Rebuilding Your Life After a Serious Injury

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A serious injury can change everything. A split second and suddenly your whole life is set on a new course – and not necessarily one you would have planned for yourself. Rebuilding your life at any time is always going to be a challenge but with time you can create a new life for yourself that will be happy and fulfilled.

After any life-altering accident, the first thing you and your family should be thinking about is getting help. Though there is a lot of work for you to do yourself over time, a law company like Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP will be invaluable to you in getting compensation and making financial arrangements. At such a stressful time, having a professional who can guide you through the necessary processes will make a huge difference.

Once you have someone on your side dealing with the practicalities, you should focus on rebuilding your life. Taking it one day at a time, your main job right now is to recover as best you can and to turn your attention to the future.

Talking to Your Friends and Family

It is no understatement to say that we all rely upon our friends and family. They are there for us through thick and thin, ready to lend an ear to our troubles and do everything they can to make us feel better. This is even more true after an accident and your family are vital to getting you through tough times.

Suddenly suffering a disabling injury can make you feel isolated in your experience. It’s unlikely that your friends and family can completely empathize with what you are going through, but they do know and empathize with you. Talk your troubles through with them, let them be there for you and be honest about how you feel. While putting on a brave face might be easier in the short term, eventually, you are going to have to face your problems sooner or later.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

While you are busy focusing on your physical recovery, it is easy to lose sight of your mental health. Depression is common after suffering a life-altering injury and you should be aware of any significant mood swings or intense emotions. There is never any shame in feeling depressed or anxious, especially in these conditions and it is important that you talk to your doctor about what you are feeling as well as your physical progress.

Over time you are likely to work through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Having your family and friends around you as you work through your emotions will help you to get through this difficult time. Talking about how you feel will allow you to understand and reframe issues to find either a solution or a way to accept what has happened. It takes time, but you will get there.

Finding New Meaning

Everyone has existential doubts and for some of us, the anxiety of finding a purpose or meaning in life can be damaging. After an accident, especially one that has had life-altering consequences, it is perfectly normal for you to experience your own bout of existential doubt.

When you have had change forced upon you, it can be difficult to let go of the life you had before and figure out a way of living now.

The good news is that because all humans have this type of doubt at some point, everyone you talk to will understand broadly what you are experiencing. Plus, as doubt tends to force us to rethink our choices and make different decisions, you already have all you need to find a new purpose or meaning in your life, even if it is far from your original idea.

Instead of focusing on what you have lost, try to think about the things you still have and what you can do. It is easy to get sucked into the negative, especially when you are having to learn how to cope with lasting injuries such as amputations or severe damage. Try congratulating yourself on any progress, however small it is and do more of the things that make you happy. Watch movies, listen to music, read books – whatever it is, make happiness your main goal for now and everything else will follow.

Moving On

For a while, the only thing on your mind will be your recovery. You will notice every change, worry about how you may be affected and be consumed with the emotional fall out of your injuries. This is completely normal and given how much change there is for you to process, it makes sense that you will need time to come to terms with your new life.

However, there will come a time, no matter how long it takes, when you will begin to think about other things. Your future won’t seem so scary and you will be able to think more clearly about what you can do with your life. A major part of finding new meaning is figuring out how you want to spend your time. This sounds like a big deal, but it isn’t really. Take things one day at a time, then maybe start planning a little further ahead. Gradually, you won’t think so much about what has happened because you will start thinking more about what is happening now and what going to happen.

In other words, you will move on.

Rebuilding your life will always take time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can work towards building a brighter future for yourself with the help of your friends and family, legal professionals who can promote your case, the doctors who will work tirelessly to improve your condition and with your own determination.

You have been the victim of fate, but don’t let that get in the way of who you can be. Remember how lucky you are and be grateful for something every day, even if it is just that it hasn’t rained. You can do it. You know you can.

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Marketing Tips for Niche Businesses

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Marketing is vital for any business, no matter how big or small, or what industry you operate in. Nevertheless, marketing a niche business can present a unique set of challenges. After all, not only do you have to showcase your business as the best, but also often you need to generate the need for consumers to want your products. You need to create your own target base through advertising. With that in mind, read on to discover some great tips for niche businesses.

Embrace sustainable marketing efforts – First and foremost, if you want your business to be here for the long haul, you need to use a marketing method that is here for the long haul as well. You need something that is sustainable and not just a fad. Video is a prime example of this. Video marketing is effective because it connects with viewers, and it can also improve your SEO and social marketing campaigns as well. Plus, if your niche business is a complicated one, video can probably explain it better than written content can.

Don’t forget offline marketing approaches – Nowadays, it is very easy to forget about print marketing and other offline methods. After all, the Internet seems to be at the core of everything we do. However, nothing beats good old-fashioned offline marketing. Print has some benefits that online marketing will never have. Firstly, it is tangible and creates a physical connection between the consumer and the brand. Not only this, but you can target market more effectively with offline methods as well. You need to think about the target consumer you are trying to attract, and think of the methods that will be most effective in terms of connecting with them.

Use a specialist marketing service – Most businesses today will outsource their marketing efforts. It is not hard to see why. Marketing makes up such a substantial part of a business’ operations, and it is hard to manage this all in-house, especially if you have a small company. Not only this, but it can be better to tap into the expertise of marketing professionals, and it can work out cheaper in the long run too when you consider ROI. However, you do not need to go for a general marketing agency. Nowadays, there are marketing companies targeted at specific sectors. For example, RubRatings is a specialist marketing service for those involved in the massage industry. You can also get specialist marketing firms catering to just the fitness sector, as well as those providing websites and online advertising services for hotels. Find a service that relates to your niche.

