't criticize people, just let them be whoever they want to be. If negativity knocked you down, then make it your biggest goal to be better and not end up like whoever criticized you. I usually try to be good with those who judged me or criticized me. I don't find it hard to be as bad as they're but because I believe if I response to negativity with negativity then I'll be no better than them, I'll be worse. 
If it really got to me and I can't deal with it, then I'll be honest about it and tell them it really affects me. I don't care what would they feel or would they stop or not because then I'll be done with them. If they were friends and they won't stop being judgmental then I'll cut them out of life with no regrets. 

I think the most thing that most of us are afraid of is being judged. It hurts to be judged and let me tell how much I've been aggressively judged in my life! Mostly friends who can't understand me and pretty much judge me constantly on my choices, decisions, and lots of other things. Too much to be counted, too much to take, and really hard to forget.

What people can't understand is that, I'm 23, I'm young and I'll make mistakes, plenty of them. However, I'm old enough to take responsibilities of my actions. I guess that applies on all of us. We're capable of being mature enough and stupid enough, it's our choice.

I'm not quite sure what would a normal person do in such situations but I'm normal enough to tell you let it affect you. Be sad or angry about it, if it got to you then there's nothing wrong about that. After a while you'll forget about it, time heals everything, trust me on that.

We can be our own worst enemy sometimes, we can be really mean to ourselves so don't feel like you have to be awful to others in order to feel better! We've got it cover for you, you just need to be nice and that's enough. It takes nothing to knock someone down, only one word can destroy us and it takes a lot to build us up.

In our society, it takes a lot to be nice sometimes and it takes nothing to be judgmental, critical or a bully. Some of them allow themselves to be as bad as they can get but very shy when it comes to being nice and polite. Stop making excuses for your bad behavior and start working on yourself to be a better person. My advice to you, START NOW!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coffee and Some Love

Hello and welcome to a new post. Grab your cup of coffee, tea or maybe water if you prefer and enjoy reading. Today's post is a bit different from the last three posts. It's not about love, death or anything similar. However, it's about you and me, it's about making a plan to be the person you have to be. A person that leads a healthy, successful and pleasant life. I'm not an expert or successful, I'm only a student that have some good/crazy thoughts and I need to get them out of my head. I also need to make everything clear to myself and you need to read it because it might be helpful or inspiring. Either ways, I hope you find something good for you.

In my opinion, there are 5 easy ways I believe we need to understand and make an effort to achieve them.

1- Believe in yourself: This is important, all the ways I'll mention depend on this one. How do you  want to lead a good life if you don't believe in yourself? How can you achieve anything if you don't believe in yourself? Believing in yourself will make things pretty easy to achieve , because then you will have nothing to stop you. Stop doubting yourself for how long you can go, stop assuming that if it won't happen now then it'll never happen. Remember all the troubles you've been through and how you fought to be here today. Remember all the battles you have won and all the fears that couldn't stop you. Believe that you're stronger, smarter and brave enough to continue your way through. Start a new positive pattern of thoughts, don't get lost in your bad emotions and more importantly don't believe them. Your negative thoughts are only thoughts but that’s it. On the other hand, your good thoughts are true, yes you're good enough, smart enough and an amazing person so stop doubting that and start dreaming big. Don't you ever forget that you CAN and you WILL.

I need to remind myself of that and I need to remind others too. It's good to give yourself a push upward every time you feel down. Be positive and be brave.  

2- Be kind: Always and I mean ALWAYS, be kind with yourself and others. Don't judge people on their wrongdoings, don't blame them on their mistakes, don't call them names and be nice to them. If you find that hard to do, then you should stop making relationships with others  . Stop mingling with them, because we don't need to spread negativities around we have enough of them for a life time. In fact, you must try to change yourself to be nicer, wiser and better. In order to be successful, I believe that being a nice person is important. Judging, underestimating and making others feel bad will do you no good. It's only a reflection of how you feel about yourself and you're throwing it on others to feel better about yourself. Believe me when I say it won't make you anything but pathetic, foolish and you'll feel even worse. To be happy and successful, feel good for others achievements, encourage them and compete with them. You also have to help them and make them feel good about themselves. This is the best way to be successful and most of all, to be a good person. Aren't we all need at least one person like that in our lives?

