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Tips to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

 Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear.”

C. S. Lewis

 

Feeling happy is just one part of mental wellbeing, not the whole. The whole encompasses feelings of contentment, enjoyment and engagement with the world. It also involves feelings of confidence and self-esteem.

In a sense, mental wellbeing is dependent on internal thought process as much as it’s on the external circumstances. It’s about living healthy, maintaining positive relationships and feeling empowered to do all what the heart wants.

Mental wellbeing does never mean not facing difficult situations and adverse feelings in life but it’s rather about coping them in a better and more positive manner. It’s about tiding over tough times with a smile and bringing joy to the self and the people around.

 

There are some tips to improve mental wellbeing, including:

 

Exercise

Doing regular exercise is a good way to boost your mental wellbeing. Its advantages are two folds – it keeps you motivated and helps release a mood-enhancing substance (endorphins). So, exercising makes a great sense for its physical and physiological benefits alike. The best part, you can exercise and feel happy even without joining fitness classes.

 

Connect with people around you

Mental wellbeing is not possible unless you connected with the people around. So, be it friends or family members or pals from wider social circuits, you need to widen the horizon and forge meaningful relationships. This will make you feel secure and happy.

 

Find some activity to engage with

Being busy with some pursuit or other is often considered a great way to feeling happy and contended. You can go walking, cycling, playing some sports or just jogging around in the park. This keeps you away from accumulating stress and feeling depressed.

 

Open up and pour your heart out

It’s advisable not to hide more than what you can stomach. Hiding feelings and emotions for too long can upset the rhythm and balance of your life. More so, pretending to be OK when you’re not is a big NO. Show the real ‘YOU’ to the world.

 

Learn new skills

Feeling confident or feeling a sense of achievement is something which makes most of us happy. You can feel this way in many ways and the easiest of them all is by leaning some new skills. Try learning what you could not up until now and find some purpose in that.

 

Let positivity be a part of your life  

The more positive you feel, the more your mental wellbeing will improve. So, start hanging out with only positive people and let negatives get left behind. You can’t allow negative feelings to find a shelter around you, ever.

 

Have fun  

Having fun is akin to feeling happy. And feeling happy means having an improved mental wellbeing. So, adjust your busy schedule a bit and make sure to make fun a part of your life.

 

Conclusion

In overall, with little care and some tips, you can improve your mental wellbeing and lead a rewarding and enriching life.

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Eight Ways to Handle a Broken Relationship

If you had seen it coming, you would have braced yourself for it. But you hadn’t. The words “it is over” tore right through your heart and left you in a stupor. Nevertheless, life has to go on. Fretting about it won’t make things any better for you. You have to learn to recollect the pieces, keeping in mind that heartbreaks are part of life. Granted, a broken relationship can be very devastating; however, it is not the end of life. Many people may end up completely disillusioned and some even take irrational steps such as taking one’s life. It is important to learn to face the situation and accept reality. You need to remind yourself that nobody was meant for the other. This is the first step towards recovery. The following are some eight tips to help you deal with a broken relationship.

 

Spend time with people close to you

A broken relationship will certainly leave a black hole in your heart. Spending time alone is a void that you need to fill with the right people – not another lover! Attend to the gap left by the other person by reconnecting with your friends. They are likely to help you through with the heartbreak because they understand you better. You will need to open up to them and tell them exactly what happened. At this time, apportioning blame to the other party may not really work. State the facts as they are. Your friends will listen and empathize with you. Reconnecting with your friends will help you not feel the gap left by your former lover.

 

Learn to reconnect with yourself

You can turn a broken relationship into a silver lining on a cloud. Instead of letting the frustration of being left and abandoned eat at your nerves, focus on the brighter side of life. Your former love has been occupying most of your space and time. Consequently, you have not been paying attention to yourself so much. Their departure from your life means that you have all the time and space to yourself. It is now time for personal development. Take an evening course to further your career. Alternatively, embark on programs that boost your physical health, such as visiting the gym or jogging in the evenings. You may become even healthier than when you were in a relationship. Thank God, it happened!

 

Take to your hobbies

Before the relationship hit rock bottom, you had hardly any time to engage in your hobbies. This because you were busy planning dates, meetings and doing what the other person likes best. You had to sacrifice some of your favorite activities in order to accommodate your love. Of course, you were not complaining: it was a small bargain to make. Now that the relationship is over, it is a good time for you to start watching your favorite movies, visiting friends and relatives, hitting the football pitch with alacrity and going swimming. You now realize what the relationship was costing you. It is just as well it is over.

 

Justify the fact that the relationship was less than perfect

It is not too hard to convince yourself that the relationship was not the best thing to happen to you. As human beings, we have flaws that we can do nothing to change. You can lessen the pain of heartbreak by reviewing the weaknesses in the other party. Moreover, you can be sure they were many, now that you are looking back. They must have been in another relationship or were not too keen on keeping time. They even did not like your parents or siblings or were too possessive. The more you think about it, the more you will appreciate that it is over.