Create meaningful partnerships – This is one of the most effective marketing tips for niche companies in particular. You need to look for other businesses or blogs that are related to your company, yet not in direct competition. By linking up with these businesses, you can both help each other. You could provide guest content for an industry-related blog, for example. If this blog has viewers that are likely to be interested in your product, this is a great way to get your brand out there in front of more people. At the same time, the blogger benefits from interesting and engaging content for their website. Relationships like this can be very beneficial, especially for businesses that have niche audiences. But you always need to remember that it is a two-way stream. You cannot expect everything for nothing. Whenever proposing something, think about what is in it for the other company.

Choose advertising platforms with care – Social media is a good starting point when it comes to this piece of advice. A lot of companies today make the mistake of signing up to each and every social media platform that is available to them. However, this is not the best approach. You need to consider where your audience is going to be. Twitter and Facebook aren’t always going to harvest maximum results for niche products and services, as you may find it incredibly difficult to cut through the noise from other competitors. It is important to remember that you do not need to be everywhere – you just need to be where your customers are most likely to be, and where you can gain the visibility needed to get to those customers.

User-generated content – Last but not least, no matter what type of service you provide or what type of product you sell, you should make the most of content that has been generated by users to show merchandise off without looking overly promotional. Instagram photographs and videos are prime examples of this. There are two ways that user-generated content is beneficial. Firstly, it is free advertising for your business. Secondly, it gives you the chance to build stronger connections with your existing customers. After all, if one thing is better than new customers, it is repeat customers. Plus, other people are going to be more likely to believe positive words about your business if it has come from another customer, as opposed to coming directly from your mouth.

Hopefully, you now feel ready to tackle your company’s marketing campaign. Follow the tips that have been provided, and you can make sure your business stands out from the crowd and starts to make waves both offline and online today. From using a specialist service to partnering with related businesses, use the advice that has been provided and you are bound to notice a positive difference.

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Pre-Flight Checks: Is Your Dog Ready For The Sky?

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When you decide to go on a vacation or trip with your dog, you’re making a very big choice. Opening the doors to loads of work which you may have never done before, this sort of undertaking isn’t as simple as jumping on a plane by yourself and heading around the world. Instead, when you take an animal on a flight, you have to be willing to do some pre-flight checks. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the different things to cover before you head to the airport, along with some of the help you can get to make this process a lot easier.

What They Will Need: Before you can set off, your dog is going to need some credentials, just like you. Strangely, the rules for travelling animals are much stricter than they are for humans. All of the paperwork you bring with you has to be accurate and within date, or you could risk having to leave your furry friend behind. This will be particularly bad in other countries, where you could be forced to leave your dog behind in quarantine if you don’t have the right documents.


  • Passport/Visas: Like humans, it’s important for flight companies to keep a solid record of the animals which fly on their planes. To achieve this goal, passports are used, and you will need to talk to the vet about getting one for your pooch. Along with this, you may also need proof of permission from the country you’re visiting if you want to be able to have your dog board on the plane.



  • Vaccines: When diseases are moved around the world, the afflicted in their new home will often have to deal with something much worse than what you arte used to. This is thanks to immunity, or, in this case, a lack of it. To solve this issue, countries are very strict about vaccines, and will expect your dog to be up to date with them before you travel. The vet will always give you proof of this work being completed.



  • Other Health Considerations: There are plenty of other health issues impacting dogs which could make it hard for your furry friend to travel. If the employees in the airport spot fleas on your dog, for example, they may give you a hard time about flying. Companies like Pet-Lock can help you out with this, offering easy treatments which will last for a long time. Of course, though, you will need to spot the fleas first.


What You Should Look For: Once you have all of the important essentials covered, you can start to think about the issues you might face thanks to your dog’s individual traits. There are loads of different personalities out there, and a lot of dogs will be very different from one another. Below, you can find some examples of the areas you will need to consider the most.


  • Fear: Thanks to their level of intelligence, your dog won’t be able to understand why they are flying, but will know enough to be worried when they find themselves in a cage. For some, this will cause intense fear, and could impact your dog for weeks to come. For others, though, there won’t be any issues, making the flight nice and easy. Using your experience of things like car travel with your dog, you will be able to get a good idea of the reaction they might have.



  • Risk: Along with the way it might make your dog feel, it’s also a good idea to think about the risks you could be putting them under. For an older dog, the fear they feel could simply be too much, and they could get very sick during their flight. Of course, a lot of dogs fly without any issues at all. To make sure that you’re making the right decision here, it will be worth talking to the vet to see what they think.



  • The End Reward: Finally, as the last consideration to make, it will be worth thinking about what your dog may get from a vacation. They might not enjoy the sun very much, and won’t be able to get anything from visiting monuments or attractions. Instead, they will simply be along for the ride, spending more time with you than usual. This might not be worth the stress it will take to get them there. Of course, though, this will be completely down to you, and your dog may love their time abroad.


Keeping The Process Smooth: Working through a process like this is always challenging when you’re doing it for the first time. While this is the case, though, it doesn’t mean that it can’t go smoothly. There are loads of people out there to help you with this sort of work, and you can find their services across the web. Below, there are a couple of examples of the sort of people out there and willing to support you through a doggy flight.

In most cases, the hardest part of this job will be organizing all of the little factors which need to be covered. There will be a lot on your plate, and you will already be busy with vacation planning. To make this easier, taking all of the work off of your shoulders is one of the best ways to handle it. Your travel agent will be able to do a lot of this for you. Along with this, though, it could also be worth getting the help of your vet, as they will understand the important aspects of this process better than anyone else.

Hopefully, this post will leave you feeling inspired to look into the idea of going on holiday with your dog. Over the years, this sort of job has become a lot easier, with new services popping up everywhere which are designed to help you with it. Of course, along with this, the experience has improved for dogs, too, and this makes a real difference for a lot of owners.

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