Productivity is something people have always concerned themselves with – making more, doing it cheaper, doing it faster, doing it better. Now more than ever, thanks to the world economy we see today, competition is tighter than it ever has been and productivity is more important now than it ever was at any other time.Read More
Everyone gets matured naturally over time. Self-improvement, on the other hand, matures people in directed way that is beyond natural maturing procedure. No one is born perfect. But there is always opportunity to be perfect by improving yourself.Read More
If you want to be financially successful, consider controlling must your finance properly. You must allocate adequate time to look into your earnings, expenditures, budgeting, planning to control your finance. There are few important steps that can be followed to take control of your finances.Read More
I often am asked by my clients on the best way to attain spiritual well being. People think that by visiting a particular place or by doing some deed they can achieve this easily. What they don’t realize is that the key to their well being lies within their brain.
It is an established fact that body, mind and soul work in tandem to give us health and wellbeing. The sense of being healthy and well stems from the fact that our spiritual, mental and physical parts work together and this is enabled by the influence of brain. Brain plays a key role in the function of all the main systems of the body including immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems.
Brain keeps all the important systems under a loop and this connectivity results in your physical state being related to brain function. Therefore, if you improve brain function, your body functions are enhanced or vice versa.
Keep your mind engaged
Brain and physical wellbeing are correlated so much that when you help the brain to function to its maximum capacity, you can maintain your physical health properly. Brain functions well, when it is engaged in social interactions, and when it is connected with the outside world. While your body helps you to talk, sleep and eat, brain processes all these experiences, integrates them and helps to keep your mind in a balanced and harmonious state. For a positive mindset, you need to be self-confident and interact well with others.
Stress and depression
When you are stressed out, it is natural to want to withdraw from interaction. For instance, when people split from a relationship or quit their career, the function of their brain slows down when they react by refusing to interact with others. They are shut down physically, spiritually and psychologically.
A strong spiritual connection is found in people who completely engage and interact socially with others. The spiritual link established helps in the brain function, which in turn helps in keeping up the physical health. Brain in essence acts as the mediator of your wellbeing.
Exercise for mental health
While exercises are generally thought of as a way to keep the body fit, they help in mental health too. People who regularly exercise excel in creative thinking, and the workouts actually help in boosting self-esteem. I use my tough grappling dummy, for performing high intensity workouts. This also gives my self-confidence a big boost. Exercising outdoors is best as the natural surroundings help you give more effort and get higher benefits than when you work indoors.
Exercise also helps in decreasing your anxiety largely. Physical activity helps in relieving anxiety symptoms in the mild cases. When you exercise, the focus on the workout helps you to release tension in your mind and body improving your mood greatly.
In addition, when you exercise, memory is also boosted largely. Research conducted in relation to exercise and its effect on brain shows that memory power is enhanced and mind decay related to aging is reduced drastically. Exercise helps in preserving the cognitive function. So it is not sufficient that you do crosswords or learn some new language to keep your memory alive. You may also need to use some well-needed exercise to help your memory stay strong.Read More
Productivity is something people have always concerned themselves with – making more, doing it cheaper, doing it faster, doing it better. Now more than ever, thanks to the world economy we see today, competition is tighter than it ever has been and productivity is more important now than it ever was at any other time. Thankfully, there are natural ways to increase your productivity and methods which you probably still aren’t using, which means there is an opportunity here for some quick and easy fixes which could drastically improve your bottom line. Let’s talk about some of those, shall we?
The first step and a great place to start for anyone suffering a shortage of productivity is to remove any unnecessary distractions. Whether you’re at work, at home or elsewhere, getting rid of any nagging elements around you will leave your mind free to focus on the task at hand and I don’t think I need to explain how this can help you to get things done. Removing distractions can be hard though, especially if we’re talking about people instead of a radio or television playing in the background. If you find your distraction isn’t something you can just turn off, do handle the situation with some tact.
