There is nothing wrong or unusual with feeling sad from time to time. The problem is when sadness grows and you feel like you just want to go to bed and put the covers over your head. Everyone is different and sadness can be triggered by many reasons.
Where you work can perhaps make you feel sad, your current financial situation can make you feel sad, the relationship that you are in might unfortunately make you feel sad. I am one of those people that if I look out the window in the morning and it is dark and raining, I sometimes feel sad. Do you ever feel sad but you just cannot put your finger on the reason why? Or do you ever feel sad and under the weather and you cannot seem to lift your spirits and be yourself again? I have found the following simple tips great ways to stop me from feeling sad and have me feeling happier in no time.
1. Write it down
The habit of journaling has many positive benefits. One of them being getting what is troubling you or feeling sad out of your head and down on paper. I find that the more that I think about a problem, the more my mind usually magnifies the situation. By writing down in your journal what is troubling you or making you feel sad, it will free up space in your head to help you to think clearer and more rationally to come up with a positive solution.
I exercise a few times a week for a number of reasons. I want to improve my level of fitness, stay in shape and I also want to improve my mood and overall well-being. Regular exercise has been shown to be a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress levels. If you are feeling sad or a little bit down, go for a walk around the block or dust off those dumbells under the bed. Get the heart rate going and give yourself a boost of serotonin to lift your mood. You will be feeling better after a few minutes.
3. Take Action
Sometimes when you are feeling sad it can seem hard to motivate yourself to be productive and take action. A great way to give yourself a positive boost is to write out a new set of short, medium and long-term goals for yourself that will excite you and have you feeling better and motivated. The quicker that you go from feeling defeated and sad to being an action taker, the better you will start to feel about yourself.
4. Get Busy
I am not the biggest fan of doing housework, but if I am feeling down or a little sad, I find a great way to clear my head is to start cleaning my apartment. I put my favourite music on in the background and clean until everything sparkles. You can perhaps pick a room in your house and start clearing out old stuff that you no longer use. Keeping yourself busy can have a wonderful therapeutic effect, with the added bonus of having a clean and tidy home.
5. Help Others
When you are feeling sad, a great way to lift your mood is to help others. Maybe you could help someone in work with a presentation? Help a neighbor carry their groceries. Help your partner cook the dinner. A great way to help ourselves is to offer to help others first.
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6. Look After Yourself
A wonderful way to lift your spirits is to pamper yourself. Put aside some time to run a nice bubble bath, put on a facemask and chill out. I actually wrote the first half of this article with a homemade facemask on (coffee, honey, milk, lemon and cocoa). When I washed it off, I gave my skin an extra treat by using a Jade massage roller. I might not look any younger, but I just feel better about myself already. Looking after yourself also includes drinking enough water throughout the day and eating well.
7. Have A Laugh
Most of us have one of those special friends that can have us laughing after a few minutes of meeting them. Give them a call and meet them for a coffee and a good laugh. Laughter is a great cure if you are feeling sad. Perhaps you can watch your favorite comedy movie that cracks you up laughing every time that you watch it. Try to surround yourself by people and situations that will lift your mood.
I must admit, I find it quite hard to meditate. I relax, focus on my breathing and try to clear my head. Instead a thousand different thoughts come flooding into my head. I have found a great way for me to meditate and to relax is to sit on my couch, switch on my Himalayan salt lamp and use my Tibetan singing bowl for a few minutes. I feel totally relaxed, and chilled out. Do whatever works for you. Meditation is a great habit to add to your daily routine, even if only for a few minutes each morning.
While the above tips will not prevent you from feeling sad. They may help you to get through how you are feeling. If the tips above do not help you, please talk to someone or seek further help. Close friends and family are a great source of comfort and help if you are feeling sad. Don’t try to bottle up your sadness. Eventually it will build up and manifest itself in some way or another. I have used all of the above tips when I have felt sad and they have helped me. I hope that if you are unfortunately feeling sad at the moment, they also will help you too.
How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory
When you are trying to improve your overall well-being, it is just as important to focus on your mental fitness as well as your physical fitness. Most people have heard of aerobics. Aerobic exercise is a great way to boost your heart rate and burn a few extra calories while improving your heart health. But, have you ever heard of Neurobics? Neurobics is the science behind brain exercise.
Yes, you can exercise your mind and keep it just as fit as your body. But, it is not like your brain is going to do any jumping jacks or jogging any time soon, right? So, what can you do to keep it fit, and how does exercising your brain actually improve your memory?
Let’s dive a little deeper into how Neurobics actually works, and a few exercises you can try to boost your memory and overall brain health.
What Is Neurobics?
When you break Neurobics down, it stands for neurons + aerobics. Neurobic exercises increase the level of oxygen in your brain and “breathe life” into the neurons.
When those neurons are stronger and more stimulated, it improves your brain health – especially your memory. A good way to visualize how Neurobics actually helps is by picturing a piece of glass being blown into a decorative item. The glass maker has to stretch the piece when it is warm and malleable. But, once it is stretched out, it doesn’t spring back to where was before. It stays permanently in place.
Neurobics work the same way. By taking part in an activity or experience that taxes your brain, you are “stretching” the neurons. Once they are stretched, they don’t return to the shape that they were in before.
That is the point of Neurobics – to challenge your mind in different ways so that it gets stronger. If you are working out your body, doing the exact same exercise the same way each day, it would eventually cause your results to plateau. You have to switch things up to “confuse” your muscles and get them stronger. Working out your brain is just the same. With that in mind, let’s cover a few easy Neurobics exercises that you can start doing right away.
Change Your Habits
One of the easiest (and yet, most challenging) ways to get started with Neurobics is to step out of your daily comfort zone. Some habits can already be detrimental to your memory, and cutting them out of your life will make a difference.
