Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

We’re a few month into 2019 already, but there’s still plenty of time left to switch things up, have some fun, and become the best version of yourself. You don’t have to make a ton of resolutions in January to have a good year. In fact, doing this can be demotivating. We’re all still full from the festivities in January, of course we’re not going to want to head to the gym and turn our lives around just yet!

Whatever point in the year it is for you, you can make a change if you want to. Here, we’re going to talk about things you can do to make this year your best yet – even if you’re reading this from the future!

  1. Do Something About That Thing You Keep Thinking About

Most people have a little tingle in the back of their heads telling them they should do something. We often ignore it, because we tend to wonder what the point is. What’s the point of doing something for the enjoyment of it, when nothing will probably come from it? Plus, you probably have more important things to do, right?

This attitude is not going to get you the life you want. Having fun for fun’s sake is a totally valid and important way to spend your time. You’ll learn new things, have fun, lower your stress levels, and you never know who you might meet. Plus, you never know where it might take you eventually. This might become a long-held hobby of yours that helps you to relax after a long day. You might even decide to create a side business out of it. You just don’t know unless you try.

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  1. Set Some Goals and Be Specific

When it comes to setting goals, you should be specific. Rather than thinking to yourself, ‘I want to buy a nice car’, be specific. Say you want to buy a New Audi A5 Sportback. The more specific you are, the more you can picture these things in your brain. Once you can picture them, you’re more likely to work towards them – even subconsciously!

  1. Create a Vision Board

A vision board can help you to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. Seeing them everyday should get you excited, and thinking about where you’re going to be. Many people credit their vision boards with feeling motivated and exciting for what’s to come. Make one now and put it somewhere you see it all the time!

  1. Vow To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Nobody ever, ever, ever, did anything good inside of their comfort zone. It’s comfortable, sure, but you need to get out of it from time to time. Once you do, you’ll see just what you’re capable of. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

  1. Keep A Journal

A journal can help you to figure out patterns in your behaviour and emotions, which can help you to move forward if you’re feeling stuck. Not only that, they can be so fun to read back on!

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Warning: Running A Business Could Be Hazardous To Your Health!

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Sorry to be alarmist, but it’s true!

While we aren’t trying to put you off from running your own business; there are plenty of reasons why you should work for yourself instead of ‘working for the man,’ but in terms of your health, there are definite hazards that need to be avoided.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to hurriedly shape up your resumé to return to the safer confines of a 9 to 5 job to preserve your life, but you should consider the following issues.

#1: The sedentary lifestyle. For those business owners working from home, especially when seated in front of a computer screen for many hours during the day, it is worth knowing the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. These risks include weight gain, high blood pressure, and the increased chances of a stroke and heart disease. You can find out more here. Therefore, make every effort to exercise each day, both before and after work, and take regular breaks to stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen, to offset any issues associated with the sedentary lifestyle.

#2: Feelings of stress. We can all feel stress, but if not dealt with, there are consequences to our health, both physically, with headaches and high blood pressure, and mentally, with issues around depression, anxiety, and burnout. So, should you run a business, it is important to deal with your stressors. If you have strict deadlines to meet, as an example of one common stressor, you might want to hire other staff to help you tackle other work pressures, or outsource certain tasks, so you have time to commit to the project deadline at hand. Within your business life, you should also improve your work-life balance as this can reduce feelings of stress. And forming good habits within your lifestyle will also help, as by eating a healthy diet, and by exercising regularly, you will be more physically and mentally able to deal with the stress in your life.

#3: Neglecting health problems. When working for yourself, you don’t have the sickness benefits that are provided within a usual 9 to 5 job. Therefore, you are more likely to neglect and fight through any health problems instead of taking time off, especially when you are reliant on money coming in. And you might neglect a visit to the doctor or to the pharmacy, especially if you are snowed under with work. By being neglectful in either way, you might suffer the consequences to your health later on. So, here’s our advice. For starters, get into the habit of saving money so you can afford to have time off when you are unwell. Secondly, if you notice any symptoms of ill health, don’t ignore them, hoping they will go away. The sooner you get to see your doctor, the sooner you will be able to deal with any issues and get back to work. And finally, you might also consider registering with a doctor dispensing of medication, so when you are working, you won’t have to disrupt your working day too much because of long queues at the pharmacy.

