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Reduce Frustration by Managing Expectations

articles lifestyle Apr 05, 2020

When was the last time you felt frustrated? Do you still remember how you felt at that time? Did you think about giving up altogether? More importantly, how long did the feeling last?

Perhaps you are currently struggling with the feelings of frustration with the situations, things, or people in your life. Has that feeling lingered for so long that you can no longer remember the last time you actually felt satisfied?

Frustrations seem to have become a natural part of us. It is the kind of negative emotion that keeps people from operating at their best. But why do people get so frustrated? What could be fueling such negativity?

Being in Control of Frustrations

One of the biggest ways to decrease your daily frustrations is through managing expectations, and managing expectations begins by understanding what makes us feel agitated in the first place.

According to Luis Von Ahn, “Frustration is a matter of Expectation.”

If you look back and think about the times when you felt...

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Why Play Matters

articles lifestyle Apr 04, 2020

When was the last time you engaged in a play or something really fun? It’s easy to think that play is only for kids. Adults have "more important things" at hand that are more pressing, right? Chances are it's been a while since the last time you really did something strictly for play.

Most parents would say that they engage their children in play and learn activities because they know how vital it is for children to have fun. In fact, childhood games revolve a lot on something educational and fun at the same time. But can imaginative play be good for adults, too? Will it benefit older people to indulge themselves in games?

Just because you are above thirty or are already in your late fifties, you can still reap the benefits of engaging in activities that are not about work, or any responsibility for that matter. In fact, when you learn to give in to the idea of playing a game (not WINNING a game), the more that it will benefit your family life, your job, and your mood in...

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Date Night Done Right: Harnessing the Power of the Masculine

This article is intended for those in a relationship that is markedly balanced between masculine and feminine, and likely most useful for those in a monogamous relationship.  The article speaks to the masculine in the relationship.

We are very comfortable pouring our creative energy into our work or art, but there is an opportunity for expansion in focusing that same energy into our relationship with the feminine.

We tend to see the date night as 1) a stand-alone event that is separated from the rest of the relationship and that 2) is something that derives its power from the experience, not the sustained feeling of it. This is a problem because it separates things in the bond between two people and attracts in the idea of playing inauthentic roles to each other. It also gives the power away to the experience and is not dynamic nor sustainable (if it is only about WHAT you do on a date night, things will get stale fast, and you will both be looking for...

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Being Honest About Mindfulness

articles lifestyle Mar 29, 2020

If someone asked you, “do you tell the truth all the time?” How would you answer it? The truth is that we’ve all lied at some point in our lives. But that doesn’t make us bad people. There are times when our circumstances make it difficult for us to tell the truth. Maybe you’ve made a promise to your friends to go to a movie but you forgot. You tell them instead that you were stuck in an important meeting so you don’t get to hurt their feelings. 

White lies, exaggerations, and self-denials all come with a shade of truth and falsehood. These are the things that most of us do every now and then, admittedly or not. And then we begin to wonder if telling the truth, even if it hurts people, is worth mentioning. Or would a lie that makes people happy be even more worth it? How do we choose what to do?

The importance of honesty has always been emphasized to everyone all the time that it somehow, it’s lost its meaning. In fact, whenever people...

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How to Love Yourself

articles lifestyle Mar 26, 2020

If you can have a superpower, what would it be? Some would probably answer incomparable strength while others would dream of having the power to fly. But what if your superpower is your ability to love yourself in a super kind of way? 

Having good self-esteem is like having a superpower that nobody else can take from you. It is not something that needs to remain in your imagination. In fact, it is the only kind of superpower that anyone can have at any given place and time. 

It's incredible how much self-love can do you good. Self-love is the best love you could give to yourself. It is like your shield of protection from all the negativity and hatred in the world. But when you don't love yourself as much as you should, the feeling can be frightening, exhausting, and sometimes it makes everything seem impossible. 

I love myself. Say this over and over and remind yourself how much you do. 

There is nothing more important in this world than self-love. The act of...

