4 Things That Could Make You A Boring Person

Everyone wants to be funny and interesting, and no-one wants to be boring. But how do you actually know if you are boring or not?

There are a few signs that indicate boringness, just like there are signs that indicate that someone is entertaining. If you’re worried that you may come across as boring, here are 4 things that could make you a boring person.

Note: doing one or two of these things doesn’t necessarily mean that you are boring. However if you can check most of the list, you may want to work on your ability to interact with others!

 

1. You Aren’t Socially Aware

Some people struggle to understand basic social cues, and this can result in them coming across as boring. This is because they are more likely to talk about a subject that doesn’t interest other people. They are also more likely to talk about the subject at length as they are unaware that other people aren’t interested!

If you think that you struggle with social awareness, make sure to focus on the reactions of other people when you are talking to them. This will make it easier for you to gauge if they are interested or not.

 

2. You Are Constantly Negative

Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty person? There is nothing wrong with being negative occasionally, but negative shouldn’t be your default emotion. Many people dislike being around someone who complains constantly, and over time they get bored of spending time with someone who is trapped in a cycle of negativity.

If you think that you are too negative you should make an active effort to improve your mind-set. You can do this by saying positive affirmations, going to therapy, socialising more, exercising more and making a conscious effort to be more positive.

 

3. Stability Is Your Only Concern

Stability should be a priority for everyone, but it shouldn’t be your only priority as it can limit you and turn you into a boring person. This is because over time you are less likely to try new things, and you may see change as something that is scary and should be avoided.

If you think that stability is you only concern, try pushing yourself out of your comfort zone by trying something new. You never know – you could love it!

 

4. You Think That Everyone Around You Is Boring

If you think everyone around you is boring you may be a slight narcissist. It can also mean that you are the person who is actually boring, as you are disinterested in others and more invested in yourself and your own story. This may be very interesting to you, but it is very likely that other people find your story slightly boring – especially if you aren’t interested in their stories!

Do you agree with this list? Do you think there are any other signs that indicate being boring? Let me know with a comment!

How To Easily Stop Procrastinating

Everyone is occasionally guilty of procrastinating! Here are some very easy ways to stop procrastinating.

 

1. Try Positive Procrastination

If you are feeling super lazy, try using your procrastination to your advantage. You can leverage tasks by writing down a list of things that you need to do  – and then start by completing the easiest task. This methodical method means that you are much more likely to start working as you are setting yourself a fairly easy target.

Completing the easiest tasks first means that you can put off the hardest tasks, but it means that you are still working and getting into a productive flow. Once you have finished the first few tasks you will be feeling more productive so it will be easier to complete the difficult tasks, and they will seem less overwhelming as you will already have ticked a few things off your to-do list.

 

2. Work On Your Mood

If you are in a bad mood you are much more likely to procrastinate, as you are more likely to think that you should improve your mood by doing something fun.

When you are in a bad mood you are less likely to knuckle down and work, as you feel like you deserve to do something that makes you happy. On the other hand, if you are already in a good mood you won’t be thinking about how you can improve your mood, so you are more likely to work.

Try to improve your mood quickly by watching a YouTube video or chatting to a friend – but remember that you are improving your mood so that you can be productive!

 

3. Break Tasks Up

Big tasks can seem overwhelming, and one of the main causes of procrastination is the feeling of dread. The task seems so big that you know it will take a long time to complete, and this can be disheartening.

If you can relate to this, break the tasks up into smaller, more manageable chunks. Sure, writing a 10 page essay is overwhelming – but writing an introduction isn’t too hard, and you can do that in less than an hour.

What do you think of my suggestions? Do you think that they will help you to procrastinate less? Let me know with a comment!

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. : )

18 Reasons To Love Winter

All of the seasons are special in their own ways, but there is something magical about winter. The frosty weather is so quiet and peaceful, and it is one of the most popular times of the year to visit family and friends.

Here are 18 reasons to love winter!

 

  1. Staying inside with a warm drink and a pair of fluffy socks.
  2. Holiday parties with family, friends and co-workers.
  3. The peaceful silence.
  4. The cold weather. Frost, snow and ice are all very peaceful and beautiful – even if they make getting to work a little hard!
  5. Curling up on the sofa with a great book.
  6. Ugly Christmas sweaters. This might just be me, though…
  7. Giving back to your loved ones.
  8. Being grateful for the best things in your life.
  9. Mistletoe (and maybe a New Year’s eve kiss).
  10. Snow angels and snowballs.
  11. New Year’s resolutions. Whether you love them or hate them, it is nice to think about lots of people making an effort to improve themselves.
  12. Work being cancelled because of snow.
  13. Sledging.
  14. Winter fashion. Sweaters, scarves, and mittens are seriously cosy.
  15. Travelling back to your hometown to see your family and friends.
  16. Visiting loved ones for the holidays.
  17. Everything about Christmas, from the food to seeing your family.
  18. The smell of crisp winter air.

20 Fun Fall Activities

I promise this is my last fall blog post. Maybe. Probably. I just love fall so much! Lame, I know.

