Emotional Ups And Downs: What To Do To Manage Them

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“Knowing how to manage emotional ups and downs is one of the key skills we must work on, regardless of whether we regularly visit the psychologist’s office or not.”

On the other hand, to assume that we can not modulate our emotions is to limit ourselves in an unnecessary way, especially when these tend to change quickly and we become very sensitive to what happens to us.

In this article we will see a series of tips to know what to do in the face of emotional ups and downs, adopt strategies against instability of this type, and adapt ourselves in the best possible way to the environment and to life in general.

What are the emotional ups and downs?

The existence of emotions makes sense, among other things, because they do not arise through our conscious control. Thanks to them, we do not have to go through a long period of reflection to know how to position ourselves before an idea or event; simply, we adopt an attitude automatically, and sometimes in a matter of fractions of a second.

However, in some cases the dynamic nature of the emotions can become emotional ups and downs, which appear when minimal changes make the mood change completely.

This emotional instability cannot only generate discomfort in the person who experiences it first-hand; It can also negatively affect their way of socializing, since it facilitates the appearance of misunderstandings and communication failures. Therefore, it is normal to look for solutions, either by looking for a psychologist (for cases in which the quality of life is worn out) or by changing certain routines from day to day.

How to manage emotional instability

Below we will see several ideas to apply in case you are not attending psychological treatment, although reading them and trying to follow them by oneself can not replace the work of a mental health professional.

1. Look at what situations feed emotional ups and downs

Does this emotional instability appear in any situation, or does it remain linked to a specific context or scope? The answer to this question can give you clues about the extent to which ups and downs are facilitated by elements of your environment.

2. Learn about Bipolar Disorder

As with any type of psychological disorder, Bipolar Disorder can only be diagnosed by mental health professionals through personalized evaluations. However, the simple fact of reading about it can help us understand what happens to us, comparing its symptoms associated with what happens in that case.

Specifically, Bipolar Disorder is characterized by stages of mania, in which the euphoria and extreme optimism and motivation prevail, with another depressive type. These stages are usually long (several days in a row, or weeks), and the symptoms are very extreme and relatively independent of what happens to us.

So, if the emotional ups and downs are not extreme and do not last more than a day, there is no reason to think that this may be the phenomenon that affects us, while in the opposite case it is advisable to attend a psychological evaluation, even if note that it does not have to be Bipolar Disorder. Also, keep in mind that there is a tendency to identify with the symptoms of mental disorders, even though this relationship really does not exist or is exaggerated.

3. Sleep well and eat properly

In many cases, emotional instability is due to frustration fueled by poor physical condition. People who can not afford the energy cost their daily life demands tend to have higher levels of anxiety, which causes them to react in a more extreme way to negative stimuli.

For that reason, to sleep the necessary thing and to take care of the feeding will favor that it does not happen that deficit of energy, which is reflected in the emotional state.

4. Learn to surround yourself with the right people

There are times when emotional ups and downs arise from flawed relational dynamics, perhaps because of conflicts with another person, memories associated with someone and that we would prefer to forget or simply because the predominant attitudes in a group do us no good.

That is why it is important to be clear that if a relationship does not make us feel good, it is totally legitimate to cut it off, even temporarily until we recover.

5. Do not force the appearance of other emotions

If you try to “force yourself” to feel differently, that will only cause you frustration, since it will not work. Instead, it is much more useful to indirectly influence how you feel by exposing yourself to environments that convey the way you want to feel.

Anyway, in the case of emotional highs and lows this can not be the definitive solution either, since it can only be effective when the sudden change has already appeared that you want to avoid that is repeated constantly.

6. Take some time to disconnect

Entering a phase in which the ideas that obsess us and the environments that bombard us with reasons to worry are no longer important, is very positive, since it allows us to recover our strength and take up those daily challenges with renewed energy.
In order to be, change places, so that your physical environment does not remind you of what makes you experience stress.

7. Go to the psychologist

If you can not adequately manage emotional instability, do not blame yourself; The field of emotions works through processes that do not depend on our voluntary control, and we can only influence it indirectly, modifying our way of relating to the context. In the latter, psychological therapy works very well.

So, it is important to look for a psychologist or team of psychologists and let yourself be advised and helped. Working from the consultation sessions and through the routines indicated by the professional we will be doing what is necessary to improve significantly in a matter of weeks.

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A Graphic About Artificial Intelligence In Movies (Guest Post)

As you guys know Star Wars is my favourite movie and so I was super excited to share this graphic about artificial intelligence in movies with you guys! It is from a site called EnlightenedDigital that you should definitely check out if you’re interested in top tech and business news, updates and analyses from around the web!

