How to Get Through the Toughest of Times

There are many tough times that we have to struggle through in life, but in the heat of the moment when things are going wrong and you’re dealing with difficulties, it can all seem impossible. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s always possible to move forward in a positive kind of direction, even when life seems to be making things as difficult as possible for you. Read on to learn about some of the positive ways in which you can move in the right direction and get through the bad times.

Talk to Those Around You

Talking to the people around you is a really important part of dealing with challenging times. If you’re able to open up and discuss the things that are troubling you, getting past them and moving on will be so much easier for you. Sure, it can be difficult to be open about things that are going wrong in your life, but it takes a lot of the weight off your shoulders when you do.

Find the Positives

Even in the worst situations, it’s possible to find positives that you can take forward and focus on. So make sure you do what you can to get in the habit of finding positives wherever and whenever you can find them. It’s not easy to do this when you’re dealing with tough situations, but having a positive mindset will also make you more likely to yield positive results.

Have an Outlet

Everyone needs to have some kind of outlet in life. This could be a simple hobby that you turn to when you need to relieve stress and take it out. Some people go running, other people play video games. It’s up to you to decide what your outlet is going to be, but make sure that you do have one. It’ll be more helpful than you think.

Find a Path Forward

It’s not always easy to see a path forward, but it’s vital to look for one nonetheless. The best example is when you experience a loss in the family. You need to grieve, but eventually, you need to move forward too. You can have momentum, such as cremation jewelry, photos and whatever else. But moving forward is not a betrayal and it’s certainly the healthy thing to do, so find your own path.

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Learn From Others

Learning from other people who have already been through what you’re going through right now is definitely a good idea. They can guide you and give you advice that will hopefully make your life a lot easier. There’s nothing wrong with turning to people and asking for help, so go for it.

Getting through life’s toughest times is a real struggle, and it’s something that we have to do many times over the course of a lifetime. It’s not enough to bury your head in the sand and wait for things to go away. You have to be forthright and positive so you can move your life forward in the right direction.

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10 Ways You Can Instantly Bring More Positivity Into Your Life

Do you often find that a dark cloud follows you around? Whether you often wake up feeling tired and drained, before the day’s even begun, or things just never really seem to go right for you, this may be because of your outlook. It’s quite a difficult idea to take on bored, because nobody really wants to believe that they are the reason for their hardships, but outlook really is everything. When it comes to your attitude, you can quite literally change your life by changing your disposition. If you don’t want to feel down or tired or unlucky anymore, then you don’t have to. You just need to choose to do the opposite.

If you think that it seems too simple, or too good to be true, then yet again, you’re looking out with a negative disposition. And that’s not going to get you anywhere. Think about it. Up until now, you’ve had a negative attitude and you’ve felt negative emotions – like tiredness, dread, hate, unhappiness. And because of that, you’ll feel more negative as you move forward through life. However, if you were to change all of that today, and you were to start to change the way you think and feel, you’ll have so much more luck with bringing positivity into your life. And everyone can benefit from a positive outlook.

So let’s take a look at ten really simple and easy ways that you can instantly bring more positivity into your life.

  1. Think Positive

This is going to sound really simple, and in some ways it is, but you’re really going to want to start out with some positive thinking. Because guess what, if you continue to stay in a negative mindset, there you shall stay. You won’t be able to allow positivity into your life, because you’re so wrapped up in the negativity. So give some positive thinking ago to begin with, and you should find that the subsequent steps start to fall into place.

  1. Wake Up Early

Then, you need to commit to waking up early. And before you question this, and wonder what that has to do with anything (you need sleep, right?), then think about it. Because if you’re lazing around in bed all morning, and struggling to get up, you’re setting the tone for the day without realizing it. If it’s hard work to start your day, everything else will feel like hard work. Instead, by getting up early and getting on with your day, you’ll have much more energy and be able to tackle your tasks with ease.

  1. Visualize

Now we have something super important that can allow you to bring positive change into your life. And that’s to visualize it. Visualization is incredible powerful. By visualizing what you want in life, and how you want your life to look, you’ll have more power, inspiration, and motivation to bring it about. Plus, you’ll instantly feel more positive too.