As an alternative and another solid step worth following, you might consider changing your location. Just like you used to find a quiet place back when you had to study in school, you can still improve your concentration and achieve better results by relocating yourself if you can’t quite remove distractions from your current location. A library, a quiet restaurant and an empty room in your office building all represent nice places to escape from noise, at least for a while, so you can focus on doing what needs to be done, rather than dealing with people and things which will ultimately slow you down.
Daily rituals help me to get into the working mood and I know they work just as well if not better for other people. Granted, they don’t work very well at all for some, but you won’t know if developing a routine is good or bad for you until you try it yourself. Creating and maintaining strict sleeping and waking times, meal times and work times can bring order to your life and help to reduce anxiety levels. When you aren’t sure what you should be doing next, it can be reassuring to have your schedule at hand, or have a pattern of behavior already developed, thereby giving you a steady scheme to follow.
Like I said though, organization might not be what you need. In fact, free association is a pretty random exercise which has the user simply writing down whatever comes to mind when thinking about a specific topic, such as a project which needs to be finished. This totally disorganized way of looking at a tough problem could lead you to some insights which you normally wouldn’t consider. This is effectively thinking outside the box for all intents and purposes and it can take some practice to get used to doing.
Mental toughness exercises like the free association mentioned previously are also good for withstanding the stress which builds up during everyday life. Stress is usually working right alongside the anxiety I mentioned to help slow you down and cut productivity by keeping you guessing, sweating or unsure what to do next. Some people count, others repeat mantras; I like free association, myself. Whichever you prefer, all are great, natural ways to increase productivity, without the use of any drugs or other mind-altering substances.
Speaking of which, there are medicines, pills and other substances which can boost your concentration and give clarity of mind, which in turn should allow you to complete a task with a bit more finesse than usual. Some of these are only available with a prescription and will require an examination by a medical professional, but others are much more common and can be obtained over the counter practically anywhere. For example, Ritalin and similar medications have their uses, but are not readily available, while caffeine and other stimulants can be purchased just about any place.
These unnatural means of boosting your productivity come with their own unique drawbacks too. Many substances can be habit-forming, which leads to a need to use a greater amount to feel a similar effect over time. Some drugs can be so addictive that the user doesn’t feel normal without them after a time and this is one of the biggest reasons I encourage people to find natural remedies for their restless minds if they can. That’s not to say they should take things too seriously though – that’s one of the worst things you can do when it comes to increasing productivity.
If you stop to think about it, most of what you do during any given work week doesn’t matter at all. You end up repeating mundane tasks, or sitting through another meeting, or completing other monotonous tasks which really accomplish little but to waste more of your time. If you don’t believe it, try this out: starting at the beginning of your next work week, keep records of all the activities you do over the 40 hour week. Getting more done in a given day could easily be about cutting out some of your nonsense activities rather than finding somewhere else to add even more to your daily load.
I already covered that though, when I said to eliminate unnecessary distractions in your day. It’s just amazing how much of your day could be considered a simple distraction once you do the measuring and marking to see how you really spend your time. After some consideration, you should be able to figure out a most important task to complete every day – the thing that absolutely must get done, for lack of a better term. If the only thing you do is to figure out a good way for realizing this specific task every day, that alone will do more for your productivity than you realize; find the thing that needs doing and do it.Read More
Nowadays, people get distracted and interrupted very frequently at their workplace. Besides, most of the employees of large organizations feel uncertainty about restructuring. On the other hand, business people handle multiple projects at a time. Therefore, people of all professions feel stresses more or less at their workplaces. Your workplace could turn into a hell if you are in extensive stress. It is important for everyone to overcome any stress at work to feel more comfortable with their tasks. There are quite a few realistic ways to overcome stress at work which are discussed here.
Take Control of Situations:
According to business psychologist Sharon Melnick, when situation gets out of control, a special hormone becomes activated inside our body which makes us experience stress. Hence, try to identify the situations that you can control and that you can not.
If you feel you are jammed after tough meeting or task, take breath deeply for couple of minutes which could reinstate your balance removing stress. Try to hold the breath for a moment before you exhale through your nose.Read More
If you want to be financially successful, consider controlling must your finance properly. You must allocate adequate time to look into your earnings, expenditures, budgeting, planning to control your finance. There are few important steps that can be followed to take control of your finances.