 

Seek divine intervention

Turning to God is also a viable option. There are things in this world that we can’t control. You can’t force other people’s feelings to be favorable to you. It may not be easy to handle heartbreak on your own, and your friends may not be of much help because they are also limited as human beings. Besides, you may not have the strength to tell them your sad story. Pray to your God to give you strength and to show you the next step to take.

 

Accept that nobody is perfect

People in love often live under an illusion that their love is perfect. A brutal reality check hits them in the face when things go south. However, you can put matters in control by accepting that nobody – or nothing – is ever perfect. Recently I read an article in couponmachine.in regarding Relationships before and after marriage, they explained well how relationships last long. You may be the reason why it happened. Therefore, accept your mistakes and move on. After all, there are far more important things in life than relationships. Identify your weak points and work to strengthen them. The broken relationship should serve as an eye-opener to make you a better person.

 

Visit a counselor

A broken relationship may too much to handle. This is especially the case when it has lasted a long time and you have invested a lot in it. It may be time to find your way to the nearest relationship counselor. However, take care to visit professional counseling centers that have a proven track record. You can do that by reading client reviews on their websites or blogs. Keep in mind that it may cost you’re your precious dollars. So check your bank account first. Nevertheless, some organizations offer free services and you may have to find out about them.

 

Give yourself time to heal

You realize that it was not possible to build Rome in a day. Therefore, do not expect normalcy to return immediately. The healing process usually takes time. Avoid rushing into another relationship because you will be setting the stage for another heartbreak, but this does not mean you repress your feelings. Go on, feel the disappointment, let the rage flow out of you and with time, you will begin to cool down. It won’t matter how long it will take but definitely you are going to recover and pick up the pieces.

8 Ways to Work Under an Angry Boss

Is the office turning into a battlefield? Is the pressure tremendous and growing? Are you mad all the time, even when you come home?? You have come to the right place on the web then.

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Well, often in life there are situations we cannot come out of, no matter how much we try. If you have a Mad-man as your boss, a man who would release of all his worldly tensions through you – you ARE in such a place!!

No matter how much you draw cartoons of him and share them on Facebook (A REAL stress buster, by the way!!), the hidden pressure does not seem to go away.

            Let us try then, to find out what best we can do about your situation.

First, forget the fact that you are helpless. You, at whichever capacity you are in, are a professional and there may be some constraints, but you are in no way ‘stuck in a job’. It’s important to realize this before we start. Please get this clear in your mind. You are an adult human being and no matter how pathetic you are, DO NOT play the ‘victim-card’ to yourself or to anyone else. Do not ever feel helpless in life because there are always options. You just have to be bold enough to take them. Your lack of boldness is not your Boss’s fault.

I have been a sailor all my life. In my profession, Bosses change very often. I have had the fortune (No, I cannot say ‘Misfortune’ here, because everyone teaches you something) to work with people who would have won an award in ‘International Grumpiness’ category if there was such a thing – those who would never be pleased or happy ever!! I would not say that I knew exactly what to do at the time because most of it has come up as a coping mechanism while working under them. But yes, these principles worked for me at later stages. And worked to such an extent that few of them still are in touch with me and have high regard for me.

I know what you must have thought in your mind so many times – “Wish he understood….” “Wish he didn’t have to vent all his tensions through me…” “Wish he could talk like a normal person…” and at times with much worse connotations.

All above are wishes. Wishes may come true, but we cannot wait for that, can we? This blog is not for your boss, it’s for you!!! If I wanted to try and change your Boss, I will write another one for him later….but as of now let’s find out the psychology behind all this grumpiness and let’s see what is in Our hand.

Traits associated:

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Bosses who are excessively assertive, and want things done precisely in a certain way, are often the ones who get angry pretty fast and want to push their weight around. They want everyone to know ‘WHO is the Boss’.

Well there are usually few common traits associated with these people:

  1. They are usually high achievers and coveted by the senior management, which means they can ‘perform. This is a fair assumption to make because in any industry a person cannot be a bully without performing. Others usually return to their shell and have to depend on their juniors to keep up their names. That confidence from where all this yelling comes, is, more often than not, from well-defined achievements. So, no matter how much you abuse them, they are doing something right.
  2. They are seldom happy with what you do. At best they don’t comment. At worst they make your very existence look useless. Usually, this is the result of an excessively high self-esteem. They feel appreciation is counterproductive, it makes you complacent. At times, they feel appreciation is useless, or that it undermines their own authority. In my time in the navy, we have seen such Captains, for whom it was “My way or the Highway”. Such people have mellowed down now with all the Management training and advice on teamwork imparted, but they are still the same inherently. It shows at times.
  3. They usually are goal-oriented: They will not take NO for an answer, no matter how justified it looks to you. They will not want to hear your excuses, even if those excuses are justified. Again, this is not really a bad thing, if you think of it from a neutral place.
  4. They are not adaptable. They want things done a certain way and they will not deviate, no matter how much you try to persuade. This belief has come over years of practice and there is not much you can do to change that.
  5. Often they have deep personal problems at home or elsewhere, due to which the achievements in the workplace are the only places for them to find solace and satisfaction.

