How To Find Personal Growth and Development During Quarantine

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure this quarantine has brought on some unprecedented anxiety and depression into your life too. It’s easy to get bogged down by these hopeless feelings, wondering if and when your life will ever return to normal. Maybe you’ve lost your job, had to move back into your parents house, or haven’t seen your friends in months. Whatever it is you are going through right now, I want you to know that you aren’t alone, and these things are fixable! Here are my top 3 tips for coming out of your anxiety and depression during this quarantine, and instead finding growth and development in your life.

  1. Manifest- I know this sounds silly (and maybe repetitive if you’ve listened to my past manifestation podcast episodes) but manifestation is truly something that gives me so much hope every single day. If you’re feeling stuck in a life that doesn’t make you happy, guess what? You have the ability to change it all. There are so many ways you can go about manifesting your dream life, but I’ll give you a few ways that I do it every day. First thing I do when I wake up is usually reach for my phone. You too? Well, instead of jumping straight onto TikTok or Instagram, try going on Pinterest instead. I know, you’re probably thinking ‘Olivia, isn’t Pinterest like, dead? Does that even still exist?’ I’m here to confirm that Pinterest is still alive kicking! Create a manifestation board, and pin at least 5 images that look like your dream life. It can be a yard, a house, a city, a dog, a mans, or anything that sparks a little fire and desire inside of you. Put on a little inspirational music while you’re pinning. Sometimes when I’m feeling sad, I literally just open my Pinterest and look at my manifestation board and admire all of the beautiful things I see for myself! Check out my Pinterest here for some inspo. Some other manifestation techniques you can try are manifesting meditations, the law of attraction, or the 17 second rule.

2. Take Inspired Action– This may sound obvious, but taking action toward your dream life is always a step in the right direction. I believe that manifestation and inspired action are the dream team. Manifest, meditate and let the universe do its thing. But also look at new jobs, do research on new cities and apartments, and almost act out the dream life you want. When I moved to New York City, I didn’t have a job or an apartment or even roommates lined up. I just knew I wanted to go there! So I applied for jobs, spoke with people I knew who lived there, researched, etc. I even called apartment buildings and reached out to realtors with questions about rent, walls, etc! I literally acted like I was moving there. I even went online and found roommates when I had no plans of living there. Well guess what? I landed a job in NYC through a mutual friend, I had the roommates lined up already, and had apartment buildings saved on Zillow ready to go view. It all happened for me so quickly after that, but I lived in NYC for 3 years and loved it. Sometimes I can’t believe I actually made it happen!

3. Anxiety & Depression Techniques– Sometimes no matter how much manifesting or action you take toward your goals, life can just be anxiety inducing. It happens- we are in the midst of a pandemic after all! But there are ways to cope. I know it’s hard to see a therapist or your doctor right now, and it can feel like there’s no one around to help you. But trust me, it’s going to be ok! These techniques I’m going to talk about are ones you can do from the comfort of your own home, on your own time. Let’s start with Tapping. EFT Tapping is basically an exercise where you tap on different pressure points of your face, while saying statements out loud. Let’s say I’m anxious about a job interview. You start by tapping with your fingers between your brows, then your temple, then under your eye, then your collar bone. Each place that you tap you will say a statement out loud aligning with your fear, then the contrary. So tap between your brow and say I’m worried about this job interview. I am going to mess up. Then to the next point- this job interview will be ok. I will succeed. I will succeed, I won’t succeed. Either way, I’m going to be ok. Then at the end of your tapping you will squeeze one wrist and say “Peace”. Keep going for a few rounds, and after every time notice if you feel the same anxiety, more or less. For me, tapping helps to confuse my brain and my emotions by saying contradictory statements. It also helps to numb me out until I don’t feel much about the situation anymore. For my other anxiety technique, you’ll have to listen to my podcast below!

What It Really Means When You’re Being Judgmental

Have you ever been that girl? You know what I mean… that girl. The girl who can’t be happy for anyone else whether it be on social media or in real life, because she’s too busy judging and hating on everyone else? I think we’ve all had our moments!

e.g. “Ew, did you see her new boyfriend? I heard he’s under 6 feet tall. And he took her to Olive Garden for their one month anniversary. How tacky.”

I can honestly say I’ve been this girl about one too many times to count. Sometimes it feels so much easier to be mean and judgy than happy for other people. But what does it say about us when we act this way?

Well, I’m here to tell ya! This can actually give us so much insight into what we want in our lives when we are judgmental toward other people. Yes, maybe you think Olive Garden is tacky for a monthiversary. But in actuality when you’re judging and being rude to that couple, it speaks volumes in another way. You want love in your life! You wish you had a boyfriend who took you out to dinner. You wish you had someone to go on dates with and share bottomless breadsticks. And thats OKAY! When we can admit that we’re judging other people out of jealously and want, then we are able to take our lives to a whole new level.

