How much time do you spend worrying about things you cannot change or influence?
I can tell you a thing or two about it.
I’ve always been a person who wanted to be liked by everybody. I couldn’t stand the feeling of being hated or judged by others. I was a people-pleaser throughout many phases in my life, and I told everyone what they wanted to hear. …
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Seven years ago, I met the love of my life.
At least, back then, I believed he was the one who’d be perfect for me.
I had just come back to Vienna after spending two semesters in Paris. Meeting my old friends, enjoying the Viennese summer, and relishing the city with all its beautiful vibes gave me the best feeling, and I was willing to meet someone new.
One evening, I was meeting friends at a bar. We were sitting outside, watching a soccer game and drinking beer. Then a friend of one of my fellow students came by and…
I was sitting in my booth and staring at my screen when I suddenly couldn’t understand the speaker anymore.
Knowing that he was talking about dementia symptoms on an Alzheimer’s congress, the bad sound quality and strange noises made it impossible to understand the details. So I decided to do something no professional interpreter would ever do in this situation. I mumbled into the microphone:
“I can’t understand anything. I’m sorry.”
So I rushed out of my booth, crying and knowing that I have failed at least one of six of my final exams for my Master’s degree in Conference…
When I went to my dermatologist because of strong acne and acne scars, she told me to change my diet.
I winced and felt the vanishing happiness in my life. I love eating so much, and I wasn’t reading to give up the food I like.
Avoiding sugar, wheat, white rice, and especially coffee. It seemed like pure torment to me! Even though I eat plant-based and as healthy as possible, I’m more of a person who does lots of sports to eat more without feeling bad.
During the week, I skip breakfast in the morning and only drink a…
I’m turning 29 in three weeks. When I was 19, I thought that by 29, I’d be a completely different person.
I assumed that I’d be someone who was married, has at least one child, and owns a nice apartment or a house (and maybe a dog).
During the past years, and especially during the past 12 months, my whole life and plans have changed, and it feels like all that I ever thought would be me by 29 has vanished into thin air.
And I didn’t see it coming at all.
The last 5 years passed by almost linearly…
I was 14 years old when I did my first starvation diet.
Within six weeks, I lost 20 pounds and received many compliments on my new appearance. With my first diet, I entered a world most women find themselves in, at least once in a lifetime: The world of feeling insufficient, fat, and unlovable.
The positive feedback on my weight loss made me addicted. I ran seven days a week, started swimming and cycling. With every bite, I felt more guilty and worried about weight gain. …
Last year, a personal crisis brought me to my knees. I will never forget waking up after a deep 4-hour sleep caused by antipsychotics and realizing what had happened.
Twenty-four hours before, I had talked to my partner about our relationship. Everything I thought was my life, and my future vanished when I realized that our 5-year-relationship was at its end. Even though we spent three more months together, I immediately knew that I had to leave him to save myself from more pain.
After a sleepless night and several anxiety attacks, I decided to go to a psychosocial emergency…
“We think your daughter is a drug addict,” my sister’s teachers told my parents during an appointment at school.
She was fourteen years old and started looking pale and sick a few weeks before. She had fallen asleep during class several times as she wasn’t able to sleep at night anymore. She suffered from excruciating back pain, which made it impossible to lie in her bed.
My parents went to several doctors who did blood tests and advised physical therapy. But there were no alarming signs that she could be suffering from a serious illness. Physical therapy didn’t help at…
Even though I’m a passionate yoga teacher, I’m not always happy with my practice.
If my week gets stressful, I prefer to relax on my sofa in the evening. My mat stays untouched, and I feel even more exhausted when I head to bed.
That’s why I started to plan my weekly practice.
It takes 10–15 minutes each week to schedule my yoga plans, and it’s definitely worth it! There are multiple advantages you’ll benefit from when you bring a little structure to your yoga routine. …