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Headphones: How Far The Gender Gap Can Go

Headphones: How Far The Gender Gap Can Go

Headphones. The first thing you can think of when you say this word is high tech news and gadgets, but Generation Y made these items more than just some tech devices. How? What do you do when you start your commute? Put on the headphones! Then you keep them on when you arrive to work, in order to maximize your productivity listening to music, and you will be keeping them on to avoid random contact on your commute back home.

Even if you are not the music addict I am, you probably use headphones pretty frequently. Most people use them to get into the groove at the gym, at least.

The headphone rage

The increased usage of the headphones gave entrepreneurs a new niche to tap into: fashionable headphones! Just a couple of years ago, these items were simple and plain, now you can buy a fashionable pair of Dolce Gabbana crown headphones, which you might remember from Riri’s post. If that’s not your style, you can opt for more discreet, yet very modern and stylish headphones by designer Alexander Wang, brought to you by Beats.

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Beats is not the only company which is now asking famous designers to work their magic on headphones. This trend led to “girly”, jewelry-like headphones manufactured just for women to compliment their earrings and hairstyles. Now you are not only looking for the best wireless earbuds, but also for earbuds that match your iPhone shade, because you’re buying them to accessorize your running outfit. After all, running in a matching outfit is far more important than listening to the right tune (not that anyone said this or ever will).

Women-only headphones

The trend of manufacturing headphones especially for women was taken to the extremes not only by designers who are now selling four figure couture headphones, but also by companies which advertise their headphones as scientifically designed for female needs. According to Skullcandy’s brand director, women’s ears are configured differently, compared to men’s ears; thus, we need special headphones.

Is this legit? My efforts to find a study which can support Skullcandy’s statements left me empty-handed, so I can’t say if they are right or not, but the idea that unisex headphones are not practical seems a little far-fetched to me. Maybe it’s just me, but maybe I just managed to sniff out the marketing efforts of the companies which try to sell us pricier headphones.

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Oh, what happened with the traditional headphones and earbuds?

A potential answer for this question is “they turned into fashion statement items” because the gender gap is growing larger and larger, but millennial fashionistas found another use for them in the hair styling department. After all, what can you expect, after Vogue called headphones the “Summer’s Ultimate Accessory”?

Headphones, the latest hair styling tool?

Let’s leave the best headphones apart for some moments and focus on your hair, on those last days of the week, when your strands are so rich in dry shampoo, you feel you could support the entire dry shampoo industry on your own. On those days, when washing your hair is just too much for you, the headphones are your best friend in styling your tresses.

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I haven’t tested this method yet, but I think it’s safe enough to say that it may work, especially when you want to listen to music and style your dirty hair before going to work.

Conclusion

As we live a high tech life, the attempt to get some style from our gadgets is completely legit, but from choosing a pair of stylish headphones over the plain white ones that can be seen from a mile away, to spending thousands of dollars on Gabbana or Alexander Wang is going too far. Way too far for me.

I totally agree with the need to buy your phone in an elegant shade of rose, but women-only headphones? I think I’ll pass. My unisex headphones are completely able to help me style my hair!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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