My Thoughts On Anxiety

Anxiety is a big problem for a lot of people, including myself. Sometimes it can seem like anxiety is an unavoidable part of daily life, and I am starting to think that this is true.

I know this sounds negative, but let me explain.

Imagine that you are a fluffy puppy living with your owner. (A little weird I know… but stay with my train of thought!) You may be an animal but you will still feel stress and anxiety; for instance, you may feel stressed if you need to go for a wee but your owner won’t let you out. You will feel stress if your owner goes to the local shop, or if your food bowl is empty.

This stress is similar to the stress that humans feel, but there is one key difference; when an animal feels stress it is easy to solve the problem quickly. If they are hungry they will find food, if they are thirsty they will find water – and if they need to go to the toilet, then they will!

For the puppy that is the end of the stressful situation. This is because animals live in a world where it is easy to quickly deal with stress, as it is linked to survival. This was the same for humans for most of our evolution – you felt hungry, you felt stressed, you found some food and the stress disappeared.

This means that stress once helped us to survive.

However modern life isn’t that simple. Most of the things that cause you stress are long term issues, such as worrying about your career, relationships and family problems. It can take years to form a good career, and therefore it is very difficult to stop worrying about it.

Most of the choices that we make won’t immediately relieve our stress; if you want a good career you will have to study hard, apply for jobs and wait to hear if you have an interview. If you want to be financially secure in the future, you can’t spend a day saving and then be done – you must spend your whole life saving and spending responsibly.

This makes it a lot harder for humans to de-stress, but there is still something that you can do to relieve stress; you can measure your progress in tiny chunks.

If you are worried about starting a good career, make the effort to apply improve your resume today. If you are worried about your finances, ring a financial adviser today. These small steps will help your brain to de-stress as it will help to remove the uncertainty from the situation.

If you are feeling stressed right now, think about what you can do today to relieve that stress. It may only be something small, but it will help you to sleep easier tonight. : )

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Back From My Unplanned Blogging Break…

Hello fellow WordPressers! You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t blogged for about two months. It wasn’t a planned break, but life got very hectic – I moved house, I started a new job, and I found a new housemate.

I also started doing more work for one of the companies that I write for – the picture for this post is some filming we were doing for our YouTube channel. Very exciting – but it has been a very busy few months!

Thankfully my schedule is finally returning to normal… so I can finally return to a normal blogging schedule.

I’m really, really happy to be back to blogging life. I’m currently sat in my front room writing this blog post with a cup of tea, and the room is filled with the glorious spring sunlight. I’m going to write a blog post to publish later this week, and then I think I am going to take Holly (my 15 year old poodle) for a walk around the park. I’m looking forward to feeling the spring sun warming my face – and I’m sure Holly will enjoy stretching her legs while trying to eat the beautiful spring buttercups.

Anyway, that is all for now. The last thing I would like to do is thank you all for sticking with my blog even though I wasn’t posting consistently. I feel very lucky to be part of such a friendly and supportive blogging community! Look out for a blog post later this week – and then a new blog post every week after that!

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My Resolutions For 2017

I’ve never set new year’s resolutions before. In the past, if I wanted to do something I would try and do it immediately as I thought that I would lose motivation if I waited or put it off. However, there are a few things I want to change this year, and I think that consciously setting resolutions means that I am more likely to achieve them!

Here are my 5 resolutions for 2017. So far, so good!

Learn some techniques to cope with stress. I get stressed quite easily, and I think this is one of my worst traits. This year I will (try to) be calmer!

Exercise more often. I already have a fairly solid workout plan, but sometimes I lose motivation and find a week passing without doing any exercise. This year I’m going to try out a few new sports and classes at the gym, and I’m going to try exercising at different times of the day. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to fit workouts into my daily life!

Speak my mind instead of staying quiet.

Move into an unfurnished house and buy my own furniture. In my experience rented furniture is out-dated and slightly broken, and unfurnished homes are cheaper to rent. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to save up money to eventually buy my own home.

Find more work, get more experience and earn more money.

What do you think of my resolutions? Do you have any resolutions of your own? If so, please let me know with a comment – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Life Update

I realised that I’ve not really posted anything about myself for a few months, but today it is time for an update!

I created this blog to be useful – I wanted to help other people in lots of little ways. However, I’ve started to get more followers, and I thought I should let you know a little bit about myself, too.

 

I’m a freelance writer/editor/transcriptionist, and I’ve been freelance since I finished studying Journalism at University. I write for Lifehack, Thought Catalog, The Talko, Simple and Bloomwell – lots of different publications doing different things!

Some articles are motivational, such as ”30 things you can do today to make yourself feel better.” (All of the articles I mention here are linked at the bottom, if you want to read them!)

I really enjoy writing list articles, or anything to do with productivity or motivation. It feels like I am being (semi)useful in the world. I (very occasionally) get an email from a reader thanking me for helping them to achieve something, and that makes me feel amazing.

Others are more educational. I write scientific articles for Bloomwell, a family legal company. For instance, I recently wrote “Your daughter’s brain and soccer: here’s what you need to know.”

Simple is a mobile banking service, so I write articles about saving money. I also write budget articles, such as “everything you’ll need to run a triathlon.”

I also run the newsletter, blog and social media pages for online dating website Date British Guys. I recently wrote a piece for the Queen’s birthday – “10 things you didn’t know about the Queen.”