 

What to do about them then?

Follow these methods – just follow them blindly and tell me your results.

  1. Raise your credibility level: There is no excuse for underperformance, and there should not be. You as a professional are expected to do your job- no more, no less. Do not give yourself that excuse, whether your Boss is a Tiger or a Snail. That is your commitment to the job. If you truly feel you are lacking there, roll up your sleeves and spend more time to learn your job until you reach that level where you are confident of what you do.
  2. Know what you are supposed to do: Unless you are managing your own work with extreme ease, do not venture into being proactive and doing other people’s jobs. If you make a mistake you will be thrashed for that, and it won’t feel good. However, once you are confident in your job responsibility, and once you are managing them well, do step up to be proactive and that will be appreciated.
  3. Do not talk much: Keep conversations to a minimum at first, talking only about things which are essential. Do not divulge excessive information, unless you feel they are essential to the job or to the aim the company is trying to achieve.
  4. Always be professional: This is more like a disclaimer to the former point. You need to report the good and bad things to your boss, no matter how angry he gets, as long as they are relevant. What I mean is – be honest enough to tell him exactly what is relevant, but not excited enough to give him excessive information.
  5. Learn: If you think he is telling you something valuable, even if it is in a wrong tone, do not lose the opportunity to learn from it. Such people can teach you few of the most valuable lessons in your profession3
  6. Keep calm: This perhaps is the most difficult yet most important thing. While he is shouting at you, or yelling, keep absolutely calm. Wait for that momentary pause between his sentences. You need to respond in a calm and confident way, not raising your voice and not being confrontational in what you say. If you do not have anything, a simple “Okay Sir” will do, as long as it is said in eye contact and with confidence.I advocate meditation for achieving this state. Even 5 minutes a day can change your life.
  1. Do not accept personal blows: If he gets personal at any time, or if he yells at you in front of your juniors or ridicules you, you should not keep quiet. But at the same time, your reply should not be overtly confrontational. A cold statement like: “Please do not say that Sir” can work miracles. You will be surprised how many angry bosses are quietened by one person who would not take his brunt. Do that if needed. But cover your bases beforehand. Make sure he does not get you cornered. Do some research and ensure you are correct.
  2. Empathize, be the bigger person: When he has faith in your abilities, talk to him like a friend. Try to empathize, because I am sure he has a deep rooted personal problem which gives rise to such actions. Bring them out and you will have made peace with him at some level.

Ways to Encourage Your Childs’ Social Development

One of the most prominent issues every parent faces when enrolling their children into a preschool and school is that they will be unable to socially cope with their surroundings. Worst case scenario is that you might overprotect them to a degree where they will be inexperienced to behave within socially expected norms. Nevertheless, try not to force your child to be a perfect description of what socially developed is, as it could prove to be too difficult at times.

 

Focus On Positive Reinforcement

Children learn by example and if you do not become a good figure to look up to, then they will be insecure on how to behave. Be sure to try and be positive whenever possible and to always give positive feedback to reinforce when proving a point. Avoid yelling and raising your voice as it might be scary and you could cause deeper problems within your child. Instead, always try to talk it over with reason because your kid is capable of understanding what is going on.

Fight Social Anxiety

Being shy and an introvert could be problematic to most children as they will be labelled as a social outcast and it might be difficult for them to grasp how to become sociable. Moreover, in most cases it could be the root for causing social phobia and feeling anxious in stressful situations. If left untreated, your kid could have problems later on as they will be having a hard time fitting into society. Anxiety should be approached with care because in most cases helping could result in the child introverting even more.

Seek the Help of Professionals

More often than not, parents will have a problem detecting that there is something wrong with their child, and without noticing it on time, your kid could suffer greatly. However, if you enrol your child into an early learning centre the staff and professionals will be able to help your kid out by teaching them how to approach social skills. Furthermore, the environment and the constant care will be such that it will help every child overcome their fears and insecurities without any major issues. You have to teach your kid that it will take some time and that with time their social skills will be developed.

Working on Various Levels

Do not only focus on social development to expect your kid to know how to react and behave in society, but, to also know how to cope with empathy, and how to communicate with the world around them. While it is good idea to let your kid spend time with peers, it will not often be the best of methods. Try to spend time together as a family as it will strengthen bonds and ensure that you can give them enough courage to become socially adept handling any kind of situation. Moreover, try to teach them that it is acceptable to make a mistake here and there and that it will not be the end of the world.