  1. Be Grateful

Even when you’re feeling at your most negative, you will have things that you’re grateful for in life. Whether it’s your family, your health, your job, your home, or your relationship, or anything else at all, there will be things you are grateful for. So start to feel grateful about these things. When you do, you’ll be able to welcome more positivity into your life going forward.

  1. Be Kind

Karma comes back around. Always. If you’re a mean person and you do mean things, you will always experience negativity in your life. However, if you are kind, and you choose to be kind to others, and spread cheer, you will always get it back. Attitude is infectious, so remember to always project what you want to get back, and you’ll always be surrounded by positivity.

  1. Do A Good Deed

As a step on from that, you might like to think about doing a good deed. There are so many different good deeds that can make a positive impact in life. And not just in your life, by making you feel good, and bringing about change, but to other people’s lives too. This process allows you to pass it forward, so it’s a great step to embrace.

  1. Be Active

But at the same time, you need to be active. Because taking action is the only way to make change. Change won’t happen unless you make it. If you’ve been wronged, call the injury lawyer to take action. If you’re feeling it, go to the doctor to take action. If you want to earn more money, work towards that new job to take action. These things can only ever take place or change if you take steps to make it happen.

  1. Smile More

A very small but effective step that you can take is to smile more. Go ahead, smile. When you smile, you instantly feel happier. Why? Science! When you’re happy you smile. It’s a natural reaction. But guess what, if you choose to smile now, you also get those same happy feelings. Smiling is an incredible way to perk your mood and instantly feel positive when you need to the most.

  1. Exercise

You know that you need to exercise to stay healthy, but did you also know that you can exercise to boost your mood too? That’s right, exercise can work wonders for your mental health and your disposition overall. By choosing to work out, you can cut your stress, cut through that negativity, and physically feel so much more positive. It’s a great feeling, so try it out.

  1. Fuel Your Energy

And finally, you’re also going to want to make sure that you’re always feeding into your positivity. From the foods that you eat to fuel your body and get energy, to the quality of sleep that you have, and how you even choose to spend your time, you can fuel your energy. And you need to make sure that you’re working with your positivity levels to keep them flowing, and not disrupt the flow.

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Take a Micro Breather!

In our busy, hurry up world, it’s easy to overlook our surroundings. We’re so consumed with what we’re doing, we forget to stop and simply take a look to appreciate our surroundings. Now, we’ve probably heard the advice to “stop and smell the roses” and its good advice and too few people take it, but even those who do, usually take it to mean not working every weekend or being sure to take a vacation over several days or weeks to recharge.


But, even in the midst of working, one can, and probably should, take what I would call a “microbreather“, as well, that is, a short break, just to take in the day for a minute.

Here’s a microbreather I took while distributing fliers door to door in January, 2017. Beautiful!


I’ve learned to do this. I work outside and while I’m out, I will stop at times, just to take a look and appreciate my surroundings. Now, I do work outside and live in the Portland, Oregon area, so there is much natural beauty to see, even in and from downtown.


But, even if you work indoors or in a not so beautiful setting, sometimes just stopping and taking in your surroundings can still relieve some of your stress anyway. And if you think there’s nothing to “take in” in taking a look at a cubicle with some paper clips in a container on it, or some barrels next to the outside wall of a factory building, or some train tracks in an industrial area, just remember that there are artists and photographers who get inspiration and create great art and/or documentation from just such mundane or not so beautiful real life scenes.



These microbreathers need only take a few seconds, but, at least for me, they do keep me recharged for the day. And they are so easy to take. But please, don’t skimp, on stopping to smell the roses big time once in a while, too!

You’ll be better for it!



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Feeling Stressed? Some Of The Ways You Can Keep Calm

Stress can really take a toll on you when you least expect it. It could hit new highs when you should be elated like buying a home, it can really add on the pressure if you have an extra deadline to meet at work. Stress can come in all shapes and sizes, and I don’t think anyone is truly safe from it. Sure, some people will struggle more than others, but is there a way to really keep calm when stress like symptoms strike? I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can keep your cool if you start to feel a little stressed. I hope they offer you some calm in what can be a very chaotic existence we live in.

