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Self development is quite an amazing journey these days. Everyone tries so hard to up their game and to become the best version of themselves. I think it’s amazing how many beautiful lessons you can learn during your self development journey.

A great way to start working on your self development is to start living with intention. By means you’ll focus more on living a more balanced life that concentrates on meaning and purpose.

Considering how exhausting the society is these days, people tend to put themselves on auto pilot and just follow up a routine. I’ll now give you some pieces of advice on how to wake up and realise that life is all about choices. You’ll need to fully live in order to develop yourself, existing is just not enough.

Pay attention

I believe you are busy 24 out of 7, right? There are distractions everywhere, on the phone, at the office, there are lots and lots of thoughts. All these things distract us from what really matters. Breathe in. Breathe out. Find a moment of peace and quiet and just focus. You’ll realise life is just getting past you, right? People seem to move in slow motion and nothing new ever happens. You’ll need to start searching for your purpose now. Take some time just to think about the things that matter to you the most. What do you aspire to be like?

Everyone is born with a purpose! Maybe you just want to make other people happy, or you want to revolutionize something, who knows?

The secret here is quite ironic. I cannot really tell you HOW to find your purpose. Thinking and focusing will help A LOT, however you are the only one who knows the answer to this question.

Once you’ve found your purpose I promise things will get much more easier.

Disconnect and connect

It’s now time to disconnect from every source of technology. Leave your phone away and start connecting with real people. It’s so important to share opinions, laugh and even just sit with other people. They can be your family, friends or your significant other, it really doesn’t matter. You’ll realise how much time you spend on your phone and how little with the people around you.

Socialising is an amazing form of self development. Not only you can learn a lot of things from others experiences but you can also improve your lifestyle a lot. For example, in a relationship communication is key. This is how you’ll keep your relationship balanced, healthy and happy. This also applies in other types of relationships such as friendships. And, if you have healthy relationships in your life, your state of mind will change instantly. It will have an impact to your self esteem, confidence, productivity and energy.

Live in the moment

In order to succeed in living a life with intention, you’ll also have to learn how to live in the moment. Stop thinking about the past or the future. The present matters the most. The choices you are making NOW will have an impact on your future self. Also, as I said before, it’s not enough only to exist. You have to live. For example, stop being afraid of change or challenges. It won’t get you anywhere. If you’d like to do something, try something or tell someone something, just do it! After all, even if it goes wrong, I’m sure you’ll laugh about it later.

Also, you can focus on little things. For instance, start enjoying the parfume your significant other wears. Have you ever listened to the birds in the morning? Do you ever just take a rest and look at all the people around you? Start enjoying life more and you’ll surely become a better version of yourself.

Set some goals

Goals are the things that help us moving forward after a bumpy ride, right? They make us ambitious and competitive. We want to succeed and then succeed again. Goals are an amazing form of developing ourselves. Therefore, the next step in living an intentional life is to set goals. You can start with smaller goals such as : today I’ll work out 10 minutes. After a week you can make your goal a bit harder and go for 20 minutes. This way, without even realising you’ll improve more and more.

Also, just as a reminder: you should celebrate every time you reach one of your goals. Eat a cupcake, drink a glass of whine, do whatever you like. Just don’t let it go like that. Even if it wasn’t a big deal, every choice you make in improving your life is worth celebrating.

All things considered, living a life with intention is really wonderful. And it’s not hard, right? Just remember, find your purpose, set some goals, connect with the people around you and live in the moment. After all, you only have one life, start living it.

What are your thoughts about this type of lifestyle? Slide in my Instagram DM’s (@notagirlygal) and let me know .

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

If you succeed to be happy with what you already have, you can finally say that you’ve moved forward in your self development journey.

Being happy might seem to be somehow challenging these days. Especially if you’re always on your Instagram thinking every influencer’s life is completely amazing. Don’t put yourself down! Everyone shows the best piece of themselves on their social media. Stop thinking you need lots of things in order to be happy and start embracing your life and your true values. Once you realise how lucky you already are, everything will go as planned.

Continue reading in order to start working on your happiness right now! Your self development journey isn’t something you should leave for tomorrow.

1. Your morning routine

If your morning isn’t going great, it’ll be hard for you to keep a positive vibe during the day. Therefore, if you start your day with energy and love, your chances at being happy get higher.

You can try putting on your favourite tunes and dancing a bit. This exercise will instantly improve your mood. Remember not to overload your brain with information and thoughts immediately. Leave some quiet time for yourself every morning. Also, don’t forget about breakfast! It’s literally the most important meal of the day. The energy you’ll gain from consuming the right food will become your best friend.

