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These Techniques Can Help You Cope With Work-Related Stress

Just because the vast majority of us are working from home now, doesn’t make the workday any less stressful.

Deadlines still need to met, customers still need support, and proposals have to be approved. 

Even though stress can keep us motivated and on top of our game, no one wants to constantly feel stressed.

Here are a few techniques that can help you cope with work-related stress.

Start Your Day Right:

Our morning sets the tone of the entire day. Feeling rushed in the morning is not a pleasant feeling. Everything from making breakfast to checking homework can be a lot.

Waking up just 20 minutes early and relaxing can help you start your day on a positive note.

Stay Organized:

Have you ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t find any important documents or emails? 

You know it’s on your computer somewhere, you just can’t remember where. 

Properly labelling files and having some sort of an email system can prevent several problems down the line. 

Embrace Imperfection:

We are all human mistakes do happen.

Instructions get misunderstood, important emails get lost, presentations have typos, the list goes on.

The next time you make a mistake, don’t panic! Instead, take a step back and remind yourself that you are only human and even though you made a mistake you are doing the best you can.

You have two choices. You can either look at your mistakes as setbacks or learning opportunities. It is all about perspective. Learn More

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Preventing Suicide In Older Adults

Social distancing is designed to keep us and our community safe. However, social distancing is increasing loneliness for people all over the world – especially in older adults. Older adults who are disconnected from others do have a greater risk for committing suicide. 

However, there are plenty of tools and resources out there that can help us prevent suicide in older adults.

Understand The Risk Factors:

Several studies show that the following factors can contribute to suicide in older adults.

1) Mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression.

2) Being alone for long periods.

3) Pain.

4) Illness.

Warning Signs:

If you think someone you love may be contemplating suicide, here are a handful of warning signs you should look out for.

1) Significant life changes, such as the death of a loved one.

2) Preparing for death. 

3) Isolating from friends and family.

Afraid To Say The Wrong Thing?

Talking about suicide can be scary. So many people are afraid to say the wrong thing, so they don’t say anything at all.

It may be scary, but talking about our feelings can help us better understand them.  If you’re not sure what to say, here are a few questions that can help you get started:

1) How often are you alone?

2) Have you had thoughts about harming yourself?

3) Do you ever feel like just giving up?

If you or someone you love are struggling with thoughts about harming themselves or others, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

You can also text the Crisis Text Line at: 741741

Text Line is free and available 24/7 to support those in crisis anywhere in the U.S. 

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What Scientists Have To Say About Boredom And The Brain

Think about it. Your brain never gets a day off.  Every single day our brain works hard to listen, make decisions, and keep us safe. The brain is so devoted to protecting us that it never takes a break.

Even when we’re sleeping, our brain is still running. Keep in mind that getting enough sleep is extremely important for our brain, and it’s health. When we don’t get enough sleep, the brain can’t function properly, which can lead to problems down the line. Believe it or not, sleep isn’t the only gift you can give your brain. 

Wondering what the other gift is?

If you guessed embracing boredom, you are correct!

Benefits of Embracing Boredom 

The idea of sitting down and doing nothing can seem quite counterintuitive. However, it can actually work wonders on our productivity.

When we are constantly on the go, we are much more likely to experience burnout and decision fatigue.

Several studies show that boredom can increase productivity and creativity. 

Just Be

When life gets busy sometimes, we can forget to take a minute to just be and do nothing. 

Many famous writers have said their best ideas have come to them while taking a shower or organizing the house.  It just goes to show how powerful the brain can be, and how ideas can come to us anytime. So many of us have a daily to-do list. But, it may be time to think outside the box and start a to-be-list. 

Taking a casual walk around the block or stretching for as little as 5 minutes a day can make a huge difference! What are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace boredom and give your brain the rest it needs. Learn More

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Changing The Way You Look At Online Dating

Due to COVID-19, many people think that dating just isn’t an option. But that is not the case whatsoever. 

Online dating is a fantastic way to meet new people and step outside of your comfort zone. 