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Try out something focused like origami

Maybe a good thing to try would be something focused. This is where you are going to take your concentration from the thing that is causing you to feel stressed, and place it focused on something else as a distraction method. Something like origami means you really need to think about what you are doing, and it can be a great creative outlet. You can learn more about it online. Doing something distracting can really help you to calm your mind from any worries of stress.

Take on exercise such as yoga or meditation

Another great tip would be to take on other exercise regimes such as yoga or relaxing methods like meditation. Exercise is always going to be a good way to relieve stress, but taking into account the relaxation element of yoga and meditation where you focus on your breathing can help to alleviate any signs and symptoms of stress that you might be feeling.

Keep your cool by colouring in the lines

Maybe you should consider something like colouring as a way to keep those stress levels at bay. Many people invest in adult colouring books that are a little more intricate that one you may have had as a child. Colouring within the lies is actually very therapeutic, and could be a great way to ensure that you keep those symptoms of stress at bay once and for all.

Get some extra rest

Stress can be brought on by feeling anxious, and that can be resulted in not getting enough sleep. So if you can, try and give yourself some extra time for some rest and relaxation. Go to bed a little earlier, indulge in a book or have a warm bath. Take the time to invest in yourself and allow yourself to recharge.

Go outside in the fresh air

Finally, if you head outside for some fresh air, you may find that your stress levels start to decline rather quick. There is something about taking yourself away from a situation and just allowing yourself to breathe in some fresh air. It can work wonders and often it takes the least amount of effort to get there.

I hope that some of these options help you stop feeling the symptoms of stress soon.

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The Unvarnished Facts About Life After Military Service

Military service is one of the most demanding and important callings in life. It’s the acid test of a man or woman; pushing them on a daily basis to be the best that they can be. It’s an enormously fast paced and stressful environment in which only those with a particular mindset thrive. Military service requires a physical and mental toughness, discipline and fortitude that many civilians just don’t “get”. When you make the transition back to civilian life, it can be tremendously rewarding as you have more time than ever to spend with your family and friends but it can also take a psychological toll in ways that nothing can truly prepare you for. Whatever you face in your civilian life, it’s important to remember that you are not alone…

Pfc. Jordan Wagner, an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, greets loved ones during a homecoming ceremony Sept. 9, 2012, at Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C. He and fellow paratroopers are returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

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People may see you differently

The unfortunate truth is that people have odd preconceptions about veterans that haven’t been helped much by such pop culture stereotypes as Rambo and The Punisher. They may ask questions that you find hurtful, insensitive or offensive. They may throw the term PTSD around like a frisbee without much thought of what it means or the very real effects that you’ve likely seen manifested in men and women with whom you’ve served.

If you’ve been injured in service, it may take time for people to look past your injury or service connected disability. Try not to take it personally, this is just a paradigm shift that they’re behind you in adjusting to. Be open and honest about your feelings and experiences and above all be yourself. Then you’ll see people’s anxieties just melt away.

Family interactions may feel weird at first

You will arrive back home attuned to a very different rhythm to the rest of your family. If your kids were born after you served they will be unaccustomed to living with you full-time and (because kids are kids) they may be resistant to the change. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel estranged or distant to your family. This is a perfectly natural reaction and one that will pass as you attune to domestic life. No relationship is without its problems and that goes as much for civilian relationships as it does relationships among veterans and civilians.

You will likely experience anxiety and depression

When you get home, you’ll have had a huge chunk of your life taken away from you and that loss may manifest in different ways. Statistically it’s likely that you will encounter anxiety and depression and it’s vital that you attack them head on. Be social, avoid isolating yourself and resist the urge to look at the bottom of a bottle for solutions. Turning to alcohol invariably causes more problems than it solves. Remember that help is out there and that even though they may not show it in the ways you expect, everyone is glad to have you back.

Although the road ahead may be hard, you will in time experience a kind of peace and fulfillment that comes with knowing that you served your country and played your part in making it a safer place. Whoever you are, wherever you are… Your country thanks you!

