Common Workplace Stressors And How To Manage Them

Common Workplace Stressors And How To Manage Them

As an adult, you will spend a large proportion of your life engaging in work so it may not come as a surprise that you will experience some form of workplace stress from time to time. While workplace stressors may not be uncommon they are not pleasant and can have grave consequences for your physical and mental health. Here are some typical workplace stressors and what you can do to manage them.


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Workload

One of the biggest culprits is a heavy workload. Expecting too much from employers is a sure-fire way to trigger workplace stress. If you find yourself victim to an unmanageable workload consider a few of the following;

  1. Make a priority list.
    Jot down your to-do list in order of priority. Starting at the top, work your way through your list task by task. Ensuring the most important tasks are not overlooked and dealt with first will help ease the mental load.
  2. Outsource.
    Where you can outsource tasks that you do not need to complete yourself. Can you hand over a project to a colleague? Or perhaps you are your own boss trying to do it all yourself. Consider using software such as Sage to take the load off of your accounting system or deferring to experts such as Securelogic IT provider to take on your IT management. Take a look at what is on your to-do list and work out if you are or need to be responsible for all of it.
  3. Communicate.
    If your workload is causing you stress be sure to inform your superiors or the team around you. It is not a weakness or anything to be shamed off. They may well be feeling the pressures too and just talking about it can help. Better yet, they may be able to offer up some practical solutions to alleviate your stress. Communication is key. 

Poor working relationships

Your relationships whether at home or in the office can have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some ways to help alleviate the stressors of poor working relationships.

  1. Find common ground.
    You may be working closely with someone you don’t like and while that can be hard to ignore, in the adult world, unfortunately there are times where you have to get on with it as best you can. Try to find some common ground or shared interests you can bond over or have positive conversations about to detract from the negatives of your relationship.
  2. Work on controlling your emotions.
    If you find yourself getting worked up by the actions of another, while this is not to suggest it is your fault, consider working on how you deal with and react in certain situations. It may well be the other person is being unreasonable but if you can learn to deal with it in a calm manor that doesn’t result in a negative atmosphere it will improve your working life envciroment.

Reduce contact time.
If you can’t find sufficient common ground and you are finding it increasingly difficult to handle yourself in a cool and collective way around a certain person then take the steps you can to avoid contact time with that person, even if you have to work closely. Try to keep your break times separate, so you get some space. Can you communicate via email or messaging services? Can you divide up tasks so you can work independently? Do what you can to keep your contact time to a minimum and your stress levels low.

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The Benefits of Following Your Passion When Choosing Your Career

The Benefits of Following Your Passion When Choosing Your Career

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Few things can be more draining than pursuing a career that you don’t desire. Unfortunately, that is the case for many people in the working world. According to CBS News, 51% of people have careers they have no interest in. For that reason, their work engagement level is based on monthly earnings and other financial benefits. Moreover, a Forbes survey revealed that people wish to exchange their passionless careers for other interests but cannot due to certain factors. Are you stuck in a job you wished you could change? Regardless of your answer, find out what the benefits are when you follow your passion when choosing your career.

Self-motivation remains high

Usually, people perform below expectations when they lack the motivation to do so. Inspiration to work must go beyond your monthly paycheck. Instead, it should be your willingness and commitment to give more of yourself in the job or profession you’re engaged in. Moreover, several research papers support that personal interest in a job is directly linked to performance and turnover. When your career is aligned with your interests, you can set higher professional goals. Experts say doing what you love predisposes you to an inner desire to go above and beyond.

It helps you utilize your best strengths

A CBS survey revealed that persons engaged in their chosen careers tend to be less frustrated. Indeed, it is natural if you do not display great mastery over every assignment. However, the tendency to give off your best strength is highest because of a personal drive to succeed at what you do. For example, if you choose to become a health coach because of your passion for helping people attain their fitness goals, you will most likely succeed and receive greater fulfilment.

It is a psychological drive usually exhibited by individuals who turn their passions into a career. People know they are good at what they do, but the urge to show their best is greatly diminished when in the wrong environment. However, it’s almost impossible to feel frustration over a challenging piece of work in the right environment.