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How To Relax

I know this is a bit of a random “how-to” but the truth is that our lives have become so fast and we’re so used to doing something that we have kind of forgotten how to relax and do nothing for a while. We’re always stressed about something or the other and we’re constantly thinking of the future instead of concentrating on the present. Our brain is always switched on no matter what and sometimes we just need to turn it off for a while. Here are some things you can do to relax your mind and just switch off your brain for a bit!

Yoga– If you’re a beginner in yoga try some super easy beginner poses and if you’re used to doing yoga try out some harder poses that help you relax. There are lots of specific poses that are there to help you calm down and feel at ease. Yoga definitely helps keep your mind off everything that’s stressing you out and it makes you physically and psychologically healthier!

 

Meditation– I’m not going to lie, this is much harder than most people think. Meditation is great but you need some practice before you learn to not let your mind drift. However once you learn how to do it right it’s a great way to switch off your brain and just relax.

 

Watch TV– TV is always a great way to take it easy and relax! It helps distract your mind for a while from life! I would recommend watching something intense so you’re really into it.

 

Hobbies- Instead of stressing out or letting your brain run free do something you enjoy doing like cooking, makeup, reading, playing an instrument etc. It’s always a good distraction and a great opportunity to take some time off from your schedule and do something for yourself that you like!

Eat- Honestly, there is no problem food can’t solve! If you’re on a diet have a delicious salad with extra dressing and if not I would recommend stuffing your face with pizza (that always works for me). Food helps you forget about your problems and concentrate on the present.

 

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How Traveling Musicians Make Money

By Stefan

Being a successful musician today is one of the hardest things in show business. This industry can be
ruthless, especially if you don’t have something unique and exciting to offer. Being a traveling musician
can be even more complicated. These people are constantly on the road and this particular lifestyle
doesn’t leave them much time for their own personal needs. For example, they can’t have a regular love
life, so most of the time they have to meet people online and date via the Internet. But the biggest
question of them all is – how are traveling musicians making money today? If you want to find out their
techniques and strategies, make sure to stick around.

Live Shows

If young musicians and their bands can organize their own tours, then live shows are the best way to
earn money while traveling. This is also a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of the local dating scenes
all over the world. However, making money is priority number one and individual live shows are a great
source of income. This is also the best way to promote your art and widen your fan base. Unfortunately,
not all traveling musicians are able to book their own gigs, so they have to consider other earning
methods.

Playing At Various Festivals

In case bands or individual performers are not able to have their own independent concerts, playing at
festivals all around the globe is a nice and profitable alternative. Being a part of a festival is much easier
than having your own shows. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most popular ways to earn money
among traveling musicians. This way, they don’t depend on their own crowd. Instead, they discuss and
determine a fee with the organization of a certain festival.

Performing On The Streets

If concerts and music festivals are a bit unrealistic for some musicians, performing on the streets is one
of the safest options to earn money. People appreciate street performers and they like to award them
with cash. Also, these shows allow them to promote their art to all kinds of people. At the same time,
they’re earning money by doing what they love and they’re promoting their art to the widest possible
audience. It’s safe to say that this is a pretty clever strategy.

Playing In Restaurants

This is also one of the quickest and most profitable ways to earn quick cash while on the road. Certain
traveling musicians are all about serenading guests at local restaurants and diners. This may sound
weird, but people love to be entertained during their meals. Sadly, most of these artists have to cover
other famous musicians, but hey, it’s still a fun way to make money, right?

Selling Albums, T-Shirts, And Other Merchandise

Organizing gigs and performing are not the only two ways to make money as an artist on tour. There are
a lot of different methods to achieve that and selling your merchandise is definitely one of them. Young
musicians are trying to make it in this harsh world of show business by selling their albums, CDs, vinyl
records, T-shirts, stickers, and other themed merchandise. This is actually a very efficient and fun way to ‘lure’ fans into their world of music. After all, they’re selling their product, so marketing plays an
extremely important role.

Digital Sales And Streaming Via The Internet

Sadly, some bands and solo artists are not able to break through to the mainstream, so they have to find
certain alternatives when it comes to selling and promoting their music. These people usually end up
selling their music via their own websites or digital stores like iTunes and Amazon. These groups also
allow their fans and supporters to stream their music via different platforms. We have to be honest, this
is not the most profitable way, but it still counts for something.

House Gigs

These arrangements are pretty awesome. Sure, there are no marketing campaigns and PRs involved, but
it’s a nice way for bands to promote their art to true and passionate music fans. Traveling artists usually
make themselves available for these type of gigs because it allows them to perform at birthdays,
weddings, and other types of parties.

