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Personalization: The Process and its Perks

Personalization: The Process and its Perks

As the generation that experienced the evolution of social networking sites (Friendster, MySpace, and finally Facebook), we’ve had plenty of practice in the field of customization. Pairing them with our favorite colors as the background, we’ve modified our personal pages to play our favorite songs once opened by fellow netizens.

Nowadays, you can personalize even your undergarments. One bride even went as far as having a cake made into a life-sized version of her. Wax seal stamps are proof that personalizing and customization were already a trend in the Middle ages and during the reign of the pharaohs.

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Does having the freedom to customize mean we are a pickier bunch?

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According to the National Institute of Health, in a TIME magazine article, millennials are three times more likely to have narcissistic personality disorder than previous generations, hence the nickname “Me, Me, Me Generation”. This makes many of us prone to impatience and selfishness.

For example, when siblings fight over something, “Does it have your name on it?” usually becomes the problem-solver and argument ending statement. So, unless it has your initials inscribed, you have no right to call it yours. It’s become an unspoken rule between siblings and peers.

Getting custom-made luxury bags, shoes, shoes, clothes or even cars has never been easier. Customization isn’t limited to just material objects. Travel can be tailored down to the last detail if we want to. Experiences are actually more flexible, and spending money on experiences rather than goods is a more preferred way of life for some millennials.

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Making it Mine

Personalization comes in the form of engravings, stickers, labels, patches, and embossed or monogrammed anything. Old-fashioned folks probably still have handkerchiefs adorned with their initials. I own a jewelry box with my full name engraved on the cover. When it comes to gifts, there is no doubt that a stronger connection and attachment can be found between a customized object, the giver and the recipient. When they are personalized, ordinary things no longer feel “average” because of the sentimental value behind them.  Plus, it is easier to spot a customized item and confirm that it belonging to you.

Social media has its own methods and services when it comes to personalization. There’s the use of hash tags to make an event or person go viral. Aside from the built-in filters, Snapchat also allows you to design and use one of your own geofilters for your special day.

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    iPhones come in a variety of colors, sizes and capacities. We can now decide exactly what we want on our sandwiches and salads. That’s why businesses like Coldstone, Subway and Chipotle have many loyal customers. Nike, Converse and Adidas offer services in which you can design your own shoes.

    Trying to be a little frugal about your fashion staples? Sites like Etsy and Pinterest cater to individuals who would rather not buy what everyone else can easily find at malls. There are also plenty of tutorials to make your sneakers stand out.

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      We have been dubbed the “DIY Gen Y” since we are more satisfied with our purchases when we’re given the freedom to choose what to include and what to omit. “Full” or pre-made packages don’t appeal to us.

      DIY and customization isn’t just limited to artsy projects. For those who are planning on starting up their own business, one way of personalizing comes in the form of creating your own logo. How else are you going to promote yourself and your passion?

      Now we can positively set ourselves apart from everyone else without feeling the need to scream “That’s mine!”

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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.

      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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