One of the best things about fall is all the fun activities that come with it. The weather may be getting colder, but that is no reason to spend the next few months inside. There are lots of awesome (and cheap) things that you can do outside during fall!

Don’t worry – there are inside activities too. I love spending time inside on a cold, dark evening, especially if I have a mug of hot chocolate.

Here are 20 fun fall activities.

  1. Go for a walk through a forest or a wood as the leaves change color.
  2. Go apple picking.
  3. Go to a fall festival with someone you love.
  4. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  5. Carve pumpkins.
  6. Make something with pumpkin in it. (My personal favorites are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.)
  7. Bundle up warm and go to kick leaves in your local park.
  8. Go to a corn maze with your friends or family.
  9. Visit a spooky fairground.
  10. Fly a kite with your children (or nephews and nieces).
  11. Light some candles or the fire and watch a movie during a cold evening.
  12. Make toffee apples.
  13. Make homemade soup.
  14. Pick pinecones.
  15. Eat breakfast in bed (mostly because it is far too cold to eat it at the table).
  16. Make a scarecrow.
  17. Make mulled wine.
  18. Make warm apple cider.
  19. Go antiquing.
  20. Go to a haunted house.

What are you going to do on this list? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

12 Little Things You Can Do To Live A Healthier Lifestyle

Lots of people wish that they were healthier, but they don’t want to change their entire lifestyle. However, anyone can make little changes to their lifestyle that will improve their health – and they don’t have to completely change their whole lifestyle!

Here are 2 little things that you can do to live a healthier lifestyle.

 

  1. Make sure that you get eight hours sleep each night.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Swap crisps for nuts.
  4. Try to touch your toes every night before bed.
  5. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  6. Find a type of exercise that you actually enjoy doing.
  7. Swap your coffee for a green tea.
  8. Use a bike instead of a car.
  9. Spend your free time with people who make you happy – not people who make you feel stressed or irate.
  10. Do 20 jumping jacks every morning.
  11. Instead of scrolling through your phone on the couch, scroll through your phone as you take a walk around the block.
  12. Eat your vegetables!

What do you think of this list? Let me know with a comment!

10 Reasons To Love Fall

Fall is my favorite season; I love the colorful fallen leaves and the drop in temperature. I also really, really love Halloween! I can’t wait to start carving pumpkins and planning a Halloween party. I’ve never been the best at dressing up, but I plan on going all-out this year!

Here are 10 reasons to love fall.

  1. The leaves. The best part of fall is definitely the nature. I love watching the leaves turn red and brown and yellow, and listening to them crunch underneath my feat
  2. It is time to start drinking mulled wine again. I love mulled wine, it is the perfect seasonal drink!
  3. The sunsets. The sunsets in fall always seem to be the most beautiful and vivid.
  4. Fall television. I can’t be the only person who is looking forward to the return of the Walking Dead.
  5. Candles. I love lighting scented candles on cold evenings; they make your home feel cosy and they smell great.
  6. Halloween. Dressing up, going to parties with friends and family, candy – I love it all.
  7. Pumpkins. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite soups. And carving pumpkins is always a lot of fun!
  8. Comfy clothes. Sweaters every day!
  9. The crisp, fresh air.
  10. Thanksgiving. I don’t actually live in America or Canada, but Thanksgiving does sound like an amazing holiday – the food looks so tasty.

What is your favorite thing about fall? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

15 More Small Things That Make Life Better

Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.

  1. Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
  2. Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
  3. Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
  4. Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
  5. A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
  6. The smell in the air after heavy rain.
  7. Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
  8. The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
  9. Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
  10. Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
  11. Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
  12. A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
  13. Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
  14. Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
  15. Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.

What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂

15 Small Things That Make Life Happier

Sometimes it is the little things that put us in a great mood. Here are 15 things that make life better!

  1. Finishing work early.
  2. Walking home from work when the weather is beautiful.
  3. Waking up before your alarm goes off, and realizing you still have hours left in bed.
  4. Being praised by your friends, family or boss.
  5. Finding money in your pocket or jacket that you forgot you had.
  6. When the elevator arrives as soon as you press the button.
  7. Listening to a new song that you’ve just discovered on repeat.
  8. Listening to your all-time favorite song on repeat.
  9. When you realize that a show you love is back with a new season.
  10. When you see a happy child or puppy in public.
  11. Having a great hair day.
  12. When you sing/rap the whole song correctly.
  13. When the sun starts shining and you put your winter coat away for a few months.
  14. When a package arrives that you’ve been looking forward to. (Today a big box of Twiglets arrived for me. Day = made!)
  15. When you think of a funny memory and you can’t help but to smile.

What small thing made your life better this week? Let me know with a comment!

10 Quotes About Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an essential part of happiness; without it, you cannot love yourself. Here are 10 quotes that I really like about self-esteem:

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” Jodi Picoult

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.” Dan Coppersmith

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Marilyn Monroe

“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” Warsan Shire

 

Do you think that you have good or bad self-esteem? Let me know with a comment!