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Best Countries For Musicians (GP)

By Stefan

Nowadays, a lot of talented and creative people are interested in becoming traveling musicians or
buskers. Even though this type of life is incredibly interesting, it’s also very demanding. These artists
have to be out on the streets all day if they want to earn some money. This basically means they don’t
have a lot of time for their personal needs like dating or an active social life. This is why most of them
have to meet people online and connect with them via the Internet. However, despite certain
downsides, busking is still very popular all over the world. So, if you’re drawn to this particular lifestyle,
check out the 7 best countries for street musicians.

France

Besides amazing and multicultural local dating scenes, this lovely European country is also known for its
fantastic street performers and artists. French people, as you probably already know, are crazy about
art. Their sophisticated taste is the biggest reason why most street musicians choose Paris as their “stage”.

Norway

Norwegians and other northern European nations are extremely talented people. This is exactly why this
breath-taking country is a fantastic place for every aspiring traveling performer. These folks know how to
appreciate talent and more importantly, they know how to award it.

Switzerland

Most artist claim that Switzerland is the best country for traveling street musicians. This makes total
sense once you realize that this lovely and wealthy country is a mixture of many different cultures. The
citizens of Switzerland are extremely generous which is a crucial thing if you want to make it big as a
street artist.

The United States

The USA is truly a promised land, especially for free-spirited people who are ready to dedicate their lives
to music. America is filled with many artistic cities that have a lot of influence on the music scene
worldwide. Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York are probably the top four locations in the United
States for buskers and street performers. These places are filled with people who literally live for music
and once they see a talented artist on the street, they simply have to award him or her with money.
However, it’s not all about the money. If you’re really good, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll be
noticed by some talent agent and that could lead to a real breakthrough.

South Africa

Believe it or not, this part of the world is absolutely perfect for traveling musicians. In South Africa, most
people are rather laid-back. For them, it’s pleasure before business and that’s why they enjoy seeing
various artists on their streets. Therefore, if you want to be respected and treated nicely, South Africa is
the country for you.

Spain

The lovely Iberian Peninsula is known for three things – gorgeous women, fantastic vine, and cheerful
music. Festivals or fiestas are pretty common in Spain which means you can make it big here as a street
musician. These people are addicted to music, so you’ll fit right in.

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Why Is Failure Important And How To Benefit From It

By Stefan

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

Failure can be a great a great motive to succeed indeed, yet we often get discouraged when we
fail at something. Moreover, we are even afraid of the possibility of failure itself. Regardless of
what we’re talking about – it could be a bad grade at school, criticism we get from our boss, or
something as trivial as impossibility to find a date at bbw online dating sites – it seems like we’ve
subconsciously adopted the claim that failures are wrong and not socially accepted and we even
treat it as an axiom of a kind. The key is, however, to embrace and even cherish your failures,
learn from them, and then keep on trying no matter what.

There are numerous tips and success stories that we’ve learned from iconic figures that could
certainly teach us the thing or two about the importance of failure as a means of achieving own
success. Still, we are going to share just some of them, which are in our opinion the most
effective ones.

#1 Face your fears

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

This Paulo Coelho quote pretty much sums the entire issue up. Fear is often wrapped up in false
security that is actually a jail that doesn’t allow us to make any moves. The most important thing
about the fear is to learn that breaking free perhaps won’t result in the desired outcome, well not
at first, but once you’ve hit the rock bottom you’ll most certainly survive and then you can dust
yourself off and move on.

#2 Understanding the situation

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”
Coco Chanel

Okay, so you’ve failed. Big deal! You can now start again by assessing the situation and learning
from your mistakes, which are by the way – human. The Earth is not going to stop revolving
around the Sun, and you don’t have the luxury to cry over the past mistakes for too long. At least
not when you can try to do it all over again.

#3 Enjoy your failure

“Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would
smile at the beauty of destruction.” Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Forbes contributor, Michael Lindenmayer, actually suggests that you should organize a real
feast, with drinks and food and entourage of your closest friends and then enjoy a constructive
contemplation about your failure. Besides sounding like a fun, this can be a great way to take a
different perspective on your mistakes that will give you a fresh approach on what to do next.

#4 Move on

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions– as attempts to find out
something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was right. You should simply learn your lessons, get up and move on and this is pretty
much the entire philosophy behind it!

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Why Is Fear Holding Us Back? (Guest Post)

By Stefan

Fear – it’s an unpleasant and rather strong emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. It can keep us alive, but in most cases, it holds us back from leaving our comfort zone and enjoying life
completely. In this modern day and age, there are many different types of fear. Young people are afraid
of consequences and this is exactly why most of them are scared of exploring uncharted territories, like
the world of HIV dating for example. Sadly, there are thousands of reported cases of people giving up on
their potential companions simply because they’re HIV positive. This is just one example of how fear can
shape our lives today. If you want to know what the other great fears of our time are, and how they’re
holding us back, stick around and find out.