2. All about instagram

I’m not telling you to stop using social media. For example, I love being active on my Instagram account. However, don’t be fooled on how happy everyone seems to be. We are all humans and we all experience ups and downs in our lives. Of course no one will post a picture of them crying or stressing out. The life you see on people’s Instagram is not entirely true. Therefore, you shouldn’t think your life is miserable just because it’s not perfect. People tend to make their lives seem perfect, but in the end, there’s no such thing and I think we all know it by now. I just felt the need to remind you of this 🙂

3. Enjoy the little things

As I’ve said many times before, you should enjoy every little thing you encounter. The sound of birds and nature, the view from your window, the nice lady at the grocery store – these are all examples of things that can bring a smile to your face. Pay attention to what happens around you and you’ll find reasons to be happy. You don’t need a mansion and a private jet to feel happy. Once you realise that, your entire life and goals will change. Stop taking things or people for granted and try to enjoy every minute of your life.

4. Stop buying things, go for experiences

Instead of buying a new bag, why don’t you invest your money in a nice date for you and your loved one. You’ll feel greater at the end of the day. Memories are the most precious things we have. Lighten your life with beautiful events and spend your money wise. You’ll be happy if you buy a new bag, of course, but how long will your happiness last for? A nice experience will not only last forever, but if will also improve your self development journey.

5. Treat yourself during weekends

After a hard week of work, do something for yourself during the weekend. Try relaxing and doing things that bring you happiness. For example, you can go at the movies, or you can try to go hiking. Who knows? Do something different every weekend. Your whole mood will change and you will start the next week with a new type of energy. Your productivity and creativity will also increase significantly. How much better does it get? Tons! Trust me! Spice up your life babe! I know you deserve it.

6. Cut off the negativity

Stop spending time with people who bring negativity into your life. They can only make it harder, trust me. Surround yourself with people who appreciate your true value and who respect your need of positivity and happiness. If you can motivate each other and be supportive, you’ll be invincible. People who understand and respect you and your needs will help you achieve a higher level of self development in no time.

7. Exercise

Practicing some sport will not only help you get fit and healthy, but it will also improve your mood instantly. Make some time for daily exercises. You will sleep better at night and you will also be able to increase productivity and of course, happiness.

You can try jogging and listening to some music. You will completely clear your mind!

All things considered, being happy is not hard at all! All you have to do is realise that everything you need is right in front of you. Stop overthinking and just go with the flow. Don’t let your life fly in front of your eyes. Everything is possible if you truly desire it!

Tell me, how do you work on your self development journey? Feel free to DM me on my Instagram account (@notagirlygal) so we can have a chat!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Healthy Summer foods are not hard to find at all. To be honest, you just have to see past the ice cream, doughnuts and many other sweets and desserts. Knowing that you can satisfy your sweet tooth with other delicious treats, why choose the most unhealthy one?

Hot weather can have various negative impacts on your energy levels, so try to add some dishes that are rich in vitamins and nutrients to your everyday diet. Don’t know where to start from? Worry not, together we’ll go through tasty snacks, healthy & yummy dishes and even one guilty pleasure. Let’s beat the heath and regain our wonderful energy!

1. Mix Protein & Vegetables as your Healthy Summer Dish

This meal is perfect for lunch! It’s one of my favourite dishes to prepare because it’s so easy and tasty. Plus, it gives me such an energy boost. Never mix carbohydrates with protein – you will instantly feel bloated and perhaps tired. If you’re not a meat eater, you can choose other diary products such as eggs whites, cheese or even nuts. When it comes to vegetables, it’s important to have them at least twice a day. They’re full of nutrients and vitamins. Also, plant based foods help you with gut bacteria and provide a smoother digestion.

2. Have berry & red berry smoothies

Berries are one of the most amazing healthy summer foods! Why? Simple! They’re a great source of antioxidants and they can decrease the risk of disease. They’re fresh and will also provide you with lots of energy and vitamins. Therefore, you can enjoy a sweet smoothie for breakfast and be healthy at the same time. One of my favourite breakfast dishes is 200ml of berry smoothie + a puffed rice cake with peanut butter on top. Improve your diet and get ready to make your Summer even better!

3. Indulge in fresh salads

As it can be quite hard to eat hot meals during Summer, you might need something more fresh. There are SO many salad combinations that you can try that you won’t get bored easily. Green leaf salad, spinach or iceberg salad are full of powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E, Alpha and Beta Carotene, Folic Acid and Lycopene. By frequently consuming salads you can protect your heart, build strong bones, keep your weight in control and improve your muscles’ performance. If that didn’t make you feel like enjoying a fresh salad now, I don’t know what will!

4. Try small amounts of nuts as a Summer Healthy Snack

If you’re looking for quick healthy summer foods, nuts are your solution. They’re very rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats can even lower bad cholesterol. Nuts are packed in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Choose four – five nuts instead of a bag of crisps and diversify your diet.

