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How to Let Go of Your Perfectionism (And Why You Should)

Being a perfectionist might sound like a positive thing at first – after all, why would you settle for only less than perfect?

However, it turns out that that very mindset might just be what’s holding you back from even trying again or giving it your all. In fact, it can just as easily be a real problem that keeps you from sharing your less-than-perfect work to people.

If you happen to be stuck on this mindset (and can’t seem to make anything), then now is the perfect time to let go – and here’s how you do it:

Accept that all great things start out less-than-perfect.

The first attempt at anything is never usually good, and the myth that masterpieces can come out at a snap is just a myth.

Most of the time, perfectionism stems from a deep-seated fear of failure. But the good news is that you can overcome this fear.

Instead of thinking of the first try as less than what you wanted, you can change the way you think. Once something is out there, instead of simply existing in your head, it becomes much easier to improve with time and effort.

Don’t be scared of feedback.

All great ideas have to come from somewhere, and are usually put into the open where people can give their feedback and criticisms.

And because something can take so much time and effort to do or create, it’s understandable why it can be difficult to show off for the world to see. However, when it comes to criticism, you don’t always have to take everything to heart.

In fact, once you realize that the worst thing someone can do to your work is criticize it, you’ll realize that criticism and feedback is a great way to improve.

Put in the time and the effort in whatever you do.

People don’t usually see the multiple failed attempts it took to get to that one successful attempt, but it’s clear that the best works that stand the test of time are those that have a lot of time and effort put into them.

Focus on improving the work and getting the skills you need to do so, and everything else will follow on their own.

If something doesn’t work the first time, or even after several times, it helps a lot to take a step back and find out why. You might want to take a short break to give yourself some distance or to recover, but whatever you do, it’s important to keep going at it.

At the end of the day, it’s all how you approach the tasks and the mindset you approach them with. Embrace constant improvement instead of the need to be absolutely perfect. When you’re more accepting of failure, it’s only then that the results will really start to show.

The Biggest Reasons Why You Keep Clutter at Home (And How to Part With it For Good)

Like most people, there’s a good chance you will wake up one day to find that your living space is cluttered, but even when you’re trying your best, you simply can’t bring yourself to open certain boxes or get rid of certain items for good.

Believe it or not, things can still be considered clutter even though they are properly arranged, and you don’t want to throw them away for one reason or another. 

But the good news is that there’s a way to deal with it. These are the biggest reasons why you keep clutter in your home – and what you can do to maximize your space:

1. You like free stuff

Who doesn’t? The main appeal of having stuff is the feeling that you spent less – or in some cases, nothing at all – for something that is, or could be, valuable. When the items you purchased this way start piling up at home, they become “bargain clutter”.

To get rid of bargain clutter, ask yourself if you would buy these items even if they weren’t at a discount or free. If not, let it go.

2. You keep it around “just in case” you need it

The concept of “being prepared” is quite common, and for many people, stocking up on varying household items in bulk can save a lot of trouble later on – that is, if they are actually used when the situation calls for it.

But there is a fine line between stocking up for emergencies and plain, simple over-abundance.

The rule of thumb to getting rid of over-abundance is that if you haven’t used it in over three months or don’t plan to use it within the next three months, you should get rid of it. If you will use it only for a short time and never again, try renting it instead.

More importantly, buy only the things that you need, and avoid perishable items unless you plan on using or consuming them before they expire.

3. Your clutter has sentimental value

All kinds of items can be keepsakes and hold sentimental value to different people, especially in the case of heirlooms. However, as much as these items hold value, they can also easily add clutter at home.

How do you know if it’s sentimental clutter? Keep these in mind the next time you come across them when you’re trying to clean your room or your home:

  • Is it related to an important event?
  • Is it related to a person (i.e. someone famous or someone close to you, such as a friend or a family member)?

The good news is that if something holds value to you or if it’s too important, there’s no need to throw it away, but instead, you should store it properly in a dedicated storage container to keep it in good condition.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

5 Not-so-Obvious Places in Your Home That You Need to Clean

Even though you make it a habit to clean your house and make it as dust-free as possible, there’s a good chance you’ll end up missing a corner or two. When this happens, dust can easily accumulate and spread back throughout your whole home before you know it.

To keep dust from coming back to your home too quickly, here are a few places you should be looking into more often when cleaning your home:

  1. Areas beneath your furniture

You can find dust bunnies and cobwebs lurking in almost every nook and cranny imaginable, so it’s no surprise that places underneath your furniture, especially your tables, would be hiding a lot of dust.

If you have a closet at home, you especially need to pay attention to where you place your footwear and clean it regularly, since soles can trap all kinds of dirt and dust when you keep them inside.

  • Air filters

While it does help to improve the air quality in your home, there’s also no better hotbed of dust particles, mold, algae, and bacteria than a filter that traps them for an extended period of time.

If you have an air filter at home, make it a point to clean them regularly to maintain your air quality and prevent triggering other people’s allergies.

  • Indoor plants

Whether they’re real or made of plastic, your indoor plants could also be home to a lot of dust, especially those with large, broad leaves.

To keep them dust-free, spritz their leaves with water and wipe them with a clean cloth every few days, and pay close attention to their soil.

Indoor plants are best placed in areas where they get the best amount of sunlight while away from things that could trip them over and spill their soil, which can lead to dust and dirt getting into the house.

