Five Ways to Relieve Stress

Monday you wake up very early to get a head start on things. You prepare breakfast for you and your family, you get dressed and head out. You head to work, or you drop off the kids before heading to work, or maybe you head to school. After a full day of work, school or other activities, you head home or you pick up the kids and then head home. At home you now have to content with laundry, preparing dinner, cleaning or tidying up the home, homework and then start preparing for the next day. You finally get a break to read a book or watch your favorite show. However, you realize that it’s way passed your bedtime so you prepare for bed and try to fall asleep so that you can wake up and do it all over again.

Sounds familiar?

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Three Tips to Help Us to Keep Our “Cape” on

I have mornings when I don’t feel like getting out of bed, putting on my “cape” and being a responsible adult. Those mornings I would rather put aside my superwoman tendencies in order to be a vulnerable woman.

Work is work! So is school and interacting with other people. There can be strain and pressure from all areas of life. Sometimes we don’t want to be “the strong one”
or “the brave one”. Sometimes we want to be “the comforted” one and the “pampered one.”

In times like these, it can be helpful to remember these few things:

  1. Stay Focused: Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Remember the goals that you have set for yourself and your family. This will help to motivate you to do the hard things that you don’t feel like doing but things that still need to get done.
  2. Take it in Strides: Instead of psyching yourself out, by thinking of the millions of  things you have to do and what is required to get these things done, take it one task at a time. First task, get out of bed. Second task, get ready. Then start with a small and simple task. You can build up to the more tedious ones. In no time you would have reached the peak of your seemingly insurmountable hill.
  3. Push On: When you feel as though you can’t go on any further, take some time to look how far you’ve come. After seeing your progress, use that feeling to propel you forward into the next stage of achieving your goals.

 

Takeaway

Remember, you CAN do anything you set your mind to. When you set aside feelings of doubt, fear and unwillingness, you will realize that you matter. You matter and life is as fun as we make it and as creative as we make it.

Marriage and Money: 5 Tips to Financial Management

me and george at Scott's wedding

On Saturday, my husband and I went to our friend’s wedding. I love weddings. I love the decor, the music, the vows and the ambiance. In my opinion, weddings symbolize light and hope for the future born out of unwavering love. Yes, I am indeed a hopeless romantic.

Marriage brings two people, two different lives together as one. Sometimes this can get messy and overwhelming. In particular, I will focus on the financial side of this union. Some households have one stream of income and some have multiple. Whichever is your situation, I would like to share some guidelines that have proven useful to me throughout my life and throughout my marriage.

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Five Tips for Strengthening Relationships

In a world where technology is king and social media rules, we are still governed by human interactions. We are naturally drawn to each other and have a desire to build relationships with persons. For some of us it started in our youth with our family relationships. For others it may be work relationships with colleagues or intimate relationships during courtship. Bottom line, we have built relationships with others and it is important for us to be able to maintain healthy relationships with the people we care about and those we work with or serve.

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Is Mental Health Important? Tips on Taking Care of Your Mental Health

river at mystic mountain

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and videos on mental health. It really made me sit and think for a minute about my own mental health. I started asking myself a few questions:

  • Am I really taking care of myself mentally?
  • Do I take time to slow down and regroup?
  • What is my stress level like on a daily basis?
  • Am I really taking time to enjoy life?

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Four Tips for a Great Job Interview

In the past week I realized that it is so important to believe in yourself and to always have hope for a bright future.

In an attempt at doing my part to better myself and my family, I decided to leave my comfort zone and reach out to the hiring manger of a job vacancy I was interested in. The position itself was very much outside my comfort zone. Not only was it something that I don’t have experience in, but it was also a job that requires me to be extremely extroverted. However, I felt in my bones that maybe this was the step I needed to take. This was going to push me towards my best self. I would be able to develop a lot of the soft skills including relationship building, networking, negotiation and persuasion techniques. I was so surprised when I got an interview a few days after applying. I was even more surprised when I got the second interview a week later. Imagine my complete surprise when I got offered the job!

I did a lot of preparation for the interviews. I thought about the areas I was most weak in and prepared strategies to convince the interviewers that I was the best person for the job despite my inexperience in the area. I also would conduct a post-mortem analysis after every interview and sometimes even think to myself, “Will they really pick me over more qualified people?”

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