5. Drink lots of cold water and mint

Cold water with mint can be very fresh, and can provide you lots of energy during a hot Summer day. However, these are not the only benefits that come from mint or water. For instance, mint can reduce belly fat. The leaves can trigger the release of extra bile and help you get in shape. Help your body digest fat drinking cold water with mint!

6. Have a guilty pleasure: iced coffee

Actually, cold coffee can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can increase insulin sensitivity, lower body pressure and stabilise blood sugar levels. Moreover, iced coffee is less acidic than hot coffee. Therefore, it’s also much better for your stomach and teeth.

If you are a coffee drinker, go for iced coffee during Summer. It’s not only better for your health, but it can also improve your energy level during the day.

7. Eat low fat fish for dinner

I love low fat fish! It contains fewer calories and lots of protein. Some examples of low fat fish are: tilapia, cod, flounder and sole. Besides the protein, these fishes have lots of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamins such as B and D. Plus, they are rich in Calcium, Potassium and are a great source of minerals. Hello, healthier lifestyle!

8. Healthy Summer Foods: spinach, rockets & peas

When you eat spinach you get lots vitamins and minerals. Moreover, it’s extremely rich in nutrients. Other greens such as peas and rockets are also great for your diet. They are all packed with fibre, minerals, vitamins and they are also low in calories. By eating greens you can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline!

All things considered, there are so many healthy summer foods to pick from, however if you decide to try these ones, I guarantee that your lifestyle will be 100% improved. Slide in my DM’s (@notagirlygal ) and let me know which one of these meals is your favourite and why?

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Oh, how much I love writing about women empowerment. I find it so important for us ladies all over the world to continue inspiring and believing in each other. My platform is specially created in order for you to find the answers to your daily questions here. Therefore, today I’ll give you 6 pieces of advice on how to live in the moment. Seize the day girls!

You’ve seen every social campaign encouraging others to live in the moment. Well, I’ll teach you how to start NOW.

Why living in the moment is so important?

Living in the moment is so famous and important because people often tend to get distracted and scared by their past or future, and forget to enjoy the present. Living in the present will teach you how to enjoy life more. After all, you must reach your full potential and create a life you love.

Actually, have you ever imagined how beautiful life would be if you started enjoying little things exactly when they happen? Stop overthinking every step in your journey and start seizing the day! You’ll only live once, right?

1. Meditating

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Buddha

Focus on your breath. Inspire and expire. Meditating should work in order for you to focus on the things that matter. Forget about the past or the future. You are living NOW. The past can’t be changed, but the future will be influenced by your present actions.

You can meditate everywhere : a quiet park, your garden, on the beach, on the shore of a river… literally everywhere quiet. Pack a mat and chose a spot! Relief your mind from all the worries by breathing and manifesting your life.

2. Stop being afraid

The meeting of two eternities, the past and the future… is precisely the present moment.

Henry David Thoreau

In order to seize the day, you’ll have to get rid of your fears. I’m not referring to fears of height, spiders, small spaces etc… I’m talking about the little social fears we all have. For example, if you want to dye your hair, do it. Talk to that girl in the back of your classroom, book that flight and travel. Stop overthinking the little enjoyments in life and don’t be afraid. You’ll once realise that all of these fears can do nothing but bad to you.

3. Smile

Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.

Leo Tolstoy

You have limited time in this life. Stop taking things for granted and smile more! It’s scientifically proven that smiling will have an effect on your mood. Trick your brain into avoiding negative feelings.

Take a look in the mirror and appreciate your beauty. Even if it might be quite hard for you to find reasons to smile, remember that you’re unique. A good exercise in order to achieve this goal is to write down a few reasons to smile every day. When you wake up take a look over the list, your mood will change instantly.

4. Kill em’ with kindness

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.

Henry David Thoreau

Kindness can help you improve your happiness in seconds. A great way to live in the moment is to perform different acts of kindness. For instance, if you cross the street and you see a women struggling with grocery store bags, offer your help. This is your chance to promote women empowerment🙂 Also, these acts will not only improve your mood, but it’ll improve someone else’s too. Don’t expect anything back, just be kind.

5. Be thankful

Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace

Unknown

It sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not that simple to realise how many things you should be thankful for. You’re surrounded by people who love and admire you, be thankful. Appreciate the little things around you. Not many have the opportunities you might encounter. Learn how to thank people for their gestures. This little exercise will help you a lot in increasing not only your happiness, but will also teach you how to live in the moment.

6. Forget how much the past hurts

Today is life — the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie

I know it might hurt you, but it’s now time to forget it. Focus your attention on other things. Improve your life and try tricking your brain into not thinking about the past. It’s so important to enjoy life at it’s fullest. Therefore, every time a dark memory from your past comes to surface, try finding your comfort memory. Use it all the time. You can think about your loved ones, a moment you’ve felt extremely happy, literally anything. I truly believe YOU can do it.