Gather all Financial Information – The first thing you must do before taking control of your finances is to collect all of your financial information and documents and keep them in an organized manner. Create separate folders for every type of accounts, loans, cards or any other financial derivatives that is relevant to you. Besides, if you are not already doing online banking, go for it. It is much easier to manage your finances using online banking facilities.
Make A Budget – Once you have all your financial information in your hands, make a practical budget. During budgeting always think about your income and make the budget though your income covers all the expenses. If the expenses exceed your income, you must cut expenses from your budget. The most important thing in budgeting is to follow the budget precisely. Do not forget to evaluate the budget time to time. Sometimes, some unexpected expenses might be incurred. Therefore, budget may need to be changed.Read More
Everyone gets matured naturally over time. Self-improvement, on the other hand, matures people in directed way that is beyond natural maturing procedure. No one is born perfect. But there is always opportunity to be perfect by improving yourself. Everything is improving around us day by day. Therefore, to cope up with the improved environment self-improvement is very important. Many people do not find success in their life. Self-improvement can bring you success by correcting and improving yourself. The more constantly improve yourself, the more successful you are.
The most important components of self-improvement strategy are discussed here.
Spot areas to be improved
Before you go for self-improvement the first thing you must identify is the areas that need to be improved. The best way to know the areas of improvement is identify the gaps between your present self and where you wish to see yourself. Once you identify the gaps, spot the areas what need to be improved to be in the next level or even retain the present level or post. Ego is the main obstacle in finding our weaknesses.
Sometimes we do not want to admit our weaknesses. Unless you are honest with your weaknesses, they can never be improved. Therefore, be honest to yourself about your weaknesses and identify the areas that you need to work on to be in a better position in life. Most of the people do not realize their lacking from their point of view. Hence, it is important to see the facts from a neutral point of view from where you can spot your gaps and weaknesses quite easily.Read More
Have you ever wondered just how splendidly some children end up growing? Have you wondered why they end up doing so much better than their peers? Now, a lot of people seem to think that this, and more, has a lot to do with the privilege of children’s parents having very good careers which pay extremely well and thus takes care of all the children’s needs.
That much is true. In order to achieve success in life does require some material benefit and privilege to get there. But what about the great men and women of this world who started out with nothing?
The dangerous world of young adults
Bringing up children to become the successful men and women that you read about in financial magazines starts in the first weeks of their lives. And as they grow older, they need to start experiencing a little bit of the dangerous world that you may also have become accustomed to. Nothing like the old days, where old fashioned family values went a long way towards informing fine men and women during young adulthood and then into adulthood itself and with all its responsibilities, parents have to take extra care of their little ones when taking them out in the car.
This website talks in depth about the variety of customized car seats you can purchase for your small child and fit in the backseat of your car. Other than that, there are a number of other safety concerns to take care of. For instance, old fashioned values still say that children must be able to make their own, independent way in the world. But if it is as bad as it is now, how are small, young children supposed to look after themselves before and after school.
Trust and faith drive success
This is a major concern for parents today. But there are parents who are trusting and faith-based in their successful approach to rearing their successful children. For instance, some children are still able to work hard and earn the right to purchase their first small, second-hand, convertible car of choice. Due to the nature of temperamental second–hand cars, additional features like leather-bound steering wheels and good convertible car seats, need to be budgeted for.
And so the responsible young adult, also taught well by his or her parents, proceeds to work towards these extras, among other essential things and objects of desire.
Let’s close off this post on the successful habits of successful parents and their children by taking an example out of real life. There was a high school graduate who wanted to study graphic design. Fortunately, his father was able to provide for his college tuition fees.