A consistent drive to meet high standards

Have you ever wondered why certain people can meet high standards consistently? Indeed, hard work, determination, commitment, and other personal values contribute to this result. However, many fail to realize that these individuals achieve consistently high standards because of their love for their jobs. Indeed, work is more enjoyable when your passion is closely related to your career choice under the right conditions. For this reason, you can set new and higher goals for yourself and improve your skill-set simultaneously.

Fortunately, you will continue to set, break records and reset higher standards for yourself. That is the joy of linking your passion to your career. Furthermore, consistent standards drive innovation, and if you have employers, you will become a valuable employee. If you own and run a company, that means business growth. Hopefully, you’ll consider these benefits as you decide on your future career path. 

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4 Genius Ways To Get More From Your Commute!

There is so much talk about working from home right now, especially after the Pandemic. However, it is important to remember that not everyone can do this. Indeed, there are still many of us that have to brave a commute of around or even over an hour every day! However, the good news is that even if you do need to travel to and from work each day, some tactics can help you get the most out of this time. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Read or listen to an audiobook/podcast 

For a long time, the chief activity for commuters was to read. Indeed, it was commonplace to see people on trains and buses with a book in their hand. Of course, reading is still popular during commuting time, but sadly it’s not suitable for those that are driving. 

There are some additional options to consider though. The first of these is audiobooks, where a professional actor reads the book to you. While the second is a podcast. The good thing about podcasts is that there are so many on just about any subject you like, which means it almost guarantees you can find one that will be suited to your likes. 

Of course, because audiobooks and podcasts are audio-only, they are much better suited to those driving. Although anyone commuting can enjoy them. 

Download some videos to watch 

For those commuting to work by bus, train or tram It’s a fairly common practice to watch videos. Unfortunately, streaming them can burn through your data allowance at quite the pace, which means come to the end of the month, you could find yourself stuck! 

Instead, why not make use of things like the Vidmate app which will allow you to download videos from a range of platforms online including youtube, TikTok, and Instagram, and watch them at your leisure. The best thing about this is that it’s free so you can save money too! 

Learn a language 

Have you ever wanted to learn a language, or maybe you are looking to brush up on that Spanish, German, or French you learned in school? If so, then your commute is the perfect time to do this. 

Indeed, there are several options to consider here. The first of these are audio recordings, which are more suitable for those that are driving, as they can keep their eyes on the road. Alternatively, there are apps like Duolingo, which make learning a language fun by presenting it in a more interactive form. The latter being suited for those on buses or trains. 

Play some games 

Another great way to spend your time during your commute is to play games. Fortunately, mobile gaming is a big thing now, which means there is a huge selection of titles to choose from. 

Additionally, if you are a dedicated gamer you may wish to invest in a portable system like the Switch for your journeys. Although, it bears repeating that gaming is only an option for those that do not need to be in control of a vehicle (including pedestrians). 

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Starting a Business: 4 Areas of Your Life That Could Be Affected

Starting a business can feel exciting. You will create a business idea that will help you set up a stable life for yourself, especially when it comes to your financial status. However, you will find that the process will be life-changing. If you decide to pursue starting a business, you will have to dedicate your life to it. All your effort, time, and resources need to be in line with ensuring that your venture continues to grow and develop into success. It might not be evident at first, but you will find that many things in your life will change.

The sacrifices, commitments, and growth you will experience will turn you into a different person. Here are some of the things in your lifestyle that might change when you start to take on becoming a business owner:

Living Situation

Because of the technological and digital advancements, entrepreneurs are finding it easier to start a business. Most owners only have to dedicate a few resources because most of the things they need are already available on the internet. Everything you have to do for your venture can happen inside your home, but it does not mean that you do not have to make any adjustments. Some of your rooms and outdoor areas have to make space for your business, even if it only means working on a computer. If you have manufacturing processes in your operations, you might have to buy a few pieces of equipment vital to creating your products.

Your home now has two purposes: to provide shelter for you and become a business headquarter. If you are thinking about expanding, you might consider reaching for a commercial establishment. However, the city can be costly enough to discourage startups, making remote locations the more ideal options. You will have to look for affordable housing near your business property to make your life more convenient.