All things considered, it’s extremely beautiful to be able to live in the moment. Carpe diem babes! I’m always here if you need other women empowerment pieces of advice, just DM me on my Instagram ( @notagirlygal ).

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Here we are again, ready for another women empowerment article! What a wonderful way to get productive together, right? Recently, I’ve realised how important it is to take some time to do absolutely nothing! Many of you might have an issue with time management. Sometimes, you feel like you’re running a marathon, like you have only one second of a break and then you start working again. Moreover, that short break turns into running errands.

Remember that great ideas usually come when you take a step back from those energy draining tasks. Let’s go through what exactly you can do RIGHT NOW to become more productive and more creative at the same time 😉

1. Take a long shower

After a hard working day, don’t just get changed and start other tasks. Take your time and take a long shower. Relax all of your muscles. If you feel like it, you can also try applying some face masks or using scrubs – it will make you feel super relaxed. Clear your mind and just live in the present moment.

Being able to just sit in the shower and enjoy doing nothing will relief some of your feelings of stress. Moreover, it will significantly increase productivity. How? You might ask. Well, it’s quite simple. Your brain has been under pressure for too long. Therefore, a bit of relaxation and an escape from your routine, will help your brain to gain more energy after the shower is over. Hello, productive you!

2. Go for a walk

A walk in nature is always a good idea. Take some time for yourself and go outside for a walk. You can chose any place you feel like going to. For example, on my days back in London, whenever I’ve had the chance or wanted an escape I walked to Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd’s street) or took a stroll on the Thames bank in Chelsea Harbour. The change of scenario I was experiencing helped me a lot in increasing my productivity. Find that place you’d like to walk to and enjoy the fresh air, look at all the amazing people around you, wander on the streets just like a tourist and just RELAX. I promise that this walk will do wonders!

However, if you feel like you just can’t control the thoughts running through your mind, try putting some headphones on.

3. Watch a movie or a TV show

Actually, watching a movie or a TV show can help you relax and get new ideas. Moreover, it’s such an amazing way of doing nothing. Get cozy on your sofa and put your favourite movie on. Don’t think too much, just enjoy the atmosphere. Laugh and cry with your favourite characters and escape your daily routine. Maybe it can also be the best time for a guilty pleasure snack. Even if you’re on a diet, or prefer a more healthy alternative you can enjoy fruits or vegetables while binge watching your movie!

Movies can teach us a lot of life lessons, maybe you’ll also have a spiritual awakening at the end? Who knows?

4. Sit down

Sit. Down. That’s all. Find a comfortable chair and just sit down. Stop thinking. You can look around the room, or you can place your chair in front of a window. However, this mindless action will help you a lot. Everyone needs a break from time to time and if you’re reading this article I believe it’s the right time for you to have one. Exhaustion didn’t do good to anyone after all.

5. Sunbathing

Since now it’s the season of sun and fun as I like to call it, you can try sunbathing. What could be better than sitting with your eyes closed and enjoying a nice dose of vitamin D. Not only you get yourself a break, but you’ll also enjoy a good tan afterwards. However, don’t forget to use SPF 50! We all know how damaging the sun can get to your skin. You can also try special oils in order to relax your body. Also, before starting to do nothing:) I like reading one or two women empowerment quotes. They help a lot with increasing my self-esteem. Try it out! They’ll completely change your mood.

All things considered, doing nothing is quite productive! Isn’t it ironic? Breaks are crucial in order for you to function properly! Don’t forget that you’re only a human and you need some time for yourself! Enjoy a bit of relaxation when needed.

P.S: Take a look at my other women empowerment articles for a guaranteed confidence boost!

Catch me on Instagram – @notagirlygal.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Women Empowerment has finally achieved the importance and success it always deserved and I’m here for it. Therefore, today I’m empowering all my babes out there who lack energy throughout the day. I’m sharing with you my 9 tips to boost your energy in a natural way.

You might have been under pressure and stress. Many times, these two factors drain you from the energy you used to have. It is not to blame that from time to time you might not feel like yourself. With a lower level of energy, your productivity can also decrease significantly. You might often feel sleepy, or you might also experience headaches. Everyone experiences different types of “symptoms” due to this lack of energy. However, getting back on track is crucial – after all, you can’t let this affect you and interfere with your well-being.

1. Let’s talk about stress

Stress can consume a huge amount of your energy. Therefore, it’s very important to see the positive aspects of life and avoid dark thoughts. You can find many activities that will help you achieve the positive mindset you’re searching for. For instance, you can try meditating, practicing yoga, running or going in for a hike. Find a hobby that keeps your mind focused and keeps your thoughts away from stress. However, if you feel like the problem might be a little too hard to control, you can join a women empowerment and support group. A little chat with a specialist and other ladies that struggle with the same things as you can turn out to be very helpful.