Running your own business is an excellent idea, but you won’t make a success of it if you fall prey to ill health. Follow our suggestions, then, and not only will you have better health physically and emotionally, but your business should also be healthy on a financial level too!

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Taking Active Steps to Improve Your Life

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Whether you are in a slump or leading a lifestyle that leaves you relatively content, it’s always important to bear in mind that things can get better. There’s always opportunity for improvement and increased levels of happiness in your living! Something else to bear in mind? Positive change rarely makes its way towards you. You have to actively seek it out yourself. So, what kind of steps can you take to actively improve your life? Here are just a few to consider!

Cutting Out Bad Habits

We all have some sort of bad habit – after all, nobody’s perfect. But acknowledging your bad habits and taking steps to remove them from your life can significantly boost your happiness. So, take a moment to mull over some bad habits that you have. They could pertain to your physical health or your mental health. Common bad habits for your physical health that you might want to cut out could include:

  • Smoking – smoking is highly addictive, so admittedly, it is a pretty difficult habit to kick. But we are all well aware that it is highly detrimental to us, as it can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a whole host of other health issues. Consider making use of alternatives that can be used to cut out smoking and ween you off nicotine, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or vaping.

 

  • Excessive Drinking – sure, alcohol may well be legal for adults to consume. But excessive drinking can cause liver damage and can prove addictive. If you feel dependent on alcohol, you might want to consider sober living for men.

 

There are also plenty of bad habits out there that can have a negative impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. Some to consider removing from your life could include:

 

  • Procrastination – as the old saying goes, procrastination is the thief of time. We tend to procrastinate when we feel anxious about something, but putting off the task at hand only serves to increase anxiety levels in the end.

 

 

  • Perfectionism – being a perfectionist can result in high quality work. But you’ll often find that it unnecessarily places excessive pressure on you. Don’t allow yourself to become distressed by setting unachievable or unrealistic targets!

 

Spend More Time Doing What You Love

Many of us end up spending most of our time doing things that we feel we have to do. But why not spend more time doing things that you love? This can give you a greater feeling of satisfaction with life. Sometimes it just means turning down plans and events that you feel obligated to attend when your attendance isn’t actually necessary. If you have an interest, chase it. Join a class, attend a club, dedicate your free time to it.

Sure, life might be coming along just fine for you right now. But why settle for mediocrity? “Okay” shouldn’t be enough! Taking active steps to improve your life can see you become a much happier and more rounded individual, placing a smile on your face!

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Looking Out For Yourself When Times Get Tough

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Throughout our lives, we will go through some amazing times and some more turbulent ones. When we were in our teenage years, we thought that a bad day was the worst day of our lives. We thought that getting older and becoming fully fledged adults would mean our freedom and maturity would allow us to get over the bad times. That’s not exactly the case, though, is it? It turns out that, sure, our moods swings as younger people were frustrating, but they didn’t have anything on the stresses and strains of adult life. Whether it’s personal or work, things can get very tough at times.

When things get a little rough, you can feel alone and that there’s not too much that can be done to fix them. You can rest assured, however, as there are lots that to do that can help – some simple and some more complex. If you need a little push, here are a few simple ideas that may go a long way.      

Talk To Your Close Ones

A lot of people don’t like to open up to their friends and family about whatever situation that they’re going through – no matter how big it may be. It’s not a great idea to keep things bottled up as they’ll probably only get worse. As well as providing all the emotional support you need, they’ll be able to look at the situation from a different perspective and give you anything from small tips to giant favours. They won’t be able to advise you and make you feel better if you keep things under lock and key.

Talk To A Professional

Taking things a little further and speaking with somebody who knows almost everything about what you’re going through might be of great help. Whether it’s your local doctor or a specialist, they will be able to advise you on where to go and what to do. It is their passion and their love to make sure you’re okay with everything.  

