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You Can Do Good At Work Too

Help  OthersWork has always and will always be an important aspect of our lives. This is because it is the source of our daily bread. Without working it is hard to survive in the current economy of the world. This is why people strive to do different kinds of jobs to earn a living. But does this mean that our lives should stop because of work? Does it mean that we have to spend our entire day working without considering our health and wellbeing? Without contributing to society?  Absolutely not!

Some kinds of jobs are very demanding and time consuming. Many people get to the office at 8am and leave as late as six in the evening, still carrying more work to do at home. Such jobs are well paying at time because of the amount of time spent on them but they don’t help your mind grow. The mind needs space and some rest to grow. You also have to find time to interact with other people to help your mind grow since life is not all about work.
There are several careers out there that can help your mind grow and allow you live a more fulfilling life. Even though some of them are not as glorious as you may think, people are making a living out of them and allowing their minds and communities to grow. Careers in engineering, medicine and law have been widely glorified as the best around the globe. In some cases however, these glorious and prestigious jobs do not give the same satisfaction as a job that help people on a day-to-day level.

  • Aided supervisors:  One job that provides you with an opportunity to grow your mind is working as a home health aide. This profession involves setting of work schedules and monitoring performances to ensure that patients get quality care. This job gives you a chance to help the patients get quality services and also allows you to develop your mind as you interact with the patients. The job is not as demanding as some other jobs and gives you time to develop other aspects of your life.
  • Social Worker:  Because of TV and the movies, people often think immediately of the Department of Social Services as being social workers.  They certainly are, but the field doesn’t end there.  Helping employees sift through their benefit options in office is social work.  Being a camp counselor.  Working with youth groups.  If you have a passion for helping, a desire to uplift and are willing to give of yourself to make a difference, this can be one of the MOST rewarding career choices!
  • Teacher:  When you consider one of the most important, yet undervalued, positions in the workforce, look no further than teaching.  You will obviously need a degree to pursue this field, but once you have it you will be responsible for molding the young minds of tomorrow.  Having the chance to influence the betterment of a child’s life will give you a feeling like nothing else on Earth!

Work should not deny you an opportunity to live a good life. You can do good at work too…even if it will involves changing your career!

 

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Hobbies Can Reconnect You to Your Roots

There are those times in our lives when for some reason we start to distance ourselves from our roots. This happens often times because of a major change in our lives such as a new baby, a new job, a new favorite sport season or a change of environment. Due to the demands posed by current life situations, it is often difficult to give time to yourself.

PotterOne way that you can get back to it is to pick up a hobby.  The best kind you could choose would be on that you enjoyed when you were younger.   This is an excellent way to connect with your roots!

Participating in a hobby helps you connect with the real you. You find yourself enjoying the activity tremendously because your mind and body is doing exactly what it likes. It may even be something you would have never thought you would do again!

Most hobbies go even further back into cultures. Basket weaving for example, might have been something acquired from generation to generation and was once done as a profession by your ancestors.  You may never even realize!  Sometimes you can’t explain why you love to do something so much, it just happens.

A natural hobby like that is hard to just forget about because you will always feel the urge to embark on it even after months of neglect. Your fingers and brain will itch to get a hold of the weaving material and make those unique patterns.

Many people have turned their hobbies into income generating activities and turned out to be very successful. Of course if it is a positive hobby that has an end result like a complete basket, or a nice painting it will no doubt generate some income if you follow the right channels.

A hobby like reading will enable you to improve your grammar, a physical sport will improve your fitness levels, painting will also improve you artistic skills, gardening will improve the look of your lawn and so on. A good hobby should improve something in you for it to effectively connect you to your roots.

Many people aren’t sure what their hobbies are. But this is simple to find out, if you love doing it, dedicate time to doing it and feel different or rejuvenated after doing it, then that is your hobby. If you also feel the need or urge to do it when you skip doing it, then it is your real hobby and will no doubt connect you to your inner self and the world around you.

Hobbies are not only good for your own life, but if you find something you love to do – I am sure there are others who would enjoy it as well.  Using a particular habit or skill you possess to help others learn something new is one of the easiest, biggest and best changes you could possibly hope to make.

Volunteering some free time on weekends to teach underprivileged children the tricks of your trade will not only reconnect you with your roots, but also enrich the life of someone else at the same time!

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Keep Your Cool in Stressful Situations

ZENSTONESOne of the best ways you can affect change is not to make bad situations worse.  Stress is one of the emerging causes of loss of life in the world today. Many people in the world are prone to stress due to the various problems affecting their lives. Stress is associated with rage episodes, as people often commit crimes they didn’t ever think they would do in normal circumstances.

Learning how to manage your stress and remain calm and cool will have a soothing effect in your life as well as help you live a happier and healthier life. For you to manage your stress and pressure effectively, you will need to have some knowledge and skills on how to go about controlling your emotions. Here are some tips on managing your stress.

Identify the Cause

The first step to managing your stress effectively is to find the cause of it. This will help you get to the roots of the problem and clear it off once and for all. Think of what could have caused the feelings. Think of what is bothering you and making you uncomfortable. Could it be that work-mate who keeps running over you time and again? Could it be loss of a job that is keeping you uneasy? Or could it be your lady or guy who is pulling away from you?