2. Exercise

Nature heals! It’s one saying that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget. Another way of boosting your energy is starting to exercise at least two or three times a week. Sports improve your mental and physical state. Whilst working out in the gym is great, fresh air is actually way better.

Get out of the house and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Some people enjoy packing a mat and doing some exercises in the park. You can delight yourself with a beautiful view, and maybe even a walk home after you’ve finished. Take your mind off of your problems and you’ll see an improvement in your level of energy.

3. Stop overworking

Overworking can also consume huge amounts of your energy, therefore you should try to respect a well balanced schedule. Maybe learning how to say no won’t be that bad either. You should try creating a to do list in order to set your priorities straight. Remember that you are only human after all and that you’ll need a break at some point. If it’s needed, you can even reach out for some help from a colleague or friend.

4. Don’t skip breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why skip it? You have to find at least 20 minutes in the morning to sit down and enjoy some healthy food – I love to have spinach and eggs or salmon with fresh salad. You can choose anything that it’s healthy and will boost your energy for the day ahead. Although you might think carbs are better suited here, they will only make you feel more tired and sleepy.

5. Music

Music is such a great way to cope with stressful periods in our lives. Therefore, adding music to your morning routine will give you an instant boost of energy. Start living the life you’ve seen in movies. Grab your toothbrush, put on your favourite tune and try to dance a little bit in the morning. It will do wonders to your mood!

6. Sleep well

Many people tend to sleep too little considering how alert their day is going to be and that impacts on their energy levels the next day. If you feel that your routine is not allowing you to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, it’s time to make some changes. For example, you can establish a schedule for going to bed and waking up in the morning – ideally at the same time everyday. Also, make sure that you have a relaxing routine before you go to bed – watching movies can be replaced with reading and talking on the phone can be replaced with meditation. These are some examples, but you can find what makes you feel relaxed and do MORE of it.

7. Stay hydrated

Maybe the cause of this lack of energy you’re experiencing is actually dehydration. You should be drinking at least 2 litters of water everyday. If water doesn’t appeal to you, you can brew natural tea or some fresh juice. Trust me when I say, drinking water is key for keeping your energy level up.

8. Finding your inner peace

As a women empowerment supporter I suggest that, you lovely woman who is reading this, to find your inner peace and find moments to relax. We as women tend to have such a busy schedule and our well-being should always come first.

How to do find your inner peace? You can take time every day to look inward and meditate about your life and your expectations of it. Journaling and yoga did wonders for me, so you can try them as well.

9. Try to avoid looking too much at a screen

Even if your job consists of looking at a computer screen for hours, you have to try looking away from time to time. Computer and phone screens can impact your energy immediately. Therefore, this tiredness you’re feeling can be justified. Taking coffee breaks, walking your dog breaks or simply meditation breaks should definitely help here.

All things considered, there are quite a few effective ways to help you boost your energy naturally. Have you ever encountered such an energy lack? How did you get over it? Slide in my Instagram DM’s (@notagirlygal) and let me know! As a reminder: don’t forget the importance of women empowerment babes! Stay safe!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Stop worrying and live your best life! After all, what worries can bring to you, besides those dark thoughts? If something is meant to happen, it will happen anyways: either you’re worrying about it or not. Have you ever wondered what life without worries would look like? Let me explain it to you: much more optimistic! Therefore, I’ve decided to follow the Hakuna Matata recipe and believe me or not, it works!

“It means no worries

For the rest of your days

It’s our problem-free philosophy

Hakuna Matata!“

Even if the little song itself is part of a children’s movie, I believe everyone should at least take into consideration the deeper aspects of this “philosophy”.

Worries are overwhelming your mind everyday and it’s totally fine. Everyone has their fears and thoughts. However, in order to live a much more positive and happier life, you should minimise these worries as much as possible. When I say that, I mostly refer to overthinking everything. It’s a great trait to be responsible and to think everything through, but sometimes in life you must take some risks. I’ve written this article to remind you that life isn’t about “IF’. Moreover, it is proven that if you’re a positive person, your entire life is much more happier and optimistic.

Continue reading to find 5 easy steps that you can take to stop worrying.

1. Positivity

Firstly, in order to stop worrying you should focus on positivity. Start your day by reading or saying optimistic messages to yourself. For example, when you wake up in the morning, just say to yourself : “I am positive! This day will go just as planned”, “I am positive today I will do an excellent job at work” (…) Once these little messages become part of your routine, your days will start with a dose of positivity. Therefore, you will experience a boost in energy, confidence and productivity.