But the purchase of books and camera equipment that this junior college student would need had to come out of his pocket. So, he went off to find himself a job to fund all of this, including his first car. Later in life, well-established in his career, he ended up paying his mortgage in less than ten years.Read More
We all know that eating well and getting plenty of exercise are the two things that constitute a healthy lifestyle. But even those who do their best to lead such lives make mistakes. Take your regular jogger as just one of the many examples. He doesn’t stretch before going for a run, and he almost always fails to wear protective gear. These are all mistakes you can treat as minor oversights, but believe me, they will result in achy knees and bad posture. Apart from that, they will make the jogger’s exercise time a lot less efficient. Now that I’ve got your attention with this last sentence, I can go on to explain the things that you should do in order to make the best out of your workout sessions.
This is as important as doing the exercise itself, and maybe even more. Skipping the warming up part will result in strained muscles and all sorts of discomforts. But you’ve probably already heard that one, and are now waiting for me to tell you what it has to do with how efficient you are during your workout. Well, the reason can’t be simpler – warming up makes your muscles capable of withstanding prolonged effort, which in turn makes you exercise longer and burn more fat.
None of us want to hear that they should be wearing helmets while riding the bike, but it’s a fact nonetheless. It’s the same with exercising – if you don’t wear protective knee caps during a basketball match, your knees will suffer, and so will you. Now, there are many different pieces of safety equipment, but I believe that the most important ones are posture braces. A posture brace, such as the one reviewed here, will keep your torso protected and your spine in place, and that is important regardless of what kind of exercise you’re doing. It also makes you more efficient since bad posture reflects on your workout regime.
Short breath can have a really negative effect on the way you’re doing the exercises, and thus make them less efficient. Fortunately, it’s not something that’s hard to control. You’ll need to begin by noticing how and when you inhale and exhale. After you’ve done that, it won’t be so difficult to gain control over the whole process.
A dehydrated body won’t do the exercise as well as it could if it was hydrated. This is why it’s crucial for you to make sure you don’t start working out before you’ve gulped down a glass of water. It’s also recommended to keep a bottle of water within reach, just in case you get thirsty while exercising.
Don’t think you can skip this one just because you did the warming up part – neither of them can be ignored if you want to do things properly. Cooling down increases your efficiency by preventing you from getting your muscles strained.Read More
Whoever said gardening is boring is dead-wrong. On the contrary, gardening is an excellent way to relieve stress! Whether you are planting a small patio or a vast backyard garden, the act of connecting with nature is an easy way to shun away worries. You’d be amazed at how gardening can give you a quite reprieve from your stressful life.
How gardening can help you de-stress?
People see gardening differently; for some it’s a tiring errand while for others it’s a fulfilling hobby. It can actually be a little of both, but in either case gardening can guarantee a number of benefits that will certainly motivate you to be a better person.
When you’re at the garden, you’ll definitely need some physical exertion such as digging, raking, pruning, harvesting, and weeding. These instances give you a physical outlet for your stress. Even if you use power tools for your gardening, probably a pole saw (like the ones reviewed at this place), you’ll still have manual labor to do.
What could be more stress-relieving than seeing bright sunlight and breathing fresh air? Getting enough fresh air and sunlight is a proven way to revitalize your mood. The light has a reinvigorating effect not just for the mind but also for the body as it allows your body to naturally produce vitamin D.
If you have spent an alone time in the garden, you probably know how the space can magically put you in a meditative, trance-like state. The tranquility of this place, the sound of nature and the relaxing views make it very conducive for meditation. Remember the times when you want to be alone and just want to contemplate on the immensity of life. The garden lets your mind and soul take a rest.
Tending to a garden is not a one day affair. You plant seeds today and look forward to the day the flowers bloom. Gardening instills within you the value of hope and a brighter, clearer perspective which you can take into your daily life.
How do you start?
Starting on gardening can be a little intimidating especially if you haven’t done it before – but it doesn’t really have to be. Here are a few tips that can help you start gardening:
So, if you want to get some physical exercise, stress reliever, and a breath of fresh air, you don’t need to look further than your garden. Gardening is an effective way to make your life happier, more satisfied and less stressful.Read More
Brain is the most fascinating part of our entire body. It is the most wonderful craft of the creator. Our access of everything in this world is governed and directed by the brain. Man has still not able to complete under the anatomy and the working of the brain. It is the reason we are what we are, how we are and why we are. Brain is the most beautiful and amazing thing one possess and what is more amazing is that the brain itself is making us assess and call the brain the most beautiful and amazing. Fascinating, isn’t it? Riddle me that.