Exercise

Making sure that you’re activity will help you when you’re feeling a little down in the dumps. Even if it’s just a twenty-minute walk. Your body produces natural happiness and positivity after exercising, and you’ll also be making yourself fitter in the process. Bad things won’t disappear completely, but you’ll be better prepared and reinforced mentally.

Eat Well

Now, it’s lovely to eat junk food, and it feels good from time to time, but you don’t want to keep the habit up frequently. You’ll just feel more sluggish and that can’t help you much when you’re already going through a sticky patch. Make sure you’re eating all the good, nutrition stuff while drinking heaps of water and keeping active.

Be Positive

Finally, just look at the bright side of things. Now, obviously not everybody has the sunniest disposition, and that’s okay. But even if you’re a glass half empty type, just reviewing the situation and hanging on to the positives will help out a bunch. Finding some good may give you some motivation and something to look for.

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When An Extreme Situation Leads To Odd Decisions

Life is full of surprises. Some are pleasant and feel like an unexpected gift. Others are much more unpleasant and dramatically increase your stress levels. The definition of an extreme situation – or a bad surprise, if you prefer – vary from one person to another. For one individual, it could be facing a painful breakup. For someone else, receiving a life-changing diagnosis can force them to take hard decisions. But the fact is, regardless of the crisis you’re facing, it’s your ability to make the appropriate decision that can get you through it.

Don’t walk away from decisions

When you start neglecting yourself and others

A tricky situation can make you feel as if you were ambushed with no way to escape. Court cases can often dramatically affect your nerves. However, if you intend to have a fighting chance, you need to look after yourself and those around you during a difficult time. For instance, a stressful divorce could suck up all the positivity in your life. However, you can’t afford to ignore your mental and physical health in the process, or even your children. Similarly, even though you might feel pushed into a corner, try not to indulge in unhealthy coping mechanisms. Alcohol, for instance, is never a solution to your problems.

When you take a rash decision

If you’re going through a breakup, or you’re fighting for child’s custody, it’s difficult to think straight. There are a lot of nasty things that can be said, and as a result, you might find yourself thinking that you want to prevent a similar situation happening in the future. As a result, it’s not uncommon for distressed men to decide to have a vasectomy, as a way to protect themselves. However, even though there are cases of reversal vasectomy, you need to assume that your decision will have lasting and permanent consequences on your life. What feels right today in a context of anger might be deeply regretted tomorrow in a context of love. Take the time to evaluate your decisions before you act.   

When you can’t take it anymore

That’s it; you’re done now. You just want peace, and you’re going to have it. There are moments in life when you realize that it’s all too much for you. Taking rash decisions in anger is a mistake. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t decide rapidly when you are thinking clearly. For instance, quitting your job isn’t always a terrible idea, especially if you figure out early that the company isn’t right for you. You need to be sure that the decision is reasoned, however! Walking away from a bad situation can be the best thing you do.

When you decide to watch and let it go

Finally, if you don’t know how to decide, you might be tempted to become a spectator of your own life. However, things don’t sort themselves out if you don’t intervene. You need to listen to your intuition instead of overthinking your options. Your intuition is a perception of the situation that is built on insights you might not be aware you have.

In conclusion, it’s impossible to tell what is the right or the wrong thing to do. However, it’s fair to say that you can measure the potential harm each decision can cause, and figure out the appropriate path from there.

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Finding Help And Support Online

We all need advice from time to time, and the internet can be a great place to find it. There are many reasons for finding help and support online. Perhaps you need help learning how to do something, or you feel embarrassed discussing problems with friends and family – whatever the reason, there are plenty of channels you can find the support you need.

Learn more about finding help and advice online to help you get the support you need.