Have Fun With Them

In order to create a specific bond with your kid, and to be able to understand them, you will have to focus on having fun together. Not only is it better as you will be able to teach them new skills and help overcome certain difficulties, but, it will be a great chance to meet new friends as well. Nevertheless, throwing a sports party can be a good idea if you want your child to communicate more, and to find new friends. Remember to choose a sport your kid likes, otherwise they might not have fun at all.

Do not try to assume if your kid is developing social skills accordingly as you might end up with a wrong diagnosis that could worsen the situation. Instead, go for the opinion of the professionals who will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do and how to help from then on. Overprotecting your child will only result in shutting them off even more and helping them nurture their anxiety. Try to overcome the difficulties together and always ask your child if there is anything you could do to help.

 

Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression

What is more beneficial, meditation or running? What would you prefer doing if both delivered health benefits although in different ways?

Well, to start, you should know that meditation before running brings more benefits to mental health than doing either of them separately. It’s also proven how, when done together, they can help those facing depression.

As we know, depression is caused when one fails to rise beyond the past or past unhappy memories. Hence, by combining both of these exercises can help you in many ways. After all, meditation is known as a powerful force since ages ago as it helps in reduction of stress levels and clearing the mind.

We also know that running is a great form of exercise that lifts the mood and enables a surge of positive emotions. We can clearly see how both of these are effective ways to having a positive impact on mental health. Similarly, both of these are emotionally beneficial activities with great benefits to fight against depression.

Keeping the benefits of meditation and running in mind, a team of researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., tried to see the results appearing from their collaboration or synergy. It means, the collective impact of an aerobic exercise and mediation was gauged to come to a conclusion. And the result is something that creates a great hope for those dealing with depression.

 

Here are some key points from the new study, published last month in Translational Psychiatry:

  • The study proved that the synergy helps individuals alleviate depressive thoughts and feelings over time.
  • The study confirmed that meditation before running is more beneficial than doing these activities alone.
  • The participants experienced a diminishing inclination to ruminate over bad memories, which is a major case of depression.
  • The collaboration brought positive results to even those practitioners who are not inflicted with depression of any level.
  • The growth of new brain cells or neurons was reported among participants, which is often prevented during depression.

The study was conducted on a total of 52 men and women, and out of them, 22 were diagnosed with depression. It was a short study which lasted for 8 weeks in total and the researchers also did not follow up with the study to gauge whether the mood improvement lingered on or not.

During the study, synergistic effects were delivered on the brains of participants. It was found that the mood gets better and the intensity of depression gets lower in a gradual manner. It was also found that participants showed an increased level of concentration and attention span.

 

Conclusion 

It’s obvious how mediation and running can combine to help people with depression. The study was, however, small but ended up peeking into an area we could not till now. In a way, it is surely an interesting study whose findings bring some hope to those facing depression for long.

 

Reference: – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/meditation-plus-running-as-a-treatment-for-depression/?_r=0

5 Security Habits Every Freelancer Should Make a Part of Their Lives

I’d like to thank Goalzilla for giving me a platform to talk about an issue that’s very important to me. Goalzilla is an amazing resource for personal and professional development, which is a subject very dear to my heart. For an example of their great work check out Freelancing Your Ticket to the Express Train of Self-Improvement

 

If your livelihood depends on your online life and accounts, you can’t afford to take any chances with your cybersecurity. Your account passwords and the financial information of your clients are vital to your freelance business, and losing control of your accounts is worse than a store manager leaving the door unlocked. It only takes one cybersecurity mistake to make a negative impact on your career, and I hope to save others from having to learn the hard way.

 

If you’re using the internet in a productive way, you probably already know the basics such as using the firewall that came with your operating system and acquiring quality anti-virus software, so we’re going to skip those topics and delve a little deeper into ways you can stay one step ahead of hackers when it comes to your online freelancing business.

 

  1. Use a VPN

 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a cybersecurity must-have. Using one creates a secure tunnel between your device and an offsite secure server which masks your IP address. This means you can use any network safely while remaining anonymous online.

 

This is especially relevant if you often work in coffee shops or other places with public WiFi. Any network that doesn’t require login credentials poses a huge security risk. Anyone tapped into that network could see what you’re doing as easily as they could eavesdrop on you from the next table in a restaurant.

 

Luckily, VPNs are incredibly easy to use. Your operating system almost certainly has the ability to use one built into it. All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN service to get access to the app or information necessary to connect. For even more security, you can mandate VPN use by every computer on your home network by installing one directly onto your router.

 

For more information on using VPNs and reviews of the best services, check out the Secure Thoughts blog.

 

  1. Use Secure and Varied Passwords

 

A secure password will include numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters. It will also include symbols if they’re allowed by the service you’re making an account with. Each password should be changed every two months.