Human psychology is the science of assessment and hypothesis as one cannot say with certainty any conclusive theory because every brain is different in the way of their perceiving and imagining things and what they come to conclusion about it. Despite being structurally the same and functionally almost the same yet the analytical and computing function of the brain is unique for everyone. Every individual sees, thinks and gets thinks differently no matter how similar they are with each other. The same is the case with the psychological and mental illness and defects of the people.
Pessimism and optimism are the two most important psychological conditions one faces. It is found almost in everybody around the world and which is true for all. Optimism and pessimism are very important factors for us. They can alter our lives and make our lives change completely. These two factors can act as the guiding factors that can completely govern the complete life of an individual and nobody will know.
If you are an obese, and you are pessimistic you will lose all hope of getting back in your old form and out of this you will get depressed and start indulging yourself more on the junk foods to kill your depression and your sadness. On the other hand if you are optimistic you would kill all ideas like those mentioned above and look for alternatives that will help you get back to your previous shape and you will go look for things like WaistPatrol.com instead.
Optimism is, in the words of a common or lay man is looking at the bright side of things. An optimistic person is happy and always looks for the silver lining behind all black clouds. He is the one who never loses hope on anything or never gives up on anyone. He is mentally satisfied with what he has and always looks forward to better times to turn up in the future. He believes in hard work and takes it as the key to all success and never lets anyone down.
Pessimistic people on the other hand are never happy. They always look on the dark side of life and they could never cling on to any kind of hope what so ever. They believe that they are being deprived of all that is good and they are quite firm on the idea that bad if happens had to happen with them.
So, it is on you to decide what you want to be.Read More
Of course it’s impossible to make something from nothing. People have been trying to do it for just about all of time, I think, but it’s not possible. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if it didn’t require effort? What is possible is taking a bunch of things which are useless to you and making something good by combining them together. A good example of this is growing foods in the ground, like by gardening, or farming on a larger scale. Soil and seeds don’t really do much for a person, but what comes from this combination can feed a world.
That all takes a lot of time though. Not that good things aren’t worth investing time – nothing good comes without a bit of work and time after all. But there are other ways for us to create something from what we would normally perceive to be nothing, or even garbage. Let’s take a look at scrap wood, for instance. I’m talking about the stuff that’s left over after, say, a house fire, or maybe the remains of a barn after a tornado rolls through and totals the place. Most people just throw that stuff out, but as sure as you’re reading this, it has life in it.
After sanding down splintered or otherwise uneven, rough wood, you can then use something like a wood lathe to cut it up into something useful. Old barns are actually excellent sources for hardwood floors, and that wood can be refurbished, sanded down and then cut clean again to make flooring people would pay an arm and a leg to have in their homes. You wouldn’t necessarily need to make old scrap wood into flooring to give it a new purpose either. There are all kinds of projects I could think of off the top of my head, but I don’t want to do everything for you here.
Maybe your mother needs a good quality cutting board for her kitchen, or you’ve got a niece or a nephew who loves chess and would really appreciate a board carved and painted by hand. That’s just a couple examples, but there are all kinds of things you can do with old wood, things even I don’t know. Have you ever tried crafting a bookshelf? It’s really not as complicated as you might think, and making one yourself would save you tons over paying a store a premium price for garbage particle board.
But I’m getting a little off topic here. The point is, there are so many ways to make something with value out of materials which, at a glance, appear to have no value of their own. Misjudging the value of resources is a major problem for some people, and that’s just one of the things I help them to remedy when trying to get them movitated and more interested in their own lives. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something good to say but this, well, this is great advice that’s plain as day once you’ve heard it.Read More
Is it always necessary to call in a professional? Well, for some things, yes. If you don’t know what you’re doing, if a task is too complicated, or if a task is too dangerous, then you’re probably better off calling for help, even if it will cost more to get something done. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a common problem with a common solution, or if you already have some knowledge about what you’re trying to do, then you might not need outside help. Let’s talk about some home repairs with which you don’t need any help. These are some simple and easy things you can do with tools you have handy.