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Read blogs from like-minded people

Blogs can be a fantastic way to connect, especially if you have an interest in a particular subject. Many bloggers have a specific ‘niche’ that means they’ll only really write about certain topics. This could be a dietary or a health-based blog, or even about something completely random. Whatever your interest or your concern, you can be sure there’s a blog from someone who’s like you. Reading the advice and experience of others can help provide you with support and reassurance. It’s also worth noting that the blogging world can be a very engaging one, so it’s worth opening up and having conversations with a blogger if you want to discuss something in more depth.

Why not start your own blog and help someone else who might be experiencing the same thing as you?

Visit charities and other websites for advice

Charity and health websites can be excellent sources of information. If you’ve been diagnosed with an illness or a problem, then these websites can be useful, informed resources for finding out the information you need. They can also point you in the direction of where to get further advice or how to talk to someone if needed. Remember to only visit trusted websites by organizations that you’ve heard of, as many people put out fake information online that could cause potential harm.

Explore forums and discussion boards

It’s not always easy to speak to family and friends about your problems, but discussion boards and forums could be a good place to get the advice you need as well as share your problems with other. Forums like Inspire bring people together, providing a safe place to share thoughts and ideas. While you should never go through something alone, an online support group can be a good place to start until you’re ready to speak to someone in your life offline.

Whatever you need help and support with, the internet can offer many avenues to help you get it. When talking to people online, it’s important to remember that you are talking to strangers, after all, so be familiar with the risks and precautions to take when chatting online. While it’s easy to go online to seek advice, remember that there are people you can talk to offline too, friends, family, and your doctor are all sources you should trust to confide in, so don’t be afraid to open up to them to help you get the support you need.  

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Taking Control: How Seniors Can Improve Their Quality Of Life

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For many seniors, finding a way to balance physical and mental health is a challenge. For those who are living with a disability or with chronic health issues, good quality of life can be hard to attain, which can lead to feelings of depression or anxiety. You may be worried about finding room in your finances to make home modifications to maintain your safety or to make daily life easier, or you might simply want to make the most of your post-retirement years by traveling. Those things can be possible with some small changes to your lifestyle that will help to boost your quality of life.

Those changes might include daily exercise–which can help you feel better and get a better quality of sleep–as well as finding a healthier diet that can reduce inflammation and boost your energy. You can also engage in mindful activities, such as yoga, gardening, and brain games, to keep your mind sharp and to take care of your mental health.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started with improving your quality of life.

Take advantage of your health care plan

It’s essential to make sure you’re getting the most out of your health care plan, as this can help to reduce the stress that often comes with trying to stay healthy and paying for it. If you have Medicare, do some research to find out everything you can about your policy, especially if you need supplemental coverage to help cover dental or vision costs. Check the Advantage plans that are available in your state, and make sure you pay close attention to the sign-up dates, as there are sometimes specific eligibility windows.

Stay motivated

Often, one of the biggest issues seniors have with daily exercise is finding the motivation to do it when they’re tired. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you’re getting enough rest each night, but you can also make your workout routine one that’s fun so you’ll want to keep doing it. You can achieve this by asking a friend or loved one to join you, or by finding an activity you truly enjoy doing, such as swimming or playing a sport.

Try a supplement

Many seniors use supplements to enhance their quality of life, including cannabidiol. Otherwise known as CBD, this oil is derived from the marijuana plant but doesn’t include any mind-altering effects, meaning you don’t feel the “high” that you would from using marijuana. CBD has been shown in studies to reduce inflammation, and can help to relieve chronic pain and issues related to glaucoma and certain cancers. Talk to your doctor about whether CBD is right for you.

Eat right

There are many benefits to eating right, including better sleep and overall better health, but it can also boost your self-esteem to learn how to make good choices. If you have room for a garden, consider growing some veggies you enjoy. Look up a cooking tutorial online to learn how to create a delicious, healthy meal for your family. These are great ways to boost both your physical and your mental health, meaning you’ll be taking care of your overall wellness at the same time.

The more you can do to improve your daily life, the better able you’ll be to cope with stress, anxiety, and even symptoms of depression. Making an effort to do so will also allow you to stay active and vital well into your retirement years, thereby boosting your ability to enjoy yourself and have fun.

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