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8 Tips For Wellness In The Workplace

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8 Tips For Wellness In The Workplace

 

Many of us spend 40 hours a week and in some cases even longer at our job. Most of us actually spend the majority of our waking hours either thinking about our job or actually in our job itself. Do you ever wish away the days until your next day off or until your next vacation? Or do you ever feel trapped in your job because of debt or other financial commitments? Do you ever dread the thoughts of another day ahead where you work?

Work related stress is becoming more and more prevalent. We hear more and more of stories of stress related sickness in the workplace and people being generally unhappy about where they work. Over the years I have learned some hard, yet eye opening lessons about work that have totally changed my life for the better. I am delighted to say that I now actually look forward to go to work each day, instead of thinking about what drama and stress the day ahead would bring. I now feel more positive and energized after a days work, instead of feeling exhausted both mentally and physically. I am going to share with you 8 simple work related wellness tips that have helped me and I am sure they will help you too. 

1. Do A Job That You Enjoy

If you have ever worked in a job that you didn’t enjoy doing, you will see why this is my first tip. I have worked in a few careers over the years. Everything from the fitness industry, bar work, retail to office jobs. I have never regretted any job that I did, as they all paid the bills. Some of them I just wish I had left sooner than I did. Some of the places where I worked, I really enjoyed and it was a pleasure going into work each day. Others made me feel stressed and filled me with dread each day. Make a conscious effort to find out what you would like or love doing and do it! Working doing what you love will not only be good for your health, you will be more productive and you will enjoy doing what you love. The opposite is what can happen if you work at a job that you hate. You will be less productive, you might feel exhausted all of the time and you may even suffer from stress and even anxiety the longer that you stay there. Write down your strengths, your skills, and also what are your dream jobs. Then do some research and find a job that matches your list.

2. Visualize and Plan Your Day

Every morning as a part of my morning routine I use a journal. I use the Five Minute Journal to prompt me what to write each day. As well as reading over my short, medium and long term goals. I write down what I am grateful for, as well as what would make today great. I finish off by writing down a positive affirmation. By writing down what would make today great both at home and in work, helps me to plan and visualize the day ahead. It also helps to put me in a positive frame of mind for the day.

8 Tips For Wellness In The Workplace

3. Get More Active

There are so many benefits from being more active and getting more exercise. I like to walk in the local park in the evenings where I am surrounded by swans, ducks and rabbits. It really is a breath of fresh air. I use my walk to go over the day I had in my head, I also use this time to think about my goals, get my heart rate going and my muscles working. I also like to exercise using some weights at home, coupled with some stretches, I now feel stronger and more flexible than ever before. The fact that serotonin is also released in the brain when we exercise is another way to lift your mood and help you to feel better about yourself. I have found that since I started exercising I now have more energy and I feel more alert in work.

4. Eat A Healthy Diet

You are what you eat.‘ If this is true, then it is safe to say that we should take extra care to what we are eating every day. If you want to have more energy, start looking and feeling better, then start eating a better diet. Start each day by not skipping breakfast. Plan and prepare your lunches the night before. Cut out the fast food, fizzy drinks and sweets. All of which can effect your health and your mood. By having a good breakfast followed by a healthy lunch you will have enough energy to get through your working day without suffering from the usual mid-day slump. Also, by eating a healthy diet you will have more energy to preform at a higher level in work and later on when you exercise at home.

5. Ignore The Office Gossip

The same goes to anyone in work who is negative and brings you or others down. These people are energy vampires and they will leave you feeling tired and sometimes exhausted. I always think, if they are gossiping to you, well they are probably gossiping about you! The office gossip will usually hang around the same places, the water cooler, the smoking area, canteen etc. Think about where they gossip and avoid these areas as much as possible. Instead, surround yourself by people who are more positive and leave you feeling good about yourself after speaking with them.

6. Learn, Grow and Improve

If we are not learning new skills and constantly growing we may fall into the feeling of being stuck in a rut and being stagnant. Jump to the chance to do any training offered by your employer. Do an evening course, or constantly research changes in your industry that will keep you up to date and ahead of others. This enthusiasm will not only educate you, but this initiative may help you when it come to the next promotion that comes around.

7. Don’t Work 7 Days A Week

We are in a time when many of us are connected to our jobs 24/7. Most of us have work email set up on our smart phones, so that we are now getting notifications before and long after we finish our shift. A relatively new occurrence is the arrival of the GroupChat. Sure, a group chat can have its benefits, but they also keep you connected to your job, 7 days a week. Work emails, work SMS and GroupChats have become so much the norm that we don’t realize the effect and power that they can have. Try to get into the positive habit of putting your phone away in work and also when you get home. Or, at the least turn off your emails and GroupChats outside of working hours.