Creaky floorboards are some of the most annoying things I can imagine in a home, but they’re also some of the easiest things to repair without professional help. Tearing up an offensive board is easy enough with a hammer, a pry bar or anything else which is good for removing nails and getting into hard-to-reach places. The bad wood can be removed and replaced with a more solid, less warped plank. This job could literally take minutes too, depending on the severity of the problem and the size of the board or boards to be replaced. Obviously it’s going to take longer if there’s more work involved.
Using other tools can help this process along and make it even faster. Rather than using that same hammer to pound down new nails, you could use a high-quality framing nailer or a nail gun to automate the process and save yourself a few minutes. These devices are good for lots of other repairs around the home too, like fixing up some articles of damaged furniture, repairing tables with broken legs, putting up racks for coats or clothing which goes on hangers, hanging pictures on walls and a few other tasks too.
Suffering from a dripping faucet in your bathroom, kitchen or elsewhere? That’s another simple fix, definitely not something you need to call a plumber over, though I’m sure they wish you would. Any leak in a pipe system is usually caused by a loose valve somewhere. First check under the sink, then look for the inflow pipe in your home leading to that sink. Here’s hoping it’s one you can actually access without having to knock down a section of wall inside your home. Usually if it’s a small thing that’s very bothersome, like a creaky floor or a dripping sink, it’s something you can actually fix yourself.
Getting motivated to do it is usually the hard part. People are almost trained to think that certain jobs automatically call for certain professional people to come do them. That’s really not the case. How do you think people were building houses back before there were carpenters, masons and the like? They were doing it on their own, of course. My grandfather actually built the house he lived in for most of his life, using his own two hands and a solid set of tools. Have a little more faith in yourself, eh?Read More
The blues played by great artists such as BB King and Eric Clapton has endeared fans for well over sixty years.
The blues is an apt way to describe less than savory moods. But the blues has gone some way towards reducing stress, relieving anxiety and even help some people cope with clinical depression. The blues is just one way men and women express themselves through music. Primarily due to its lyrics and the unique tones of this genre, the blues may not appeal to everyone. Like most things in life, it is an acquired taste.
Some people use hard-core rock to relieve tension.
Others prefer gentle melodies to sooth their nerves. Young adults make use of hip hop to inspire their natural rebellious streaks. Then there are those who require intense mental stimulation over and above letting music take away their blues. Traditionally, these folks, whether due to their profession or intense individuality, will be found listening to jazz and classical compositions from as early as the seventeenth century.
But many people, young and old, use nostalgia to prep them up. The eighties is still a popular era for most people across the world. Others rely on their roots and listen to folk music closely affiliated with their cultural traditions. If you are one of those feeling extremely blue today, take this piece of advice; use music to help take away those blues.
You do not even need to sit alone at home feeling sorry for yourself. Get out every once in a while and visit a jazz or night club to wash away the blues. Be prepared to spend some time on the dance floor.
Listening to these musicians may very well lift you to try out playing an instrument yourself.
Websites such as this one will guide you on how to get started. We didn’t mention two favorite all-American genres; country and western and rhythm and blues. Does the blind and extremely talented R and B legend, Stevie Wonder, inspire you? Follow his example and start your musical therapy with a small mouth organ.
They may not be as small as the little organ but a good quality violin never did anybody any harm before.
The very thought of learning how to play a musical instrument so late in life may be intimidating. Don’t let this depress you either. As with all things tech today, learning how to play an electronic violin or keyboard has never been easier. In closing, music, whether listened to or played, is one of the most effective ways to stimulate you mentally. The best companies have also seen the value in this, so it is not uncommon to walk into the offices or studios of successful companies and hear music being played softly in the background.
And what better way to give your day a boost by taking just a few moments to listen to the morning’s first chirrups of birdsong.Read More