 

Meeting these requirements can make your frequently changing passwords tricky to remember, but you should never write them down. Sometimes we forget it when we talk about cybersecurity, but physical security is just as important. If someone could go through your desk and find a sticky note with all your passwords, you’re not actually secure at all! Instead, a secure password manager such as LastPass can help you save (and automatically fill in!) your passwords without incurring any extra security risks.

 

  1. Keep Your Software Updated

 

Successful security is often a matter of staying one step ahead of hackers, so when a company discovers a security breach, they will usually put out a software update. These updates are critical if you’re going to keep your computer safe.

 

However, before you agree to an update you have to make sure it’s legitimate. Bogus update notifications are a common type of scam, so don’t trust any emails or pop-ups that don’t come from the app itself. Instead, open up the program and look for an update option.

 

  1. Don’t Trust Questionable Program or Links

 

This is related to the previous point. Most legitimate companies and services, such as your bank, will contact you through their apps rather than sending you an email. If you get an email that’s purporting to be from your bank or another similar service, sign into the app yourself rather than clicking on any provided link. An email could be a phishing scam that will take you to a fake site and harvest your information. Likewise, never type your credit card information directly into an email. Real companies and organizations will never ask you to do this!

 

Secondly, only open emails and attachments that you can verify are safe. If the email comes from someone you know but sounds strange, ask the person whether they sent it. Sometimes cybercriminals will hack someone’s email to send out bogus emails and trap others. If you don’t recognize the source, then definitely don’t open it! Report it to your email provider as spam instead and delete it.

 

Lastly, don’t trust free software. Whether it’s cracked and pirated or offered for free, make sure it’s from a trusted source before you download it. Often these .exe files will come loaded with viruses and malware, and they can sneak around your anti-virus because technically you agreed to download them.

 

  1. Set a Lock Screen on Your Phone

 

There is a greater danger of loss or theft with mobile phones than with laptops or desktops, so it’s extra important to keep physical security in mind. Setting a lock screen password that you have to type in to access your phone will ensure that even if the worst happens, a thief couldn’t breach your accounts by simply starting up your phone.

 

 

What are you doing to keep your freelance business secure? What will you be doing now that you’ve read this information? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Freelancing – Your Ticket to the Express Train of Self-Improvement

The world of freelancing isn’t just a dimension where you get to earn some extra cash next to your primary income. It can actually become quite fruitful for your career in several different aspects. Not only do you get a chance to branch out and network with people, as well as to discover more about yourself, you also get to build your skill set and knowledge, and eventually find yourself on the road to self-improvement that you never even imagined was possible by simply venturing out in freelancing.

Here’s how freelancing affects different areas of self-improvement and why it’s good for you and your business.

  1. You Get Better at Your Profession

As you start working as a freelancer, one of the first things you’ll notice about yourself is that you’re constantly working on super-sizing your skills and abilities. As a freelancer, you get the luxury of choosing the projects you work on and this means you’re going to focus a lot on creating high-quality work, instead of automatically putting out content that doesn’t challenge your skills. Working on multiple projects pushes you to work on your talents and abilities, because in essence, you’re getting paid to do just that.

Obviously, you’re catering to your client’s needs, but at the same time, you’re consistently doing your best to excel at what you do, because you know that you depend on the good word of mouth. That’s why as a freelancer, you always work on keeping your skills sharp and on point.

What does this lead to? This ultimately leads to you being highly skilled but also being able to take on projects that are highly paid and more demanding, thus contributing to the benefit of your own brand.

  1. You Create a Brand for Yourself

Ah yes, the brand! As you venture out to work on your own, you stop being just another face in a company. You are the company and you are your own brand. Although in the beginning, you might be just an individual seeking out projects, you still have to portray your abilities in the best way possible and sell those abilities to clients. You can’t rely on your boss to send you clients. You have to be the boss and learn how to do it on your own.

When you’re just starting out this means creating an online portfolio that demonstrates your work, expertise, experience and character. Once you dive deeper into freelancing, you realize that you hold the key to your own success, which includes connecting with the right people, and working on the right projects, thus slowly building a name for yourself.

  1. You Learn to Manage Time Better

Most of the freelancers have a choice when they are going to work. Whether you’re more willing to work during the morning, or late at night, as long as you respect your client’s deadline, you can be as flexible with your time as you want to be. But, the more you get involved with freelancing, you learn how to manage your time better, because you’re trying to earn more by doing multiple projects at the same time.

This requires you to learn discipline, and manage your time and focus appropriately. You’re not restricted to the usual 8-hour shift, yet you still have to think about your needs and your client’s needs and deadlines as well.

  1. You Start Networking Like a Pro

Networking becomes one of the essential parts of your freelancing career because you know you have to, in order to put your work and portfolio out there. When you’re a freelancer, projects don’t come by easily as they would with a regular 9 to 5 job, unless you’re already an established freelancer who has a great reputation and is frequently recommended by former clients.