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Easy Self Care for Entrepreneurs

You would be hard pressed to find a business owner who would disagree if you said starting a business takes up all your time. When you launch a business, and as you put your energy into growing it, it feels like you need to use every available hour of the day to increase your chances of success. While you might be thriving on the effort you’re putting into your work, spending all your time working isn’t a good idea. You need to look after yourself if you want to be healthy enough to run your business. A plan for self-care helps you stay on track.

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Get the Right Business Support

If you’re a solopreneur, you’ll be doing pretty much everything yourself, by definition. However, even someone single-handedly running a business can get help in the right places. The right support for tasks both big and small will stop you taking on too much. You might start off outsourcing some of your work to freelancers. As your business grows, you might require some supportive computer services for your office, and some permanent employees. No one can do everything entirely alone, so you should look for business services that can support you on your journey, from mentors to contractors.

Give Yourself a Routine

How often do you find yourself burning the midnight oil? While you sometimes need to work a late night or two, it’s not healthy to do it all the time. Being in control of your schedule is great too, but if your days are all over the place, it might not be doing a lot for your health. Setting up a routine for yourself could be what you need. You get to decide when you do what, but you can craft a routine that helps you meet your goals and stay on track each day. The good news is, you could work from noon to 8 pm if you wanted to, and fit everything else around your work.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

Busy entrepreneurs have a tendency to forget to look after themselves while they’re working. If you’ve ever looked up from your desk to realize you haven’t moved for five hours or eaten all day, you might need to give your habits a rethink. Eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise are both important if you want to take care of yourself. A good routine can help with these things because you can schedule your exercise and healthy meals every day.

Don’t Cut Yourself Off

Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. Even if you’re communicating with clients or people you work with, it’s not the same as socializing. Your business might need your attention, but it’s important not to neglect your social life. Getting out and meeting people is essential. It stops you getting lonely, and if you work at home, it makes sure you leave the house occasionally too.

Self care is often something you need to work at. Not everyone realizes that they need to take better care of themselves, so think about whether you’re looking out for your own needs.

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How To Move Forward In Life

It can often feel like your life has come to a grinding halt at some point. You might be going, coming home and eating, going to sleep, and repeating. It can be this daily life cycle that often makes you feel as though your life has stopped dead in its tracks. There are other areas of life that you might be falling behind in that others aren’t that can leave you feeling pretty rubbish as well. But before you let your life carry on this way any longer, we’ve put together a few ways in which you can pick up the pace, sort yourself out, and make life enjoyable again.

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Social Life

Your social life plays a big part in how happy you are in life. But if you’re so tired and consumed from work, it is often hard to get the motivation to actually go out and have one. But a booming social life is the key to happiness. You need your friends around you to keep you sane, and keep you distracted from the normal stresses of life. Before you let work and other things consume you, plan a get together with friends once a week. It could be for some drinks, food, or even just go round one another’s houses to have a good gossip. It is this distraction that breaks up the week and makes you feel as though you’re actually leading a life outside of work.

Money Situation

Your money situation is something that really can bring your life to a grinding halt. If you let it get bad enough, you’ll often find it controls you more than anything else can. So many people across the world get themselves into a sticky situation, so it is important to make sure you don’t feel alone, or as though you’re a bad person. For one reason or another it does just happen sometimes. All you need to do is focus on getting out of it sooner rather than later. A lot of people turn to debt consolidation loans to try and help them in this area. It brings your debt into one monthly payment, and helps to make things more manageable. Just visit companies such as if you’re looking for more information. But the main thing you need to do is be strict with yourself. If you’ve got credit card debt, cut up your card so you can’t be tempted to use it. This is the most common way for people to get into debt. It is easy enough to feel as though it is money you don’t have to pay back, but it’ll creep up on you.

Lifestyle Changes

It is often the lifestyle changes we make that leave us feeling how we do. Even from the things we eat. If your diet is full of high fatty and sugary foods, you’re going to feel bogged down in every walk of life. Try switching to a healthier diet for just three days of the week, and see how that affects you. Slowly increase the amount of days and before you know it you’ll feel so much better.

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