6 Ways to De-Stress These Holidays

A massive congratulations to all University students for competing another year of being a citizen in stress city !!!

Let’s face it, stress is one of the most common factors in our lives. Although it might not be externally noticed, stress is so sneaky that it happens without us even realising. Internal stress is the type most likely causing those pimples or wrinkle signs. That’s why I’m here, to tell you how it’s possible to de-stress these holidays. Because after all those exams, it becomes pretty difficult.

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(1) Listen to Oh Wonder’s entire album. 

Instantly #Stressfree

(2) Read poetry by Lang Leav

Love and Misadventure is such a beautiful book and available on Book Depository for only $12.40. Bargain.

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(3) Go for a Run 

Just don’t do what I did the other day (a.k.a, faint whilst running and getting a random stranger to drive you home). That’s what happens when you have low iron and haven’t exercised for over 4 months. Or when Childish Gambino is playing hectic tunes in your ears and you don’t realise how fast you’re actually running.

(4) Relax in Botica Bliss Bath Tea’s 

“Botica Bliss Bath Teas are all about you! Luxurious natural organic ingredients, blended for you to take time out to pamper yourself.”

Botica Bliss is an incredible product! While sipping on a cup of tea I relaxed in their Magnesium bath. I had a divine 1.5 hour bath. Completely forgetting the time! Possibly even falling asleep once or twice.

I love supporting local products and especially those as well crafted and packaged as Botica Bliss. 

Affordable, relaxing, and locally made; all three factors in one. A perfect way to de-stress these holidays or even a wonderful gift for someone.

Check out their website here to order: http://www.boticabliss.com/ 

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(Disclaimer: I wasn’t endorsed by Botica Bliss. I just very much enjoyed using their products).

(5) Read some positive quotes 

Reading words of affirmation and positive thoughts are also one of the best things in de-stressing my crazy lil mind. You can find some of them on Pinterest, type: Positive Words in the search bar.

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I was on the phone to a friend of mine today. We were both in full agreement about the benefits of the ocean. What a glorious yet frightening natural wonder! With the ability to make you float or make you sink.

What a soothing way to de-stress these holidays! Also, swimwear is optional if you find a private beach. Hehe.

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Oh, and enjoy your holidays guys!

xxx –

10 Tips for Being A Good Friend

Good friends are hard to find these days. But when you do search high and low for that quality person, you’ll want to hang onto that friendship. However, it goes both ways. A friendship can hardly flourish if it is just one sided.

I sat down with my beautiful friend, Katie Baird at Born to Explore the World and discussed what it means to be a good friend.

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  1. TAKE THE TIME:

    Taking the time to listen to each other’s Spotify playlists, knowing full well their blood and sweat went into creating their own little slice of heaven.

  1. VISIT THEM:

    When they’re sick, and provide any sort of comfort food. They will remember this next time you’re sick.

  1. BE NATURAL:

    Be raw with them. Make sure you give your friends the privilege of knowing the real you at all times, even if it drags a whole range of emotions with it.

  1. BE HONEST:

    Call them on their shit. It’s 100% okay that if you feel they are making a crazy life decision to pull them up on it. However, when they’re being over emotional, let them cry and rant to you as well. Sometimes you might not have the wisdom to give to them but they will find it comforting just knowing that you are listening.

  1. ANSWER CALLS:

    Answer their Skype calls or phone calls when their overseas and need your help ASAP and be willing to spend hours on the phone with them talking about every situation with them, and wishing you were together again. We get it, everyone has busy schedules so if you can’t answer their calls then just send them a message saying you’re thinking of them. It’s simple.

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  1. SUPPORT THEM:

    Celebrate with them. They’re victory is your victory. Seeing them happy makes you happy. So make sure you show it.

  1. SHARE:

    What’s mine is yours. Be so comfortable around them that there is no boundaries and what you can and can’t borrow and share…just not boyfriends.