Financial Routine

Before starting a business, the only financial responsibility you have to look out for is yourself. That is not to say that managing your expenses is simple, but you will find that handling business funds will add to the challenges you encounter almost daily. You will have to become more strict with your budget and find a way to separate your assets. Startups will require funding for their initial processes, which means you have to save up for a few years before getting the gears started. You will also encounter many challenges that could require unexpected expenses.

Your financial routine will change dramatically and continuously, but you will find that it is one of the factors that could make or break your venture. If you want to improve your financial management, you can hire an accountant to keep track of your business expenses. A personal finance coach can also help you make room for your necessities in life, which should not suffer if you start a company.

Relationship Patterns

You will be relying on your loved ones for support when starting a business. They will be encouraging and helping you achieve your goals, making it crucial for you to maintain connections with them. However, you will find that your startup will take up most of your time and attention. Over the years, you will notice that the relationships you have will consist of your colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, business partners, and clients.

Your old ways of making friends will go straight out the window. It will be challenging to maintain connections with the people who helped get you to where you are, but you will have to find ways to keep them a part of your life. Your business will take up most of your attention, but you will find that your life needs to include friends for your personal life. 

Rest

You will now be living two lives, which means that you have less time in the day to give yourself a break. Home and business responsibilities might require your attention, but you will have to be strict enough to call it a day. Your body and mind need to recover for the errands on your next schedule. A daily routine with a time set for sleep will be necessary. You might encounter a few days that require you to stay up later than usual, but you will find that your sleeping schedule should mostly be on point for productivity and efficiency.

Starting a business will change your life, even if you try your best to avoid it. However, you will find that your adjustments and sacrifices will give you a higher chance of success.

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5 Work From Home Essentials

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Chances are you already have your home office set up by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. You might have a haphazard set up that needs reorganising, or a new idea to make your work from home situation easier and more productive. In this post we look at some of the ways you can do this and how to get started. 

WiFi and Connectivity 

This is a big consideration when setting up your home office. You need a strong Internet connection that won’t let you down during important meetings and conversations. The type of router you choose and Internet deal you buy will determine how reliable it is. 

If you’re working from a studio room or multiple occupancy apartment a single router should be enough to cover the room with a solid connection. If you need to cover more rooms of the house or you have more people using it you may need more bandwidth. 

An Adequate Desk

Although working from home is usually more comfortable and convenient than a stuffy office, you’re not on holiday. It’s good to remind yourself of this by arranging a desk that’s functional and that makes you feel as if you’re at work.

These days there are several options for you to choose from. If you only need a desk for sitting a computer on then a standard one is fine; other jobs, however, might require you to stand or move around. Consider a standing desk or a lap desk for your convenience and productivity, check your computer is in good order with homuten computer repair.

Power Sources 

Working from home means more time in the house with your computer and devices on. Moreover you probably have other family members working from home too, and their devices also need to be charged. This is an issue that needs solved from the start to avoid arguments and lost clients.  

Invest in a powerstrip for your home or home office. This is a unit that has many power outlets and USB ports. It can sit in the front room or hall and act as a hub extension for all your family’s power needs. 

Tea and Coffee

It’s important to stay motivated throughout your working day and there’s no better way to do this than a tea or coffee break. Whether you like to have a hot mug of coffee at your desk or a break in a separate room it’s worth investing in a quality mug and kettle. 

You want a mug that’s large enough to satisfy your tea or coffee capacity, you don’t want to continually leave your job to boil the kettle – it’s wasteful and inefficient. Try to get a mug that also stores heat well. For a kettle it’s best to get one that’s fast boiling and eco friendly. 

Light Levels

One aspect of the home office people tend to overlook is the light levels. The lighting in your home office can affect your mood and productivity, especially in the winter. You may not want a main light on all the time, it can give you a headache over long periods of time, but if you use a lamp you need to make sure it gives you enough essential light to work with.

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How An Entrepreneur Can Achieve Work-life Balance

The life of an entrepreneur sounds great, doesn’t it? You get to be your own boss, you have freedom of choice, and you can make a lot of money.