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Feeling Scattered? Routines Can Keep You Grounded

articles lifestyle Mar 24, 2020

Did you ever feel like you were being pulled in so many directions at once? You feel so scattered, and you don’t know which task you should work on first? We’ve all been in this situation. Today’s world is so fast-paced that it seems like keeping up with it is almost impossible. Nevertheless, don’t stress yourself out because there are things we can do to keep ourselves grounded, and that is by creating and establishing routines.

Building a Daily Routine

It’s time to ask yourself, “what’s my daily routine?” and “what are my daily activities?” It’s important that you know this so that you’ll know what to improve on. Each of us has our own set of routines already. But what’s crucial to know is whether those routines are helping you stay grounded or are they making you feel more scattered. 

For example, some routines are not helpful at all. If you’re a smoker, maybe smoking a cigarette or two in...

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What Is Bio Cotton And Why Does It Matter?

articles lifestyle Mar 21, 2020

Bio cotton has been gaining popularity among consumers. Bio cotton is organic, so it helps in protecting the environment. It is also much safer for farmers who are producing this type of cotton. In terms of health and their communities’ economic well-being, bio cotton is a tremendous help. So, how can you be a part of this endeavor of fostering a better environment and a profitable livelihood for cotton farmers? 

Practicing Eco Fashion

Purchasing organic cotton fabric clothing is one of the ways that we can make things more sustainable. With eco fashion, you do not only take part in preserving the environment, but you are also participating in a fair fashion, which ensures that the bio cotton farmers are being supported by this type of livelihood fairly. 

So, the next time you’d want to get organza fabric that is made of silk but could be mixed with synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester, you can choose bio cotton instead. It’s perhaps the best fabric...

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How to Gladly Wake Up before 5:00 AM

Allowing your body to rise according to its more natural cycles has come to mean allowing it to sleep longer. This is only half of the equation. Waking up early in the morning can increase your energy throughout the entire day, and there are a few easy tips to make that happen.

Many people see sleep as the only thing that gives our body the energy that it needs throughout the day. This is not the case. Meditation and mindfulness are tools that can effectively increase energy, and the morning routine is the foundation of each day's energy-increasing efforts.

You need to be EXCITED to wake up early. Like, actually excited about the activity, not about the output of the activity. If you are attempting - or even succeeding - in waking up early through will power despite your body's craving for more sleep, you are depleting your energy. Remember that your energy is mental, emotional, spiritual and physical, not just physical. All are interconnected. Having authentic excitement for the...

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5 Tips For Breaking Up with a Friend

articles lifestyle Mar 17, 2020

Everyone will experience losing a friend at some point in our lives. If you’re going through a split up with a friend, then it’s a really difficult time for you. You’re feeling all these emotions and it hurts. You may be thinking about how to fix a breakup with your friend. But the best thing to do right now is to focus on yourself and how you can heal from a broken friendship. 

Sometimes, breaking up with a friend is even worse than breaking up with a romantic partner. For you, you’ve lost someone really dear; someone who you think you’ll always have all your life through thick and thin. This person is not just someone you know or have a few drinks with. This is an individual who knows you inside out. 

With romantic relationships, somehow, we know and accept that there’s a probability for things to not work out as we hope. However, with friendships, it’s hard for us to even imagine that there will be something that can break you...

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How To Live Purposefully

articles lifestyle Mar 16, 2020

Philosophers, poets, religious leaders, and even at times politicians have tried to answer the age-old question “What is the purpose of life?” Their answers vary from the loftiness of a mansion in a faraway heaven to a dismal and the overly pragmatic death and taxes. Still, neither of these options may be fulfilling to you. Especially the latter.

If you have ever thought to yourself, “I have no purpose,” you are not alone. Many people spend their lives wondering what their purpose is or feeling like their existence has no significance or meaning. They wake up, get ready for the day, work at a job that may or may not pay all their bills, go home, eat, sleep, rinse, and repeat. With no real goals or direction, you are just surviving and keeping your head above water. Your life rules you as opposed to you ruling your life. This constant dull grind makes it difficult to go about the day to day tasks that need to be done, let alone get out of bed in the morning....

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