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The only way to live a meaningful life is to break away from your productivity obsession.

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You’re constantly and relentlessly pushing yourself forward and racing from one thing to the next without a break.

You’re afraid that if you lost the fast pace you’ve set for yourself, failure awaits.

The truth is you’ve ended up living with a highly impatient voice in your head incessantly asking, Are we there yet? What about now?

And things might work well for a while. But sooner or later, your mind and body will start to grow weary. You’ll realise—too late—that you’re burning out.

Sometimes, you might even find yourself going in the wrong direction. …

The renewed sense of appreciation for the natural world we gained during the pandemic might be the key to long-term wellbeing

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When the world shuts down and uncertainty envelops every aspect of your life, the best thing to do is to go out for a walk in nature.

Simple as that may sound, being outdoors—be that a garden, a park or a forest—is not only a fundamental human need but also the best cure for the constant stress and anxiety we feel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A recent study published by the Mental Health Foundation shows that 45% of respondents admit that having access to green spaces during the pandemic has been vital for their mental wellbeing.

This innate urge…

Practical steps to stop panic attacks and anxiety from taking over your life

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Last year proved to us all, among other things, that we’re human beings with not only a body to protect and treat when sick but also a mind.

It only took a pandemic to show us that making mental health a priority is not something we do only on weekends and our days off.

I’d never imagined that one day I would write about my experience with anxiety and panic attacks on the internet, in a place where everybody could read it. But here we are.

This article is based on my personal experience with anxiety and panic attacks and…

These are the books you won’t be able to stop yourself from hugging after you’ve finished reading

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If I’d have to name one writer who had a great influence on me as a human being, it would be Fredrik Backman. I discovered his books a few years ago through my mom — she’s my Goodreads when it comes to book recommendations — and I’m very thankful for that.

All of Backman’s books focus on the amazingly complicated, beautiful, funny, unexpected, and sometimes tragic experience that we call life while featuring quirky characters that try to do their best at living it. That’s exactly where the magic of these books lies.

These are the stories that will take…

I used to joke that my mother is a social media guru but truth be told, she usually had more engagement than most of my clients put together

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It all started with a simple Facebook account — isn’t that the usual start of almost every digital age fairytale?

I wouldn’t have imagined 9 years ago when my brother and I created my mother’s Facebook account that she’ll love it so much and use it as her personal blog. But she did.

Now she says that Facebook helps her relax after a long day of work. It’s also the best way to share her passion for books, art, travelling and gardening with her little community. Zuckerberg knew what he was doing when he started all this, I must say.

What happens when a big change such as a global pandemic comes and disturbs our normal daily life? We start making sourdough bread and Dalgona coffee, we get on TikTok, and we cut and bleach our hair. But why?

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Life is full of changes — that’s how we and everyone/everything around us grows. That’s what makes life so unpredictable and exciting at the same time.

Yet, who would have thought that in the first half of the year we’d all be working remote and staying inside all the time, going to work meetings, conferences and concerts online, and learning how to cook almost anything we’ve seen on Pinterest?

Now more than ever, we are looking for those things over which we have control while we still struggle to cope with what we don’t control right now.

If you want to know what you can do to feel less trapped in your own home and also how to get away from the current world crisis for a few hours, keep reading. Literally.

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We live in panic-filled times now. As the novel coronavirus spreads more and more around the world, most of us are forced to stay at home to protect ourselves and the people around us.

If you’ve already been working remote for a while now, this self-isolation period won’t seem like too much of a deal to you. Other people might, however, be quite uncomfortable with this change of routine that has come overnight to turn their life upside down.

Nonetheless, I think that it’s our social responsibility to do the most we can to help slow down and eventually stop…

Who doesn’t love a good story?

I know I do. In fact, I love stories. This is the unsurprising answer of a book-loving introvert.

I heard so many stories — from my family, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers on YouTube — and I read even more in books, magazines, blogs, social media, you name it.

Some of these stories made me who I am today. They helped me know myself better and understand others much easier. They also shaped my world perspective and guided me through unique life situations.

But are stories really worth your attention when every day there’s…

Anita Coltuneac

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