October 2020 Quote of the month

Quote of the Month

“Be proud of yourself, you’re doing your best.”

Times are complicated right now, especially at Northumbria University. We’ve had a delay in timetables, some of us have had the wrong timetables and some of us don’t even have timetables due to the cyber-attack in September. Then we’re trying to adapt to a new COVID-friendly environment with digital learning. That’s a lot for anyone and that’s not even everything. I understand that some of us are struggling with making friends, mental health, physical health, homesickness, financials etc.

So, I just want you to know you’re not alone and we are all in this together- WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER! You should be proud of yourself, you’re doing your best and your best is all you can do, so don’t put pressure on yourself. One day we will look back at these difficulties in awe and think how did we get through it! We will be passing these stories onto our children, grandchildren etc. A story that will inspire generations for years!



Happy Selfcare's September Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month

‘Great things never come from comfort zones.’

September- the start of a new academic year for many of us. Whether you’re going back to school or the parent preparing their children to go back or just a university student like myself going back to university for the third year or even just someone who wants to start something new this month like a personal goal or diet.

I think you all get the gist now? This quote applies to every single one of us. *YES EVERYONE*- you heard absolutely right.

We avoid getting out of our comfort zone because of fear- we’re scared we will fail, we will get hurt, or we won’t like it. Whatever the reason is, fear is something that limits our beliefs. What we have to do, is look past the scary thoughts and all the things holding us back because that one change could be the one that changes you to be the best version of yourself or ultimately change your life.

Getting out of your comfort zone you can prove that YOU are capable of doing anything YOU wish to. It also improves so many important skills like resilience, self-confidence, creativity, but most importantly I can guarantee that you will learn something new and even see a different perspective to life that you hadn’t seen before.

Sometimes, we don’t like to get out of our comfort zone because we’re happy with what we have settled with. I understand this and it’s great to be content with where you’re at, but sometimes it’s worth trying something out of your comfort zone to prove to yourself that you are still more than capable to achieve anything you want. Even if you go back to what you have settled with, you don’t have to think of the ‘what ifs’ or ‘could have beens’ because you tried and you should be proud of that. You don’t have to live your life in regret, wishing if you did things differently.

So to sum it up on a very carpe diem finish- live your life and take those risks, it’ll be worth it!

Happy Seflcare's motivational quote of the month

Quote of the Month

The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.

For many of us, August is a month where we have more time off from our commitments than any other month. As we have more spare time during this month, we find ourselves scrolling social media more often. However, social media has its ups and downs like everything in life.

Here, I’m focusing on social media. Especially Instagram because Instagram gives the illusion that we have a perfect life by showing only the highlights of our life. Though this is good to be used as motivation to improve ourselves, sometimes we can fall onto the wrong track. We end up comparing our current situation to someone on Instagram that we feel we know, from seeing all of the snippets of their life they post.  Most of the time we actually don’t intentionally compare ourselves to another person, it is the way our brain is trained, unfortunately. However, what we can do, is retrain our brain to change this outlook. Instead of comparing ourselves to someone else’s, we can focus on bettering who we were yesterday- making us the best version of ourselves.

A few tips to help you:

  • Reflect- look at how far you have come! Admire your progress and all the obstacles you have gotten through.
  • Appreciate- focus on what you have and not what you don’t have.
  • Use yesterday as a target to help you maintain the path you’re taking or to change direction.
  • Focus on your actions and not someone else’s.
  • Spend time learning, whether that’s reading books, researching, or listening to podcasts, absolutely anything that will make you learn something new.
  • Cut back on the time used on social media, there are now locks you can put on your phone to help you limit your social media scrolling if you find it difficult to discipline yourself.
  • Most importantly, self care time- try to devote an hour of your day focusing on you and only you. It’s important to your personal growth and wellbeing!

With small changes made every day over a consistent period of time, you will start seeing a difference. Trust the process, you’ve got this!

Julys quote of the month

Quote of the Month

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

This quote means that when dealing with a hard situation, you become a tougher and more resilient person. So the next time you say ‘damn I wish that this was easier’ remind yourself that this situation is happening for a reason. This situation is going to help you with your personal development and strengthen your mindset. It’s a learning curve for a reason- that reason is that it’s going to make you a better person than what you were yesterday.

I feel that this quote is really current with what’s happening in the world. With restrictions easing in the UK mostly on July 4th, I think that this is an important quote to reflect on. COVID 19 lockdown has been hard for many of us for many different reasons. However, it’s been a big learning curve for us all. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves and what is important to us. It’s made us a tougher person and will help us with future challenging situations. We’ve learned to cut our own hair, we’ve learned to replicate our favourite restaurant dishes, and most importantly we’ve learned what is really essential and important to us. Would we have learned all of this if lockdown didn’t happen? Probably not! So take time to reflect and be proud of how far you have come.

When things become challenging or when all motivation is lost, just remember you made it through a lockdown for so long, you have the power to get through anything!