Try seeing the good in every action throughout the day. For example, if you make a mistake, try to learn something from it. Being able to embrace the fact that nobody is perfect will also maximise your level of positivity.

2. Some situations are out of your control

Not everything is under your control. You should always remember that you are not responsible for other people’s actions or for other things that are not in your power to control. It’s completely normal to try to be the best version of yourself and to aspire to take the best decisions. However, if there is a bump in the road, don’t point your finger at yourself. Think through the situation and sometimes just embrace the fact that some actions are out of your control.

Downs are not the end of the world, even if it might feel like it. You will have to be optimistic and choose your happiness and well-being over anything. The Universe will always have its way to show you that the best things are yet to come; if something didn’t happen as you expected, maybe there’s a reason for that.

3. Mindfulness

Find a quiet place and sit down for a bit. Take a breath of fresh air and focus on yourself. You must realise that living in the present is crucial. As I mentioned in my other articles: You aren’t able to change the past, but your present impacts the future. Stop looking behind and focus on THIS moment. Find out that every second of your time is precious. Why worry when you can go and tell someone “I love you”, when you can do something that truly defines yourself at this moment in your life?

Focus on your breath while you sit down in this quiet place, just like you should focus on the present in your daily routine.

4. Say it out loud

Sometimes it’s best for yourself to say your worries out loud. Go to that person you can talk to and tell them her / him about your worries. It can be quite difficult at first, to open up to someone, but it can also do wonders. It’s like the worries in your head will stop for a bit when the conversation is over. Moreover, if your friend wants to, she / he might also give you some great pieces of advice on how to deal with your problem.

However, if you’re not a talkative person, you can always write everything down. I found one great exercise where you write down all of your worries. After you’ve finished, tear down the piece of paper and throw it in the bin. This exercise will make you feel free again and it will clear your mind.

5. Relaxation

Also, relaxation techniques can work very well in reducing your worries. If you’re feeling down and you just can’t stop overthinking everything, you can try meditation, yoga or you can schedule an appointment for a massage. Find what relaxation technique works best for you and clear your mind of all the dark thoughts.

Moreover, having some time for yourself is always therapeutic and welcomed.

All things considered, decide to stop worrying, try the Hakuna Matata “philosophy” and tell me about your experience.

How do you take your mind off your worries? 🙂

Lots of love,

Andrada xx

Well-being tips are the ones I always google when things are not so great in Paradise, so here are 5 signs you’re going through a burnout that you need to read!

What is a burnout?

First of all, if you want to know exactly if you’re going through a burnout or not, you have to know exactly what a burnout is.

“Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.”

How do you know you’re experiencing a burnout?

One of the most important well-being tips I can give you is about how to realise you are experiencing a burnout. Due to stress that gathers during your day, you might not realise the situation you’re facing. However, the harsh feeling of being drained, the headaches and maybe the stomach aches are some of the first clear symptoms you will probably encounter. Exhaustion comes with negative impacts on you, so it’s important to acknowledge when things are getting out of hand and to find a solution.

A burnout is nothing easy to get through especially when you’ve encountered daily stress. Remember to be strong and to get your life back on track. Actually, the burnouts gained popularity due to the lack of energy people tend to have these days.

Continue reading to discover the most common 5 signs of a burnout in the list below.

1. Lack of focus

The gathered stress and worries can cause lack of focus when dealing with tasks or you can even start forgetting things. Focus is something you might struggle with daily due the lack of energy. The loss of this while going through a burnout is more than common.

However, in order to recover you will have to take things easy and build your focus step by step. Actually, you should find your weekly goals and try achieving them and while you advance you will start ramping up.

For example, if your first week starts with 20 hours every week reserved for your private time, after two to three weeks you can increase the number and so on.

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2. Feeling tired all the time

You’ll start loosing most of your energy while experiencing a burnout. The high level of exhaustion caused by the stress you’re having will make you sleepy and drained most of the time. Therefore, one of the most important well-being tips I have for you today is to slowly try recovering and to never lose hope.

Therefore, during your recovery you should start with taking breaks and try meditating accompanied by some breathing exercises. Focus on getting your strength back. Realise how important it is to use your free time for your goals and purposes. Your purpose now is to get better. Therefore, when you take a break consider getting a breath of fresh air and relaxing.

3. Not feeling like socializing

If you have never been a social person, maybe you will not experience this symptom as other extroverts. However, if you used to love to communicate and in the past month you just didn’t feel like it at all, you should start questioning your well-being at the moment. Actually, if people now exhaust you and you are feeling tired after a conversation you might experience the introvert burnout.

Another one of my wellbeing tips in order for you to fully recover is to spend some time alone. “How am I going to bring back the extrovert in me if I spend time alone?” As weird as it sounds, you need some time to recharge yourself with energy. Try relaxing a bit and stop overthinking everything. Your appetite for socialization will come back eventually.