When you stop old habits, you are actually using Neurobics to challenge your brain into different thinking patterns. Some ideas to consider include:
- Giving up (or at least cutting down) on television
- Quitting smoking/drinking alcohol
- Changing your eating habits
- Exercising more
When you stop doing some of the things that you have grown comfortable with, you require your brain to stretch, adapt and change. As a result, you will start thinking clearer, become more focused, and remember more things.
Do Something Different
Some Neurobic exercises are things that you can do in just a few minutes each day – the equivalent of doing 50 jumping jacks in a five-minute work break. Things like solving a crossword puzzle, writing in a journal or giving yourself a High Five in a mirror can all fire up the neurons in your brain. Even yoga and/or meditation can force you to push away the “cluttered” thoughts that are in your head and require you to focus on one particular thing.
The places you go and the experiences that you jump into can be considered as Neurobic activities. Anything that challenges your mind and causes you to think differently about something is a great way to stretch your brain.
These could include going to a museum, a zoo, a musical performance, or even different cultural festivals. Allowing yourself to be open to new ideas and experiences is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory.
Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”
While one of the biggest benefits of Neurobics is improved memory, it is certainly not the only “perk” to this type of mental exercising. Neurobics can also help you to face your fears, live without regrets, and experience a fuller, more meaningful life.
They can give you the courage to take more chances and experience the rewards. They can turn you into a better leader. Most importantly, Neurobics can inspire you by changing the way you see the world around you.
If you are already passionate about your physical health, it could be time to start thinking about your mental fitness, too! Whether you want to improve your memory as you get older or just want to keep your mind as sharp as possible now, trying Neurobics is a great way to “stay in great mental shape”.
Use some of the exercises listed here to get started. You might be surprised by just how quickly your focus and memory will start to improve.
8 Great Ways To Reward Your Employees
Employee engagement is more than a current trend – it is something that more businesses across the globe are starting to value for plenty of good reasons. When employees feel happy and appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and loyal to your company.
While basic benefits packages are still important, it is now more important than ever to go above and beyond for the people working for you. Not only can great rewards help you to hire the best talent, but they will also make your business environment a positive one where people will actually enjoy coming to work and do their best.
The great part about rewarding your employees is that you can let your creativity shine. Think about practical, functional rewards that your employees will actually use and appreciate. Then, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your ideas.
Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Let’s cover some great ways to reward your employees.
1. Make Your Gratitude Public
Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the biggest difference. If you really want your employees to feel good, make sure everyone knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
So, thank them publicly. The next time you have a company meeting or public event, carve out some time to thank people individually. Giving them a few moments of attention in a public setting is a great way to show them how much that you appreciate them. After all, who doesn’t like to be complimented?
2. Give Time Off
A reward doesn’t have to be something tangible to be valuable. If your employees have been working hard, reward them with some extra time off. It could be a long weekend, a surprise vacation, or even just an afternoon off on a random Tuesday.
If you do decide to reward them with some free time, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the work that they have been doing. That appreciation, along with getting a break from work, can help them to feel more motivated and productive when they return.
3. The Little Things Count
You don’t need to go overboard with flashy, expensive rewards. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Plus, you will be able to give them more frequently.
Hand out things like gift cards to local coffee shops or movie theaters, or give them something practical like a travel mug or ergonomic desk chair. Small gestures can really mean a lot and your employees will remember and appreciate the gesture.
4. Build Community Through Food
Everyone has to eat, but not everyone likes spending money on their lunch or bringing a regular sandwich from home.
One of the easiest ways to reward your employees is to have lunch catered in as often as possible. Not only does it show them how much you appreciate their work, but when everyone eats lunch together, it will build a more positive work environment. Your business benefits all around.
You can take things one step further by making your catered lunches a scheduled event, whether you do it once a week, once a month, etc. It gives people something to look forward to and serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation.
5. Subscription Services
Subscription services have become more popular than ever in recent years. They really grew during the pandemic, when most people started spending more time at home.
Consider signing your employees up for a subscription service you think they would enjoy. Perhaps give them a list of magazines that they can choose from and give them a years subscription for a job well done.
6. Schedule Company-wide Activities
Host company parties, picnics, and other fun events as often as possible. Everyone deserves to have fun after working hard, and it is another great opportunity for your employees to get closer, a build a better bond. Company activities can also help to prevent burnout in the workplace.
Make sure to include certain events that can include employees’ family members so everyone can join in the fun and your workers don’t have to be away from their loved ones. Family picnics, movie nights, bowling tournaments, or even a catered dinner are all great ways to make sure everyone is involved.
7. Extra Responsibility
While more responsibilities might not seem like a “reward” at first, it is how you present it to an employee that makes a difference.
When you sit down to talk to an employee about increasing their responsibilities, make sure they know why. Talk about how much you trust them and their ability to make decisions on their own. Let them know their value as a part of the company, and you take their career goals as seriously as they do.
8. Give Them A High Five
Giving someone a high five should not be confined just to sports. You have probably seen the viral videos of a teacher giving their students a high five as they enter the classroom. You can feel the positivity, genuine excitement and the wonderful energy from these videos. Research has shown that the biggest difference in whether or not someone will enjoy their job and be more productive, is not the amount of vacation time or their salary package. It is when someone has a manager who cares, appreciates and trusts them and makes them feel that they matter. The next time someone hits a target, makes a sale or gives great customer service why not give them a well deserved high five and see how it makes them feel.
While your employees might not regularly expect rewards, that is half the fun of giving them. Boosting morale, no matter how big or small your business might be, will make a big difference in how productive your workers are. It will shape the environment of your entire company, and the best part? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to reward people for a job well done. Get creative, get personal, and find unique ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.