And while some of that might be true, being an entrepreneur won’t make your life easy and give you all the freedom you want. To build a successful business, you will have to take on many responsibilities, including securing new customers, servicing existing customers, developing new products, selling current products, and building strategic relationships. There is so much to be done in so little time. Many entrepreneurs get exhausted from running this marathon and ruin their work-life balance. If you are one of these entrepreneurs, here are a few tips that can help you balance your personal and professional life.

Implement your schedule

As an entrepreneur, every day will be different for you. Operating as per a strict schedule would be difficult. However, even though it is important to immediately deal with some issues, not every little thing must need your attendance straightaway. Not every phone call, text, or email needs your immediate response.

What you can do is create a schedule the night before. It should prioritize the activities according to their importance. This schedule must include business as well as personal activities. You need to make an effort and time for your personal life as well.

Make compromises

It is impossible to achieve the perfect work-life balance. However, this doesn’t mean that you can make your loved ones happy. You can ask them to be patient while you focus on building your business. Communicate with them about how you are working to improve their lives. Set a timeline as to when you will accomplish your goals. Let them know that whenever you achieve a goal, they will be rewarded in the form of an outing or a vacation. Giving them something to look forward to helps them understand why you spend so much time on your business.

Create a system that helps you

The only way to maintain a real work-life balance is to work on your business and not in your business. You have to create a business that doesn’t need your constant involvement for operating. If you implement automation or hire employees, you can delegate day-to-day activities. After all, as your business grows, you don’t have to make every sales call. You don’t have to create every single marketing campaign or talk to the clients for hours.

If possible, you can outsource your work and save a lot of money and time. But, it is important to ensure that you hire outside experts for the right task. For example, if you need a website, you can work with a web design company. However, you should not outsource your company’s core skill set, be it sales, manufacturing, tech support, or marketing.

In entrepreneurship, there is no alternative for hard work. But, you didn’t choose this path to work every hour, every day for the rest of your life. You became an entrepreneur for the financial freedom it offers. You need to have a healthy, well-rounded life with the best possible work-life balance for yourself and your loved ones.

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Aspire To Be Successful, Despite Your Obstacles And Worries

We all have aspirations in life, things we dream of doing or being. They can be small purposes or they can be wishes that require years of work. Following your dreams may not be easy, but it is worth the journey because this is how your life makes sense. Sometimes finances get in the way or unexpected problems. So how can you balance it all out?

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Define a purpose that will lead you to success.

How can you know if you are on the right track if you don’t have an exact destination?

Success represents something different for each person. To be successful, you need to have clearly defined what success means in your particular case. Real success comes from achieving goals that are meaningful to you, and that help you achieve fulfilment and happiness. Try to write your definition of success, be it getting a job doing a particular activity that you enjoy, living in an area of ​​your city that you like a lot, having the possibility of travelling, or starting a happy family, among many other alternatives.

Ask yourself: What is it that makes you happiest in life? Do you want to spend time with your family, travel, play sports, practice a hobby? What would you do if money was not a concern? Then consider what the next step you need to take to get a little closer to that goal is. Create a long-term vision. Having a long-term vision can help you further refine your purpose. Where do you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years? What can you do today to start the path that brings you closer to that dream? Imagine your ideal life. Close your eyes, visualize yourself and express your future in writing. Try asking yourself questions like:

  1. What career or job are you doing?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. Who is with you?
  4. How do you look
  5. What are you wearing?
  6. How do you feel?

You can even try writing down your perfect day, from start to finish, starting with the time you get up and each of the tasks you do.

Learn from failure and obstacles.

You are likely to run into some obstacles or failures in the process of achieving your dreams. But you don’t have to let any setback derail your plans. You have to learn to see failures as life lessons and deal with them constructively. A failure does not close all doors. You can close some, but others are still open. Maybe your plan to become an opera singer failed, but that doesn’t mean that a music career is out of your league. Perhaps you have the necessary preparation to sing in a choir, or perhaps you can use your musical skills to become a singing teacher. You should be aware that your failures may be monetary. If you have had any type of accident or issue at work or anywhere, you may need to look at hiring help. You may need to ask yourself when you need a car accident lawyer? This may seem like an obstacle, but you can overcome it. Don’t let any obstacle hold you back from creating the dream life that you desire.