4. You are feeling unmotivated at work

Stress isn’t easy to deal with, therefore it can even drain you out of your motivation at work. Many tasks and the use of digital devices could even make your current state worse. This feeling you might experience is a real sign of a burnout.

Actually, in order to recover beautifully you will have to be a little careful for the next short period of time. For example, you can introduce some brakes during your day at work. Relax a bit and put your thoughts together. Moreover, if you feel overwhelmed by a task and start losing concentration, you can start doing another one and finish the first task later.

5. Not feeling like yourself lately

With all the signs I’ve put together it’s normal for you not to feel like yourself. As I said before, burnout comes with many problems. Therefore, if you are not feeling like yourself, experiencing dizziness and fatigue, you’re probably experiencing a burnout.

One of the best well-being tips for this situation is to try focusing on yourself a little more. Remember who you really are. Remember the things that used to motivate you and make you who you are in the past. Spend some quality time with your family and slowly get back on track.

It is normal for you to experience these things, therefore you should never forget that you are not alone. All you have to do is accept the situation and fight for your well-being. What are your pieces of advice in order to avoid a burnout?

Considering how challenging the times we are living in can be, I’ve picked the best 10 pandemic hobbies for you. Regain your hope and inspiration by trying new things you might fall in love with.

Usually, hobbies are such a great way of breaking through the daily routine. Trying some relaxing and energising activities will do great for your well-being.

The Covid-19 pandemic affected every single one of us in different ways. Therefore, we must somehow manage our schedule in order to find some time for ourselves and our needs. Moreover, considering how much time we spend indoors in the same environment, we need some distractions from our daily routines.

I’m now going to start my list of ‘pandemic hobbies’, you can try some of them and see which one fits you right. Do some good to yourself and your mental health!

1. Photography

Actually, photography might be a great activity for every social media lover (guilty as charged!). Through photography you can find beauty in everything, including in the simplicity of your own home.

While you spend your time indoors, you can experience with flat lays, themed photoshoots or even portraits. Choose your props, fix the lighting and create a photo studio in your own bedroom.

Even since the pandemic started, I have seen lots of beautiful people taking their very own pictures, professionally or not. You can play with the lights and choose a different aesthetic for your shooting every time.

After all, play both roles (model and photographer) and level up your content creation game.

2. Writing

If you’re feeling inspired and creative, writing can be your best choice from my list of pandemic hobbies.

Even if we are talking about starting your very own book or only journaling, writing can be a great way of letting it all out.

If you want to start your own novel, it will be a great way of escaping reality in your own fictional universe. You can create characters that can each reflect your emotions and your different experiences. Moreover, after finishing your creation you can celebrate this new achievement and also enjoy making other people happy with your very own universe.

3. Sewing

Who doesn’t want to become their own fashion designer?

As a new hobby, you can start learning how to sew. Just imagine how many benefits come with the ability to sew. First of all, you can always alter and repair your clothes, maybe once you get better you can start revamping other clothes and personalize them.

This way, you can start making clothes specially made for you and your personal style and taste. Be different and steal the spotlight!

4. Watching TV-shows or movies

Watching television isn’t as unhealthy as media made it look in the past few years. After all, you can find lots of tv-shows and movies with great topics. Moreover, by watching high quality movies you can still learn lots of things and spend your extra time doing something that relaxes you.

Actually, you can make a list with every movie you once wanted to see but never did. Also, include every category of movies in your list. I did that one Summer and I’m so happy I got to watch all the classics. Once you’ve finished it, you can for sure say that you now know your taste and feel achieved that you found the time to complete seeing these special movies you always wanted to try.

5. Painting

Painting is such a relaxing and beautiful way of spending your extra time. Anyone can do it, even if many people admit that they can’t even draw a straight line. Once you learn at least the basic science of colours, you can let your imagination flow and create personal masterpieces inspired by your own emotions.

You can try abstract art and try giving life to all of your emotions, after you finish you will feel stress free and relieved.

Painting often has the same effects on humans as journaling and expressing their feelings throughout writing.

6. Working out

If you always wanted to make a change in your physical look, a pandemic time is great for starting to work out. First of all, working out has an impressive effect of your not only physical but also mental health. While achieving the body you’ve always dreamed about, you can also improve your state of mind.

Also, finding a trainer for this type of activity is not hard at all. Nowadays the internet is full of young and experienced trainers willing to share their passion with everyone interested.

Bring the gym to you by following some great and educational work out YouTube videos.

7. Reading

One of the many amazing pandemic hobbies is reading. It is proven that, reading is therapeutic and stress relieving.

Chose one topic that intrigues you the most and read some bestsellers that will completely change your perspective on life. Escape in a fictional universe and train your mind at the same time.

