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!