  1. LOVE THE FAM:

    Treat their family like you’d treat your own. Ask about them, because almost instinctively you already care about them.

  1. DON’T BE OVERPROTECTIVE:

    And don’t be overly clingy. Be happy in who you are, and your confidence that the friendship makes you both shine – not one of you hiding behind the other.

  1. ESCAPE WITH THEM:

    They will escape with you when you feel the need to get away. Even if it’s just to pick you up for an ice-cream or a long road trip. They will be there.

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ABOUT BORN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD 

Born To Explore The World is a travel and self-inspiring blog that follows the life lessons of a young woman as she takes risks, and runs through life hoping to find what she’s looking for. Always writing of distance places, lovely faces and the perfect contraption that is, to be in love. It’ll always leave you wanting more.

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4 Things You Should Never Apologise For In Life

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One of the most commonly used phrases we use in life is, “I’m Sorry” and it needs to stop. Unless you are severely hurting someone, you should never apologise for the things which make you most happiest in life.
This post is in collaboration with another incredible blogger – Amy Theodore from The Noise In Wonderland. Amy also recently posted 4 Things You Shouldn’t Apologise for in a Relationship; check it out here. 

Spending Time Being Lazy- Amy 

It’s important to work hard in life, but it’s equally as important to have some down time. It’s okay to have a super lazy day every now and then where you just do absolutely nothing without saying sorry for it. Binge watch Netflix, eat those snacks you’re craving and don’t go to the gym. Sure life is short and you only live and once so you should cease the day and all that, but sometimes you just don’t have to.

Life Decisions – Elly-Grace 

If you’re like me, than it’s always so hard to make a life decision!  More often than not there’s a thousand other people you’ve involved in the decision making process. However, once you have a vision for your life, or purpose, then you should never apologise for it. There is nobody living your life but you. So if you want to quit school for an apprenticeship, do it. You want to leave university to go and pursue your photography? Make it happen. Don’t apologise for it.

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Buying Material Things – Amy

There is a lot more to life than the fancy clothes in your wardrobe and the twenty candles you have scattered around your house, but that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to have them. So you want to buy that expensive coat because you’ve been eyeing it off for a year and you’re still in love it with it; DO IT! Maybe Macs are overpriced but your computer has just shit yourself and you think Apple products look pretty, BUY IT! Material things can’t keep your happy for your entire life, but they can bring spurts of joy into your day or week and we all deserve to treat ourselves.

Spending Time Alone – Elly-Grace 

We all feel the weight of life getting us down. When you’ve surrounded yourself with too many people and their energy isn’t uplifting you. It’s very important to spend some time alone to regain your thoughts and focus on what’s really important in your life. Get away for a little while- drive to a waterfall, lay in the sun outside, read a book quietly in your room. Do anything to spend some quality time alone and most of all; Don’t Apologise for it!

ABOUT THE NOISE IN WONDERLAND 
A lifestyle blog written by Newcastle, NSW local Amy Theodore, The Noise in Wonderland is a corner of the Internet where anything can happen.

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6 Good Reasons to visit GOMA ASAP

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I’m currently on the Sunshine Coast, just having a little break from the city life. It gets like that sometimes.

One of my friends studying in Brisbane called me up for a little chat and to tell me how envious she was because I was basking in the sun in Noosa where she only had two options- a swim in Southbank or in the Brisbane River. Um, bull sharks.

She said that she’d seen someone on a jet-ski on that river just the other day. (Warning tourists please DON’T do this, the river is shark infested).

Okay my train of thought is almost lost now. Basically if there is one place that any foreign traveller of Brisbane should go to then it’s the Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA). Here are some reasons why I think that. 

If you don’t visit often then there’s something new to see 

The exhibitions change every few months so it’s super refreshing to see something different. At the moment there is a beautiful collection of Cindy Sherman’s photographs on display. Don’t miss out, the exhibition finishes 3rd October! 