However, if you don’t have a personal favourite category of books, you can try completing a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. Explore the masterpieces made throughout time and feel achieved once you finished it!

Do it for you and only you!

8. Hiking

Even if the word “pandemic” instantly makes you think of indoors, you can go hiking during these hard times. Moreover, you can escape the dangers and agglomeration of the city and escape somewhere natural. Enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful landscapes.

9. Learning a new language

I believe everyone fell in love with at least one foreign country or city, with its culture and history and even its language. For instance, if Rome is your favourite city, why not learn Italian?

Accomplish one of your goals and enjoy the time you spend while doing it. In the end, you will find yourself more focused and also with having gained a new skill.

After the pandemic ends, visit that place that stole your heart and become a part of it showing your appreciation by learning its language.

10. Baking

It seems that people enjoy cooking and baking much more these days. By trying this pandemic hobby you can also be productive, have fun and in the end enjoy an amazing meal you made.

You can try those recipes you always loved and moreover, you can try many new and innovating ways of cooking and combining products.

Have fun and perfect yourself in this beautiful art.

Lastly, I hope that you’re going to try a couple of these pandemic hobbies and that you’re going to have a wonderful time whilst ‘escaping the world’. What’s your favourite from the list?

Women empowerment to me means showing women what they’re capable of if they just believe in themselves. Women all over the world have realised how important it is to be on each other’s side and to protect our values as females. We are expected to be so many things from an exceptional mother to a successful business / career woman. Moreover, on social media, many women compare themselves to others and can feel down because they’re not skinny, curvy or not looking like all the influencers they see all over the media.

In time, I have established my own values; I have realised what an important role females play in society and fully embraced mine. I’ve prepared this article discussing five important techniques to embrace positive self-talk.

Why does positive self-talk play such an important role in women empowerment?

First of all, self-talk is made out of thoughts you’re sending to yourself everyday – positive or negative. Also, they have an impact on your confidence, positivity, self-love and after all, mentality.

Actually, it’s said that if you start your day with positive affirmations the rest of it will go as great as it started. The way we choose to see the things that happen to us have an enormous impact on our way of living. Therefore, if you will always see the bad side of yourself and your actions, you are only harming yourself and falling into deeper and darker thoughts.

Set yourself some healthy boundaries

The environment you decide to spend your time in has a meaningful impact on your life and positivity. Therefore, setting some healthy boundaries and choosing your circle of friends carefully is a great start.

Constantly surround yourself with people who cherish and respect you in order to charge yourself with positivity.

Moreover, the media also has an effect on your mindset, therefore you should opt for a more positive and a more mindful newsfeed. Feed your thoughts and mind with practical and useful information rather than negative news (don’t argue with me on that please).

Positive affirmations

Start saying positive affirmations to yourself.

Consider starting with two positive affirmations every day. Also, don’t forget about the law of attraction, if you manifest something, it will come to you eventually. Therefore, once you get out of bed say: “Today will be a wonderful day, everything will go as planned” or “Today I will not allow anything to bring me down, I’m staying positive”.

Once you make a habit out of it, maintaining a positive mindset won’t be hard at all.

Also, have you considered doing women empowerment in your circle of friends? You never know who will need to learn about your positive approach to life.

Channel your inner critic in the right direction

In life, we can all make mistakes. However, you should channel your inner critic in the right direction. Therefore, if you find yourself in a bad position or have made a mistake, ask yourself : “Is there another way to look at this problem?” Don’t let your negative chatter interfere – we’re all experts at complaining about ourselves and not doing anything constructive about it.

We’re all human and every single one of us makes mistakes, all you have to do is to learn from them and to accept them. Just decide on what you did wrong, how you can possibly fix it and how can you avoid it in the future. That’s all!

However, don’t be too harsh on yourself! Mistakes are part of our lives and sometimes you just can not avoid them.

Be thankful

Be thankful! 🙂 This is a perfect way to find the good in your life and generate positive self-talk.

Try to be grateful for everything that happens in your life.

However, if you’re having a hard time doing that, keep track of everything that made you smile or made you thankful. Also, at the end of the day, you’ll realise how small your problems actually are.

Stop comparing yourself to others

You’re unique and that is your power after all!

You should accept and embrace your own values and uniqueness. Also, I know it’s quite hard to not look at what other people are doing and to not compare yourself with them, but it’s not quite healthy.

Once you see that you have your very own path, you will also realise that no one can be you and that for sure is a boost of confidence.

Individuals that are better off or worse than you, will always be around. It’s crucial to focus on yourself and be thankful for what you have.

Stop comparing yourself to others and start living your own life.

Lastly, daily positive self-talk is not impossible to reach, all you have to do is to see the best in situations. Start seizing the day and always see the good in you.

Here’s to women empowerment! 🥂