In all other cases, you have to learn how to network and seek opportunities for yourself. You improve your networking skills, which usually involves improving the way you communicate with others, how you approach them and negotiate with them, which are all important skills to have if you’re working on getting the best out of your career.

  1. You Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Working with different clients on various projects, and potentially for different industries forces you connect with many different business people. This means you’re going to connect with people who have different business tactics and strategies, and you get to learn from them. As you do your part of the job, you get to simultaneously learn through their demands and learn about how they build their brand and company.

Whether you’re planning to stay in freelancing for the rest of your life, or build a brand for yourself, you’re going to need strong business skills and knowledge, and there’s no easier way of gaining that knowledge but through learning from others.

  1. You Discover Your Passion

When working outside of your niche, or trying out different projects and skills, you get to learn a lot about yourself. You get to test out the waters and see what you are really good at. Whether it’s determining which industry you see yourself in, or what particular role you would like to play in that industry, you quickly see what you’re drawn to the most.

Knowing what you’re good at and what really get’s you motivated, is key to building a business in the future. It can mean the difference between doing what you are truly passionate about, or working for a paycheck. As a freelancer, you get to turn your passion into your paycheck.

  1. Your Attitude Improves

Sitting in a cubicle inside of an ordinary office space, usually means you don’t spend a lot of time trying to pitch your ideas to other people and communicate with potential clients. And the truth is, it get’s quite boring, so you end up feeling frustrated and demotivated. This can influence your attitude, mostly in a negative way. You forget how to stay positive, how to communicate and sell your ideas through being confident, polite and professional.

While as a freelancer, you get to change your attitude. As we mentioned above, you’re your own boss. Technically, you work for clients, but you play the main role in landing the projects. That’s why along the way you learn how to change your negative attitude to a positive one, otherwise you wouldn’t even get a chance to communicate with potential clients and pitch your ideas.

This is one of the essential skills for surviving and thriving in the freelancing world. Once you change your attitude towards people, you’ll see the doors to new opportunities opening to you, with minimal effort. This is definitely not something you’d accomplish sitting in a cubicle surrounded by stacks of paperwork.

 

The great Ernest Hemingway once said:“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” As you go further down the self-improvement road, thanks to your freelancing career, you’ll find yourself inspired to pursue dreams and goals you never thought you could and would, and that’s the greatest feeling of them all.

 

Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice of gaining holistic health. It’s a renowned method of seeking wellbeing, as it’s been practiced for ages to boost mind, body and soul. In a sense, it’s something that brings physical benefits and mental stimulation together.

Yoga is for those who need quick gratification and everlasting transformation. It’s also for those who want rejuvenation to the body. And above all, it’s for those who need health benefits.

Yoga gives both short term and long term health benefits, and its practitioners lead more peaceful and contended life than the rest. If you’re a follower of this age-old practice of seeking health and mental benefits, you then must be enjoying a life and its essences.

Yoga benefits are proven by umpteen researches across the world, and this is a major reason of its global popularity. Its ability to deliver total health is something that makes it a choice of so many people in the world.

Yoga brings a whole range of health benefits, including:

 

Boost to flexibility

Doing yoga regularly gives a boost to your level of bodily flexibility. You feel more supple and lithe, and you feel more elastic. It makes the body more agile and you become able to do even those things not possible earlier. With your muscles, bones and tissue loosening up a bit, you have every reason to feel active and capable.

 

Strength to muscle  

Doing yoga regularly gives strength to your muscles. And once the muscles are strong, it keeps you away from many health problems including pain and arthritis. A body with vigorous muscles looks toned and chiselled and its possessors have every reason to flaunt it to the world.

 

Get your posture right

Not having proper posture leads to a variety of health problems including pain to different body parts. When the posture is not correct, you are likely to feel fatigued more often, and pain becomes a recurring part in the neck, back and joints. With yoga exercises, your posture becomes perfect and health problems are kept at bay.

 

Your blood flow increases

Doing yoga regularly means getting more oxygen to your cells. With more oxygen, individuals feel more flow of energy and vigour. When the blood circulation increases in the body, you feel more refreshed and energetic. This avoid a lot of health problems and you lead a contented life.

 

Your immunity is boosted

One of biggest benefits of yoga is its bringing a well-desired boost to immunity. It helps lymph fluid to circulate more freely in the body. And when lymph is active, your body keeps toxins out. And once the toxins are out, diseases never reach the body and you lead a healthy life.

 

Calms the mind

Yoga is known to bring mental calmness. It helps keep clutters out of the body. More so, it helps individuals fight stress-related problems with ease. It makes one ready to face depression better and keep anxiety-laden issues at bay. And when all these benefits reach the body, the mind has every reason to feel calm and relaxed.

 

Holistic health & happiness 

Yoga practitioners experience greater level of happiness than the rest. It’s been scientifically proven that yoga boosts the immune system, helps nervous system, assists in cardiovascular health and keeps joints and bones strong. And with all such benefits, happiness becomes a natural progression.