8. Learn To Meditate

I cannot recommend highly enough the positive effects that meditation can have. I love to use my Tibetan singing bowl each morning to help to clear my mind and help me to feel relaxed. I don’t know why, but lately I use my singing bowl just before I exercise to help me clear my mind and get me in the zone. You can search online and find some wonderful meditations, or use the free App called Insight Timer to listen to a guided meditation. If you ever feel stressed or suffer from anxiety, practicing meditation should help. After a while when you learn to meditate by yourself, you can take a few minutes on your lunch to meditate, focus on your breath and help you to feel more relaxed.

I really hope that you will start some of the tips above that I have shared with you. Perhaps start by buying healthy foods for the week ahead when you go grocery shopping in the next few days, or download the free Insight Timer App to help you to meditate. And perhaps make an effort to use your smartphone less at work and in the evenings. Alternatively, you might dust off your trainers tomorrow and go for a nice walk, or make the life changing investment in yourself and get a Five Minute Journal. The trick is to take action. Don’t put it off any longer, don’t make excuses. The time will never be just right. Your health and wellness depends on it.

 

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

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There is nothing quite like a strong friendship. Having someone that you can truly count on for anything and everything can completely change the way you think and feel. Unfortunately, far too often in today’s society, we seem to focus more on how many friends we have.

Or, worse, how many acquaintances we can keep in touch with via social media. But, having a true, strong friendship is something that cannot be replaced or replicated with lukewarm substitutes.

Are you already thinking about someone in your life who fits that description? Or, are you wondering if you truly have a strong friendship with one (or more) of the people who are closest to you?

While every friendly relationship is different and unique, there are some common factors associated with a strong bond and true friendship. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can feel even more confident in your close friendships, and grow even deeper with the people in your life who truly matter.

1. Communication is Always a Priority

It is easy to talk to your friends when everything in your life is on track. Sharing laughs, light conversation, and exchanging stories are all important parts of a healthy friendship.

But, a strong friendship goes deeper. It allows you to communicate with that person, no matter what.  That includes telling them about your struggles or anything you might be going through. It also includes communicating effectively when you are not getting along.

Through proper communication, especially when things are hard, you will build trust within that relationship. Going through difficult things together will make you stronger individuals, and stronger friends.

2. You Know You Are Equals

Almost everyone has known at least one person in their lives who seems to think they’re “better” than everyone else.

Strong friendships need to be based on equality. You and your friend should always be on the same playing field when it comes to who you are and how you are living your life. If you embrace your differences and do not see one as superior, you can take comfort in knowing your friendship is sincere.

3. Respect

Even the best of friends clash from time to time. You might have similar personalities, but no two people are exactly alike.

But, if you can still show your friend respect (and receive it from them) even in times of turmoil, your friendship will be stronger than any disagreement you might have. When someone chooses to respect you even when they are upset with you, it shows that they value your relationship more than their pride.

4. You Can Be Yourself

Do you ever feel like you have to put on a show for other people? Or, are you afraid to let your true personality shine through when you are in certain crowds?

A strong friendship is one that allows you to be yourself. If there is someone in your life who truly likes you for who you are, hold onto that friendship tightly! Most people spend far too much time pretending, whether it’s online or in-person. Someone who loves your quirks and uniqueness is someone who loves you, as a person.

Honesty is also a huge part of being yourself, and a huge part of a strong friendship. Friendships should be based on trust, and that starts with being honest. Telling the truth about how you feel and what you think is important. If your friend actively listens, appreciates, and comments on that truth, you can take comfort in knowing how secure your relationship is.

5. You Experience Joy

While a true friend should be there for you during hard times, the bulk of your relationship should be joyful and fun! Again, think about that person in your life who makes you smile. Is there someone who you are always happy to be around? Does thinking about your friendship cause your heart to race?

Strong friendships should absolutely be joyful. You should find yourself laughing a lot, and being completely at ease with one another. That person may be the first one you think of when you want to experience something new or go somewhere different, just because you know that you will have more fun with them around.

6. You Respect Boundaries

No matter how great your friendship is, no two people can be together 24/7. A great friend will understand that and respect your boundaries. Alternatively, they might be going through something that they are not ready to talk about. If you can respect those boundaries, it shows them how much faith you have in your friendship.

Many people are too quick to think the term “boundaries” as being negative. But, boundaries are completely healthy and necessary in a strong relationship of any kind. Having someone in your life who respects those boundaries understands what it takes to build upon that strength. 

Having a strong friendship – even just one – can add so much to your life. Take a look at your current friendships. Is there one that stands out to you with these characteristics? If so, do what you can to continue to build and grow that strength, and make sure that friend knows how important they are to you on a regular basis.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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