Fear Of Failure
This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most frequent fears of our time. The majority of people
dream about the big success and the slightest possibility of failure absolutely petrifies them. This
particular fear creates certain limitations in a person’s mind and because of that, an individual is not
able to perform in the best possible way. Some people are so afraid that they can’t even make the first
step. Being afraid of failure paralyzes most of us and holds us back throughout our lives.

Fear Of Rejection
No one likes to be rejected, that is a fact! However, asking someone out is one of the most stressful
moments in modern-day relationships. People are terrified of rejection and this fear prevents them from
asking the question. This is rather ironic because if you don’t ask someone out, you can’t possibly know
what their answer is going to be. Therefore, individuals who are afraid of being rejected are constantly
floating in some sort of limbo of uncertainty and doubt which prevents them from being happy.

Fear Of Getting Ill Or Sick
These days, there are many people who have irrational fears of diseases and death. These folks are
called hypochondriacs and, unfortunately, they’re simply not able to live their lives to the fullest. As we
mentioned in the intro, some of these people are even afraid of dating others because they might get
infected with some sort of STD. This irrational phobia is one of the biggest reasons why HIV positive
dating scene is so neglected today.

Fear Of Being Alone
We have to admit that loneliness is quite scary. Millions of people all around the world are wasting their
time with wrong partners just because they’re terrified of being alone. Since they don’t want to be single
for a little while, they’re simply not able to find a potentially perfect companion for them.

Fear Of Being Judged By Others
Nowadays, everyone is absolutely obsessed with other people’s opinions. Young individuals just want to
be accepted which means they’re afraid to be themselves in public or around other people. They would
rather be fake than judged and this is exactly what prevents them from developing into unique
characters.

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I Closed My Eyes (Guest Post)

I closed my eyes to forget you,

I closed my eyes but saw you.

I should’ve known before,

that you were using me to score,

in front of the people you adore.

 

When I got into trouble,

you gave your hand.

When I wanted to ramble,

you held my hand.

Then why?

Why did you throw a dart,

straight into my heart?

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Top 5 Must-Watch TV Series by the End of This Summer (Guest Post)

Seeing as most of the action has been taken off the big screen and into our TV devices, it’s only natural that there are so many great shows out there to watch. So, instead of spending your summer checking what famous people on Snapchat are doing every day, why not binge-watch one (or more) of these awesome shows?

1. Game of Thrones

Yes, we are fully aware that the latest season of Game of Thrones is nearly over, however, that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to remind yourself of the good, old times when Sean Bean and Jason Momoa were still on the show.

The epic fantasy show has been running since 2011, with its second to last season broadcasting the final episode on August 27. HBO really outdid itself with this one, because it turned a somewhat well-known series of books into a global phenomenon full of sex, violence and freaking dragons we all know and love.

2. Rick and Morty

It may seem like a silly kid’s show, but it’s nothing of the sort – Rick and Morty follows the titular characters, a super-smart scientist and his not-so-smart grandson on their dark and hilarious adventures through many ridiculous scenarios.

This Adultswim animated show is currently airing its third season with four more episodes left. With Justin Roiland voicing both of the series’ main characters, you’re bound for one hell of a ride with this show

3. The Man in the High Castle

When it comes to alternative history, no TV show comes close to the Amazon Original The Man in the High Castle. Instead of the Allied Forces winning WWI, this show depicts an alternate North America that lost the war to the Nazis.

Season 2 of this show aired in December 2016, while its third season is yet to come to our small screens this year. That’s exactly why you should catch up to the story that features actors like Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, and more.

4. Ozark

If you liked Breaking Bad, you’ll simply love Ozark. Imagine not only Walter White, but his whole family being in on the criminal activity whilst trying to avoid being murdered by a drug cartel – this pretty much sums up the plot of Ozark.

It just began airing this year with the finale of season 1 hitting our TVs in late July. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are the main stars of this Netflix masterpiece, which means you absolutely have to binge-watch it while it’s fresh.

5. Lucifer

God, devil, religion – all of these are rather controversial topics, unless you hand them over to Fox and let them make a TV show about it. Lucifer tells the story of, well, Lucifer, who decided to quit ruling Hell by moving to Los Angeles on opening a night club.

The show is packed with amazing humour mostly coming from Tom Ellis, who plays the lead role, but it also features incredible acting and some awesome action scenes. Season 2 ended in late May this year, so better get on with binge-watching this masterpiece before the next season hits in October.

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