 

Conclusion  

It’s obvious that yoga benefits at various levels, and it’s also clear why its popularity is rising worldwide. For you, it’d be a great experience if you start practicing this ancient form and keep happiness nearby. Let diseases maintain a distance with you and you feel good, peaceful and relaxed at all times.

 

Learn The Best Organizational Method To Have A Peace Of Mind

How often do you feel overwhelmed with your endless To-Do lists? Do you always feel like you are expected to make more out of your life, to deliver better results, to meet more personal and professional goals in less time that it actually needs? With the ever-increasing fast paced world we live in, it is no wonder that many people have 100 good ideas, 200 things to do and 1000 scribbled post-it notes with all these things joined and at the end of the day they never feel like they got anything done. How easy would it be to immediately list all the areas where you are not being productive? How to take control of your time thieves?

Stress became a word in our everyday vocabulary and it takes a heavy toll on our overall health and lifestyle (check this 3 week diet plan). It seems like we are constantly in a rush to solve our relationship problems, work challenges, health issues, housework… Do you feel me? If you do than you should definitely keep on reading because I’m about to explain to you the best method to organize your daily tasks, notes, long-term goals, events, thoughts and feelings, all into one place – your old school paper notebook.

Yes you read that right. I’m not talking about some electronic to-do app for your phone or computer that promises to help you stay focused and organized. If you are more like me and you simply love pen and paper but you have never found a planner that meets all your needs, than you should check the mind-blowing system called bullet journaling created by the smart Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll. He spent 20 years mastering this technique so he could stay organized and then he decided to share his wonderful idea with the rest of the world. It even has its own website which you should read. Bullet journaling turns your notebook into powerful productivity tool that brings mindfulness into your daily life.

If you’ve been on Pinterest in the last 6 months you have probably stumbled upon to the internet craze that is bullet journaling. The journal itself can be any notebook you prefer, it’s the system that’s the best part. It’s actually a DIY diary, a place to dump all your tasks and thoughts and develop your creative side. It takes a little time to perfect and personalize you bullet diary skill but once you start you will never look back. For me it has revolutionized the way I work and how I feel about working.

You can learn more about it by watching the video below which explains the basics. If you don’t seem inspired just yet keep on reading to go deeper into details.

 

In relation to his method, Carroll says that traditional journaling wears out after two weeks, what causes people to bail out very soon, before it transforms into a habit. On the other side bullet journaling is based on rapid logging which enforce usage of short simple sentences, topics, bullet points and page numbers to keep it simple enough for you to stick to it. This method will simply teach you the best way to organize your to-dos, notes, projects, events and even your thoughts and feelings, into one single place. There is much more to this system than you might think. For an example there is a method to move your items from one month to another and an index that helps you find that particular page without having to flip through a lot of pages.

Here are your next steps:

Getting started

Get a notebook and pen you really like. Remember that you’ll only need one notebook to put your whole life into it. Ditch your dozens half-started notebooks and put everything in one place. Then find some nice pen that doesn’t bleed because you don’t want to stain those beautiful pages, right!? If you want to write different items in different color, then you should decide about buying a set of 10 assorted colors. Next you need to do is create an index page that will help you find your entries even months after you created them. Next thing you should probably do is creating your key. Tasks are signified with a square, notes with a dot and events with a circle.

Daily loggings

Turn to your first blank pages and add the name of the month on two pages. This will be your monthly calendar. The left will be your actual calendar so you should write all the dates on the left page and write the first letter of the day next to the dates. On the right page write the tasks, events and notes of the present day. You write all the things you need to get done in bullets. Keep in mind that the bullet journal gets its name from the bullet.

The symbols that you put in your key will help you distinguish a lot of data you write there. If you want to prioritize some item you can simply place a star to the left of it. When you are done with a task just check of the box next to it. If some item becomes irrelevant to you just strike it through. If you want you can get creative and mark the urgent tasks with exclamation mark, items that need to be researched with a little “eye” and so on. As you log tasks be sure to add them to that months calendar page, to have a good overview of what happened month to month. Here you can also put some big events like vacation or birthday parties you shouldn’t miss.

At the end of the month add the pages to your index page and create the next month calendar with only one significant difference; check the tasks in your previous month and if you find a task that still need to be done put a right arrow next to it and migrate it to the new month’s calendar. The arrow will remind you that you moved that item in the future.