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When Working from Home Becomes Permanent: Creating a Proper Setup

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Many of us have found ourselves working at home through no choice of our own this year. Although a lot of people dream of working from home, it hasn’t happened in the most ideal conditions. A lot of people have found themselves trying to juggle work and childcare (or pets demanding attention) and have had to create a makeshift home office. But now that it looks like many could be working from home for longer than expected, and some could be even making it a permanent move, it could be time to put some more solid resources in place.

Create a Proper Workspace

Not everyone has a spare room that they can use as a home office. Maybe you’ve been making do with your dining room table or a small desk shoved wherever you have the space. But if you’re going to be working from home indefinitely, it makes sense to have somewhere more suitable to work. There are a few things you could do to make this possible. You could look at portable buildings if you have land but no indoor space. A portable building also gets you out of the house, which helps to separate home and work. You could section off part of a larger room or repurpose a room that’s currently (under)used for something else.

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Improve Your Internet Connection

Another thing that you might have been struggling with at home is your internet connection. You choose your internet package based on what you use at home, but that’s obviously increased now that you’re also working from home. If your broadband has been sluggish and struggling with Zoom calls and other work, you might need to upgrade your service. It could be time to switch to fiber broadband or just to look for a package that offers you more bandwidth.

Re-evaluate What Equipment You Need

Perhaps up until now, you’ve been working from your laptop. However, it could be that a desktop computer might be more suitable for what you’re doing. You might need more power or multiple screens, for example. There could be other equipment that you’ve been getting by without too, but it would be better if you had access to all of the tools that help you do your work. It might be time to make sure you have a good printer or even ensure you have a more comfortable desk chair.

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Set Clear Boundaries

Hopefully, you’ve managed to develop some clear boundaries while you’ve been working from home. This should include your expectations for yourself and anyone else who might be in the house. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s time to do it now. For example, make sure everyone else knows not to disturb you when you’re working (unless it’s an emergency). Give yourself some clear rules for when you can take a break, when to start and stop working, and maintaining the right working conditions.

If working from home is going to become a permanent arrangement, make sure you have a permanent space to work from that has all that you need.

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Essential Gadgets That Make Working from Home a Breeze

Two new vaccines have been seen as significantly effective against COVID-19. However, it’ll still take months to ensure that they’re completely safe and ready for distribution. And although some states have been easing their restrictions, you should still avoid large crowds and mass gatherings, especially in indoor spaces. This is because the virus can hang in the air longer indoors compared to outside, especially if the area has poor ventilation.

This means you’ll be stuck working from home for a few months more. You might as well make it as efficient and comfortable as possible. 

Apart from a quality desk and ergonomic chair, you also want to take advantage of technology for your business during the pandemic.

Here are the essential devices and accessories you should make the most of during your remote work period.

Stop the Freezes: A Reliable Computer

Unless your company provided you with machines for remote work, you’re probably using one for personal use. If your computer keeps freezing while running your usual work apps, it can ruin your productivity and even cause you to make errors. If this is the case for you, you may need a new computer. The specifications you need depend on what your work demands. If you only use productivity suites like Microsoft Word and an internet browser, you don’t really need a high-end computer. 

If you run software that’s heavy on resources, like video editors, 3D rendering apps, photo editing software, and more, you may need a computer that has a powerful central processing unit and graphics processing unit. Ask your IT department if they have any recommendations in terms of brands and models, as well as specifications. 

You can get a computer personalized according to your needs or pre-assembled ones in your local computer store. You can buy parts and devices from e-commerce sites, like NewEgg and Amazon, as well. The computer you need might end up being expensive, but it’s worth the money when you don’t experience pesky freezes or shutdowns in the middle of a mission-critical task.