  • Walls and ceilings

Dust and cobwebs don’t just cling to corners – they can also cling to walls and even ceilings, especially if they have lots of tiny nooks and corners that don’t get cleaned regularly.

When cleaning your walls and ceilings, start with the top and work your way to the bottom with using a broom or duster that traps dust particles before finishing with a vacuum.

  • Carpet

Your carpet may seem like an obvious place where dust could easily accumulate, but what you may be forgetting is how quickly it does, and how frequently you need to clean it as a result.

As much as possible, vacuum it once a week with a beater brush attachment and spray it with a fabric sanitizer. It also helps to have it steam-cleaned by a professional laundry service at least once a year.

How to Instantly De-Stress in the Office

Non-stop emails, endless deadlines, countless of tasks to complete—the next thing you know, it’s two in the afternoon and you missed your lunch (again). Although nobody said that office life is easy, if you are stressed every single day from nine to five, it’s important to know how to pause and take a break every few hours when you’re at work.

Workplace stress can be detrimental to your mental, emotional and physical health, so make sure to address the issue right away and keep in mind these instant stress busters.

  1. Avoid Another Cup of Coffee

Sure, a cup of coffee is needed to wake your senses up in the morning, but downing more cups of Joe throughout the day isn’t good for you. Instead of having too much of this anxiety booster in your system, try some green tea, which contains less than half caffeine than a cup of americano and the amino acid theanine to help you calm your nerves.

  • Listen to Music

Listening to upbeat songs can do wonders in improving your mood, so slip on your headphones and play your favorite tunes. If you want to relax or take a nap, play slow instrumental music. On the other hand, if you want to stay awake throughout the afternoon, get some dance music playing.

  • Get Up and Take a Walk

Going out during your tea break can help relax your mind. Take a short walk around the block to catch some fresh air, effectively releasing feel good hormones that lifts your mood instantly. And while you’re at it, stretch your shoulders, back and legs to release the tension and relieve stressed out body and mind.

  • Keep Aromatherapy Oils

Studies show that aromatic oils are helpful in stressful times. Get a few roll-on essential oils and set them on your office table. Menthol scents to increase your concentration, flowery citrus scents to boost your energy and green tea scent to help clear your mind.

  • Breathe Deeply

A few deep breaths also help reduce tension, relax the neck and muscles and relieve anxiety and stress. When you breathe deeply, your body inhales more amount of oxygen, regulating the flow of blood, which relaxes your body. Slow and deep breaths also increase oxygen circulation in the brain and slows down your heart rate, leaving you feeling more peaceful.

  • Look Out the Window

Take your eyes off from the computer monitor for a few minutes and gaze out the window to let your mind wander. Looking at the greenness of nature (not the wallpaper on your computer screen!) relaxes your body and mind. And did we tell you that daydreaming is an effective way to boost your creativity and problem-solving ability?

While there are unlimited ways to help reduce stress, you simply cannot eliminate stress altogether. There are certainly so many things to worry about; it’s simply up to you how you will handle them in such a way that you still live a happy and peaceful life.

5 Unconventional Travel Activities for the Adventurous Soul

Most activities we include in our travel bucket list are from those we often see from our social media feeds—sky diving, ice skiing, bungee jumping, the list can go on and on. While we do not want to miss out on the most popular activities, there’s just a different kind of pleasure when you’ve done something that most travelers have not.

So, prepare to experience something different. As for the following destinations, brace yourself for more unique experiences to satisfy the adventurous side of you.

  1. Shark Diving in Malapascua

Here in Southeast Asia, you can have your own Jaws experience. in fact, it is probably the only place in the world where you can swim with sharks. Don’t be afraid though, these sharks are relatively harmless, but it will require you to secure a deep-water certification. Located in the Philippines, Malapascua offers a peaceful diving spot for the sea lovers out there.

  • Attending a Top-Secret Party in Singapore

How about an exclusive dinner party with a secret venue that you will only be given clues about on the day of the party? Andsoforth’s concept can be intriguing, but be warned: it sells out fast! If you’re lucky enough to secure one, you will surely find yourself enjoying their entertainers and their luxurious feast.

  • Swinging Over Bali Jungle

All of us have experienced in our childhood to fight for a playground swing. but if it’s a swing tied on a tree on the edge of a cliff, would you still want to play with it? Bali is known for it’s Instagram-worthy spot—the Bali Swing, which is located in a small village hung on top of a hill and swings over a dense jungle of palm trees.

  • Taking a Night Walk in Malaysia’s Oldest Rainforest

You will surely see a unique variety of insects, plants and birds at Taman Negara, Malaysia’s biggest and oldest national park and rainforest. If you are lucky, you may even spot a wild boar, tapir and deer around the forest.

  • Volcano Trekking in Indonesia

If you are someone who loves hiking, you’ll surely love to explore steaming volcanoes in Indonesia. Take your peak (pun intended) and enjoy the sea of clouds and puffs of smoke when you get at the top. For beginners, try Indonesia’s Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur peaks, which can be journeyed in a day; or for the pros, the Gunung Rinjani, which takes three days to get to the peak.

Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, an intense workout or just want to learn something new, there’s more you can do than boating on a river or go scuba diving. Feed your adventurous soul with these activities and immerse yourself to the fulfilling experiences of these travel ideas.

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