Let’s go with another example. Let’s say that you follow a girl on Instagram who gets to travel for work, makes lots of money, and gets clothes sent to her for free. You might have thoughts like “Who does this girl think she is? She doesn’t deserve all of these nice things. HA! Must be nice to not have to work for anything in your life.” I’ll be honest, I’ve heard the phrase “must be nice…” about one too many times, and I literally hate it. It actually makes me cringe and gives me chills down my spine. Because guess what…

It is nice. It’s really nice, and looks nice, and you probably wish you had those nice things too. Guess what’s even better? You can. You have the ability to have whatever you want in life. You are where you are right now because of decisions and choices that you have made, whether you like them or not. So if you don’t like them, then change them! I could pick up tomorrow and decide that I want to sing on a cruise ship or move to the middle-of-nowhere Nebraska. We have so much more power over our lives than we realize. So when you’re feeling jealous, hateful or judgmental toward other people, take a deep breath and think. Realize that these feelings are coming up because they have something you wish you could have too. (Because let’s be honest, you wouldn’t comment on it if you didn’t care). So why not turn those negative feelings and emotions into something productive, positive and useful?

Step 1 is realizing what you’re jealous about in someone else, and acknowledging that you’re being jealous/hateful/angry because there is something there that you want too. Acknowledgement is key! If you can’t acknowledge that you’re being jealous then you can never move on and be productive in your life, because you won’t be able to get to Step 2, which is realization of desires. So I realize I hate this girl, because she gets to travel and not work and have financial freedom. Step 2 would be then acknowledging that I actually hate her because I also want to travel, not work and have financial freedom. So then Step 3 would be coming up with plans of action to take to get there.

Ah, plans of action. I could go into a whole other ramble about this. Some people say manifest and pray and things will happen for you. Some people say that’s a bunch of B.S. and you have to work hard to get things you want in life. I say…both. And neither! The best way I can put it is this: If you want something in your life, go after it. Because you do have the ability to have whatever your heart desires. And if you aren’t sure how to go after it, first start with clearing your mind and doing a manifesting meditation like this one. Once you are perfectly clear on what you desire, then start taking baby steps to get there. Apply for jobs in that new place, research apartments in that area, reach out to acquaintances you know who live there. Make a vision board. Meditate again. Go for a run. Visualize. Plan a trip. Plan a move. Whatever you want, you can have. I believe in manifestation mixed with inspired action. If you are taking action from a clear and inspired mind, the world is your oyster.

For more information on this topic, check out my lastest podcast!

Self-Care Tips for the Lazy Girl (me)

Admittedly, I am one of the laziest people I know when it comes to self-care. I am terrible at remembering to wash my face, shave, wash my hair, take care of my skin, etc. BUT I have figured out easy ways to fit some of these things into my schedule…self-care for the lazy girl! Here are my top tips, enjoy 🙂

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  1. Moisturize IN the shower– this sounds silly, but I actually just started keeping a small body moisturizer in the shower, so right after I dry off I moisturize right away! Once I get to my room I know I won’t do it, so it helps to do it while still in the shower.
  2. Face Washing Made Easy–  This is actually kind of embarrassing, but when I don’t feel like splashing my face with water in the early mornings, I use the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray to spritz my face, scrub a little soap, and the spritz again and wipe my face off. Super low maintenance and it helps to wash my face without the mess!
  3. Eyelash Extensions– this is one of those high maintenance/low maintenance situations. Getting eyelash extensions was something that I am still unsure about, but I have found that it has cut my makeup routine IN HALF, and has boosted my no-makeup confidence! I still feel put together with the extensions on but no other makeup. This has also been a blessing for my skin, not feeling the need to wear foundation every day!
  4. Dry Shampoo/Hairstyle Days– I am a huge believer in dry shampoo to get through those days to weeks of not feeling like washing my hair. But I have found that my hair tends to feel dry with the dry shampoo, and it makes my scalp dry as well. Lately, I’ve been washing my hair once every 4 days and just plan my hairstyles for each day! On day 1 I wear my hair down since it’s clean, day 2 I can still get away with it down, day 3 I may do a bun or ponytail, and day 4/5 I wear a hat (lol!)
  5. Make Things More Accessible– I have so many face masks, moisturizers, spot treatments, teeth whiteners, etc. that I always want to try but never get to. I used to keep them in my bathroom, but I realized after awhile this never really worked for me because they weren’t immediately accessible and I was always too lazy to go get them. Now I finally have a nightstand/desk situation in my room where I keep all of my products that I want to try. So when I am having a lazy day/night in bed, I look over and try that face mask or teeth whitener that I’ve been wanting to! This really works for anything you want to add into your self-care routine.

That is all for my self-care tips for the lazy girl! Do you have any fun/easy self-care routines that you would recommend? Comment and let me know! 🙂

 

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