Filter Out the Noise: Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Whether you’re living with family or housemates, you’ve probably been distracted by their noisy activities, like watching TV, vacuum cleaning and video gaming. You don’t want to ruin their fun or stop them from doing what they need to do. One way to achieve peace despite the distractions is to use noise-canceling headphones. These devices use microphones that pick up low-frequency noise and neutralize them before they reach your ear. 

You can get premium headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4. These offer excellent sound quality, touch controls, wireless connectivity, and comfortable muffs for around $300 to $350. If you want something more affordable, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 comes in at around $60. Though it doesn’t have the same sound quality as the former, it filters out noise just as well and has wireless connectivity, too. 

Meet in Style: High-Quality Webcam 

Even if you can’t go to the office, you still need to attend meetings through video conferencing applications like Zoom and Google Chat. If you want to look your best, especially in front of clients, you need a high-definition webcam. If you want something that’s as good as your smartphone camera, the Logitech Brio Ultra HD is for you. It can take video in resolutions as high as 4K and offers amazing detail. With a price of more than $200, however, it may not fit everyone’s budget. You can always get its smaller brother, the C310 for a fraction of the price. It offers 720p HD video, but don’t expect the details to be as crisp. 

Keep the Connection Flowing: High Quality Modem

The only plus side of your internet provider’s default modem is that it’s free. The problem with these cheap modems and routers is that they’re not as durable and offer basic security features. One of the culprits of slow and inconsistent internet speed is often the modem malfunctioning or straight-up breaking down. Remedy this by getting a better router from your local computer store. 

Models like the Asus RT-AC66U B1 and the TP-Link Archer C7 offer faster and more consistent Wi-Fi connectivity compared to the one your internet provider offers by default. These benefits are especially important when you’re working on cloud applications and consistently doing voice and video calls. They also offer more user-friendly interfaces and advanced security features, so you can truly customize your router to your needs.

Remote work can come with a variety of challenges, like intermittent internet connectivity, household distractions and the dreaded computer freezes. With social distancing still being the norm, you don’t have much of a choice but to work from home. Use these suggestions to make your remote work life more bearable. 

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5 Hobbies That Will Make You Feel Good

Life is full of stress for most people. We work all day long, and we try to fit in the time for a family and a social life. In all of that time, we have to find at least an hour a day to do something for ourselves. We’re told that self-care is important, well, a hobby is the best self-care there is!

Hobbies give you a place to be at a certain time. They give you fulfilment around everything else that you do in your life – something that’s for you! Whether you enjoy reading about the Nissan Sileighty or watching it race on TV, or you plan to take up skydiving in your spare time, you need a hobby that will interest you and ignite passion in your life. Below, we’ve put together five hobbies that will make a difference to the way that you feel about your time.

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  1. Learn To Play An Instrument

Music soothes the soul, so why wouldn’t learning how to play an instrument enhance your cultural education? Playing music has so many benefits for the mind as much as your body, and it creates a huge sense of achievement when you learn how to play something new. You can watch YouTube and self-teach any instrument if you know what you are looking for, too! Dance party, anyone?

  1. Study A Language

Learning a language in the pursuit of travelling the world and actually using it can help you in so many ways. You get to widen your knowledge while widening your perception of the world around you. You can meet new people and know how to communicate, and you can even download language learning apps on your phone to learn on the go.

  1. Put Your Fitness First

Often in men, skincare, health and fitness are a big deal. What is lacking in physical health almost always translates to something lacking in mental health, too. It’s so important that you know where to turn when you need a break from all of the pent-up stress, and pouring energy into running or other physical activity will flood the brain with happy hormones. Stress-busting can begin in the gym for you!

  1. Start Cooking

The percentage of male celebrity chefs to females is higher for a good reason, and it has nothing to do with skills in the kitchen. Men and women can cook as well as each other, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t be the best! Get your creativity out onto the table – literally. Learn to cook. Hit some cookery classes and baking classes and get out of the house. Once you pay for a course like that, you can spend time really enjoying yourself and pushing all of your pain into food. It’s worth it, with delicious consequences.

  1. Go Back To School

It doesn’t matter if you are in the peak of your life, there is always room for learning. You can go back to school and get another degree or learn a new skill, and add to your bow!

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