I love writing for Date British Guys, as I manage some interns – so I actually have co-workers! Hurray for social contact with other people. 😉

 

I also do a couple of hours of transcription each week, and I write for a few other publications (but not as often).

Are you a freelancer? Would you enjoy freelancing? Let me know with a comment!

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-johnson/2016/06/30-simple-things-you-can-do-today-that-will-make-your-life-better-tomorrow/

https://www.bloomwell.com/blog/your-daughter%E2%80%99s-brain-and-soccer-here%E2%80%99s-what-you-need-know

https://www.simple.com/blog/first-triathlon-gear

http://www.datebritishguys.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-queen/

My blog post was republished on Thought Catalog!

Hey everyone!

My blog post “10 simple ways to become an improved version of yourself” has just been republished on Thought Catalog. It feels so nice to be acknowledged in this way! I am actually a full time-writer and editor but this blog is just a fun way for me to connect with other passionate people, and I never expected that one of my posts would be re-blogged. How exciting!!

If you want to check it out, here is the link! 🙂

10 Beautifully Simple Ways To Become The Best Version Of Yourself

Have a great day everyone!

2 JOBS FOR WRITERS!

Hi everyone! Today I am posting something a little bit different – a company I write for are looking for an intern and a guest contributor. I have lots of amazing, talented followers on here and I wanted to open the job offer up to you guys. Feel free to show it to any of your friends who are writers, too! 🙂

 

Here are the two positions;

CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING INTERN FOR ON-LINE DATING NEWSLETTE

compensation: Minimum wage
employment type: part-time
3 month internship – could result in a job offer
telecommuting okay

A well-established on-line dating website is looking for a part-time intern who can help to maintain the website’s social media presence. The intern will gain experience in social media marketing, writing and PR.

This position is 10 hours a week and the intern can telecommute from anywhere in the UK or the US. The hours will be versatile, but there will scheduled meetings that must be attended. These meetings will provide the intern with valuable feedback to help improve their skills.

Job duties:
Helping to maintain the company’s on-line presence (posting regular statuses and tweets, maintaining the voice of the brand)
Help to source relevant and current content
Pitch content ideas
Create content

Ideally we are looking for a student who is currently working towards a qualification or a recent graduate, but we are open to other candidates.

If you are interested in this position, please email us your resume with a cover letter  and any experience you have to marketing@datebritishguys.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR FOR ON-LINE DATING NEWSLETTER

compensation: $25-$50 per article
employment type: part-time

A well-established on-line dating website is looking for a mature (45+) guest writer from the UK or the US to join the team. The guest writer will create two articles per month for the website’s newsletter. The content will offer advice, insights and tips on love and dating.

The guest contributor will have previous experience creating love and dating content. They will be able to share personal insights and life lessons that are relevant and meaningful to the readers. It would also be beneficial to have a blog or website with a dedicated following, although this isn’t essential.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume, a cover letter, your rate per article and some samples of your writing to marketing@datebritishguys.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

If you are interested in either of these jobs, please don’t contact me about them over WordPress – just email marketing@datebritishguys.com!

Thank you for reading this!

One Lovely Blog Award

Hey everyone! How is your week going? Today I am doing something a little different – I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by Steph over at ScaleSimple. She has an awesome blog – I just spent a good 20 minutes reading some of her older posts! I really appreciate the nomination and the chance to get to know the blogging community a little more. There are so many blogs that I love to read, so this is an awesome opportunity for me to find out more about some of my favorite bloggers.

Okay, so here are the rules;

Thank the nominator and link them.
List the rules and display the award.
Add 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know via a comment.

So here are 7 facts about myself!

1. I am currently attempting to make soup. I’ve only recently started to enjoy cooking so I’m trying to teach myself a few good recipes. I love soup and the weather is getting much colder, so today I’m trying to make potato and leek soup. Tomorrow I’m going to try making bacon and vegetable soup. If I stop posting, I may have occidentally poisoned myself.We will see.

2. I am sat writing this with my dog, Holly, on my lap. She is nearly 15 years old and completely crazy.

3. I am completely blind in one eye. I have been for my whole life, so it doesn’t really affect my life in any way. I am pretty bad at throwing and catching though, which I’ve always blamed on being blind in one eye – although I could just be clumsy…

4. I am a writer and a transcriptionist. I know most of you already know this, but I thought I’d tell you a little more about my work. I started writing and transcribing on a full time basis about a year and a half ago, and I love working from home. Motivating myself can be hard, but I know I am lucky to have a job I enjoy.

5. My favorite TV shows on air right now are Z Nation, Last Man On Earth, South Park and The Mindy Project. Holla at me if you watch any of these shows – I always love to discuss the latest episode!

6. I like most food but I can’t eat marshmallows. The texture makes me want to vomit and I have no idea why.

7. After I finish this list, I’m going to go swimming. I’ve only just started to exercise – this will be my third swim of the month. I see children in the pool who can swim faster and further than me so I am using them as my motivation. Is that weird? Probably.

Here are my nominations;

The Okatu Judge

Renxkyoko

The Power Of Quantum Thinking

Mathemagical Site

Transitions In My Life

From Food Stamps To A Future

A Frank Angle

Lucid Mage Tower

I’ve just noticed I have nominated 8 people instead of 7, but I’m not going to change it because I would love to hear from all of the bloggers! Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to do the award yourself – I mainly nominated you because I love checking out your posts. 🙂