Make your own rules

If you have some tasks that are related you should consider including specialized pages of anything you want eg. shopping lists, vacation to-dos, books you want to read in 2016, movies you plan to watch, health goals, financial goals etc. Daily logs will take a lot of spaces on the pages but the beauty of this method is that you can track anything you need to do to make your day works. Want to make sure you workout four times per week? You need remind yourself to drink 2 liters of water a day? The video shown above explains the basic formula for logging tasks but if you feel the need you can also include tracking of your hobbies, meditation classes, meals, walks, coffee breaks etc. Personalize your diary as much as you prefer. Keep in mind that you don’t want to clutter these pages with grocery shopping lists, or detailed job assignments unless they are really important to you. If you need to write more tasks about your college or work, than consider making another planner. The original bullet journal should represent your productivity growth and your personal wellness.

Go deeper

My last task of the night is usually some relaxing activity like reading a book or watching a TV show. At the end of the day I enjoy writing a grade for my day from A to F. This way I motivate myself to be more productive the next day. Then I write a little paragraph called “What am I grateful for today?” where I document the beautiful things that happened to that day like moments of joy, fulfillment and love. The last paragraph I call “What would I do differently today?” where I write about the things I want to improve in my work or behavior or some personal challenges and obstacles I want to overcome with positive thinking. If you have a creative soul like me you can consider writing down an inspiring quote of the day to cheer you up help you get through the week.

Get inspired

I’ve been bullet journaling for a couple of months now and it had already changed my productivity on a higher level. Some days are better that others, but that’s perfectly fine because we are humans, not robots. The whole point of keeping a bullet journal is to be more mindful of what you’re actually doing with your day. If you don’t like the calendar format for March that’s OK! Change the format next month! It’s totally up to you and you should keep in mind that you may need to use this system for a couple of months or so until you fully adapt to it. I take my bullet journal everywhere I go and now it’s like my best friend, always there to inspire me, to remind me about the things I need to get done and to remind me of the things I’m grateful for. If you are like me and you are in a constant search of inspiration than you’ll definitely integrate this journal into your routine in no time. Search the internet for some amazing examples and new ideas to try something new with your bullet journal once you get bored with it. If you have some cool techniques of your own, please share them with us in the comment box bellow.

Let jumping exercises bring you big doses of fun and health benefits together

Yes, you heard it right! Jumping exercises bring a whole range of health benefits. So, it should be an integral part of your fitness routine for many reasons, including:

• It’s one of the best exercises
• Extremely simple to do
• Makes your exercises a lot more fun
• A great way to keep yourself fit

So what if you did not know earlier? You can start today itself and gain what you could not till now. Once your workouts include jumps, you stand to gain a lot on physical fitness front.

Besides, such exercises are a great way to inject some cheerfulness to those monotonous-turning regimented-workouts. It means, you can start jumping the moment your exercises turn monotonous!

Whoa!

So, it looks as if nothing brings as much flexibility and as many benefits as this simple exercises does. With so much to gain from jumping, make sure it got added to your routine.

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Jumping exercises benefit you on many fronts, including:

Cardiovascular Benefits
Your heart muscle strengthens and becomes healthy when you do regular jumps. More so, jumping exercises keep your heart pumping and also boost oxygen intake to the body. This results in the increased ability of the body in the area of oxygen absorption and consumption. More energy is thus produced out of those oxygen intake leading to superior functionality of different systems in the body.

Toning of legs
No exercise helps tone the legs as effectively and quickly as does jumping. The best part is, it employs all the muscles of the lower body. With that, the legs are bound to show improvement in a quick way. Besides, the bones too benefit in the process.

Toning of the body
Nothing helps tone the body as much as jumping does. And no other exercise can sculpt your business as effectively as it does. Together with leg muscles, it also involves abdominal muscles to deliver better balance to the body. Many other muscles too are utilized and in fact, nothing utilizes as much or as many muscles as jumping does.

Calorie burning
Do a 10-minute jumps daily and shed off over 100 calories! Yes, jumping is that much effective and impactful. It means, this exercise ensures that calories are never a problem to you, ever. And the best part is, people love jumping and never regard it a form of exercise. So, you will surely do it more frequently.

Benefits to nervous and lymphatic systems
Jumping helps one to stay free of depression and stress-related problems. It basically stabilizes the nervous system and induces release of serotonin. Similarly, the more you jump regularly, the more benefits reached to the lymph of the body to ultimately boost the immunity system.

Boost to metabolism and digestion
With jumping exercises, one can lower the level of cholesterol and triglyceride in the body. The metabolism is stimulated and chances of obesity are cut down a great deal. Apart from improving sleep quality, it also helps better digestion, relaxation and elimination process.

Pain and fatigue relief
Jumping brings relief from a variety of pains, including neck, back, headache etc. Together with boosting bone density, it also helps prevent arthritis. You won’t feel any bouts of fatigue with regular jumping, and your abdominal issues are treated with ease. It also keeps you away from those untimely colds and allergies-related issues.

Conclusion
It’s clear that jumping brings a lot of health benefits and helps you stay fit and fine. It does not take much of an effort and simplicity is its hallmark. With so much benefits to gain, there is no reason you should miss out on its virtues. Go and jump to gain a lot!

 

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