3- Make goals: Ask yourself this, what are your goals for this year? What do you want to accomplish? Have you accomplished any of them yet? If not, do you have a specific time to be done with them? You must have a specific time, it will make it easier to accomplish more. To me, I have lots of goals and some of them are pretty simple, like working out, reading books, eating healthy and etc. It might be nothing to you but it's something to me. Till now I've accomplished most of the simple ones. My big goals, sadly, I'm just changing the label color of them every time I go through them. Although I have to finish them at a certain time but I still have plenty of it. My biggest goal for now is to graduate and to find a job that pays me well, to help me achieve more. In other words, I think making goals is necessary. You don't need to make big goals that might be hard or take a long time to achieve but  you need to achieve something that will make you proud. Achieving goals will make you feel good about yourself and it's a must for leading a successful life.
"Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning"- The Color Run.
4- Take risks: You have to be open about taking risks. You have to be willing to fail and learn from it, don't let your failure consume you and look at it as an opportunity to improve yourself. No matter how many time you fail and how many people push you down, stand up, chin up and prove to yourself you CAN because you WILL. Be productive, start your day with easy tasks and then with tasks that take longer to finish. I like to do that because this way I work better and I achieve more. Do your own way to work better and be creative.

5- Experience: We all have experienced different things in life, mistakes that made us grow or success that we learned from. In a way or another, we've must learned something from our experiences even if it’s a small thing. Some of our experiences might have been really hard on us, some of them destroyed something in us and some of them changed us in either a good way or a bad way. I've experienced things myself that made me weak instead of helping me growing and learning and there's no harm in that. However, being weak in a short period of time is okay, but never settle for that. I know it's comfortable to try things you already know their outcomes, a certain amount of success is never bad. On the other hand, challenge yourself to do more, to experience new things and that will do you not only good but GREAT things. Challenge yourself to try new things and to be better, fill your life with experiences and learn from them. Grow up, and stop being afraid of things that don't exist! Every fear you have and every negative thought is nowhere but in your head.

Ps. I'm only writing this because I've met people that made me feel bad about myself. People that underestimated me and made me feel nothing. One of those were a friend of mine and I just want you to understand how bad it is for you to be that person. If you're trying to live a good life, be a good person from the inside out and stop the hate on others. Be good, do good and then you will feel good. I know I'm not an expert but I'm smart enough to learn from my mistakes and others mistakes.

After all, I suggest you do your own perfect ways to be productive and successful. Help me with new ways in the comments below. 

Stay healthy and positive.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Be Unapologetically Yourself

Hello and welcome to a new post. I wanted to share my thoughts about leading a successful life with you lovelies. I'm not an expert when it comes to that or anything else basically. It's only me trying to be useful for a change :). I hope you enjoy
One of the main reasons of having a successful life, is to be who you are! Don't be ashamed, scared or unsatisfied of what you have. And most importantly, DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS! Every one of us is beautifully different and that's what makes us special and unique. The illusions of having a perfect life is leading us to the edge. There's no perfect life nor perfect person unless you completely accept what you have! Set yourself free from what scares you.
Start every morning with a positive thought and with a strong believe that everything will be better than you think. If things go wrong, don't panic! There's always gonna be lots of different ways to solve your problems. There's no need for you to get upset. Always remember there's nothing to lose and when things get lost then they don't matter in the first place. However, you can always replace them with much better things.
Accept yourself completely and don't wait to be accepted. Not everyone is going to do that and it's okay. Embrace your inner beauty and love your body it’s the greatest thing you will ever own. Be proud of what you have. Be proud of what you've done. Learn from your mistakes and make sure you change yourself to be better but only for yourself to be satisfied. Challenge yourself, educate yourself and never ever waste your precious time waiting for someone to accept you, love you or want you. Bring your imperfect self to the outside world with a complete acceptance. Only then you will bring your true and great self to be seen. Don't make it disappear while you're searching for a life that is not real or a person that won't see.