Choose a Response

You may not control all causes of stress, but there are some things that you can easily manage. Choose an appropriate response depending on the cause of the stress. You can at times brush it off and let it go. For you to choose the most ideal response, have these considerations:

  • Consider how long the stress will affect you. Should the cause of stress be a driver in front of you who is snail-snow, you can just let it go. However, loss of a loved one will affect you for long thus you should look for ways to manage it.
  • Do you have control over the situation? You cannot control snow that is drenching you; but you can control how you relate with your boss.
  • Past or future based stress? If it happened in the past, it’s there permanently, but you can control your present and future doings.

Take Action

After analyzing and understanding your cause of stress and after choosing the best response, you can go on and take action against it. You can decide to face StressFreeZonethe stress head on and manage it once and for all. This will help you help you shake the stress off your life and get behind it.

Sitting there and avoiding problems will amount to procrastination, which will not help you in any way. Therefore, take the bull by its horns and address the root of the issue. In order to address it, you must:

  • Have a plan – a plan will help you achieve your goal of getting behind the stress.
  • One step at a time – some complex problems will require you to break them down into small bits that you can handle one after the other.

Stress is one thing that you will have to deal with on an almost constant basis. Hopefully these tips will help you to keep your cool under pressure, as you can not expect to realistically affect change in the world if you can not handle day to day “bumps and bruises”.

 

 

I Need To Pay More Attention To My Health

I’ve heard it said that your health is the most important thing in your life. If you don’t have good health then nothing else really matters, and to some degree I’m starting to realize that. I can’t think of anything that would be more important to change in your life than improving your health.

So I’ve decided that it’s time to pay more attention to my health to make sure that it’s as good as possible.

I’m taking a number of steps to do that. I have to review my diet because I know my diet has been terrible over the last few years. I also know that my level of fitness is very low because I’ve not been doing sufficient exercise, and so I need to pay attention to that as well.

Specifically I need to examine things like my level of nutrition. I’ve recently consulted a nutritionist because I’ve been feeling extremely tired lately, and she’s looked at my diet and given me some solid advice on what I need to change.

And I know I need to change.

She has advised me that I need to concentrate much more on a healthy diet, I need to pay more attention to my vitamin D levels and I need to take a quality fish oil supplement to reduce my risk of heart attack.

Vitamin D, I’m told, is extremely important and after testing she tells me that my vitamin D levels are too low and that I need to take a vitamin D supplement.

And she also tells me that my omega 3 levels are too low because I do not eat enough seafood, and that I need to source a quality fish oil supplement and take that every day as well. Apparently omega 3 is mainly present in fish and other seafood and if you don’t eat much fish then you don’t get lots of omega 3 in your diet. And if that’s the case your risk of heart attack and stroke increases.

And she tells me that I need to do more exercise, because exercise is very important for general health and fitness and it’s also important to help maintain the strength of my bones. On top of exercise she is also suggesting that I concentrate more on foods containing calcium such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.

I know I need to change a number of things in my life and this is one of the most important. As I get older I find that I’m not as fit as I would like and that my health is not as good as I would like, and I also know that I’ve been feeling tired constantly.

There is nothing that I can really pin down. I’m not sick, I just seem to feel tired all the time. But when my nutritionist told me that diet and exercise would help improve this it made complete sense to me.

So if anyone else is feeling the same, in other words just generally run down and tired all the time, it certainly worth paying a little attention to what sort of quality of diet that you are having and how much exercise you are getting.

Because from what I’ve learned having a better diet and getting more exercise, as well as paying attention to some simple things like vitamin D, omega three and calcium, may well have a big impact on your life.

I’ll let you know how it goes over the next few months.

Why Not Challenge Yourself And Establish Your Own Business Working from Home?

It’s very easy to find a job and relax into that job, happy that you’re earning money and supporting your family. However in most cases that really doesn’t challenge you. If you’re looking for a great challenge, and some personal growth, why not try and set up a small business at home?

I’m not talking about buying a McDonald’s franchise or anything like that. I’m simply suggesting that you try and set up a small online business so you can work from home and earn a little extra income. Everybody loves a little extra income.

Setting up your own small business at home poses significant personal challenges and is a great way to effect some personal growth. Setting up your own business at home requires you to be self-motivated and self-directed. It requires you to work when there is no boss sitting there making sure you work.

It requires you to do independent research, establish a niche, develop some skills and much more. It’s a great way to turn yourself into a better person.

It isn’t easy setting up a small business at home, but it’s one way to achieve some significant personal growth as well as to improve your income.

I wrote this after observing a friend of mine do exactly that. He decided to set up a small part-time business, working from home, working as a freelance writer on the Internet. There is significant amounts of work available for freelance writers on the Internet, though it’s certainly not easy establishing a profile and attracting well paid work. He managed it despite all of this.

This friend was able, after significant research, time and effort, to successfully develop a small part-time business writing web content for a number of website owners. And he has reported to me that doing this has resulted in more personal development than anything else he’s ever done.

Personal growth is all about challenging yourself. Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and doing things you might not choose to do. Just working in a job that you’ve done for years doesn’t challenge you. It doesn’t put you in uncomfortable situations. It doesn’t make you do things that you don’t want to do. Working an ordinary job is just about going to work every day doing the same thing over and over. After learning the job there are no more challenges.

So why not think about challenging yourself to achieve a little personal growth and, along the way, to add a little extra income to your life? It doesn’t have to be a mega business. Simply get online and look for opportunities that match up with skills that you have already, or skills that you would like to develop, as well as interests that you already have.

It might be freelance writing or it might not, however if you challenge yourself in this way you’ll be surprised at how you grow and develop as a person.

After all, who wants to go through life without growing, developing and improving yourself? Certainly not I.

Hopefully that applies to you as well. Get started today.