We live in a world that is constantly changing, and people all over the world have met their partners through dating apps and websites.  

Even though dating apps have not been around for that long, they have many strong success stories. 

Next Steps

Keep in mind that relationships can’t stay online forever. 

Sometimes it’s easier to open up and form a connection online. You’d be surprised how well you can get to know someone by instant messaging. 

The thing is, sometimes, text messages can get misinterpreted along the way and our emotions can play tricks on us. 

Even if you’ve been talking to someone online for months, actually setting up an in-person date can be scary. 

Your Attitude Matters

Go into every date with an open mind, and remember there is no such thing as a bad date! 

The first date can go one of two ways. Either the two of you have a good time and make a plan to go out again.

Or you realize that the spark isn’t there and you walk away with a new friend.

Set Reasonable Expectations

Sometimes we can go into dates with very high expectations, which can bring on a lot of pressure and anxiety. There is no such thing as perfection, and no one is expecting you to be perfect. 

Dating Takes Patience

Remember, dating is a process, and there is no set in the stone rule book.

The best thing you can do is put yourself out there, keep an open mind, and have fun!

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Finding Your Purpose

Looking to find your purpose, but aren’t sure where or how to start? Well, you’re in the right place. Keep on reading to learn more. 

Know What You Care About:

Identifying what you truly care about is one of the first steps to finding your purpose. 

You may not know the answer right now, and that’s okay. After a little brainstorming and reflection, the answer will find you.

Here are a few personal questions that can help you get started. Feel free to write down your answers in a notebook so you can look back on them. 

1) What are you good at?

2) What do you care about?

3) When was the last time you felt proud of yourself? 

Reflect On What Matters To You:

Many of us have a long list of things we care about, which is great! However, landing on one or two things that matter to you the most can help you realize what’s important in life. 

It can also help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the little things.

You can start by writing out a list of things that matter to you in no particular order. Once the list is complete, you can organize the list in order of importance.

Keep in mind that your values may slightly change over the years, so feel free to re-arrange or add items to the list as needed.

Recognize Your Strengths:

Every single one of your strengths and talents helps make you, you!

When we’ve been good at something for so long, sometimes we can underestimate just how talented we are.

Opening up to people who know you the best, like friends, family, or colleagues, can help you recognize and appreciate your talents.

Here are a few great questions you can ask the people in your life. 

1) What do you think I’m great at?

2) What do you think I love doing?

3) How do you think I’ll make a difference in the world?

Find People You Admire:

Having someone to look up to can help you in so many ways. Remember, you don’t have to know someone personally to admire them. You can admire authors, public speakers or people in your community. Learn More

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Ready To Stop The “Doomscrolling” Cycle?

How many times have you jumped into bed and couldn’t fully relax without checking your social just one more time? If you answered yes, you are not alone.

Right now, social media and various websites are full of anxiety-provoking articles about Coronavirus, the economy, schools, etc. 

For many of us. scrolling through social media is a bad habit. Breaking the habit may be tough – but it is possible if you put the work in.  Here are 3 tips that can help you get started.

Set a Timer:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending time on social media. In fact, it’s a great way to connect with loved ones and keep up with what’s going on in the world. However, too much of anything is not healthy – social media included.

When we are so used to scrolling, we can often lose track of time. 

Ten minutes of intended scrolling can easily turn into 1 hour if you aren’t mindful. 

A great tip is to set a social media timer. As soon as the alarm goes off, put the phone down and move onto something else. 

Remind yourself that your social media accounts will still be there for your next check-in.

Scroll Mindfully:

When we have so many apps on our phone, it’s easy to get distracted. Before opening up any apps, take some time to think about what you are looking to accomplish. Once you have found what you’re looking for, stop the scroll and call it a day!

Immerse Yourself In New Hobbies

Now that most establishments are closed, many of us have a lot more free time, but don’t know how to spend it wisely. 

It is never too late to try new things and explore new interests. All you’ve got to do is keep an open mind. 

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