You don’t have to be creative to appreciate art

Literally, the beauty about GOMA is that anyone can visit and walk away in some way appreciative of what they have just witnessed. 

Their aircon is going to be your saving grace in Summertime 

Enough said. The Australian summer is brutal and when it shows it’s face we are all looking for some escape. Why not head to GOMA and utilise their electricity then your own at home…plus you get to see some cool artwork. 

It’s a nice escape from the hustle-bustle of Brisbane 

There’s not further need to elaborate on that one. 

It will inspire you 

It’s sometimes hard to see the inspiration which is practically everywhere. But a visit to the GOMA will most definitely inspire you. 

It’s FREE entry *exclamation mark* 

I saved the best for last, of course. There will still be the occasional exhibition which will be paid but for the most part feel free to wander around without paying a cent and then still have enough money for lunch afterwards. It’s a win, win situation and I like them. 

So go forth and enjoy some artwork. Want to know some more hot spots of Brisbane, click here. 

Comment your experience with GOMA below. I would love to hear about it. 

Details: 

Where: Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD

Opening times: 10-5pm everyday (including weekends) 

Image credit: Colby Rinaldis 

POKEMON NO! CURE YOUR NEED TO ESCAPE

Since I like to think that I am a nice human with the goal to help you all out I want to give you some tips of how you can make your ‘need’ of escape a little easier. 

I never joined the bandwagon of Pokemon Go. To be quite honest with you, I never entirely understood it. So I call it Pokemon No for the time being. Maybe it was because I never grew up with the Pokemon obsession.

I grew up with a different form of escape-  the need to fill my life with travelling. This is my means of escape and it’s steamed from a childhood of constant shifting around Queensland. We didn’t even have to move overseas for me to understand that my love for travel was formed from inter-state moves. Eight times to be exact. I don’t mind, it’s allowed me the opportunity to live on the coast, city and countryside. The best of triple worlds. 

Don’t be fooled. Escaping is actually a good thing if it is done in moderation. Before too long you must realise that return to reality is inevitable. ** Balling my eyes out crying face emoji. **

6 STEPS TO CURE YOUR NEED OF ESCAPE: 

  1. TRAVEL SOMEWHERE NEW in your current city or town. It doesn’t have to be too far away from where you’re living but just go somewhere different. Example: A trip to a park which you’ve never been to before can probably perform a miracle on your mood.  My friend and I are craving another overseas adventure so badly that we randomly spent the afternoon driving around for 3 hours. It was ridiculously pointless but it made us feel like we had accomplished a sense of escapism. 
  2. READ A BOOK (ideally the genre of fantasy if you really want a worldly escape). Books are by far the best form of escape when you don’t have the money or the time for an expensive holiday. 
  3. TALK TO SOMEONE about their travels. It’s nice to live vicariously through someone. Just don’t get jealous, that will ruin your mood. Be excited for them. 
  4. PLAN YOUR NEXT DESTINATION. Most people will tell you that it’s a bad idea to plan your next destination when you just returned from your last. I honestly think there is nothing more healthy than planning your next adventure. If it makes you happy and more motivated to work hard to achieve that next travel goal then why not? 
  5. DON’T DWELL ON THE PAST. This is a huge one and very important. Obviously it’s nice to feel nostalgic as you scroll through the Instagram updates of your trip. But you shouldn’t dwell on it for too long because it’s detrimental towards your future goals. Post summer depression is a real thing guys (Coming soon- my article about it HERE). 
  6. KEEP BUSY. Immersing yourself into your studies at university, work or even getting an internship are all good ideas to keep yourself busy. Keeping busy both physically and mentally is challenging but it’s worth it. 

It’s hard, I understand that. I’m sitting here planning my next trip after only being home for a week. However, if that’s what you need to do to keep sane, then do it. Turn that into motivation to get what you want and explore where you want.

Read all about how to control your FOMO disorder HERE: 

Much love,

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